Habs sign Fournier, three more prospects; camp ends Sunday

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Halifax Mooseheads captain Stefan Fournier, in action leading his team to the Memorial Cup this spring.
Courtesy Halifax Mooseheads

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was busy Saturday, signing four players.

Free-agent forward Stefan Founier signed a three-year entry-level contract, and on his Twitter account he called it a “childhood dream come true” to put his name on the Habs’ dotted line.

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Here’s Fournier and a few of his teammates celebrating their Memorial Cup win last month.

Also signed Saturday: Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Robert Mayer for two years (two-way), and free-agent forwards Nick Tarnasky and Martin St-Pierre, both to one-year, two-way deals. A feature I wrote on Mayer, upon his brief, late February call-up, is here.

The releases from the Canadiens are below.

The team’s five-day development camp concludes at Brossard on Sunday morning with a 9:30 a.m., three-period intrasquad game featuring most of the 56 players who have taken part in the camp. The stands of the rink will be open to fans, seating on a first-come, first-seated basis. Get there early if you want to see the action.

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1,371 Comments

  1. Izzy says:

    I know this has likely been posted, but Jagr’s agent on sportsnet this morning quoted as saying that Jagr has reached out to the habs and asked to play for them. The agent went on to say that since Friday the ball has been in the GM”s court to say yes or no……..please…..no.

    After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The team would just become laughable for a season if they signed Jagr. Past the point of ridiculousness.

      Although, Montreal fans have some strange love affection with Jagr, maybe the mullet, so perhaps Bergevin signs him to make everyone happy, kinda like Briere and Desharnias.

      • Izzy says:

        if he asks for 2.5 for 1 year MB will sign him

        After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

      • Mike D says:

        Jagr for one season at less than 4mil would be fine by me. We have the cap room and it still leaves us a little free space should we need it.

        We don’t have a lot of roster room however so someone would likely have to be moved. IMO, signing Jagr for this year would have been much better than signing Briere. At least Jagr gives us size and puck possession – something that would have been useful on either Max/DD’s wing or Gio/Plek’s wing.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

      • mksness says:

        he was a very useful player in the playoffs for boston. he hit the post atleast 7 times and did put up 10 assists.

        look adding jagr adds some depth to the team but it’ a very short term solution and he would be on your 3rd line.

        adding jagr is less crazy than suggesting Eller is our first line center

  2. HABSNFO says:

    Has MB checked to see if Anderson Silva can skate??

  3. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m not a huge UFC fan but I was surprised to see that Anderson Sivla finally got knocked out last night and lost. He did his usual taunting and begging his opponent to hit him in the jaw and actually got caught this time.

  4. Ed says:

    maybe I was not clear below.

    I am still waiting for a bold move from our GM.

    I would welcome a trade that would bring us the top 4 d-man we badly need.

    I would also welcome a trade that would bring us 1 more big, talented winger, because having Gionta, Gallagher, Desharnais, Briere and Plekanec, in our top 9 makes us too small to compete in the playoffs.

    I agree that the free agents were not a good fit.

    But at least 1 major trade is needed.

    • Maritime Ron says:

      1) Identify the /any Top 4 Dman?
      2) What is his age and contract status?
      3) Explain why any team would get rid of a Top 4 D?
      4) What do you believe they want in return?
      Try some combo of Galchenyuk or Eller or Gallagher or Tinordi and high draft choices….
      They don’t want our aging leftovers and the smallish softies up front and on D

      The same goes for the ” big, talented winger”

      • Ed says:

        For example, Coburrn on Philly.
        28 years old, 6’5 220.
        has 3 years left on his 4.5 million per contract.
        the Flyers might deal him to move salary.
        we would have to give them a Beaulieu in return + a 2nd round pick

        Or, we move Plekanec to a team like the Jets and try and get Evander Kane back, in some kind of package.

        These are “scary”, big time, moves that leave GM’s open and exposed to criticism.

        • Maritime Ron says:

          How do you know Beaulieu + a pick is the cost?
          I’ll go on record and say not a chance in the world.

          • Ed says:

            “go on the record” – and please feel free to offer your package to get Coburn, thanks.

            Do you want Coburn? If so, what would you offer in return?

          • Mike D says:

            IMHO Coburn is overrated and overpaid. No WAY I would give up NB and a 2nd.

            Mark Fistric is not far off from Coburn and because he’s a FA we can get him without giving up anything and he would likely sign for 1-2 years and 1-2mil based on his previous contracts and current status.

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            Ron, keep in mind the Flyers are over the cap at the moment and must dump some sort of substantial player just to get under. without taking any salary in return.

          • Ed says:

            That’s fine Mike D. I like Coburn, and you don’t. That’s totally fair.

            Fistric is such a fine player that at 1.5 million the whole league has passed him by.

            If Coburn was a free agent this year, how many teams do you think would have been bidding on him at 5, 6 million per?

            But if you like Fistric, you like Fistric.

            It’s your opinion, and I respect your opinion.

          • Mike D says:

            Ed, I wasn’t saying Fistric is better than Coburn. I like Coburn and think he’s a good player, but 4.5mil for the next three years is a lot for a Dman who doesn’t put up points. Especially if it’s going to cost our best D prospect and a 2nd rounder to get him.

            Fistric will give us the size and grit we are currently lacking without costing us ANY assets and leaving our cap situation much more flexible. He’s a stop-gap, not a great player, and if I was unclear in expressing that then my bad.

            Maybe I place more importance on the salary cap than others, but I think a players contract is about as important as the player himself. It’s not the way I’d prefer to look at things, but it’s the reality of a hard-capped league.

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

          • Mike D says:

            @ Hobie

            It’s a misconception that the Flyers are over the cap. Their salary currently includes Pronger who is technically on IR (where he’ll bogusly remain for the rest of his contract).

            Subtract Pronger’s cap hit and Philly actually has about 3.8mil in cap space….and with a full roster.

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Ed, I think that’s the general assessment around here. Another big winger and a big shutdown defenceman that plays big minutes.

      After this weeks’ events, it doesn’t look at this point that it will be happening this season.

    • mksness says:

      i’m with you ED. the only thing is i don’t think we’ll be able to ship out a small player for a bigger one.

      Pleks has the most trade value out of our smaller players but he’s also the one player i think the habs absolutely need to be competitive. Which leads us to trading a smaller player with prospects or draft picks.

      Let’s also remember that tinordi is still a work in progress so don’t count him in as a top 4 dman either.

  5. Ian Cobb says:

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  6. habs001 says:

    Hopefully the posters that feel the Habs will be cup contenders in a couple of years are correct but it seems to me the Habs need a lot of their non NHL players to develop…Many current NHL teams have better rosters than the Habs have now and they also have very good prospects…those teams probably need fewer of their prospects to make it….Sorry just dont see based on current roster talent and prospect talent why that the Habs should be any better than 15 other teams in a couple of years…

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Might be more than a couple of years. Gionta and Markov will most likely be moved before the deadline this year. We’ll at least get a few 2nd round picks and hopefully a 1st for Markov?

      We might be waiting for those picks to develop before the Habs turn the corner and become elite, not a horrible thing!

      • Ed says:

        waiting for those picks from the Gionta, Markov trades is too long to wait,Hobie.

        that’s another 3-5 years before 2014 picks are ready.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Again Ed, I agree and I want results now. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to turn out that way.

          It might not be a bad thing though. I think we are truly 4-5 years away from when Galchenyuk and Gallagher are the clear cut leaders of this team and the rest of our prospects like Tinordi, Beaulieau and McCcarron are really settled in and ready to do some damage.

          Subban, Price and Pacioretty should all still be here and in the middle of their prime.

          Plus all the other names in the system I haven’t mentioned.

          It is going to be a while but our time will come.

      • habs001 says:

        Hopefully true..just that i believe that the Habs need more prospects to develop than many other teams….the odds are against that but if they get lucky and 5-7 prospects really take off than they are in great shape …

  7. habstrinifan says:

    I am beginning to feel like I know what I’m talkin bout.

    Seem the rising tide of opinion is not so much who we bring in but who we cut loose. Culling the herd.

    Whic is what I have been saying for a bit.

  8. habs001 says:

    Last 2 seasons

    DD 129-26-62-88
    Plecks 128-31-54-85
    Eller 125-24-34-58
    Gio 79-22-19-41
    Borq 103-25-12-37

    I still find it very strange the dislike for DD….

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      It’s not a hockey pool.

    • SmartDog says:

      - Because in his 1 good year he had the teams 2 top power forwards and without them he wasn’t the same.
      – Because he gets favourable assignments and doesn’t play the defensive roles Pleks and Eller do.
      – Because he is small on a team that needs to get bigger.
      – Because he was like a child in the playoffs – totally insignificant.
      – Because his contract has more to do with him being French than that we need him. We don’t. We need to get bigger – we HAVE three good centers two are big and young and one the other is Pleks – and he should be the odd man out, but he’s not because he is French.

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      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • mksness says:

        “Because he is small on a team that needs to get bigger.”

        man get with it already… it’s

        Because he is small on a team that needs to get MOAR bigger.

    • Mike D says:

      That’s a good post 001, but it can be a little one-dimensional without considering other important stats/facts.

      I’m not huge on advanced stats like corsi or fenwick (anything that indicates Gomer was good as a Hab is clearly flawed) but they do offer some good insights. For one, DD played in much more advantageous situations than Plek and Eller (more offensive zone starts and PP time). He also played against a lower quality of competition. Pleky plays against the opponents’ best players and gets a ton of defensive zone starts and PK time. Eller was/is developing so got a lot less minutes in general, but also played in a fair amount of defensive situations with minimal PP time. DD was also playing with our teams best wingers the majority of the time.

      Another big reason for the perceived dislike of DD is actually based on the contract he got, which is really MB’s fault and not DD’s. There was no need to give him that many years and that much money. There was also no rush to sign him so early. I’m glad the team did away with the old policy of only negotiating in the off-season, but that doesn’t mean you should always negotiate and sign players early.

      Small, undrafted, defensively-weak Centers with below-average NHL skating and speed, and poor puck possession skills who only had a bit more than one good season do not warrant 4 years and 3.5mil. Depending on if he wanted term or dollars, the contract options should have been more like this:
      2 years @ 3.5mil (max) per
      3 years @ 3mil per
      4 years @ 2.5-2.75mil per

      Of the five players you listed and considering their current contracts, DD is likely the least tradeable. Only possible exception would be Gio and that’s because he’s injured.

      And as SD mentioned above, DD isn’t really needed on this team. With Eller and Chucky already good and developing further, and with Plek being currently good and still having plenty of serviceable years left, it was unnecessary keeping DD at that price if at all.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  9. HabFab says:

    All Habs will be doing some sort of live show from the Prospect game today at 10 am;
    http://www.allhabs.net/multimedia/habs-development-camp-live-from-brossard/

  10. SlovakHab says:

    Good read: Habs Development Camp – Live from Brossard

    http://www.allhabs.net/multimedia/habs-development-camp-live-from-brossard/

  11. Ed says:

    Man, if I was a GM, the first thing I would tell my fans is this:

    “we need to be patient. we need to draft our own players, year after year, and give them the time they need to succeed. we can’t expect to do it all in one or two years….”

    Easiest way to get me the 4 or 5 years I need to change the team.

    If my changes work, I’m a hero. If they don’t, I’m fired anyway.

    No GM can ever take over from a team that is clearly not doing well – after all that’s why they just hired a new GM – and be stupid enough to tell his fans to “expect a winner in my first year”.

    No GM would be that stupid.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Well said.
      It took Boston 39 years and it took Chicago 49 years to win and be consistently good for a sustained period. It will take us time too, in a 30-team league.

      • Ed says:

        yes. we only have 20 or 30 more years to wait by that standard.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Yeah, why not. Let’s wait. I’ve got time.

          • Ed says:

            not me. I don’t have that many years left.

          • SlovakHab says:

            Well that means that you’ve been fortunate enough to see many of the Canadiens Stanley Cups. Way more than most of us.
            That’s positive, isn’t it?
            We can’t and we won’t win them all. Not even 25%, in the 30-team league. I’ll be stoked with one every 20 years, on average.

      • CharlieHodgeFan says:

        I think we have to look at Desharnais and say there is a chance for a rebound. He had one bad season after a strong one. Amnesia rides in on prejudice. He was not given his contract because he’s francophone. He earned it by his play, and then flatlined for a season, only scoring as many points as Gallagher. When I see fans go after a young player like that, it makes no sense. After two bad seasons, maybe. But slumps are part of sports.
        Gorges becomes Mr Target number two – it’s become fashionable to see him as a D-version of Zeller’s.
        He’s not francophone, but he’s a friend of the resident room elephant, Price. For old school Kremlin watchers, he is the target for those afraid to say we seem to have an A Rod goalie.
        How the team does depends on bouncebacks, slumps, injuries and luck, to a degree. I’d suggest fans take the long view. One season is nothing.

        • florida habs says:

          I would say DD is an old young player, not in the category of Gally, and believe his contract created expectations. He went south after the signing, I don’t think he makes this line mates better, it is the other way around.

          I have never heard a theory that a player is attacked because of who is friends are on the ice and, oh by the way, it just happens to be Price. Just attack Price direct if you don’t like his play, Gorges did not have a good year, another signing a good contract and not backing it up. This was a stretch as a theory.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Desharnais is 27. Prime years. He won’t be better when he’s 30.

          • florida habs says:

            he was a late bloomer, referring to NHL years

          • CharlieHodgeFan says:

            We have to leave the jury out to see how he is at 28.

            As for Price, I will curse at his play when it is bad (but I see no reason to attack him).

            There is a lot of soap opera sh*** about this team when you read these postings. I don’t think any reasonable hockey fan is going to get into that stuff, but I read it from a lot of the unreasonable fans here (not you guys), and I have heard it verbalized from fans. Desharnais is only given a contract because he’s francophone, Gorges because he’s Price’s friend, etc. Yeah, it’s silly, as both have merits as players.
            HIO often forces a guy to defend the indefensible, as the lunacy of the attacks on Price, Gorges, Pleks, Pacioretty, Bergevin etc brings out calls for reason that can cover up the fact they do have off nights, weeks and seasons.

            I’ve been a fan long enough to remember the fan hates on for Leclair, Guy Lafleur (floater, wasn’t ever going to score in the NHL), poor Stephane Richer, Ken Dryden, Naslund… while we have really informed hockey fans in Montreal, we have a lovely load of tavern talkers too.

            If DD stinks this season, we have a pattern. Likewise for Gorges. There is a pattern forming for Price, and let’s hope he shatters it this season. I’m a glass half full fan.

        • florida habs says:

          Charlie, my bad, I interpreted your post as supporting the garbage theories. We speak the same language.

    • habstrinifan says:

      GOOD Morning ED and Adamkelly and everyone. Happy Sunday to all.

      What do you mean by a winner ED?. I do not expect the Stanley Cup. All I am looking for is an end to the kind of swoons we have had in the past 3 years where we win 1 game out of 6 and hopefully be competitive in a round or two.. while progressively getting better. And I wouldnt mind more exciting hockey…. so better offensive players.

      @Adamkelly: I feel just as positive about the Tarnasky signing as you do. He quite possibly could start in MTL.. but definitely will ba a callup during the year.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Chicago looks good as they gear up for a repeat.

    http://www.capgeek.com/blackhawks/

  13. adamkennelly says:

    Habs are better with the changes made both by addition and subtraction.

    + Parros, Tarnasky (he’ll get call up or two – may even make the team), Briere,

    – Armstrong, Halpern, Weber, Kaberle – getting rid of these guys moves everyone else up on the depth chart.

    I’d like to see 2 more moves – get rid of DD or Pleks for a big winger who can score and trade for a crease clearing D-man.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Unfortunately Bergevin seemed to pretty much close the door on acquiring a big talented forward in his press conference on Friday. He stated they are very hard to come by an too expensive for his blood.

      At it seems he’s going with what he’s got on defence. He signed Bouillon and Drewiske recently. Even with the injury to Emelin, there’s already going to be a guy or two sitting.

      • Ed says:

        of course they are expensive, they are hard to find.

        but that’s the GM’s job.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Just repeating what MB said on Friday. He wasn’t willing to put up the asking price for any of the UFAs that Habs fans were hoping for or trade away half his team for a similar type player.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Yeah, getting rid of Tomas Plekanec is a fantastic idea. I absolutely love it.

      Then Eller can take on Malkin’s a Krejci’s line and DD can play against Crosby’s & Bergeron’s lines. And get scored on 3 goals per game. So that all Habs fans that want to “get rid of Plekanec” without a proper replacement can see what a stupid idea that is.

      • Ed says:

        Plekanec’s defensive play needs to be replaced one day or another because he will not sign another 5 million dollar deal with us and play 3rd line center to Galchenyuk and Eller.

        Eller is going right past Plekanec in my estimation.

        Eller will give us the 50+ points, the size, speed, and defensive game.

        Obviously you do not see Eller the way some of us do.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Yeah, Eller will take on other team’s top centres and constantly start in defensive zone while scoring 50+ points.
          So that DD and either Briere or Galchenyuk can start in o-zone against other teams’ 3rd and 4th lines, because anything else than favourable zonal and line matching will get these guys killed. Gally is not ready for top competition and tough zone starts and he’ll get eaten by fans if he ends up -15 on the season.
          DD and Briere are terrible defensively. White won’t be taking on Datsyuks, Bergerons, Krejcis, Stamkoses, Lecavaliers, Malkins, Crosbys, Staals and Girouxes.

          So okay. If you trade Plekanec, get ready to get smoked Tampa-Bay or Florida style. Habs will get beaten badly unless your new winger outscores Plekanec by 20-30 points.

          Fine, trade freakin’ Plekanec but your new winger better be really young, because we won’t be seeing playoffs for a couple of seasons.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        But he said for a big winger who can score. Why is that not a proper replacement? He’s our best realistic trade bait IMO. Should bring something very good. If not, don’t move him.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Bird – as per my words above. Centers are very important and there are lots of good ones in our conference. Briere, Gally, White and DD won’t be able to keep up with opposition’s top 2 lines. They might score, but more often that that, will be scored on. Plekanec is important. Not elite, but we need him or equal centre replacement to make the postesason.

      • bwoar says:

        Boy am I tired of hearing this. It’s getting old watching our ‘top’ centre being tossed out of the circle and off his game as soon as the post-season comes around. The world will not end if we trade Plekanec.

        “thoroughbred”

      • adamkennelly says:

        Get rid of – wrong choice of words. He has a lot of value to our team and to other teams – which is why he could be the piece needed to get the big scoring winger.

        no worries – Parros and Tarnasky can shut down the Malkin line – no problem…also – that was a joke.

    • Cal says:

      Those last two moves you mention have been on our list since March. I guess the only deals any team does with the Habs now involve lateral moves only, with neither team improving.

      http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    I wonder what the team would look like today if Pierre McGuire ended up getting the job?

    Maybe Desharnais wouldn’t have been signed leaving the Habs with Eller-Galchenyuk-Plekanec down the middle and an extra $3.5 million he could have used to sign a UFA a few days ago? We’d probably have Lecavalier, Clarkson or another power forward on the team instead of Desharnais and Briere.

    Or we’d be in a bigger mess :-).

    Just food for thought.

  15. Hobie Hansen says:

    Good video of our boy Mike McCarron at the Habs development camp over on TSN.

    We’ll just have to wait and see how he turns out. He’s saying all the right things like he’s favorite player is Lucic and that he has a lot more to offer that just his fists.

    For my sake I’m hoping he chooses the London Knights over US College hockey so I can go see him play in the OHL this year.

  16. SmartDog says:

    People are talking about Plekanec’s value.
    Pleks is a really good 2nd line center. Puts up decent points every year, and plays a strong defensive role. He doesn’t have to be our 1st line center anymore – or at least not much longer.
    With:
    1. Eller/Galchenyuk (Eller this year… Galchenyuk later)
    2. Pleks
    3. Galchenyuk/Eller
    ?
    We have 3 strong centers, with Galchenyuk eventually being a bona fide first line C. Which is why the DD signing is such a f-k up. And Briere will play the wing I guess? This French-signing bias is bullcrap. I like Bergevin besides that but this is GARBAGE.

    Why can’t we get a GM who cares about winning more than something else? Some people on here say you can’t question the GMs because they are so experienced… blah blah… Gainey brought us f-n Scott Gomez to win the cup with. C’mon. Each of these guys seems to want to cheat here and there – Gainey thinking he’ll build a small team because these guys are more available. And now Bergevin thinking he’ll sign French Canadians to contracts he probably wouldn’t give to others because that’s good for audience-building. Power corrupts. These GMs have lots of power. And like most others in power in Montreal, they are corrupt. But not by money (they have enough of that), but by their own egos and by stupid biases that ANYONE can all see for what they are.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The Desharnais contract is/was extremely puzzling to say the least. And you’d have to believe Briere was signed for the same reason? I love French players as much as a good English or Russian player but they should at least fall into what the team requires.

      I’d rather he pickup nobody over Briere and wish the Desharnais contract was never signed.

    • mksness says:

      eller is not a first line center. what gives you the impression that he is?

  17. 24 Cups says:

    Ryder/Cole instead of Briere?
    Lapierre instead of Parros?
    Schultz instead of Drewiske?

    I can’t say I’m overly impressed with MB’s moves this week. None of them are deal breakers or off the charts like the Harmonic, Clowe or Flippula deals but they still don’t get me very excited.

    • SmartDog says:

      Who wants the over-priced Clowe of Fluppula? Not me.
      And we NEED a Parros. We don’t need a Lapierre.
      It’s not about shocking moves, it’s about building a strong team with the parts you need. And not buying into the hype of some players.
      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • 24 Cups says:

        SD – My point was that I’m glad MB didn’t make deals such as the Clowe and Flippula.

        We need Parros to go up against four or five teams. The rest of the time he’ll be the 14 forward who can’t play any other position, take a regular shift or kill penalties.

        • SmartDog says:

          Wow. I totally was confused by your post! :)

          I get your point about Parros but to me, it’s a good signing because it’s just for 1 year/1 million. Without a better solution for this year – Parros is a good stopgap – he’s needed.

          He gives the team the knowledge that this guy is there. Prust isn’t going to have to stand up to every a-hole on the other teams. Moen isn’t going to be expected to fight (when he obviously doesn’t want to). And when he’s in the game, players will be a little less likely to pick fights knowing he’s around.

          And Bergevin has left himself room to find a more complete solution for the year after. It’s not like he’s signed to a 4-year $3.5 million dollar deal… or a 2-year $4 million deal by the end of which we’re gonna wish it never happened.
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          Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • SlovakHab says:

      Yeah but how about that 7-year 35M contract he gave to Clarkson. We’ll have a solid 3rd liner nice and secure until he’s 36. He should be good for 15-22 goals each season! Bargain at $5.25M/year, especially with cap hopefully going up. Aren’t you excited about that?

  18. Fransaskois says:

    To piggy back on my last post…

    This is our core, as I see it. I’m not including role players, they come and go quite easily, that’s what Free Agency and the draft (Once you’ve cemented a core) is for.

    Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher
    XXXXXX-Eller-XXXXX

    Tinordi(#3)/Emelin-Subban(#1)
    Beaulieu(#2)/Diaz-Gorges(#4)

    Players outside of our core, playing significant roles, over 30yrs:
    Plekanec, Gionta, Markov, Bouillon, Bourque, ~Briere

    These are the players that need to be moved to give our core the best chance at competing, perhaps not all at once ;) . Some will bring in a good return (Plekanec, Bourque), others will bring in picks or prospects (Gionta, Markov). I’d strive towards bringing in fast, physical wingers as well as a good two-way winger for the second line. This is our future (creating a cup window) and this is how cups have been won in the last 5 years. It’s tough to think about moving players that you like or that play a significant role on the current team however, it’s time for a changing of the guard, these players had their chance to win but didn’t. This is our chance, we’ve got to capitalize on what we’ve got. Players like Galchenyuk, Subban, Pacioretty, Tinordi, Gallagher and Price don’t come together in their primes very often.

    That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately. Moving these players (depending on the return) will likely mean an entirely different team structure and a potentially less productive team but a much better team in the future. As Ricky Bobby’s Dad once said, “If you’re not first, you’re last”.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Tinordi and Beaulieu are good prospects who have yet to prove they can be established NHLers. They can’t be considered core players at this point in time.

      I know it’s a picky point but we have been down this road before as fans (I remember the debates over Higgins and Komisarek becoming captain when this site first started)

      • SlovakHab says:

        I remember that too. :D Very, very vividly.
        Gallagher can also very, very easily become the new Desharnais or Gorges. One bad season and people will package him with Moen and 2nd rounder in every possible trade.

        He’s a new shiny toy now, and a first liner on 50% of proposed line combinations. Just give him a bad month and we’ll see how much people see him as core of our team.

        • CharlieHodgeFan says:

          Like Slovakhab (wise posting there) I think Gallagher could easily have a Desharnais season. Don’t forget the Desharnais season before – he was excellent, and he was our small guy against all odds story. With one off year, he’s under the bus for the anti-francophone fans, and with one off year, Gallagher will be down there with him as the Irish version.
          I’m hoping that DD and Gorges both rebound from whatever ailed them last season, and that their play improves dramatically. I want a team without whipping boys, although that would be a heartbreaker for the fan base. I want Briere and Gionta to mentor the young guys (Desharnais and Gallagher) and for them all to score like they want to.
          The core? It’s in transition and unproven yet.

    • Cal says:

      After all this waiting, I am hoping the Habs don’t go the Oiler route. That is to say sucking for another 7 years.

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  19. Fransaskois says:

    Good morning, Morning Crew! It has been a crazy last couple of days.

    In the last couple of days we have:
    Brought in a leader on a short term contract (Briere)
    Signed a physical AHL/4th line player (Tarnasky)
    Traded for an enforcer (Parros)

    Suffice to say, these are not moves to bring us closer to a cup. Bergevin did not bring in “the missing pieces” some were expecting. However, it fits with everything he’s been pushing the last couple of months – building through the draft and building for the future. These are all stopgap moves and moves that will help insulate our young players.

    Signing Briere as a leader and as a veteran presence was a very solid move. Of course, he is not the player he once was but, he plays with character, veteran savvy and brings leadership that was severely lacking in our veteran group (Markov, Plekanec). He is a clutch player you can depend on in all situations, whether he produces or not. Signing Briere, in my opinion, makes two of Plekanec, Gionta and Desharnais, expendable. Now, this is not to say Briere will be replacing Plekanec or Gionta’s production, Briere will be filling that spot so Galchenyuk and Eller don’t have to if Plekanec, Desharnais or Gionta are traded. I see this as a developmental insulator. It would mean that Eller and Galchenyuk are not playing over their heads and are not depended on to carry the team.

    This is one of the last developmentally protected years for Eller. If he is to take on the top-6 defensive center role, this is his time to do it. Based on his production last year, he has earned himself more responsibility and more minutes. If he is not given the responsibility now, after earning it, I can’t see much more room for growth as a #3C. He is not at Plekanec’s production level yet but, he has earned the right and is at an age where he needs to be given the chance to reach that level. For the long-term benefit of Eller’s development, I believe Plekanec should be traded.

    • Cal says:

      Good morning, Fran.
      I have to disagree, especially on the FA signing of Briere. Habs already have too many small forwards and MB’s answer is to sign another? Stopgap or not, this was a “Get any Quebecois you can” kind of move, especially after failing to sign Lecavalier. (That would have been an incredibly stupid move as well.)
      This is the off-season that Pleks could be moved for an actual asset, whether it be that tough Dman the Habs need or perhaps that tough winger. Instead, The Habs get an old Parros- who won’t play more than 7 minutes a game.

      I am still waiting for MB to impress with on ice moves. The off ice management team is all well and good, but we pay to watch the players, and this team is too small. 4 of the top 9 forwards are tiny. That’s ridiculous and MUST be addressed. This summer, not next.

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      • Fransaskois says:

        Well, you’re totally right if you’re expecting the team to compete now. Our forward lines, and defence, is very small and non-physical. We will likely get slaughtered by most teams.

        But to me, this is a development move, plain and simple. It makes no logical sense if he’s making the move to just improve on last year’s team (though it does do that, slightly). He wanted to bring in a leader that would fit with the team that brings the versatility to insulate and expose Eller and Galchenyuk at centre. That’s what I get anyway. No GM is stupid enough to only sign a player because he’s French. He got him because he’s a leader, versatile, wants to be here and came at a low cap hit and term. He wasn’t signed as the answer or as a “core” player.

        Agreed on the need to make moves though. Even if we aren’t competing, I don’t want to see us tossed around or stagnating with what we have. I think, based on rumours and gut feeling, we’ll be moving a significant piece at some point this year. Perhaps not this summer but at the trade deadline.

      • Ncognito says:

        Why be so concerned about what this team will look like size wise for the coming season or next for that matter when it’s obviously MB is not willing to overpay (money and term) for free agents in their 30’s, or sell the farm for a quick fix. This team has holes everywhere and that will be fixed when the prospects are NHL ready in 4 years. Most here want to sell the farm to fix a few holes and that will destroy this team. When trades happen it will be for good young talent that is currently already signed to long term managable cap hits. Would you have made the Bobby Ryan trade? I wouldn’t even if we had the same players going back because in 2 years this american boy with the g/f that asked if they were moving north of Detroit will be long gone back to the USA. Ottawa will regret this trade when they can’t resign Ryan in 18 months. I see this as a 1 step forward – 2 steps back trade.

        • Cal says:

          Thinking that rookies will lead this team or that all will be better “in three or four years” is the biggest joke I keep reading here. 29 other teams draft, too.
          I certainly would have made the Ryan trade. Ottawa is a lot better because of it. I would have done it even if it cost a Beaulieu or another prospect because they haven’t proved SFA yet while Ryan has 4 30 goal seasons to his credit and goes to the net.

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    • JF says:

      Agree with you on the Brière signing, but I don’t think it implies a trade of one of the others at this point. We still need Plekanec as our No. 1 centre as I’m not sure Brière has enough left for that role. I wouldn’t trade Pleks now unless Bergevin can get a great deal for a player who would fill a need long term, which is unlikely without including a younger, potentially more valuable asset. Gionta is coming off an injury so would not fetch much, while Desharnais needs to show more than he did last year. I think the right time to trade one of these guys would be next year or, better still, at the trade deadline if we’re not going to make the playoffs.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        I think this is one of our many problems –needing or perceiving to need Pleks as a #1 centre. If we refuse to move a prime asset who doesn’t fit long term, I don’t see us improving much.

        I confess that to me Pleks embodies the futility that many saw in Saku. I didn’t understand that then, but I do now. So, it’s nothing personal against the guy. I just feel that I want to move on.

        • JF says:

          The first time I considered trading Plekanec was after the playoffs this year. At the end-of-season meeting with the media, he was asked if the team should have done anything different in the playoffs. He thought for a minute and then said no, we’re a team based on skill and speed and have to play that way. I didn’t like that answer. When you’ve just been hammered 4-1 in a series, two of the games being blowouts, you have to be thinking you should have done something different.

          I’m not saying Plekanec is our No.1 centre long term, just that he is for now. The time will come when he should be moved or, if not that, dropped to third-line centre. I just don’t think the time is quite yet – unless, as I said above, Bergevin can get something great in return without giving up too much.

  20. montreal ace says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lac Megantic tonight, and the devastation they face.

  21. Poor McCarron, in his first ever practice without a cage, just took a puck to the face… Looks like he’s okay.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • SmartDog says:

      Ya gotta take that sig down.

      Everytime I see it I think Gainey wouldn’t be so foolish as to walk down any dark alley. And then I think about the alley he walked us down… with Scott Gomez leading the way. Gainey was a great hockey player. That’s it. He’s not a hero or superman.

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  22. Soolz says:

    Am I the only one here (if this hasn’t been talked about in pages to far back for me to review) that is surprised Fournier went undrafted? I look at his numbers, they steadily improved each year, he wins the memorial cup, had a great playoff doing so, has 6’3″ size and decent weight… penalty minutes are up making me believe he may have an edge… The teams Captain… I mean, we drafted McCarron for potential but on paper I see the same if not more… Is this an awesome pick up for nothing or am I missing something here… someone please, if you saw him play, straighten me out. and on a less then impressive note…

    At 22 seconds into this video and a highlight I watched on t.v. leads me to believe this kid needs to really work on his balance and skating.. But let’s hope! He’s a big lad.

    Enjoy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swjqHdB3WnQ

    • Ncognito says:

      Fournier broke his leg high school and then had a set back the following year when the pin loosened. This would have hampered his skating for sure. From what I have read on here he seems to have the character and desire to overcome set backs. Hopefully the habs can help with the skating.

  23. BELIEVE IT OR NOT says:

    DD and a 2nd rounder for stewart we will gain size. Putting up points. I would have to call it a draw.

  24. Whatever says:

    Cheers.

  25. chrskwn says:

    sooo when are they gonna announce the jagr signing?

    • Timo says:

      They have to ensure that Mtl will have an adequate supply of hair products. Until that condition is lifted there won’t be an announcement.

      • Clay says:

        They had enough for Theodore – even Price. But Jaromir takes it to a whole new level with the facial hair added into the mix. I’m not sure even Montreal can handle that.

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      • Whatever says:

        There isn’t a hair club for men in Montreal?

  26. Clay says:

    Man, I have zero respect for Anderson Silva. What a fitting end.

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  27. H.Upmann says:

    A nice graceful setup exit for Silva…. What a crock of shit

  28. habsfan0 says:

    Elisha Cuthbert married Dion Phaneuf on Saturday.
    She grew up in Greenfield Park.
    I still think she’s a Habs fan.

  29. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My heartfelt thoughts for the good folks of Lac Megantic

  30. Sportfan says:

    Adam Pardy is a 6’4 d-man who signed a 1 year 600 000 contract surprised we didn’t try for him he’s got size

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  31. Sportfan says:

    Wow Fournier has nice height and is from where I’m from !

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  32. krob1000 says:

    How in the world can you not welcome Jaromir Jagr….he is one of the top 10 offensive players…ever. Having guys Galchenyuk, Eller, etc play a year with him would be worth any amount of money for one season…despite his slowed game…he is still as creative a player as there has ever been, is still a master puck protector,etc. I get the impression the Habs want some serious leaders around their kids this year. Briere and Jagr are both great players well beyond their due date…who cares…they offer a lot to the kids and if they are wanting to play in Montreal…let them.

    • H.Upmann says:

      Win! F### yeah I want Jagr here. And I like that Briers I here. Exactly everything you said.

    • SmartDog says:

      Absolutely. And 1 year is low-no risk.

      He didn’t score, but if you watched him in the playoffs, you saw a guy who can really play. He knows how to control the puck, you can’t take it from him, and that pass to Bergeron in the crease was just sick.

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      • The Jackal says:

        Yeah SD, and he was really close to scoring, but just got bad bounces. He set up his teammates a lot and really controlled the play. Maybe he benefited from the B’s cycle offense but even on his own he won battles and controlled the puck well. I’d take him for sure.

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  33. Haborama says:

    @MattyLeg

    Who’s your pick?

  34. ProHabs says:

    Gionta has character. Please extend his contract for another 5 years MB.

    • 416erHabsFan says:

      sarcasm I hope, Maybe take the “C” away will relieve some of the stress and he can focus on do something this year instead of absolutely nothing last year.

  35. Vinman says:

    pac pelk jagr
    gagne briere bour
    gal eller gall
    moen prust parros

    trade gio and desh

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    So we hear lots all the time about character, leaders and those good in the room. In light of this do we expect to see a letdown/dropoff in the Senators? Alfie was clearly the leader of that team, will be curious to see how the leadership mantle is passed over to Spezza/Karlsson and Neil.

    • Timo says:

      Absolutely. Senators don’t have character and are not good in the room. They are doomed.

    • Haborama says:

      Neil will get the “C” in my opinion.

      Well liked by teammates, good with media, good on ice, he’s captain materiel.

      pains me to say it, but it’s true.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …that must be a serious kick to the Sens’ fans’ gut

      …I understand Alfredsson’s wanting a better chance for a Cup before he lowers the curtain on his career, but it sure is a classic illustration why not to get too attached to a player

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      The more I look at that trade for Ryan, the more I think the Sens got fleeced. The players have to see that one too.
      They took a double hit.

      Then again, as Alfredsson goes, he might also have retired.
      The Sens are good team, and the last playoff was no fluke. I loathe them, but they are good. They are going to be an obstacle for a few seasons, even if they hurt their longterm development with the Ryan trade.

      • The_Truth says:

        How could have the Sens got fleeced, getting a 4 time 30 goal scorer, who is a 6’2, 26 years old, and drives the net hard, with sick skill?

        They didn’t hurt any long term development. Ryan has 10 big years coming and is only entering his prime. One of the purest goalscoreres you will find. He and Spezza will be a scary duo.

        • Saintpatrick33 says:

          Because they gave up too much. Ryan is awesome but he has a 2 year deal he could walk after those two years and Ottawa loses all those assets for nothing.

  37. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    http://www.allhabs.net/canadiens-prospects/habs-development-camp-report-day-3/

    Sorry if this has been posted earlier. This is a link to Dan kramer’s great report (allhabs.net)

    24 cups and counting….

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Wish I could go and see the prospects during scrimmages. Must be fun.

      It’s nice to see guys standing out like Collberg, Tinordi, Beaulieu and even Hudon.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …thanks Brent, just what I was looking for

      …too bad development camp not followed in-depth on HIO or The Gazette for Us needing a prospect fix

  38. Forum Dog says:

    Like the signings today. Good for Hamilton short-term, and the Fournier one could be good longer term. Watched some of the clips from hockey fights and the guy is no possum when the gloves are off. He comes at you. Stats suggest he can bury a few as well, and was a captain in Halifax. Lots of good qualities there….

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My apology for mentioning the trade ‘rumor’ between Us and the Phiendish Phlyers …I normally don’t get caught-up in that stuff

    …but, it was My Son that brought it to My attention, and how much more credibility can One get ? :)

  40. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Jagr: How I love the Montreal Casino…ah I mean Canadiens…

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

    • Mike D says:

      LOL – sounds about right DDO.

      That said, I would have preferred Jagr to Briere. For one, he fills more of a need given his size and puck possession skills, and he’s been a model for younger players according to Philly, Dallas, and Boston. He also would have likely signed for a little less money and/or term.

      – Honestly yours
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  41. The Jackal says:

    The rumoured trade between us and Philly is very interesting, but having Pleks in the deal makes no sense, Philly is already deep at C, unless they plan on using Vinny on the wing or something else.

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  42. NightRyder says:

    How I love the Habs, by Jaromir Jagr:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22661772/jaromir-jagr-talking-to-montreal-canadiens

    Maybe the Jarosaurus coming to Montreal might hasten the departure of Gionta.

    The team needs to be taken out of the hands of Gionta, Markov, Gorges etc. and truly (symbolic or not) given to Subban, Price, Pacioretty and Gallagher.

    It’s too easy to say, ‘well, the young guys will just assume those roles.’ That’s not usually how it works. As long as these well-respected guys, with the letters on their sweaters, remain in the picture, that will be the leadership group.

    Even flogging Gionta and immediately putting the ‘C’ on Subban would be a huge move. First, it would make him much more likely to stay and maybe even save us a penny or two out of sheer loyalty (yeah, fat chance). Second, it would signal a quantum change in the club that I think is required.

    I think you’ll see a different group in Edmonton this year with Horcoff gone and the young guys actually forced to really step up. I think it’s also why Ottawa will be better off this year without Alfredsson.

    The Markov-Gorges-Gionta-Plekanec group has been in place for years. None will be around when this team hits its full stride. Doesn’t mean they’re not useful players or great guys, just that most should be considered at or near the end of their run as Canadiens.

    • Haborama says:

      Gionta is a good player who gives his all, I think a lot of posters here disrespect him, which pisses me off.

      He’s not like the Tit brothers or Ryder, he has loyalty heart and character (REAL character, not fake MB character).

      If any of the smurfs deserve to stay, it’s him and Gallagher. I can’t think of a better guy to show Gally the ropes.

      If we do trade him, I hope it’s to a contender, for a lot in return. He deserves no less.

      • The Jackal says:

        Yeah, Gio is a class act and has been a very good player for us.

        I think MB sees that in him and does not trade him, but he does not re-sign with us after his contracte expires.

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        • Mike D says:

          Gio is a class act and deserves respect.
          That said, we should try to get something in return instead of letting him just walk away for nothing. Might be tough if we’re in a playoff spot, but SJ did it this past season and I think it was a good move.

          – Honestly yours
          Twitter: @de_benny

      • NightRyder says:

        He is indeed a good player who gives his all. He represents himself and the team with class and heart.

        He’s also small, oft-injured and soon-to-be 35 years old.

        I’m sure he’ll stick around until at least the trading deadline, but from a strictly unsentimental view, I’d like to see him gone ASAP.

      • zorro says:

        I would NOT want to lose Gio yet, we need a hard working vet, to help the youth, he plays his role well.

  43. H.Upmann says:

    In non hockey stuff: looking forward to Silva fight

  44. Mike D says:

    What is the rumour that has us getting Stewart from the Blues?

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  45. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @Frontenac

    …something You may relate to, …I once got blotto-ed with Brown’s back group The Flames, back in the ’70s, in the old Smiling Buddha night club (owned by Tommy Chong’s dad) in Vancouver.

    …crazy night that included their instruments seized for an unpaid Sylvia Hotel bill, and sleeping it off (4 6 ft+ black guys) in My then Volkswagen mini-station wagon

    …an early, foggy morning stroll in the penguin exhibit at Vancouver’s then Stanley Park Zoo, and a Sunday morning wait in front of a Western Union office

    …those are just the parts of the story I can talk about …the rest will follow in My autobiography, posthumously

    :)

  46. habs1992 says:

    I have not heard anything about the Flyers Habs trade, nothing.

    I support Carey Price
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  47. Mike D says:

    On the Habs/Flyers rumour of Simmons/Coburn/Talbot for Plek/Moen/Beaulieu/2nd……..I have a hard time believing it has any validity cuz it doesn’t make much sense for either club.

    Philly is set at C (as are we) so Plek doesn’t really have a place there. Talbot and Moen are basically a wash in terms of their game and salary/contract so not sure why either would be included (except for maybe Talbot’s heritage). Simmons is the type of player we need, but he’s yet another RW and we have too many of those as it is. I realize many wingers can play both sides, but why are we loading up on the RW and playing so many guys out of their natural position?

    On Coburn, frankly, I think he’s overrated. Yes he’s big and is a decent player but he’s already 28 and has had numerous injuries. He’s signed for 4.5mil for 3 more years which is a lot of money for a Dman who doesn’t put up points. Yes, he fills a need, but there’s cheaper FA’s out there that can bring most of what Coburn would bring and they wouldn’t cost us top prospects/picks, or as much $$ or term. Mark Fistric for example, and he can likely be had on a 1-2 year deal for 1-2mil per.

    I’d love to get Simmonds – I’d REALLY love to get Simmonds actually, but giving away Plek and Beaulieu is a really high price to pay considering NB’s upside and our lack of a C who has proven he can take Plek’s role (Eller’s most likely but lets not pidgeon hole him into a defensive center just yet if he can be an offensive force too).

    For me Plek/Beaulieu/2nd rounder/Fistric is greater than Simmonds/Coburn.

    I’m excluding Talbot and Moen cuz I think that part is a wash.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • JF says:

      I agree that it makes no sense. I can’t see Bergevin giving up any of our good prospects except for a player who would fill an important need long term. It runs directly counter to what he’s trying to do, which is restock our system while icing a competitive team. I also would love to get Simmonds, but I can’t see it happening.

      • Mike D says:

        Exactly right, Jane.

        I can’t see Philly trading Simmonds either. He’s a typical Flyers prototype player (he’s big and plays physical) and is one of the few players they have who is signed to a VERY reasonable contract considering that he’s a young but established productive NHLer who is pretty damn effective….and he’s signed for a while too which is another plus.

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  48. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    No sign of the Habs / Flyers trade on hockeybuzz, which means it’s definitely going to happen. E100

  49. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    RE: Flyers-Habs rumours

    I know Holmgren thinks the cap is something he puts on his head but even he’s not that stupid…

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

  50. Habifax says:

    Habs just signed Gretzky and Messier!

  51. chanchilla says:

    anyone know any sites that have 24ch either streaming or to download in english, i still havent gotten to watch it all and i need a hockey(habs) fix.

  52. frontenac1 says:

    James Brown amigos! “Get on the scene,like a sex machine” Now you’re taking. Take me to the bridge.

  53. ProHabs says:

    Are the deals between the Habs and Philly and the Habs and Blues official? Do we now have Colburne, Simmonds, Talbot and Stewart on our team. Awesome work Bergevin.

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just dropping in to pass on a ‘rumor’ My Son just mentioned to Me being discussed on the Twitterverse; namely a potential Philthydelphia-Habitants trade; Pleks, Moen and Beaulieu for the Phlyers’ Cobourne, Simmonds and Talbot

    …has that rumor been discussed recently ?

    …Pleks I would miss, Beaulieu’s potential unknown, Moen no loss, but the return would be quite a ‘cultural-change’ for Our Team, n’est-ce pas ?

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    • HabFab says:

      Spector’s Hockey @SpectorsHockey

      Rumor flying around has #Habs shipping Plekanec, Beaulieu & Moen to #Flyers for Coburn, Simmonds & Talbot. Sounds like wishful thinking.Flyers already deep at center (Giroux, Lecavalier, Couturier, Schenn). No fit for Plekanec there.

      The only thing that this rumor has going for it is that it is $10.5 ml for $8.0 ml trade in Salary Cap and takes Philly out of the Salary Cap hole.

    • SlovakHab says:

      So who exactly replaces our no.1 center playing against Crosbys, Datsyuks, Stamkoses and Bergerons of NHL?

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …dunno, Plecky is the One I’m reluctant to give up too

        …but, if this trade goes down, it does add a whole lot of options We are missing and would compensate

    • H.Upmann says:

      ……. Interesting.. Could play with Briers. And if we add Jagr… We’ll be Les Flyers De Lucien L’allier

    • Haborama says:

      lotta twitter chatter

      Simmonds just tweeted “C”

      ppl are going nuts, some think he’s the Flyers captain now, others think he’s about to be traded to the Habs.

      I think he’s drunk or high or both.

  55. HabFab says:

    Looking for info on tonight’s prospect scrimmage. Not much coming yet but Collberg was apparently hot. Quailer scored 2 goals, Nystrom looking good with shoot out winner. Bournival and Reway getting some praise. Final game / scrimmage tomorrow.

    • Haborama says:

      Collberg is undersized but has some pretty awesome talent. First line upside is what I heard.

      Put him on a line with Chucky and a big dude and he will be a 30-40 scorer. Mark my words.

      • SlovakHab says:

        Collberg is as tall as Crosby and Mike Richards. I never hear about them being “undersized”.
        Getting tired of this “small / big” talk.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        I have heard that Collberg has an insane wrist shot.

        “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • Mark C says:

      Collberg is a stud. One more year in Sweden, then likely a year in the A. Don’t think he’s that far away. Just like Chucky did, he could walk into Montreal as a top-3 shoot out shooter.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        I think Collberg is already signed and will play in Ham next season

        “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

        • Mark C says:

          He’s also under contract in Sweden for one more year. Believe he’s confirmed that he’s staying in Sweden for one more year before coming over to NA.

  56. ZepFan2 says:

    @Smartdog

    I haven’t heard it. I’ll have check it out.

    I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not, if not, check out Frank Zappa’s version of Stairway to Heaven on youtube.

    ———————————————————————-
    Ka is a wheel.

    “On we sweep, with threshing oar.
    Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

    For Your Life

  57. Haborama says:

    Latest rumor has Beauliau, Moen, Plecky and a 2nd going to Philly for Coburn, Talbot, and Simmonds.

    Sounds a little far fetched, but would you do it?

    If so: WHY?
    If not: WHY NOT?

    EDIT: Simmonds just tweeted “C”. Could be nothing, but some ppl are going a little nuts.

  58. SmartDog says:

    * NOT ABOUT HOCKEY *
    Anyone here read any of these:
    – Sandman Slim (Kadry)
    – Life Expectancy (Koontz)
    – Nine Princes in Amber (Zelazny)

    Three of my favorite summer reads ever. If you HAVE read and loved these books and have a suggestion for me, please let me know!

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  59. Haborama says:

    Mitch Melnick is an old favorite, great commentator, TSN materiel if you ask me!

  60. Haborama says:

    Hope we won’t see any embarrassing Paddy Kane esq. pics of McCarron!

    that would put a dent in the whole “character” thing….

  61. frontenac1 says:

    Who’s Cuthbert? The TV guy?

  62. Haborama says:

    Is Front alright?

  63. frontenac1 says:

    Yeah, Parros is a start.He’s hilarious. Just add in a little Trevor Gillies psycho and we”re good to go amigos.

  64. habstrinifan says:

    I was intrigued by the discussion between ED, Habfab and 10992.

    The player in question was a Corbin. I googled and it came up with the following:

    Antoine Corbin Defenceman
    Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 202
    Shoots: Left Born: 18 Jun 1992
    Birthplace: Granby, QC, Canada

    This information is at NHL.COM under the Canadiens page. There is no otheR information under stats or BIO etc.

  65. frontenac1 says:

    30 C, Bob Marley,Mojitos and some Rockets. Life is good amigos. Is Jagr still alive?Saludos!

  66. The Jackal says:

    At this point, I would welcome the addition of Jagr and/or Stewart.
    The thing is, adding one more forward bumps one of our current forwards out. Unless Prust is playing on the third line, our fourth line, with the addition of Parros, is full with a forward to spare.

    Add a top 6 guy and that means that one of our current guys is the odd man out.

    I think that the Habs would need to move some players if they are really trying to sign for Jagr or trade for Stewart. If that trade occurred and a roster top 6 forward was part of it, then problem solved, but if we add a guy by signing or trading prospects/picks then we have too many forwards.

    I think that changes the landscape a bit regarding these moves’ probability of occurrence, as I don’t see MB trading Gionta or Gallagher, perhaps Moen or DD, but then we need to throw some assets in there and I’m not sure MB wants to part with our top prospects.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      I agree, someone would have to go to make room for another body. Also, what if a prospect impresses enough in training camp and makes the big team? Do we want a logjam of veteran fourth liners taking ice time away from a promising rookie?

  67. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Here’s an interesting stats. I remember some posters wanting Tyler Biggs to be drafted by Habs? Well here’s the stats of Leafs Biggs and Habs McCarron, year before and the year they were drafted.

    Biggs drafted 1st round 22nd overall
    2009-10 USHL Team USA 24GP 11pts 54pims .46 PtsPG
    2010-11 USHL Team USA 20GP 11pts 41pims .55 PtsPG

    McCarron drafted 1st round 25th overall
    2011-12 USHL Team USA 35GP 17pts 112pims .49 PtsPG
    2012-13 USHL Team USA 19GP 10pts 84pims .53 PtsPG

  68. Andy says:

    I hope McCarron decides to play for the London Knights this year, so I can go and watch him play.

  69. Psycho29 says:

    Michael McCarron ‏ @MacAttackUSA93 2m
    Having a lot of fun here in Montreal #unreal

    Mitch Melnick ‏ @HunterZThompson 2m
    @MacAttackUSA93 Pace yourself.

  70. Ncognito says:

    @HabFab
    “Good luck with your trading scenario. They can’t seem to understand that it doesn’t matter how many $5 or $10 players they throw out there. It takes a $50 to get a $50 player.”

    Exactly – most of these armchair GM’s wouldn’t get return phone calls after 2 days on the job.

  71. frontenac1 says:

    I’m still hammered.

  72. thebonscott says:

    i wish leave a comment was on the side of the screen so you didn’t have to scroll to the bottom!!!!
    any is it just me being mesmerized looking at that sexiest gif ever girl??? i mean it is all i can do to look away, dammmit

    GET BIGGER, GET TOUGHER, GET EVEN.

  73. Curtis O Habs says:

    Martin Hanzal in Phoenix is the man to target. Not Stewart and certainly not Jagr.

  74. thebonscott says:

    i would be okay with involving thrower in a trade, i know he plays tough but, only 6 feet, and a fringe D-man at best.

    GET BIGGER, GET TOUGHER, GET EVEN.


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