(AUDIO) Habs sign Markov to three-year contract; Burns named to Hall of Fame

To listen to what Markov had to say during a mid-afternoon conference call with reporters click here:

Andrei Markov won’t be leaving Montreal.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday afternoon that the defenceman has signed a new three-year contract. Markov could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The deal is worth $17.25 million with a $5.75-million salary-cap hit each season. It is identical to the three-year contract the 35-year-old Markov just completed.

“We are very happy to have secured a long-term agreement with Andrei,” Bergevin said in a statement. “He is an important part of our group of core players. He is healthy, shows a very good work ethic and has great leadership skills. He plays big minutes against the top opponents, and game-changing defencemen of his calibre are hard to find.”

Said Markov in a statement: “I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for years to come. I played for the Canadiens for the past 14 seasons, Montreal is my home. I am very confident in our group of players and I want to contribute to the success of our team.”

In 81 games this past season, Markov posted 7-36-43 totals and was plus-12, while averaging 25:14 of ice time. In 17 playoff games, he posted 1-9-10 totals and was minus-4.

The Canadiens selected Markov in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the 1998 NHL entry draft.

In other news Monday, former Canadiens coach Pat Burns was among six people selected as the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction class of 2014. Joining Burns will be Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and referee Bill McCreary.

Burns, who coached the Canadiens for four seasons, starting in 1988-89, will be posthumously inducted into the builder category four years after his death from cancer. The three-time Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s coach of the year also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey, winning the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003.

“It’s a great day for me and my family,” Lynn Burns, Pat’s widow, told the Hockey Hall of Fame website. “I’m speechless and tremendously happy. Pat would be proud and this is well-deserved.”

Tweeted Canadiens owner Geoff Molson: “Pat Burns to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. A well-deserved honour for a great coach.”

Habs sign Markov for three more years, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Why Markov is worth three years and $5.75-million cap hit, The Hockey News

Markov’s contract history, capgeek.com

Canadiens’ salary-cap chart, capgeek.com

Burns joins Hall of Fame, montrealgazette.com

Blake, Forsberg, Hasek, Modano lead 2014 Hall class, NHL.com

Habs fans not happy with TV schedule, by Pat Hickey

 

1,284 Comments

  1. Sportfan says:

    Disappointed to hear that the Habs won’t pursue Weaver, if its true that’s disappointing

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  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Now I know how Jerry Lewis use to feel

    I feel like this is a telethon :) …Je me sens comme il s’agit d’un téléthon :)

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Patrice Desaulniers

    Sean Hanley

    Jonathan LeLievre

    Larry Houston

    JoAnne Sommers

    Ted ?

    Marshall Haggerty

    Faron Saufert

    Jamie Haggith

    J.F. Lemaire

    Thanks, merci Guyz and Dollz

    Keep those supports coming ! / Gardez ces supports à venir !

    “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Les fans de Compagnons du Tricolore, … Si vous êtes le souscripteur d’un Roger de rien … TV, internet, téléphone portable … RIEN Roger

    Téléphone Roger, … leur conseille calmement Vous passez votre entreprise X, Y ou Z.

    Quand ils vous demandent pourquoi, leur dire calmement pourquoi …c’est parce que vous êtes fan de l’un des Canadiens de Montréal

    Je pense qu’ils vont ajouter 2 + 2 ensemble

    “Manifestation Rogers panne de Canadiens jeu … à signer:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Près de 500 que signé notre pétition en ligne pour Roger.

    Je tiens vraiment à faire à 1000, … j’espère pour ce soir ou demain matin.

    Si Y’all peut roust certains des membres de votre famille, vos amis et connaissances où vous vivez ou dans d’autres régions du Canada et des États-Unis (en fait, l’Afrique, l’Europe, ou Asie) qui sont partisans du Tricolore et sont à ce jour encore aucune idée sur la pétition, leur donner un heads-up s’il vous plaît.

    500 je pense que c’est un nombre assez agréable à partir d’un seul site de fans en moins de 18 heures, vous ne pensez pas?

    Cela signifie qu’il est vrai souci et le ressentiment de ce qui s’est passé, en particulier pour des Canadiens de Montréal Les fans à la suite du contrôle de Roger des droits de diffusion à compter de cette saison à venir.

    Certains disent que Roger acheté les droits et ils peuvent faire ce qu’ils veulent.

    I, et d’autres pas si crédule, dire des foutaises!

    Les Canadiens de Montréal n’est pas seulement une «franchise de hockey« comme les autres, il est un Insitution national important pour les gens de Whitehorse au Yukon à Conception Bay à Terre-Neuve.

    Les Canadiens représentent aussi le plus grand amateur de hockey-base la plus diversifiée au Canada, côte à côte à l’autre. Pour dire Roger ne peut pas faire un produit financièrement possible de Channel a Tricolore, ou avoir un partenariat de coopération avec TVA et les filiales de Bell, TSN et RDS est superposé.

    C’est quelque chose si nous ne montrons pas notre frustration et de rejet de, Roger effet va faire à leur guise.

    Ne sous-estimez pas la puissance de la mauvaise presse, la perte d’activités et irrité les fans de Tricolore je dis.

    C’est d’une importance culturelle pour les francophones partout au Canada, pas seulement au Québec, Est de l’Ontario et dans les Maritimes. Avec assez de vitupérations cela a aussi le potentiel de devenir un enjeu culturel et politique.

    Donc, gardons pilonnant à Roger, et ne pas laisser en place jusqu’à ce qu’il y est un produit abordable pour tous les revenus-groupes de partisans des Canadiens de partout au Canada pour voir jouer leur équipe précieux c’est l’horaire complet d’une manière qui n’est pas compliqué et coûteux pour tout le monde .

    Il ne peut pas arriver du jour au lendemain, il peut être mortel combattue par les cônes têtes à Roger à Toronto. Mais, il ne faut pas oscillent jusqu’à Roger a créé un simili d’un Tricolore Canal abordable pour tous les matchs des Canadiens de Montréal disponibles à travers le Canada, de préférence avec des options d’entendre le jeu soit en français ou en anglais.

    Je suis sûr que si Roger commercialisée que de la bonne façon, ce sera une situation gagnant-gagnant pour les deux Rogers et nos fans.

    ____________________________________________________

    Pour tous les membres HIO: c’est compte Twitter le lien de Scott Moore; https://twitter.com/MooreScottmoore

    Scott Moore est président de Sportsnet et NHL Hockey pour Rogers.

    Aucun d’entre vous avec un compte Twitter, lui donner votre opinion de l’accès du Roger de télévision pour nos Canadiens de Montréal

    Pendant que vous y êtes, lui fournir le lien vers notre page de pétition pour qu’il puisse signer :)

    “Manifestation Rogers panne de Canadiens jeu … à signer:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

  6. RC-51 says:

    I am able to see all the names that have signed. Unfortunatly I think before we can even think about forwarding anything to anyone we need at least ten times the # of signatures

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      10 x 500 from HIO is a bit optimistic. We will have to get other English and French language sites involved.

      So HIOers, if You belong to any other Habs’ Fans site, please post Our petition link where ever You can.

      Stu Cowan, Dave Stubbs and Pat Hickey could be helpful too providing the link where ever possible if They are so inclined.

      With the right momentum we may realize a snowball effect.

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Are there French-speaking HIO members or readers that can post the below petition link in french-language habs’ sites and blogs ?

    “Manifestation Rogers panne de matchs des Canadiens … à signer”:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      Note Bene to all HIO:

      I may be the ‘Paul Revere’ that got on My horse, and it was My initiative to get this ball rolling, but it’s Dean Oliveira (RC-51) that found iPetition, registered it, and provided My Horse for this ride :)

      Thank You Dean for being the Guy to find iPetition …We would not have got this far without You stepping-up

      • RC-51 says:

        Thanks but you guys who have signed and that have spread the word are the ones doing the ‘grunt’ work. Thank You!
        All I did was get the ball rolling, you are the ones kicking!!

        Protest Rogers blacking out HABS GAMES ON RDS west of Quebec

        SIGN HERE: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          The one limitation Dean of iPetition is it can only show the names of the last 10 of the 550 that signed. It would be good if the app could give a read-out of all names so we can copy and send to Scott Moore, Keith Pelley, the CRTC, the press, etc..

  8. RC-51 says:

    To quote Mr Stubbs via Twitter:
    “Just had a chat with RDS VP Dominic Vannelli to clarify RDS #Habs telecasts in Canada during Rogers NHL contract. Please follow along:If you live west of Ottawa, at a geographical line not yet precisely known, your RDS feed will be blacked out during #Habs games…If sufficient fan pressure is brought to bear on NHL and/or Rogers to change this regulation re RDS blackout, that *might* change…But RDS VP Vannelli tells me that as of now, those so geographically placed will get alternate programming or a blackout notice on RDS…This story might or might not evolve in weeks to come. But for now, #Habs fans west of Ottawa have lost games on RDS”

    Protest Rogers blacking out HABS GAMES ON RDS west of Quebec

    SIGN HERE: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Fellow Habs’ Fans, …if You are a Roger’s subscriber of ANYTHING …T.V., internet, cell-phone …ANYTHING Roger’s

    Phone Roger’s, …calmly advise them You are switching Your business to X, Y or Z.

    When they ask You why, calmly tell them why, …it is because You are a Montreal Canadiens’ Fan

    …I think they will add 2 + 2 together

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Almost 500 that signed Our on-line petition for Roger’s.

    I really would like to make it to 1000, …hopefully for tonight or by tomorrow morning.

    If Y’all can roust some of Your family members, friends, and acquaintances where You live or in other parts of Canada and the US (in fact, Africa, Europe, or Asia) whom are Habs Fans and are so far yet clueless on the petition, please give them a heads up.

    500 I think is a pretty nice number from a single Fan site in less than 18 hours, don’t You think ?

    It means there is true concern and resentment to what has transpired, specifically for Montreal Canadiens Fans as a result of Roger’s control of broadcasting rights beginning this coming season.

    Some say Roger’s bought the rights and they can do as they please.

    I, and others not so gullible, say hogwash !

    The Montreal Canadiens is not just a ‘hockey franchise’ like any other, it is a national insitution important to folks from Whitehorse in the Yukon to Conception Bay Newfoundland.

    The Habs represent also the largest most-diverse hockey Fan-base in Canada, coast to coast to coast. To say Roger’s can’t make a financially feasible product of a Habs’ Channel, or have a cooperative partnership with TVA and Bell’s affiliates, TSN & RDS is bunk.

    It is something if We do not show Our frustration and rejection of, Roger’s indeed will do as they please.

    Do not underestimate the power of bad press, lost business and incensed Habs’ Fans I say.

    It’s of cultural importance to Francophones across Canada, not only in Quebec, Eastern Ontario, and the Maritimes. With enough vituperation this has also the potential to become a cultural and political issue.

    So, let’s keep pounding away at Roger’s, and not let-up until there is an affordable product for all income-groups of Habs Fans across Canada to watch Their treasured Team play it’s full schedule in a way that is not convoluted and expensive for everyone.

    It may not happen over-night, it may be deathly resisted by the cone-heads at Roger’s in Toronto. But, let’s not waver until Roger’s has created a simili of an affordable Habs Channel for all Montreal Canadiens games available across Canada, preferably with options of hearing the game either in French or English.

    I’m sure if Roger’s marketed that the right way, that will be a win-win for both Rogers and Our Fans.

    ____________________________________________________

    For all HIO members: this is Scott Moore’s Twitter account link; https://twitter.com/MooreScottmoore

    Scott Moore is President of Sportsnet and NHL Hockey for Rogers.

    Any of You with a Twitter account, give him Your opinion of the Roger’s television access for Our Montreal Canadiens

    While You’re at it, provide him the link to Our petition page so he can sign it :)

    “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

  11. CJ says:

    I’ve been harsh of Bergevin at times, but, IMO, he deserved to be GM of the year. I really shouldn’t care as half the writers who vote for these awards have zero clue outside of their respective market, but, really, Bob Murray?

    • Mavid ® says:

      pretty disapponted

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Strummer says:

      Why is Murray such a bad choice?
      Ducks finished first in the West which was the toughest conference.

      ____________________________________________________
      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  12. SC-1993 says:

    near the end of August we should know how the Habs look going into training camp…

  13. Grimmly says:

    I think Montreal needs to take Joshua Ho-Sang, too skilled not to, he will learn to play with others!

  14. Sportfan says:

    How cool would it be if we drafted Claude Lemieux son! Think he would fit our club?

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  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a comment exchange at the bottom of the Steve Simmonds story on Ho-sang;

    ‘Mike Hunt: “Racism exist in hockey ?, no way.. that can’t be?!?!”

    sobit: “oh yes it does, look at the way some people vilify Don Cherry?” ‘

    :)

  16. Mavid ® says:

    I love Phillip Phillips so happy to see him doing so well..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  17. MikeHabs says:

    Lets look outside the first round, heres a look at players the Habs could target with their later picks! http://www.allaboutthehabs.ca/2014-draft-potential-mid-later-round-picks/

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Dipsy.
    “They are both hockey players.” (100s of posts ago).
    Gem.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay I get that Suarez is a petulant little prick, but his bite while brutal (and he should be thrown out of remaining world cup) was not as bad as the bad call Ivory Coast got shafted on.

    Yet every sports show is only concerned about the chipmunk like bites on Chialini’s shoulder.

    Ivory Coast was jobbed!

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Really, was it brutal? It was childish, stupid and embarrassing but the incident itself was harmless at the same time. An elbow to the head, a tackle where you can break someone´s leg or something like Fred´s ridiculous dive against Croatia are much worse in my point of view. I think Chiellini will survive.

      I guess I have to watch the call against Ivory Coast again.

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        It was Bad.

        Costed Ivory Coast from going through.

        They also could have made some noise in the knockout rounds while Greece will fold quickly

        The Suarez incident was also not the reason Italy lost…don’t let Italy fans tell you otherwise :)

        • Frank2468 says:

          Well if Suarez got a red card for his childish play just like Marchisio got a red card then it’s 10 on 10 and the out come would probably be different. I find it interesting that in the group stage Italy, Spain and England are gone and the only remaining European teams left that can challenge for the cup are Germany and France smells kind of fishy. And after all like most TV sport analyst are saying if Brazil doesn’t win the cup the people in Brazil will probably riot. So it seems to be setting up nicely for Brazil to coast to a cup win. Beautiful game my A** more like beautiful FIFA corruption. I’m sick of soccer period with all the B.S maybe all the jobbing of other teams will slow down when FIFA comes in to the 21 century with technology. No official in any sport should have that much power over teams. Video review should be allowed on important matters like an off side which results in a goal or whether called or not and B.S that players do on the field. This way it cuts down on things like the hand of god goal and so on. I can’t believe how much goes on and FIFA lets it go knowing the technology that’s available is actually laughable.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t know how biting a player isn’t brutal. I am not trying to be dismissive of his terrible actions, but the call in the Greece / Ivory Coast game essentially decided which country advanced.

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      Absolutely.

      Ivory Coast is also a great team with Gervinho, Toure x2, and Drogba… Now this call is going to overshadowed by Suarez’s bite. Also Italy’s disgusting diving will also be overshadowed !

      It is about time FIFA gets these penalty’s called better. Thats about 3 penalty calls that have been blatantly awful calls!

    • frontenac1 says:

      Me and the Lads at the Saloon decided today they should cancel that stupid soccer tournament and put some real sports back on.

  20. Mavid ® says:

    anyone watching the awards?

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  21. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    On a post below, Maritime Ronn questioned the ‘outrage’ over RDS being blacked out west of Ottawa, noting that he wants numbers to support our position. Well, here’s my scenario in Southern Ontario:

    If I have to buy NHL Cente Ice (to cover the RDS ‘regional’ games), plus subscribe to TVA to get their Saturday national games, my cost to get all 82 games of the regular season will go up 417% over what I paid for last season. So yeah, I’m a little mad.

    Hab fans want choice! Sign the petition to give us back our games!
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Add in no guarantee the Centre Ice games are in HD and gets even better.

      Hey Gary Bettman thanks for everything!

      • habcertain says:

        Had the package last year didn’t see many games that we’re not in HD they have rectified that problem

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Okay, good to hear, because that is the package I will need to probably get. I know as recently as two years ago (when RDS wasn’t in HD in my local) many Habs games were not in HD.

          Reality is though, for that price in today’s world of HD, every game should be HD.

          • habcertain says:

            Agreed, I guess you have look at the upside that you will get every NHL game, not cheap but living in the US, was my only reliable game, also get the games on iPads etc.

    • habcertain says:

      Center ice gets you all the Habs games

  22. Mavid ® says:

    XBMC is your friend

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

      Ok, I’m intrigued by your XBMC. Please explain.

      Hab fans want choice! Sign the petition to give us back our games!
      http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

      • Mavid ® says:

        nope..I am not 100% how it works because my brother in law installed it but its a hub..that allows you to access movies, TV shows, and live sports..through a thing called sports devil..it takes a bit of work to install it and get it running but once you do it works like a charm..thats how I watched the last game when I was in NJ
        here is the link..we used you tube on my ipad to do the step by step install and set up on my laptop..good luck

        http://xbmchub.com/
        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I run it on an Android box on my TV. I love it for movies and TV. The live sports I find it hard to get an hd stream.

          A lot of friends are getting rid cable and just running xbmc on android boxes or apple tv.

          People sell the boxes already programmed for around 150. You can also get the boxes on ebay for around 80 or 90 and program it yourself. The local guys who do it here where I am offer tech support etc if something goes wrong

          • Mavid ® says:

            I wish I understood how it works better installing it was a bit of work, but its fantastic..you can have more add on’s and even have live cable but I have not figure any of that out yet. I have it on my mac..I would love to get it on my apple TV once I understand it better..

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • Kooch7800 says:

            For Apple TV I think you need to jail break it. The android versions are fully open and don’t need to be jail broke.

            Mash up is an app you should install

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9_K6LSORniM

            Did you install the fusion hub? Comes with a bunch pre-loaded.

            Here is how to install:

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EA6A-YwpaSI

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I would also bet if you check kijiji there will be people who can put it on your apple TV. I think the only apple TV you can’t yet is 3

          • Mavid ® says:

            yes fusion is what I have..I am not sure how to install the mash up ..I find it a tad confusing..but I hear its a good one too

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • Mavid ® says:

            thanks for the link on mashup I may give it a whirl..

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • HabFab says:

      Must be an Ottawa thing…

  23. HabFab says:

    Rogers shaft Hab fans and ESN picks Patrice Bergeron for it’s cover player over PK.
    Woe is us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cal says:

      Phew! There’s a curse on EA Sports NHL cover players.

    • marv1840 says:

      Forget about retiring Toe Blake’s number. It makes no sense to do this when the person is dead. There can be no ceremony or speech involving Toe Blake, so why go through the motions if the person is no longer alive.
      It makes a lot more sense- as the Habs did with Guy Lapointe- to honor a former player while he is still alive to enjoy the ceremony.
      I think to honor some of the former Canadiens by retiring their numbers who are still alive- such as Brian Engbloom, Peter and Frank Mahovlich, Jose Theodore and Andy Moog, makes a lot more sense than retiring the numbers of those Habs who passed on. The time has passed on the retiring of Toe Blake’s number; the Habs should have done this earlier.

      marvin greene

      • habsfan0 says:

        It’s a good thing the Canadiens organization doesn’t subscribe to this theory, because if they had,they might have cancelled Boom Boom Geoffrion’s sweater number retirement ceremony on the day he passed away.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        Marv, old Boy, I have just registered an online petition for the ‘Campaign To Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6′

        I haven’t released it yet because We are preoccupied with the Roger’s shlamozzle, but I hope You will be one of the first to sign when We do :)

        “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:

        https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

    • PK says:

      Could be worse, could have this kind of sportsman on our Habs.
      Auditioning as a zombie spare on The Walking Dead!

      http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/brazil2014/post-game/did-luis-suarez-bite-giorgio-chiellini-1.2685932

      >>>> Les Canadiens sont là
      _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

      “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

      – Nostradamus, 1552

  24. FanSince1969 says:

    I just played “pick the Habs draft pick” on their website. My choice was Claude Lemieux son Brendan.

  25. FanSince1969 says:

    There was contact in the box. Penalty shot. ELLAS. ELLAS. ELLAS. Don’t be haters. We aren’t Bruin and Leafs fans. These are the breaks that we attribute to the Forum ghosts.

    PS. Any news on Larry Robinson?

  26. Dulljerk says:

    I’m thinking Josh Ho-Sang in the draft. Hot dog? Yes. Talented? Very. We’ve already got one of those on defence, I want another who’s a forward.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  27. DipsyDoodler says:

    Unbelievable!

    FIFA refereeing denies Ivory Coast.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  28. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    And on the Seventh Day (after July 1) MB Signed PK.

    I get that too many of us have too much time on our hands so we are prone to worrying about perceived slights to our favourite players (The angle at which Mike Babcock tied his McGill showed how disrespectful he was toward PK …. ) but the signing of PK will really not be a big deal.

    MTl will go long and in the last years of his contract it will be for double digits … there is no need for angst here. PK took the bridge contract and will now get the gazillions, minus the hometown discount.

    What, a hometown discount? Yes. Unlike a team of losers (Ottawa Senators) that are trying for the salary floor, a team that spends to the cap is essentially saying this:

    There is no upward room so what you don’t take can be the difference in getting that last UFA, keeping the next UFA and April exits. The players know it, the agents haggle for it but in the end it all gets done. What will really be interesting is what happens with Eller.

    You could argue that Schenn set the market, but Eller has arbitration rights, so instead of a 2 – 4 year deal at 11 ish … maybe MB goes long, and it is 6 years at 18 …. but if it is 2 …. then you know which player is out the door.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  29. Maritime Ronn says:

    It appears as though there is some ‘outrage’ from a certain HIO segment in regards to the ability to watch Habs games next year because of a new provider.

    Reading through all this ‘outrage’ and petition stuff, what has NOT been presented is exactly what it will cost next year vs. what it cost last year…by City, Province, or Region.

    In other words, what did you pay last year – meaning service provider and costs, vs. what you ‘perceive’ you will pay this year with a combo of a modified/cancelled package and new Habs package?

    Please provide those numbers, because without that cost information, the argument and outrage is weak at best.

    Nothing is free in life including beer and Pizza…and everyone has choices to make as to how they will spend their discretionary or entertainment dollars.

    The Habs for a month may mean 1 less….your decision.

    • bwoar says:

      It cost me $20 for the season. RDS for a few months.

      VS. whatever they charge for Gamecenter Live. I won’t buy Centre Ice, it’s pointless for me.

      EDIT: That said, I watch too much hockey, so this gives me a change to re-evaluate what’s really important.

      EDIT 2: I think the major point is that they don’t make it easy (regardless of cost) to get all 82 games if you live out West.

      • I agree with you. It seems like I’m going to have to pay different providers–and a lot more–to watch the same full schedule of games that I got from Telus for $3.00 or so for my extra French language package.

        I call B.S. on Rogers. Total B.S.

        EDIT–I also need to add that, as a person one generation removed from being a Francophone, I get all the practice listening to French from my RDS Habs broadcasts. I’d like my son (who’s taking Intensive core French at school) to be able to hear and talk with me in French during the games. I don’t consider it a sports-watching issue. For me, it’s a cultural and life-enriching issue.

        Defense wins championships

        “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          Bingo ! Derek.

          CRTC answers to the Ministry of Canadian Heritage.

          With sufficient vituperation this could easily become a cultural and political issue as well.

          • I’ll play any card I have to in order to get satisfaction!!!

            ;)

            Defense wins championships

            “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I’m not concerned about for the H I/O members, who will find a way to watch the Canadiens.

      No it’s the children I worry about. Those kids in the prairies, rockies, and BC.

      Are they going to grow up watching the Maple Leafs on TV?

      Will their parents buy them Blue and White hockey jerseys or Dion Phaneuf posters for their bedrooms?

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      If You were BC Ronn, You would understand Ronn :)

      “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:

      https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        HiS

        …Yet what will it cost?
        :-)

        • Ronn–see my post above. It will definitely cost me a lot more than the $3.00 per month I used to pay Telus for my French language package.

          And as I added in my edit above, it’s not just about watching sports for me.

          Defense wins championships

          “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

  30. DipsyDoodler says:

    It’ll be a sad day in the Mile End if Greece and Italy are eliminated in the same day. The only residents who won’t care are the Hassidim and the hipsters.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.


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