Habs silence spurred Robinson to Devils

Larry Robinson will return behind the Devils bench.
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The Canadiens’ silence was deafening, so Hall of Fame defenceman Larry Robinson today signed a two-year (plus an option) deal as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

Donnie Cape, Robinson’s long-time Montreal-based agent, spoke with then-Habs general manager Bob Gainey last September and was told the coaching staff for the 2009-10 season was complete.

Another conversation between Cape and Canadiens president Pierre Boivin in early December, before the Dec. 4 Centennial Game, took place and Cape was told to call back in March, as the season wore down. In March, Cape was asked to call back following the playoffs.

It seemed a role as at least a team ambassador was in the offing for Big Bird, who hoped to finish his hockey career with the Canadiens, but a couple of calls to Boivin and his office this week were not returned.

Today, Robinson signed as an assistant to new Devils coach John MacLean. Not since Rick Green have the Canadiens had a coach dedicated to the defence. Robinson seemed to be a good choice to work with the likes of P.K. Subban, Ryan O’Byrne and others on the blue line. But now he’ll be behind the bench of the Devils.

“Larry’s going to come on with his experience, both being a coach, a
defenceman,” MacLean said. “His knowledge of the game, I think it’ll be a great asset
for me and the players.”

Mario Tremblay, an assistant coach under former Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire, will be reassigned in the New Jersey system.


  1. Clay4bc says:

    …and your comment shows your complete and utter lack of the ability to grasp sarcasm…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  2. aemarchand11 says:

    I feel bad for whoever has to live with you, when you dont like something you just complain complain complain.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  3. pmaraw says:

    we’re fine guys, relax.  its only the start of the offseason.

  4. EricInStL says:

    Are the Molson brothers on vacation somewhere without any contact with the outside world ???

  5. TripleX says:

    According to Mr. Boone those 8 home playoff games put conservatively 20 million into the pockets of Geoff Molson.  Think the THREE AMIGOS are going anywhere soon?   Not in our lifetimes unless 21,000 fans decide to boycott.




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  6. Mr. Biter says:

    I have worshiped at the shrine of LR since he came out of the dressing room 1/2 dressed and pounded the living s#@t out of Schultz to finish off the broad street bullies. I believe he would have made a great good will ambesador (bad spelling) but i believe we need an offensive coach not another defensive specialist. No one take this as a slight against Larry as he remains one of my favorite/ Greatest Habs in our history.

  7. punkster says:

    Right on to that comment B. Lou understands.


  8. Propwash says:

    Please, Like Robinson at his age needs the b.s that is the Habs organization.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  9. TripleX says:

    The only thing that could possibly save the day is the midnight signing of MAB to a 10 year multibillion dollar contract.

    Come on PG and JM, I know you want to do it.





    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  10. lavie says:

    Because Robinson is angry with Halak’s trade by PG.

  11. avatar_58 says:

    I can’t really give an opinion on this, my anger is still directed at the Halak trade

  12. yathehabsrule says:

    To play devil’s advocate, as much as I’d love to see him as an assistant in Montreal:

    If Robinson was interested in a coaching position, why did he wait until September to do it? Jacques Martin was hired on June 1, so he had plenty of time to talk to Bob Gainey.

    Seeing there was no mention either that the Devils gave him permission to talk to them, as he was a consultant with the team, one has to wonder if he was really serious about it. That would be questioned again with the December/March mentions. By the time March rolled by anyways, Gainey had left to become an “advisor”.

    One has to wonder too if his health was a concern. If I remember, he chose to leave the Devils after his second stint due to health and stress issues.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  13. Caper says:

    Not even close and never will. Those times were depressing for fans. The Robinson thing really bugs me. That is history, tradition and a damn good hockey man, Jury is still out on a Halak.

  14. J. Ambrose says:

    Gauthier and Boivin bought an express ticket to Total Mess. The train should pull in there around December when we realize what we are missing (Boucher, Halak, Pleks, Robinson, a sense of direction).

  15. TripleX says:

    They have not even had a full season yet dude. From this auspicious beginning I see great things ahead.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  16. TripleX says:

    Larry Robinson is a jerk, how dare he presume that the mighty Habs would need his expertise as a defense coach.

    Have you people not listened?  Bob and now his protege PG DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES!  This franchise is the best in the whole wide world and you guys just don’t understand.  Mr. Robinson is not the right person for the Habs and since management is infallible you should all stop complaining.  What did Larry Robinson ever do?

    So what if we treated him rudely and did not return his calls?  Who is he?  PG is GM of the mighty Canadiens and makes lots of money for Geoff Molson so just shut up.

    This is Montreal and we know best.  So just shut up.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  17. ProHabs says:

    Is it April Fools day today.

  18. Caper says:

    Come on now. Houle regime was a total mess. This is no where near that mess.

  19. Caper says:

    Now this is something to complain about.

  20. zozotheclown says:

    Would have been nice to have Big Bird as our D coach over Pearn. Too bad we didn’t pick him up last year when the spot was open, probably has something to do with Pearn and JM being old friends. Nothing we could really do this time around, not unless Muller wanted to coach Hamilton, and I think we need him more then Robinson at this point.

  21. twocents says:

    That is a shame.

  22. ShangaDoo says:

    No Fkn Way?

    Seriously? I have no words.

  23. gmd says:

    If this is true it totally lacks any class and is yet another missed opportunity.


    Halak– traded for a bag of stale peanuts

    Robinson as a D coach–gone

    I hate to think what’s going to happen next….Boone for a soccer ball?

  24. J. Ambrose says:

    This current management is truly testing my allegiance to this club. Even during the dark days of Houle, I never felt as disenchanted with the direction of the club as I do now. If Geoff M. doesn’t take a close look at what Gauthier and Boivin are up to, he just may find the fortunes of this team in a nose-dive.



  25. Willy the bum says:

    I should be glad of the Halak trade, but the Robinson deal… the Habs organization has crossed the line!

  26. Y says:

    These oligarchs at the top have got to go.


    Sadly, it seems that divine intervention is the only way it’ll ever happen.

  27. Cohen Chatter says:

    What a disgrace! The Habs get to the semifinals on the back of brilliant goaltending by Jaroslav Halak, who becomes an instanty legend. Pierre Gauthier trades him for a couple of bags of pucks. And now we learn that Gauthier and Jacques Martin leave Larry Robinson twisting in the wind. Whom would you rather have? Hall of Famer Robinson or boring Perry Pearn? Hope fans enjoyed this season because I can only imagine what other bonehead moves Gauthier has up his sleeves.  Oh yes, good move Pierre Boivin!

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Robinson should have come back into the fold, special assignment coach for our defence would have been a great move. What was the rationale here? Can’t think of a good one.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  29. Bill says:

    Two brilliant Gauthier moves in one day! This guy will have the fans burning effigies in the streets by pre-season.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  30. sh00n says:

    What a missed oppurtunity. . .

  31. jimmy shaker says:

    This was the man we needed instead of JM……two huge losses in one day and make that 3 in a week or so.  Can something happen to stop the bleeding please!!!!

    Robinson as coach was my biggest wish and once again the habs crush it like a little boys confidence after he gets turned down at the grade 8 dance by the prettiest girl in school (not that that happened to me or anything)


  32. vic says:

    His name is Robinson

  33. sidhu says:

    Are you saying we didn’t literally return his call — or figuratively, we didn’t extend any offer to Robinson?

    If the former, this is the height of disrespect and stupidity.

    I wonder about the Habs’ brass, especially after the Jaro “deal.”

  34. habfan53 says:

    After this SNUB we know why Larry had Lamarillo do the intro speeach at his number retirement .

    I have said for 3 years that the HABS need a DEFENCEMAN coach and who better than Big Bird Pearn did a good job I’m not taking anything away from him but when you have the chance to bring in a Norris Trophy winner and Stanley Cup winning head coach WHY in heavan’s name would you pass up this opportunity

    Larry good lu8ck in NJ I now see why there is LOYALTY to that organization they are what Montreal use to be




  35. Derek2 says:

    Because the management of this team seems very insular and cut off from anything but their own group think.  Getting to the conference finals may have reinforced that.  Every organization has the risk of this, and they seem to be faling prey to habits that have brought down other brands – GM comes to mind.

  36. makka83 says:

    TripleX and Tony.. STFU. Seriously guys.. you are drama queens, whiners with no life…

  37. ari says:

    we have our coaches ,what is going on today?

  38. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Too bad about Big Bird. Worrisome that the CH didn’t return his calls. Maybe the one phone line was tied up because of the Halak deal?

    The Other Wing

  39. aemarchand11 says:

    I propose we trade tony and triplex for Timo.

  40. Mikey_39 says:

    What happened to Timo?

  41. ManApart says:

    Oh no, we don’t need one of the top coaching prospects in all of hockey, that all coachless teams were fighting over. We don’t need one of the brightest young goalies in the game, who is not very far off from being best in the world. And we don’t need one of the greatest defenseman of all time to come in and mentor a guy like PK Subban or Ryan O’Byrne. Who needs that crap. We’re so great, we might not even need our leading scorer and our best 2 way forward by a long shot. We have Lars Eller, who instantly becomes our most ready prospect to make the big club. Now if that’s not sick, I don’t know what is.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Go cheer for the Lightning and Blues then, since your intellect is so astounding and the Gauthier/Boivin Mafia is keeping you out of your rightful position as the GM of Montreal.

    If Boucher started off and had a losing record in the first half of the year, you’d be calling for his head. If Halak started off poorly, the same. Robinson, perhaps the Canadiens management felt with some of his previous exits from coaching positions due to health and stress, being a Canadiens assistant coach wasn’t a good fit for him as well. You show up when you can go ‘ha ha, I told you so, this team is terrible or it is going to be’ and that’s about it. Come back when you care about more than just your being right.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. makka83 says:

    you should change your nickname to ManApartFromHisBrain!


  44. SmartDog says:

    I concur. 

    It reminds me a little of George “stay the course” Bush.  We don’t need any new ideas thank you, we figured out where were going a couple of years ago and aren’t going to listen to recent events.


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  45. Clay4bc says:

    You speak the truth (well wrapped in sarcasm).


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot


  46. brandonhab19 says:

    this just makes me continue to realize i dont like the way this orginaztion is currenlty “progressing” since we last won the cup and even sort of before that we have hit a steady decline and it’s really discouraging

  47. Mikey_39 says:

    I’ll admit, I think the organization can be run a lot better. It feels like dark times for HAbs fans right now… I wouldn’t have minded seeing the molsons come in and get some new blood in.  But it’s not the case.  Let’s stay positive tho…

    Subban is going to be a top defender in the NHL.  And if not, at least he’s soooo exciting to watch.

    Obyrne has been making a lot of progress.  He will be a physical pillar in our zone.

    Gorges…warrior, team-player, defensively reliable, future captain?

    Markov…ya he’s injured for the next couple of months, but he’s still one of the most talented defenders, and once he’s healthy again our defensive core will be insane.

    I can’t wait till training camp.  There are so many young players that sound so promising, and I’d love to see them crack next season’s line-up.  With our backs against the salary cap, a lot of youngsters have the chance to step up and earn a full-time spot.

  48. Josh says:

    Habs management disgusts me.

  49. CHsam says:

    Your words sum it up better than most of the drivel Ive read on here all day

  50. CHsam says:

    Let’s face it folks. This ain’t a new Gsuthier era. This is the continuation of the GAINEY/GAUTHIER 10 year plan.

  51. ManApart says:

    I don’t give a shit about being right. Why, so because if I seem right to people like you, I will feel good? who am I, Tom Nickle? Give me a break. Trust me, I wish I could say, “wow, I was really off on what I thought was wrong”. If you can’t see some of the problems and bad decisions this team has made over the past 5 years, then i’m sorry, you are hopeless fool. You’re like Ian. Everything is great and super awsome and I love Gainey and Boivin and Gauthier and Eller is a super prospect and  Shultz is Lucic incarnate and Price is the greatest of all time, even though he sucks and Gomez is the best center money can buy and we don’t need small, weak, lucky Halak or Pleks or Robinson and who needs a genius mind like Boucher when we have the mute behind the bench. I mean enough is enough. You all live in bizarro world, where not one damn thing is ever looked at and spoken about rationally and objectively. It’s a sick cult where you all rabidly defend every and any move the Habs make, no matter what the Cup drought is. It’s just nuts really. I mean I can’t believe the intellectual minds of grown adults in this world. It’s a joke. It’s the same phenomena as fanatical religions, Scientology, extremist politics. When the mind “associates” and “believes” it is infinately more powerful than truth or reality. It will stop at nothing to defend itself and will wage war on anyone that opposes it.

  52. makka83 says:

    Your Highness… you need to move on… Drama Queens don’t belong here, you Highness.

    Please retreat.

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    You think I’m a JM Fan? I live for up-tempo hockey, not the trap. Did I like PG being made GM without a real search going out for a new one? Not at all. However, I’m willing to wait more than a few months before burning an entire Habs FO system at the stake because it’s not going how I would prefer it to be working. Boivin I couldn’t give a crap about, it falls to the GM to make the decisions and Boivin’s job is to make money, which he does very well.

    Boucher leaving has me annoyed to great end, but I also acknowledge that this is probably not the best place for GB to get his feet wet with coaching in the NHL. No coach stays in the same place for his career and if Boucher is interested in coaching the Habs in his career, he will come back later. I don’t think Gauthier was the best choice, but I’m willing to wait and see if he was the right choice as well. Robinson, he had quit coaching because of stress and health issues and Montreal is not exactly the best place to coach if you’ve quit over the stress of coaching either.

    I’m willing to take the long view on a team that exists in a 30-team NHL and the salary cap exists. The team’s added many more competitive players on their roster in the last 12 months than have been seen on any Habs team in the last decade and more. I don’t know if Price is going to work out, but I remember his first year and a half with the team when he was dominant and racking up the wins and that’s worth considering. I won’t debate and defend each player and every move made, because if Dominic Moore walks after moving a 2nd-rounder for him I will be supremely annoyed and slag PG for it willingly.

    The fact is Halak is gone, his arbitration would have cost money the Canadiens couldn’t afford because Dallas and Nashville were reckless with their goaltending signings and Halak’s agent was out to squeeze the team for 4-5 million a year based off of one season’s playoff performance and two years where he didn’t even start 80 NHL games total excluding playoffs. His trade value was diminished becuase of a lack of appeal of big-money goalies following recent playoff years and flops by the by the big names and big contracts and the number of goalies hitting the market.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  54. TripleX says:

    That was brilliant dude.  You have encapsulated all my frustrations with these ” rose colored glasses” crew in your rant.

    I can understand an optimistic viewpoint and in general it is a healthy attitude to take and I wish I had more of it.  But at some point a rational person can see problems with the way this current management team operates.

    To point out the very obvious deficiencies is not because we hate this team but rather that we LOVE the Habs and want them to be better in all avenues.  I love how we are told to go cheer for another team.  Do they really believe we spend so much time on HIO because we HATE the Habs?



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  55. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Maybe Gauthier meant to call and say yes to Larry Robinson and mistakenly called Larry Pleau.

    The Other Wing

  56. naweed235 says:

    hahaha…. good one…

  57. makka83 says:

    Jeez are u guys going to survive this?

    If Big Bird isn’t in the Habs plans then so be it. Maybe his coaching style isn’t a match with Martin… Or whatever reason. habs legends don’t have to get a position in the Habs.. we can say no to them.

  58. Mr. Biter says:

    If I were PG and had just traded away JH for 2 prospects i had better have been in talks with CP or his agent have a verbal or signed contract for 4or 5 years at x# of $$$$ salted away so CP does not get near the July 1st. deadline and we have to get into a bidding war with the flyers or whomever. If this was not done and we also lose or have to over pay dearly for CP then PG is “the Village Idiot”

  59. makka83 says:

    Yes, this has never happened before that a team make a great playoff run and then trades one of its players… First time in history…

  60. makka83 says:

    Halak isn’t worth that much. St. Louis took more risk than us.

    We have two prospects. They have a goalie who never played a full year. A guy who isn’t signed.

    I would not say we were robbed. You are looking at things with your butt rather than with your eyes and your brain!

  61. Ricky says:

    Everyone needs to calm down! What a day. Halak has been amazing this past season but after whatever happened and whatever we said, Jaro is gone. I will miss him, but at the end of the day, I’m a Habs fan.  Instead of thrashing Price, lets hope the team plays great in front of him and lets hope he has an amazing 2010-2011 season.  He has shown magic in the past and I know can continue to do so in the future.

    Lets not act like the trailer park bottle kids throwing bottles at our own team!! Damn Lahey!

  62. makka83 says:

    Nope. Just saying both teams are taking risks.. how is that an unreasonable argument?

  63. Clay4bc says:

    Get ready to embrace the suck, boys…this organization continues to prove that it has no class. We have given our best player away for peanuts (and a few rolls of tape), and showed contempt to a former great who wanted to – and could have – helped the team greatly.

    I wonder who we will get with our lottery pick next year?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  64. SlovakHab says:

    Dave, Boone et al.

    Do you think it is enjoyable to read the discussion if everywhere I look, I see Tony242’s hateful comments? Virtually every third one is him spewing hate. And if not him, then someone similar.

    When did HIO discussion boards become so negative, eye-soring and totally not enjoyable?

    I understand the Canadiens have made a couple of controversial trades, but is there no space for a sensible, open conversation where both sides have their say without constant spamming and bashing?

    Please, do at least something little for those of us, who enjoy discussing the Habs without constant bashing, posting the same 10 times a page, and spreading hate and negative emotions all over the place.

  65. J.T. says:

    You know what?  It doesn’t matter whether they wanted Larry Robinson or didn’t, for whatever reasons.  They could have called the man back.  You don’t let a Hall-of-Fame player and Cup-winning coach who gave his best years to your organization sit around waiting for you to return his call.  That is low, and at the very least, unprofessional.



  66. Clay4bc says:

    This is exactly the point…no class.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  67. Slovak says:

    Hope for Price to be great

    Hope for 2 young players HABS got in return to be good

    What logic is there? HABS traded JARO for hope?

    All of you even those who say Halak was just “flash in the pan” must fight with a feeling that they lost the “real goalie” and must easy the strange feeling with bashing him without respect like he just got 2 great playoff runs.

    Because of Jaro HABS made playoffs

    Jaro was great at Olympics

    Jaro was more than solid even in times when Price was clear n.1 no matter how horrible he was

    Only if HABS gave Jaro more space in season before this one – they could be in different situation now

    In fact Jaro grab every possibility to show – he will be next superstargoalie and the fact is HABS did give him only a few space before this season…


  68. sholi2000.com says:

    I guess this means you are a Blues fan now, correct?

    Good luck over there.

    Too bad for Ben Bishop, and Jake Allen. But their time will come.

    They Call Me Shane

  69. Odie Cleghorn says:

    I’m waiting to see what happens in the next two weeks before passing judgment on this but the first question that came to mind was “How is it that Brian Burke can trade nothing for something (Phaneuf) and we seem to do the opposite?” Lars Ellers and Ian Schultz was the best we could get in return???

    Gauthier,Martin, Timmins…didn’t we see this show already in Ottawa? And the result was a team that was conservative,consistent, close but never a champion.

    Maybe I’ve just passed judgment.   

  70. sholi2000.com says:

    I’d have to hear more of the story before I jump over the Canadiens organization.

    To be honest, the staff already got the team to the conference finals. The players just ran out of gas is all.

    And now the same people who talk about how old the staff is will complain that Larry never got a call. 

    All media speculation to sell stories.

    They Call Me Shane

  71. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hey man we can still win this trade….schultz is 20 and eller is 21 i think and has awesome potetial….schultzy is gonna be a keeper too…ive seen many a game of his with the hitman….his game is suited perfect for the nhl….he will be a keep…guaranteed.Give this trade time boyss…..its not fair yet to say we lost the deal….and i mean,seriously…what are the odds of halak repeating that kinda goalie performance again???Slim.So,ya know….it kinda was just a ”flash in the pan”….IMO..

  72. W35T5ID3 says:

    hey man….lets see what gauthier ccan do with this squad in the summer…..hes new to this position….we shouldnt judge him yet.

  73. sholi2000.com says:

    We’ve been begging for an ignore function for two years now.  The best I come up with is to post every single thing they say in hopes that staff will just delete their accounts. 

    Then you get their (the losers) “freedom of speech” act. You just have to put up with it until HIO gets a better server/program.


    They Call Me Shane

  74. W35T5ID3 says:

    they call me fingers….and i like rubbing rusty spoons….do u?

  75. sholi2000.com says:

    Hey Kreskin any opinion on tonight’s Lotto Max :)

    I read somewhere last week that aliens invaded Saskatchewan, do you believe that too?

    They Call Me Shane

  76. SmartDog says:

    How deep would “the staff” have taken us without Halak?  

    I can tell you – as deep as the cup on a golf course.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  77. sholi2000.com says:

    Hockey is a business and pretty much every person in the world accepts that except for the ill-advised here on HIO.

    The cap beat Halak, Montreal could only keep one of the two goalies. We got two good players for him and that’s more than the Blues have right now.

    I’d rather have a 2 million dollar goalie in net and a great cast in front than a 5 million dollar goalie who only plays half a season.

    Hockey 101, read it live it, love it.

    They Call Me Shane

  78. G-Man says:

    Yeah, we can watch Halak win from afar….

  79. Top Corner says:

    i like the way the rust taste’s from this rusty kettle…..LMAO

  80. G-Man says:

    You’re right, Price should be “thrashed.” Trade him to Atlanta!

  81. SmartDog says:

    Good point.

    But according to Stubbs article this morning, no, they didn’t do that.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  82. Slovak says:

    Because of this attitude towards future HABS are where they are in a long term view… crying in black hole and every next season hoping to see the light at the end of tunnel for how many years???

    COME ON HOW MANY YEARS????????????????????????????

    and at the end of how many seasons “hope” turned into “pathetic” feelings????

  83. Exit716 says:

    Don’t forget at heart that Gauthier is still a stinking Nordique.


  84. andrewberkshire says:

    This is the kind of crap I hate about Gauthier. Totally classless and insane to ignore Robinson.

  85. Derek2 says:

    Our management is inept and unprofessional.  This kind of attitude and incompetence at the senior management level is what is killing us.  Whether he was chosen or not is less important than the way it was handled.

  86. Clay4bc says:

    Shane, I plain don’t like you – never have. You try to come across as a know-it-all, arrogant punk, yet it is clear to even the dullest among us that you are a brainless hick (yet still an arrogant punk). For that reason (your lack of intelligence) I will refrain from dishing out insults to you.

    Good day to you.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  87. Dave Stubbs says:

    To be fair, no one said it was Pierre Gauthier who didn’t return the call.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  88. SmartDog says:

    You’re right Tony.   But lay off all the extra spaces will ya?  That’s just rude.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  89. SmartDog says:

    It’s Gauthier’s ship. I doubt Robinson was dealing with a secretary.

    Don’t you think they could use a defensive coach Dave? 


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  90. Clay4bc says:

    But Shane…if the ignore function comes, no one will be able to read your incoherent, insult-laced diatribes.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  91. andrewberkshire says:

    As SD said, he’s in charge now, so in the end the responsibility lies with him. Either way though, you don’t make a Hall of Famer who’s number has been retired by your organization wait when he wants a job. I’m really disappointed in this.

  92. SmartDog says:

    Which is the most frustrating to you?:

    1. Letting Boucher go.

    2. Trading Halak.

    3. The return on Halak.

    4. Not hiring Robinson (or having a defensive coach at all).

    5. All of these things are okay with me.

    For me, it’s Boucher… but together they’re all a little crazy-making. SD

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  93. Dave Stubbs says:

    Habs absolutely need a coach for their defence.

    And re: the phone call: Pierre Gauthier has a boss.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  94. Y says:

    That will be the great MAB’s new role with this team.

  95. andrewberkshire says:

    Boucher was the most frustrating but it was something that was inevitable. I find myself most soured by the way Robinson was ignored.

  96. terrygain says:

    How is it fair to suggest that it was someone else’s responsibility to return the call? Robinson wasn’t expecting a return call from the stick boy. Gauthier’s in charge. Unfortunately. Now get to work and find out what role Martin played in this fiasco.

  97. Fansincebirth says:


    1) I think Boucher will be our head coach in, let’s say, three years (assuming that’s when his stint is over in Tampa)

    2) I understand the reasons for the trade

    3) This one sticks in my craw. I want someone to ask PG about the return for Halak so I can understand it because I really don’t right now.

    4) I always evnisioned Larry behind our bench either as head coach or as the defensive coach we so badly need

    Suffice to say, all are somewhat frustrating to me but above all, I want PG to explain the trade (return)


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  98. SlovakHab says:

    Sorry. Posting 14 times a page is a spam. Not a discussion. Say what you think once or twice, not 14 times.

    Dig that, Dog?

  99. terrygain says:

    Not signing Price before this trade was not factored into Gauthier’s boneheaded dump Halak decision.

    One further fact not taken into account: if Carey Price plays to the same standard next season as he has for the last two years Montreal fans will boo him mercilessly. How will he react?

    Gauthier and the Pricebots here are counting on a miracle.

  100. punkster says:

    1, Not at all. He wasn’t going to get the opportunity to be Habs coach for another 3 years so why should he toil away in a second class league. According to many he was ready to move up. Great move on his part.

    2. Halak/Price, Price/Halak…potatoes/potAtoes…He would have cost us more than we can afford right now. Too bad, I hate losing him but that’s business. And let’s get real, as one poster said last night, we traded Jaro Halak, not Rocket Richard.

    3. We got a suprisingly good return for the guy so what’s the big
    deal? People screamed about CAP space, well now we have some. How about giving the new guys a chance.

    4. I’m not in the least upset over the Robinson thing. Sure he’s an icon around here, a hero of the past and what would appear to be a much needed D coach. But is he right for this job? Please, he left the Devils coaching job due to stress related illness and headaches. And Montreal was going to be less streeful than NJ? Hahahahahahahahaha.

    5. Yes.

    So many here piss and moan over the damnedest things. Tempests in a teapot.


  101. SlovakHab says:

    5. All of these things are okay with me.

  102. mrhabby says:

    sd..all are okay with me except #4….come on Boivin/PG…give ur head a shake. unreal.

  103. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Let me get this straight, because I’m still waking up. Legendary Hab maginifique Larry Robinson wanted to coach, or in some capacity work for the Montreal Canadiens organization (I use that term loosely), and the Habs brass told him twice to call back later?!?!? Larry Robinson? THE Larry Robinson?! Is this a joke?!?! Will someone PLEASE tell me why we didn’t hire Larry Robinson?

  104. Chester says:

    Larry Robinson … Perry Who ?

    Larry Robinson … Perry Who ?


    I thought for a moment there that the club was turning around. I guess not. OK a decision had to be made with goaltending, fine, but …. This is the man who put a beating on Dave Schultz, this is Larry Effin Robinson … what was he plus 123 one year. Jebus H Christ … is there not a brain cell in the belle centre ??

  105. Mr. Biter says:

    Yes, just read that. Now i believe he is the village Idiot.

  106. TripleX says:

    Has anyone in the esteemed press corps bothered to ask PG why the six scouts were let go and what exactly is the plan going forward? Why is one of the richest franchises in the NHL cutting back on scouting and to cheap to hire a dedicated defense coach?

    With the 20 million dollar windfall made from the playoffs one would think expanding scouting and development would be prudent.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  107. TripleX says:


    This is not a single instance of questionable moves by this management team J.T.   The handling of SAKU, Kovalev, BGL, SK, HALAK and now the iconic Larry Robinson smacks of arrogance and insensitivity.  What is with the mindset of these people?  Is it so hard to treat people with some semblance of class?

    I am told this franchise was once the hallmark of class and dignity.  What has gone so wrong in recent times?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  108. Hockey Socks says:

    Robinson for sure.

    We couldn’t do much about Boucher. It’s totally impracticle to think they would give Martin the boot after one (successful) season. It would be classless move.

    Trading Halak, I understand. The money, Price’s potential, etc.

    The return on Halak is alright by me. I’m someone that’s really into junior minor hockey and I follow major prospects so I’m well-acquainted by Lars Eller. This guy was one of if not the best offensive player in the Blues system. Consider that Kari Lehtonen was traded for a 4th round pick and prospect and Huet was traded for a 2nd, and we got a pretty decent return. Factor in that Halak will probably sign for over 5 million.

    Not hiring Robinson is a big mistake to me. This is a bad decision by management. There’s no reason not to. He would only help this club.

  109. TripleX says:

    Funny how it is ONLY the apologists for Gainey, PG, Boiven and JM that consistently cry and moan about certain posters.  The majority of us have the intelligence and ability to simply ignore posters we find irritating.  Censorship is always the easy route for those incapable of dealing with opposing viewpoints.

    It would be a boring world and HIO if everyone was in agreement.

    Millions have given their lives for the right to FREE SPEECH and yet so many are willing to it away.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  110. Rob says:

    If i’m reading between the not so subtle lines correctly, it was Mr. Boivin who didn’t deem Big Bird’s calls worthy of returning then?  Ay yi yi!

  111. Nina76 says:

    Boucher will not be bck here as everyone seems to think…………. you will not get PG to explain anything & not returing Robinson’s calls was ignorant & classless………….the top bone-heads are a bunch of jerks. WHO OWNS THIS TEAM????????Come on MOLSON OPEN YOUR MOUTH…………….I am so fed up with these dicesions………………..I am sorry Larry that you were not treated with respect………………GET OUT GAINEY & YOU TO GAUTHIER HOPE YOUR TICKET SALES DROP I DOUBT THAT I WILL BE WATCHING THE GAMES THIS YEAR AFTER 60YRS A TRUE HABS FAN WITH NOT ANY HOPE & FED UP OF WAITING FOR TH BONDING ISSUE………………the bonding will not take place in my lie time.

  112. Nina76 says:


  113. Jbird says:

    he got blocked.  wrote something  . . . . . 

  114. secretdragonfly says:

    Always loved Robinson as a player but correct me if I’m wrong (and I know some will); didn’t he originally leave the Devils because of stress-related health issues?  If that was caused by media/fan pressure in New Jersey, how on earth would he handle the circus that is Habs hockey in Montreal?

  115. Robert L says:

    Shingles, and I share your concerns.

  116. zak says:

    Get rid of Boivin and Gainey from behind the scenes.Bob is ruining this team. It was Jaro who got the habs INTO the playoffs and thru the playoffs not Price.I think PG is trying to save BG’S reputation by keeping Price.It would have been an insult to BG to trade Price and keep Jaro.PG put the team 2nd in his decision making.Bob Gainey is no Scotty Bowman;get rid of him,he,s a bad influence

  117. Aaron13 says:

    Robinson, in my mind, was the clear choice to be the head coach for MTL. He speaks french as well! Unfortunate that JM was signed for 5 years as head dummy.

  118. CBrady12 says:

    Guys, this is a company, not a video game. You don’t fire a guy you have employed for the past year because someone else wants the job….unless your Jaroslav Halak

  119. TripleX says:

    Tell that to Carbo and Lever dude.  When someone with better credentials comes along you make the move.  Coaches are hired to be fired.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  120. CBrady12 says:

    Carbo and Lever werent fired because Jaques Martin and Boucher asked the habs for a job. Are you thick?


  121. TripleX says:

    Why was Lever let go smartass?  Why do you morons always have to insult people?  Grow up!

    I suppose you have inside information on the whys and hows of the Boucher hiring and Lever firing?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  122. nfldanchor says:

    Another missed opportunity for the Habs! I thought that eventually they would learn from their mistakes over the years , but now Robinson overlooked and Halak gone ? They fire almost all their scouts on top of all this and still have their jobs. Something is wrong with the mangement of this team. If we have a bad year we should all call for their heads to roll! Disgraceful and incompetent!

  123. Ant says:

    As a die hard Bruins fan, I will do something I have never done before…. congratulate the Habs for great trade……    for the rest of your division as well as St. Louis!    Très bon!!!!    LOL 


  124. AH says:

    Un freaking believable! Now they let Big Lar go, one of the greatest defencemen in the history of the game!…someone please tell me when this “twilight zone” era of the Habs that started in 1994, is going to end!!!!!

  125. NightRyder says:

    Boucher goes and Big Bird not called back. You think Black Jacques is worried about folks cutting his grass?

  126. m ross says:

    What a shame. This team is becoming another Ottawa Senators team. Larry would have fit in perfectly with Muller and Boucher. We will never get the opportunity of having these 2 assets on the Habs coaching staff again….We fans need to remember this coming December when Price lets in a soft goal to boo Gauthier not Carey. It was The Ghost’s bright idea to trade Jaro!!!!

  127. showey47 says:

    This is the kind of thing that pisses me right off,at least have the class and respect to call the guy back. You would have to think though if Pearn had taken the head coaching job in the WHL, big bird would have replaced him behind the bench in Montreal.

  128. Exit716 says:

    Hey congrats to the Bruins as well. 38 years without a Cup and the biggest collapse since 1975 in the playoffs.

    How’s Floppy the Cap Eating Back Up loser doing this season? Has Neely signed Recchi to a 10 year deal yet? Boston’s best forwards are a reject from Montreal and some 55 year old has been.


  129. sh00n says:

    Thanks for taking Ryder! Have fun with that contract!

  130. Kaptain K says:

    This team is exuding good communication skills

  131. Nina76 says:

    YES!!!!!!! This team with the bone heads at the top exclude all the good stuff!!!!!! Robinson would have been to much experince & some what intimitating for the coach, the GM & HELLO GANEY ARE YOU STILL THERE ???????????? BET YOUR BOOTS YOU ARE YOUR GOALIE PRICE IS IN JUST LIKE YOU WANTED>>>>>>

  132. vic says:

    same same old. Out will come the B>S same as Leaf fans have listening for years.

    Business full house every night cut cost and turn a profit.

    Thats it folks get ready for a frustating season.

    Keep MAB and let moore go.

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