Habs send Tinordi and Dumont back to Bulldogs, call up Beaulieu

Before practice Friday morning in Brossard, the Canadiens sent defenceman Jarred Tinordi and forward Gabriel Dumont back to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

In six games with the Canadiens, Tinordi had one assist and was plus-2, while Dumont had two assists and was even in plus/minus in eight games.

The latest rookie defenceman entering the revolving door of the blueline corps is Nathan Beaulieu, who has been called up from Hamilton. Beaulieu was the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (17th overall) in 2011. He has six goals, 19 assists and is minus-9 with the Bulldogs.

Coach Michel Therrien announced after practice that Beaulieu would be in the lineup Saturday against the New York Rangers (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and that Carey Price would start in goal.

Brandon Prust, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, joined his teammates on the ice for practice Friday, while Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Twitter that he’s been told Ryan White (ankle) will be back in the lineup soon. White skated alone before practice. Defenceman Yannick Weber has also been cleared for a return to action after recovering from a lower-body injury.

Prust practised on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, while Colby Armstrong dropped down to right wing on a line with Jeff Halpern and Travis Moen.

“I’m feeling ready to go, so we’re going to make a final decision tomorrow after the skate, or even after warm up,” Prust told reporters after practice.

The only players who weren’t on the ice for practice were Raphael Diaz and Rene Bourque, both sidelined with concussions.

The forward lines at practice were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Prust-Galchenyuk-Eller; Armstrong-Halpern-Moen. Blunden was the odd man out.

Defence pairings were: Subban-Gorges; Markov-Emelin; Bouillon-Kaberle/Weber.

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An inglorious end to Iginla era in Calgary, by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News

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  3. D Mex says:

    Beaulieu is the D-prospect I’ve been waiting to get a look at in CH – looking forward to the game tomorrow night !

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    D Mex

  4. Bozo McBozo says:

    Danny Kristo just scored to put North Dakota up 2-1! Nice wrap-around!

  5. Bozo McBozo says:

    Niagara/North Dakota tied at 1!

  6. Bozo McBozo says:

    Hell’s bells. U-Mass Lowell beat Wisconsin 6-1! I am picking Canisius!

  7. Strummer says:

    Tinordi is not quite ready for a regular shift with the big club as witnessed by his decreasing minutes – 6:47 and 7:35 – when Habs played the Pens and Bruins. Down from 11+ minutes against Sabres and Isle’s.

    It was good though that they gave him a look and allowed him to gain some experience at this level.

    ______________________________________________________
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    • Timo says:

      Well… That’s what Michael Therrien’s thought. He also thought it was a good idea to have Markov on for close to 25 mins and be on the ice for what… 4 goals?

      • D Mex says:

        Ever the cynic, right ?

        This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but professional coaches are paid to win and, to accomplish that, they tend to go with the best assets at their disposal as games evolve. Some feel that Markov is a fairly decent D-Man, and that Therrien has the Habs winning their share this season. Fair to say you see it otherwise ?

        Just curious here : what in your hockey pedigree lends credibility to the undying criticism ? Oh, and just an observation that your All-time favourite Hab, Patrice Brisbois, has never worn the CH. ;-)

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

    • SteverenO says:

      Tinordi played a total of 63 minutes during his stint with the Habs. During that time we scored 3 goals and allowed only one.

      His averages work out to 21 mins er goal scored and 63 minutes per goal allowed.

      how does that compare to the other d-men?
      (Evene strength only)

      Emelin : MPGF 27 MPGA 27
      Markov: MPGF: 26 MPGA: 23

      Georges: MPGF: 23 MPGA: 31
      Subban, MPGF: 19 MPGA: 30

      Bouillion: MPGF: 20 MPGA: 25

      Diaz: MPGF: 24 MPGA: 41
      Kaberle: MPGF: 14 MPGA: 28
      Patteryn: MPGF: 29 MPGA: 29
      Tinordi: MPGF: 21 MPGA: 63

      regards,

      Steve O.

  8. Bozo McBozo says:

    Niagara 1 – North Dakota 0 at the end of 2. Who would have thunk it?

  9. Danno says:

    The art of Darth

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  10. HabFab says:

    In case you have not seen before, pictures taken at the Alumni game in Montreal a week ago. Link goes to story but click the picture tab and get a look at some of the old heroes today;
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/Photos+timers+game/8145730/story.html

  11. RazzleDazzle says:

    I like the clowe for Moen swap

  12. twilighthours says:

    New tread, new tread

  13. Bozo McBozo says:

    Man, Kristo got popped!!!

  14. durocher says:

    Beaulieu will play for three games, get his try-out, and then MB will acquire a veteran defenseman to play the #6 D with Cube on April 3. My guess:

    – Ryan Whitney comes to Montreal for Patrick Holland
    – Ryan Clowe comes to Montreal for Travis Moen and a 3rd round pick

    Max-DD-Gally11
    Ryder-Pleks-Gio
    Clowe-Eller-Prust
    Gally27-Halpern-Army

    Gorgy-PK
    Markov-Emelin
    Cube-Whitney

  15. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Is it just coincidence that Beaulieu didn’t get his call up until after the Sarnia Sting got eliminated from the OHL playoffs? Are the Canadiens planning so far ahead that they called up Pateryn first then Tinordi, and waited to call up Beaulieu until his dad was done coaching for the year? Maybe it is just coincidence, but if planned, it would suggest that Canadiens management is the exact opposite of panicked, or reactionary, or impatient.

    • D Mex says:

      You probably don’t expect much in the way of a response, so I’ll simply comment that I have no idea (who could ?)
      On the other hand, your observation that MB’s approach is patient and deliberate appears to be right on the mark.
      Cudos on your research !

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  16. Rad says:

    So both Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn are done for the season with shoulder injuries. Flyers with a lottery pick in June!

  17. Rad says:

    Ooops! UND down 1 – 0

  18. Bozo McBozo says:

    Crap Niagara 1-0!!!

  19. p.99 says:

    Rangers tomorrow can’t wait, let’s play a smooth solid game and let torts blow up at media on how much his team sucks
    Love the call up, MB is doing a solid job !!!

    let em kids play

  20. Bozo McBozo says:

    Niagara 0 – North Dakota 0 at the end of one. I have to admit, the gap between what used to be considered the strongest conferences, e.g. the WCHA, and everyone else is just not that wide anymore. Put simply, there are a lot of really good hockey players out there away fro what used to be considered the premier programs.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      WCHA disbands after this season. No idea where the teams will now play.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • Bozo McBozo says:

        Here you go:

        ATLANTIC HOCKEY (12 teams, unchanged)
        Air Force *
        American International #
        Army *
        Bentley #
        Canisius *
        Connecticut *
        Holy Cross *
        Mercyhurst #
        Niagara *
        Rochester Institute of Technology ^
        Robert Morris *
        Sacred Heart *

        BIG TEN (6 teams, new)
        Michigan (from CCHA) *
        Michigan State (from CCHA) *
        Minnesota (from WCHA) *
        Ohio State (from CCHA) *
        Penn State (from independent) *
        Wisconsin (from WCHA) *

        CCHA (2 teams, loses 9)
        Bowling Green *
        Notre Dame *

        ECAC HOCKEY (12 teams, unchanged)
        Brown *
        Clarkson ^
        Colgate *
        Cornell *
        Dartmouth *
        Harvard *
        Princeton *
        Quinnipiac *
        Rensselaer ^
        St. Lawrence ^
        Union ^
        Yale *

        HOCKEY EAST (10 teams, unchanged)
        Boston College *
        Boston University *
        Maine *
        Massachusetts *
        Massachusetts-Lowell #
        Merrimack #
        New Hampshire *
        Northeastern *
        Providence *
        Vermont *

        NCHC (8 teams, new)
        Colorado College (from WCHA) ^
        Denver (from WCHA) *
        Miami (from CCHA) *
        Minnesota-Duluth (from WCHA) #
        Nebraska-Omaha (from WCHA) *
        North Dakota (from WCHA) *
        St. Cloud State (from WCHA) #
        Western Michigan (from CCHA) *

        WCHA (8 teams, loses 8, adds 4)
        Alaska (from CCHA) #
        Alaska-Anchorage #
        Bemidji State #
        Ferris State (from CCHA) #
        Lake Superior State (from CCHA) #
        Michigan Tech #
        Minnesota State #
        Northern Michigan (from CCHA) #

        INDEPENDENT (1 team)
        Alabama-Huntsville #

        Read more: http://www.uscho.com/from-the-press-box/2011/09/22/how-the-2013-14-conferences-look-after-nchc-goes-to-8/#ixzz2OyGQOkHq

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Bozo, I attended many Army game this season and for awhile Holy Cross showed signs of playing with the big boys, Niagara really was at the head of the class in that conference. They are playing well thus far, huh?

      • Bozo McBozo says:

        Oh yea, ND has two Hobey finalists, but so does Niagara – their goalie. I still play pickup at the Tate Arena at West Point from time to time. Great place to play or see a game.

        • HabFab says:

          Was wondering if you were still playing, now that you’re the wrong side of yesterday :)

        • Habfan10912 says:

          They have a new video board at Tate installed late in the season. Enhances the game tremendously.

          • Bozo McBozo says:

            I saw Army play the Russian Junior All Stars there the past two years.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Was at that game as well. Those Russian players were Nasty. Wish I had known. Would have bought you a soda. CHeers.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Yeah, no booze at NCAA events. Found out the hard way at the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball in Minneapolis back in the 90’s. Also we were not allowed out to fill up at local bars between games.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

  21. Mr. Biter says:

    I’m on the ESPN website and have a 30 second update of the game. BTW Minnesota lost. #1 seed lost to Yale. I’ll update all scores.
    0-0 end of 1st period.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  22. L Elle says:

    Nice write-up on Eller on NHL.com

  23. HabFab says:

    Brady Vail gets a look at the Pros. Don’t believe the Habs have done this since SK between his two years at London;
    http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/?article_id=344

  24. Bozo McBozo says:

    I don’t care what the PC crowd thinks. North Dakota will always be the Fighting Sioux to me!

    • Mr. Biter says:

      The Boy picked up a Sioux cap on Monday (to go with his Habs cap) when we were in Grand Forks and stated he wants to go here and play when he gets older. He’s going with me to the Habs/Canes game tomorrow for his 1st. NHL live game. Does not know it yet and won’t till just before game time.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  25. Scotty90 says:

    David Clarkson…. Preferable but not cheap…. We should get our hands on this guy (Patrick Bordeleau) and spend a bit of time with him to teach him hockey. Pop in front of the net and make things happen. Not a bad centre ice hit and can handle himself pretty well. Have following this fella fro a little while. A French speaking Montreal to boot… He would play/work extra hard… Imagine Horton was the recipient of that hit and Lucic the guy that steps in for revenge….ahahahaha
    MB…. I am sure he has crossed your radar (hopefully he has anyway): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOk-pJTTOik

  26. JUST ME says:

    We are so not used to see the youngsters being called up for evaluation. Fog ages it seems that the kids were called up to replace injured players and that was it. At least now the players know what to expect and know what is expected from them to work on.
    This to me is once again a great job from Therrien and his coaches. This is team work and the best way to make sure that when the kids graduate they are on the same level as the others in the NHL.

    Did not expect Tinordi,Beaulieu and others to make it this season and maybe not even next season but i am sure that when they do they will be ready. I have seen to many AHLers come to help the Habs and show that they were not up to NHL standards …

    • Sportfan says:

      I wasn’t expecting half the young guys that we have called up so far! Its a nice change of pace from the last couple of seasons.

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    • JF says:

      It’s a huge difference. A kid called up to replace an injured player, especially on offence, usually found himself forced to play a role he wasn’t suited to – like Aaron Palushaj on the fourth line last year. The kid would be set up to fail, and the situation allowed for no evaluation. What Therrien and his staff are doing, on the other hand, is a great development tool as well as a good way of evaluating our prospects. The kids are placed in situations where they can succeed and their ice-time is monitored. They get to experience the pace and intensity of an NHL game; and when they go back down, they know exactly what they need to work on. I don’t expect Beaulieu to stick any more than the others did (IMO Dumont is the closest to being ready), but it should help him in his development. I think at least one of these kids will make the big team at some point in the next year.

  27. Loonie says:

    Is the UND game being streamed online?

  28. SmartDog says:

    Someone below is talking about how MB has been doing a smart thing with evaluating our D depth to see whether he needs another guy while at the same time showing them what they need to be working on in Hamilton.

    Also I have to say it was great to see Therrien pull Price in Boston. Because it was the right thing to do. Not just for the game but for the principle. Price wasn’t playing bad – in the first 20 minutes he was the only guy keeping us in the game – and most of the Bruins scoring chances were great ones. But a change was the right idea and it also sends the right message: no one is too precious for us to take action, whether sitting on the bench for awhile, or whatever it takes. No-one is expected to be perfect – it’s a team and any given night guys might have to do something they don’t want to. Like park in front of the net, drop the gloves, or sit for awhile.

    Man this reminds me how AWFUL Gauthier and Martin were when it came to just doing the smart thing. There’s no genius to this… it’s just smart decision-making with the right philosophy. (And no fantasies of brilliant insight.)

    SD

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    • Ian Cobb says:

      Smart Dog is a smart puppy alright! I agree!

    • FANHABULOUS says:

      You nailed it. It’s amazing how many decisions made by the Goat and JM made you scratch your head and ask “why?”… it just shows how important management and coaching are to bringing out the best in a group of players.

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      • SmartDog says:

        It was soooo frustrating when JM and PG would make stupid decisions and we’d all scream and someone would say “are you a GM?”. ARGHH!!! So many bad decisions, you didn’t have to be a GM to see it, you just needed to have your eyes open.

        ————————————-
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    • Danno says:

      I was hoping Therien would make the logical move and pull Price after the second period and I am glad he did. However, I am puzzled as to why he did not pull Price earlier in the season when the Habs were behind 4-0 after two periods against the Leafs who ended up scoring two more goals and winning the game 6-0. Price may have insisted on staying in but I still think that was the wrong decision at that time.

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  29. Bozo McBozo says:

    U-Mass Lowell, wearing Habs white unis, just went up 2-0!

  30. Habitoban says:

    Anyone have an RDS link for the game. my last Exnordic link doesn”t work anymore. An english link would also be fine. At the lake so the web is my only hope. thanks in advance.

  31. Skeptical says:

    Bouwmeester would be a good pick up. Not sure Calgary would do it though ….

  32. Bozo McBozo says:

    The Golden Gophers of Minnesota got Skrudlanded!!!

  33. HabFab says:

    And the never ending story continues;
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=419389

  34. Whatever says:

    Based on the return for Iginla, I say we offer Weber and a 7th round pick for Jay Bouwmeester.

  35. Boomer says:

    Dan Dekeyser signed with detroit

  36. HabFab says:

    Here is Habsworld look at possible pick ups;
    http://www.habsworld.net/article.php?id=3042

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Thanks…good article. I would trade Moen and a prospect for Max Talbot.

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

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks. Very informative.

      I would like Raffi Torres or Maxine Talbot among the forwards.

      On defense.. if we got Talbot then we should add Strachan or O’Byrne. If we get Torres then add Rodidas.

      Then of course Ian has to hire a Parade Organizer.

  37. veryhabby says:

    It is so clear what MB is doing. He has been evaluating his Dmen depth ever since Diaz has been sideline. Every dman did ok, but cause he’s evaluating they are all getting a turn no matter how well thy do. First Kabby, then Weber (too bad he got hurt) , then Pateryn, then Tinordi, and now Beaulieu.

    MB will now decide if one of these guys is the right #6 dman for a deep playoff run, or if he will HAVE to make a trade and lose some assets.

  38. Ref Pens, when they went balls to the wall and brought in Hossa and everyone and there dog said they would win how did they do? and then he left for Detroit and lost to the Penguins int eh SCF’s that year. That’s right baby, these guys are going Down!!!

    Chemistry will be ruined and the Islanders knock them out in the first round.

    Bring it On silly Penguins!

    Too early? OK I’ll wait a few weeks. :lol:

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  39. Skeptical says:

    Prust will be on the 3rd line with Galchenyuk and Eller against the Rangers ….

  40. Habfan10912 says:

    For those of us who have ESPNU, the North Dakota vs Niagara game featuring Hab prospect Danny Kristo is scheduled for 530.

  41. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Who is the marketing genius that decided to put an Oprah ad on this web page?

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

  42. awesomerino says:

    Anyone get the sense MB’s going to trade a defenseman to get some help at the deadline?

  43. Habfan10912 says:

    Yale beats top seeded Minnesota 3-2 in OT. Newest Flame Aggistino steals a puck and passes to Root who scores 9 seconds into OT.

  44. B says:

    Apparently the Prust, Gallagher and Galchenyuk line was back together in practice today. If that’s a line tomorrow night, I wonder what the other 3 lines will be? One of them should probably still be Plekanec, Gionta and Ryder, not sure about the other 2.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  45. habstrinifan says:

    Regular readers of this site will remember that I voiced a very early concern about the move to send Gomez home. That was even before the NHLPA etc got involved. The archives will confirm.

    I bring this up because I saw the remarks re Kaberle. As a hab fan I really dont want to see Kaberle in the lineup. But the NHLPA must do something to correct the situation. (I dont know if there will be need for similar tactics in the future). Where a team basically dumps a player on the bench becaus ethey want to ‘buy that player out’ and thus preclude injuries.

    I am not knocking MB or anyone. It just seems to me that at the recent GM meetings some tweak could have been agreed upon where this sort of subterfuge could be avoided. I put this on the NHLPA for not maing a bigger furor.

    • mdp2011 says:

      So every time a player is a healthy scratch, the PA should get involved?

      • habstrinifan says:

        You obviously didnt think out the issue.

        • mdp2011 says:

          The fact is that Kaberle is not good enough to play, simple as that.

          • johnnylarue says:

            Indeed. If MB (and MT) thought he brought $4.5 million’s worth to the team, he would most likely be playing now.

            That said, you could argue he hasn’t been given much of a chance this season. Doesn’t seem to complain or bring the team down, though–much to his credit. He’s definitely been a model citizen.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      There is nothing wrong with a player being a reserve. If he is overpaid, the team is already penalized by the lost cap space.

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

      • 123456 says:

        agreed. that’s how contracts work, you get paid to do what the boss tells you to do. I don’t feel bad for him, it’s a business and he is getting paid.

        the only issue that can arise is future vets not wanting to play in montreal bc the teams has the balls to bench a vet…. but after the rags sent guys to the AHL did that prevent players from signing there.. NO

    • Red says:

      Gainey sent George Laraque home under normal rules let alone compliance buyouts.

      I think the NHLPA would love anytime buyouts resulting in instantaneous free agents but I believe these rules are driven by the poor teams who don’t want the rich teams to have an advantage.

  46. Red says:

    Would have been nice if MB made the moves yesterday so that Beaulieu could have practiced with the boys this morning.

    The Saskatoon Blades have 7 weeks off before hosting the Memorial Cup. Fun times.

  47. Old Bald Bird says:

    I just about had a conniption when I spotted this title on LeBrun’s blog: Rumblings: Price for Bouwmeester is high, but I soon calmed down. 8O

  48. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My Children are 15 and 17 now …my how time flies

    …yet, They both look forward to getting up on Easter morning to search for Easter eggs …I’m blessed

    …to those with Families, and those of Us that are believers in the message of Jesus, I hope You make this week-end memorable for Your Children …because They grow up sooner than We want

    …may Your Families also be blessed …have a wonderful Easter Weekend

    …Go Habs Go !!!

  49. Boomer says:

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  50. Mr_MacDougall says:

    @Matty

    Hahahhaha NYR left a good movie on pause.. love it!

  51. ClutchNGrab says:

    Happy we’ll be able to see what we have in Beaulieu, I was really pleased with Tinordi. I feel a little bit bad for Kaberle though, then I’m reminded that he make 50 times my salary, and I feel perfectly ok.

  52. steve29 says:

    I think it is a good idea to keep going with Price. And definately
    Eller should be centering 2nd unit on pp hopefully when Prust returns he will be with Eller and Gally that should make 3 solid lines as Armstrong can’t skate with these 2 kids

  53. Timo says:

    “After missing eight games, Brandon Prust will be a game time decision when they host the Rangers.” – TSN.

    Has it only been 8 games? Feels like twice as many.

  54. Skeptical says:

    Pittsburgh is going all out. Stanley cup or Bust ….

  55. steve29 says:

    Good to see Tinordi getting some experience and I am quite sure we’ll see him around for about a dozen years. Hopefully in Montreal

  56. 24 Cups says:

    I still can’t get over Ottawa and the way they have handled adversity this year.

    They are 5th in the conference, with a 9 point lead on a playoff spot.

    +22 GD as they rack up a 7-1-2 record over their past ten games. Best home record in the conference. Only drawback is their away record.

    So many good kids.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/statistics/?hubname=nhl-senators

    If we can’t finish first in our division then I just pray we grab 6th place instead.

  57. Chris says:

    David Clarkson has 2 goals and 4 points in his last 20 games. He has regressed back to his career mean.

    • Say Ash says:

      That’s why it’s a mean.

    • johnnylarue says:

      He’s potentially a great, physical and point-producing player, as is Dustin Penner occasionally. But I wouldn’t give either of them a Dustin Penner contract. ;)

      • Mike D says:

        I’d take Clarkson over Penner anyday, but I don’t think he’s worth nearly as much as he’ll get, and I’m doubtful he could do as well as he’s done the past 2 seasons in another situation. Not saying he definitely wouldn’t, but he could be a huge UFA bust and it wouldn’t surprise me.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

  58. Mattyleg says:

    Tinordi sent down?
    Wherefore?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  59. Chris says:

    Are Montreal fans anti-American (booing Komisarek) or anti-Slovak (booing Chara)?

  60. twilighthours says:

    Here’s hoping that beaulieu gets some pp time tomorrow. He couldn’t be worse than gorges or cube.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think he’ll be the shooter opposite Boullion on the second wave.

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

    • johnnylarue says:

      It would suck for him if he was on the ice for a short-handed goal, but that’s about the only way he could be worse than the current 2nd wave.

      Beaulieu could make a splash. I remember many people were mighty impressed by his performance with the big boys at his first training camp (exhibition games).

      As for Tiny, I’m definitely a fan, and could potentially see him stealing a spot on the team in September. I’m happy to see that he’s a legitimately good hockey player–as opposed to a gimmicky “giraffe on skates” type.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I think the compressed schedule prevented any rookie D from getting a fair shot this year. I’ll be surprised if Beaulieu or Tinordi does not make the team next year.

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

        • kempie says:

          When Bergevin said in the summer he intended to let the kids play he wasn’t kidding. I’ve found myself lately imagining how much ice time kids like Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Tinordi, Dumont, Pateryn & Beaulieu would have had with JM behind the bench and PG upstairs.

          Probably none. I love how these guys are being handled. As much as I wasn’t a big fan before of Therrien as an NHL coach, I saw him as a great coach for talented young kids.

          I love that NB will get a chance to audition. We need something like him with Diaz out.

          • johnnylarue says:

            I think everyone here agrees that it’s extremely cool that the team can afford to showcase its prospects this year. I say “afford to”, because if this team was battling for 8th, I highly doubt we’d be leaning on our rookies to bail us out.

            I think MB would be feeling a more urgent need to make a trade if the team wasn’t winning consistently. Getting a first-hand look at the depth on D is a luxury. Cherry on top: our prospects are looking pretty solid so far.

          • Chris says:

            Martin and Gauthier/Gainey did some things poorly. But developing kids wasn’t as bad as people make it out.

            P.K. Subban came up for 2 games as a 20 year old. Yannick Weber came up for short try-out stints as a 20 and 21 year old. Louis Leblanc was given 42 games as a 20 year old. Ryan White has been getting 15-20 games for a few seasons now. Palushaj and Dumont were given short stints last season.

            Lars Eller played two important years under Martin, and Martin played a key role in giving David Desharnais his chance in the NHL and helped develop Max Pacioretty (who has regressed under Therrien).

            While it is tempting, based on team record, to sanctify everything Therrien does while vilifying Gauthier and Martin, they actually did do yeomen’s work in some areas to set the team up for what we’re seeing now.

          • Old Bald Bird says:

            And if any of them had the gall to score, they would surely be sat for the rest of the game.

  61. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    BTW heard rumour of Jagr to the Bruins last night…makes sense.

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

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @UCe

    …Normand, I was supportive of Marc’s position to sign a bridge with PK

    …all I’m saying is, as it is turning out, PK will not come cheap next time

    …We are both on the same page :)

  63. Danno says:

    If the Habs shellack the Rangers tomorrow night it could end up being Fonzie’s last show with New York.

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If they miss the playoffs…he’s done.

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

      • Mike D says:

        The only thing that can save him would be a good playoff run.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

        • Mattyleg says:

          Ain’t gonna happen.
          Did you see their game against the Sens?
          Looked like they left a fairly good movie on pause in the dressing room and couldn’t wait to get back to it.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Mike D says:

            I hear ya Matty. I didn’t say the Rags WOULD have a good playoff run….just that it would be the only thing that could salvage Fonzie’s coaching job.

            I expect to see him on the TSN panel by the start of next season.

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

  64. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I of course meant grade A defencemen in the pipe

    …grrrr autocorrect

  65. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …personally, I liked what I saw of Tinordi, and if this was a Habs Team of a few years ago I would be concerned why the Habs are playing around and not keeping Him up

    …but this is not the Habs of a few years ago

    …today, We have a surfeit of ‘A’ grade D prospects that Bergevin is evaluating for longterm as well as short-term decisions He will soon be having to make

    …so far, no one of Patrryn, or Tinordi has looked out of place …and, hopefully Beaulieu will also show He belongs

    …this not the same frustratingly mediocre Habs Team We have had to persevere for over 20 years

    …I’m anxious to have Tinordi make Our Team, but at the same time I’m very excited with the home grown talent that also needs to be evaluated

  66. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Who is the best available player on the market now? I tend to lean toward Jay Bouwmeester, 6’4″ 220lbs, great skater, great endurance, puck mover and a two time all-star. He has won 2 World Championship Gold, World Cup Gold. On the downside he hasn’t played a playoff game since minor hockey.

    Would you like to see JB as a Hab.. One year remaining on his contract for 6.7 cap hit.

    • twilighthours says:

      Is that true? Not even in junior?

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        It is true.. He played junior for Medicine Hat, missed the playoff all three years. (But played at the world juniors 3 times..) He won the national midget championship in his last playoff game haha

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Absolutely, but would depend on cost.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Louis Leblanc, Yanik Weber and 2 second round picks.

        HAHA

        • veryhabby says:

          Mr.m…… I said the exact same package lol!!

          Our call ups did well and may be deserving of a spot next year. But to me J-bois a solid #3 dman. We can use him for another year as our kids keep developing. If we can give a honest package I would do it.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Has not missed a game in 7.5 years playing 25 min/game. Could play on PK’s left easily but price may be high…but it’s Feaster so who knows.

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

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        I saw your reply on the other thread.. him with PK could be an “All World” pairing… Also, he’d be a good 2nd PP QB.

      • Mike D says:

        His cap hit is too high. I’d pass on him in a heartbeat even if the cost was low going to Calgary.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          One year won’t kill the Habs…Lecavalier on the other hand…

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

          • Mike D says:

            You mean Vinnie LeWorstContractInHockeyEh…yeah I agree :-P

            It’s not the one year that I have a problem with re: J-Bow, it’s how do we accomodate it without subtracting a better player from our roster.

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

          • twilighthours says:

            It’s been a while since I’ve seen J Bo. Wouldn’t he be our third best defenseman right off the bat?

          • B says:

            The Hab’s current projected cap space next season is $6,756,667 (that’s without a backup goalie signed, only 10 forwards signed and not replacing / retaining Ryder). Bouwmeester’s cap hit next season is $6.68M.

            –Go Habs Go!–

  67. Mr. Biter says:

    If I stay off this site for the rest of the afternoon, I’ll leave work and catch the UND game on ESPNU at 4:30 CST and try to do a blog report.
    BTW got free box tickets to Jets/Canes game tomorrow afternoon.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  68. frankcasting says:

    So I guess this D-man merry-go-round is a deliberate “let’s see what we’ve got” strategy by Bergie et al? Or “let’s showcase what we’ve got for trades”? Not happy with demoting Tinordi, he never looked out of place, love his size and presence back there. Hope they bring him back soon.

    Loving the Habs since 1965


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