Habs’ Subban, Price headed to Sochi; Galchenyuk has broken hand

Canadiens fans can relax – and celebrate.

P.K. Subban was named to Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday morning along with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. There was also good news for Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, who were both named to Team Russia for the Olympics.

That means there will be eight members of the Canadiens taking part in the Sochi Games. The other four are Max Pacioretty (USA), Peter Budaj (Slovakia), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic) and Raphael Diaz (Switzerland).

But there was also some bad news for the Canadiens on Tuesday morning with the team announcing that Alex Galchenyuk suffered a broken hand in Monday’s 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre and will be sidelined for six weeks.

There had been plenty of speculation – and debate – heading into Tuesday’s press conference in Toronto officially announcing the Olympic team about whether Subban would make Team Canada, while Price appeared to be a lock for Sochi.

Price learned he had made Team Canada at 10:29 a.m. when he got a call from Kevin Lowe of the Team Canada management team. Lowe called Subban just as the defenceman was about to drive into the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard.

“I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to be able to play with the best players in the world, and play against them and learn from them,” Subban told reporters in Brossard after the Canadiens’ practice Tuesday morning.

Said Price: “I felt like I did what I could to earn a spot on the team and I think they felt the same way.”

As for being on Team Canada with Subban, the goaltender said: “He’s a really good friend of mine and I’m really happy that he’ll be able to share this experience with me.”

Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman was asked at the Toronto press conference if there was ever any doubt about Subban making the team.

“There’s no doubt there’s a lot of good players, whether it’s goaltender, right defence, left defence, any of the positions,” Yzerman said. “We had some difficult decisions to make and so there was a lot of good players to choose from. This isn’t about any one individual. We had hard decisions to make and because we have so many tremendous players to choose from, that’s what makes it difficult.”

Later, in a one-on-one interview with TSN, James Duthie asked Yzerman about Subban being a “bubble player” when it came to making Team Canada.

“P.K. shoots the puck, obviously, his greatest strengths are his shot and his puck-handling,” Yzerman said. “We’ve watched very closely and ultimately it came down to the players we were looking at, he’s the right fit for that spot right now.

“I try to stay away from naming names, but we look at Brent Seabrook (of the Chicago Blackhawks, who didn’t make Team Canada). He played on our (Olympic) team in 2010, he has won two Stanley Cups since then … he’s a heckuva player. These are the types of decisions we’re making. We’re talking about two really good players here. We got to make a decision … we’re going with eight defencemen. We talked about going five rights and three lefts, or five lefts and three rights … going with seven defencemen and 15 forwards. … You’ve got to make decisions and ultimately you’re leaving very, very good players off the team.”

Here’s a look at the complete 25-man Team Canada roster:

Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith.

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber.

Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews.

Some of the star players who didn’t make Team Canada include Claude Giroux, James Neal, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal, Martin St. Louis, Logan Couture and Dan Boyle.

The Canadiens are back in action Wednesday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Peter Budaj will start in goal after Price took a therapy day Tuesday and skipped practice. Brandon Prust also missed Tuesday’s practice for personal reasons and Ryan White remains sidelined with an upper-body injury. George Parros, who has been sidelined with a concussion, will be a game-time decision against the Flyers.

With Galchenyuk out of the lineup, Michael Bournival moved up to play on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque at practice. Here’s how the lines looked Tuesday:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller-Bournival
Briere-Plekanec-Gionta
Moen-Parros

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Price and Subban excited to be on Team Canada, by Brenda Branswell

Olympics a perfect stage for Subban, by Dave Stubbs

No shortage of surprises on Team Canada, by Cam Cole of Postmedia News

Postmedia News live chat recap: Who made team Canada

Subban and Price named to Team Canada, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Plekanec ‘a little surprised’ to be named captain of Czech Republic team, by Dave Stubbs

Diaz, Plekanec headed to Sochi, by Pat Hickey

Saku Koivu won’t be part of Team Finland, NHL.com

Gionta scores winner against Panthers, by Pat Hickey

Habs go back to their roots against Panthers, by Pat Hickey

Habs vs. Panthers photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Price makes headlines south of border, Stu on Sports blog

Subban wins popularity vote with Habs fans, Stu on Sports blog

 

1,124 Comments

  1. Denjen says:

    3-0 Ducks beating boston late in second. Ducks only have 12 shots on goal and Rask is in net> not good for his save % lol

  2. Denjen says:

    Don’t forget sharknado Habcouver. well written flick

  3. ClutchNGrab says:

    Not that I would want my wife to act like that, but I find former Habs Valeri Bure’s wife view of marriage….intersting.

    She writes in her book, “I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/candance-cameron-bure-submissive_n_4550818.html?utm_hp_ref=canada&ir=Canada

    Where do they find those women?

  4. Denjen says:

    thats exactly what i was thinking Timo!!! i was telling me buddies this morning that i still can’t believe all the early chatter about both berneir and reimer possibly earning a spot at the olympics?!?! what a joke.

  5. DipsyDoodler says:

    Look at the standings. Leafs are about to drop out of the playoffs. As usual. Cup contenders in October, also-rans by winter.

    Can you believe they have 2 wins in regulation in their last 23 games?

  6. Phil C says:

    Does anyone know if Subban has ever played on the left in Junior? I don’t think he has as a Hab.

  7. Timo says:

    Why was Kevin Lowe, probably the worst GM except Peanut, part of the selection process for Canada?

  8. scotland says:

    stamkos – crosby – kunitz
    benn – teows – marleau
    perry- tavares- getzlaf
    duechene – bergeron – sharp
    (carter nash)

    kieth – pertangelo
    webber – subban
    boumiester – doughty
    (vlasek – hanhuis)

    price – #1
    smith – back up
    (luongo)

  9. Timo says:

    Wow, I can’t believe Bernier was mentioned in the same sentence as team Canada. Some performance he put on tonight.

  10. scotland says:

    st louis was on the team in 06 when he was in his prime. 010 not. no way was he gonna make it this year. he is 38 and a great player. like they say canada could have a team a and a team b. and st louis would be a shoe in…for team b.

    babcock …. want guys with speed and talent. when it comes to guys with loads of talent but a bit short on speed?…we dont want too many of that type.

    nash, carter, benn….big,talented,great shots….not blinding speed however. look for all three of those guys to be on separate line as snipers and net presence.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I hear all these reasons and I have no clue which is true or not:

      They want speed but PK was on the bubble…???

      Giroux did not make it because of a slow start but Nash has been worse???

      They want chemistry for Crosby/Kunitz, Getzlaf/Perry, Petrangelo/JayBo but not for their best sniper Stamkos???

      It’s all media BS…

  11. ProHabs says:

    Is Parros playing vs. Philly tomorrow?

  12. 1010 says:

    Ahhhhhh……Bernier. The chosen one. Don`t you just love it. Tonight, and for one night only, the Islanders were my team.
    GO HABS…

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Goalie controversy brewing in Leaflqnd, radio talking heads starting to question why Bernier gets longer leash than Reimer. I will enjoy watching this play out.

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    Jamie Benn or Rick Nash might be slightly less skilled than St. Louis but they can fight through checks, create space, knock opposing players on their ass and cycle the puck. All that stuff leads to scoring chance after scoring chance.

    If you think St. Louis was going to dangle through everyone, score and/or setup all kinds of pretty goals, forget about it. He’d be put right on his ass.

    Hockey has changed. Size and strength, mixed with some skill and a good shot is way more important than a speedy little skilled player.

    The same holds true for our Habs. We might be able to put up a good regular season record and qualify for the playoffs but once the games get tough were to damn small.

    Don’t ask me, ask Steve Yzerman and the team Canada selection committee. Team Canada got it right! Good job.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Well put !

    • The Jackal says:

      You know Hobie, maybe on NHL size rinks that mentality wins, but on the bigger ice that is what has kept Canada from ever winning on that surface. Team Canada got it right, for the most part. Some players were taken at least partially because they are “bigger” and can crash and bang, but in this tournament, that is not how other teams will be playing. Sweden and Russia will be flying around not giving a crap about laying big hits. Net presence will still remain important but with more room to skate, speed and skill are way more important than sheer size. There will be more and better passing and way more use of skill to set up plays rather than grinding along the boards.

      Luckily Canada has plenty of the speed and skill, but they still took some guys who may not be the best fit for this kind of game. Getzlaf, Marleau, Kunitz, Jbo… they are excellent players but we will be at a disadvantage if they have a difficult time adjusting to the game on the bigger ice surface.
      Giroux, Hall, Neal, and St. Louis are arguably better options than those guys.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I’m not saying Canada is going to be looking at throwing spectacular open ice hits and hammering people!

        They will be putting the shoulder down and driving hard to the net. They’ll be trying blast shots and hammer in rebounds. That’s how goals are scored today.

        If you listen to the Habs coaching staff all they’re preaching is drive hard to the net. The Habs aren’t able to do that and that’s why they’re not scoring five on five.

        The big ice surface really isn’t that much of an adjustment if at all.

        • The Jackal says:

          I think it makes quite a difference in terms of how Canada needs to adjust. Of course it’s the same sport and many elements will remain, but there will be more chances for passing plays and creativity and the use of speed than in the smaller ice.

          ______________________
          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      How did St.Louis win the scoring title last year? You think there’s more grinding in the Olympics than in the NHL?

      • CJ says:

        I would think less. Every inch of the ice will be contested, but skill will be on full display. I can’t want to watch!

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        St. Louis is not playing against Olympic rosters night in and night out during the NHL regular season. His points look pretty during the NHL regular season against the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders but won’t equate to much in a series of huge games.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          According to your argument Kunitz should not make the team as well. He’s never put up big numbers until the past year. St. Louis has put up big numbers for eight seasons. That is not a fluke.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I’m not saying it’s a fluke but it’s not as important as winning battles for the puck in the corners, along the wall and it front of the net.

            If a Russian defender has the puck in the corner and Jamie Benn is barreling in on him he’s more likely to make a bad pass or simply get knocked off the puck. If it’s St. Louis the defender holds him off with one arm and exits the zone.

            Stuff like that is critical. Turn overs and mistakes are what cause goals. It’s not going to be played like an NHL All Star game.

          • The Jackal says:

            Well Marty wouldn’t have to be the guy mucking it up, and he’s a pretty strong player anyway. DD is small but he wins his fair share of battles along the boards and he is strong on the puck, so is St. Louis and besides that he has plenty of other strengths. I think you are over-emphasizing size and grinding and their role in Olympic play.

            ______________________
            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I think you’re under estimating it…

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      You need a mix of players with various skill sets to win…not one dimensional big wingers. According to your theory, you would have a team of guys who would generate chances but can’t bury them. St. Louis has been a pt/game player for the past eight seasons on a smaller ice surface. All of a sudden he’s going to suck on a larger ice surface??? That makes sense…

      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        Yes, you need various skills set, but we do have Crosby, Stamkos (if healthy) Tavares etc who can score. We do need some guys who can win faceoffs and puck battles in the close games.

    • Phil C says:

      St.Louis is PPG player in the playoffs over his career, so obviously lack of size has nothing to do with scoring in the playoffs. The problem comes with defending. A guy like St Louis would have his hands full trying to defend a lead late in a game when matched up against a guy like Ovechkin. I think that’s why they wanted to take a few guys like Nash who can match up against some of the bigger wingers they’ll face.

      As for the NHL game favouring size, the US Olympic Team just left off three big players (Jack and Eric John$on, and Byfuglien) in favour of smaller, but more mobile defensemen. So there are many successful NHL execs who do not worry about size as much as many people here do.

      As for the Habs, there is nothing wrong with their small players even for the playoffs, they just have too many of them. They still need more balance on the roster.

    • twilighthours says:

      Hobie, your size fetish is cute.

  15. habs001 says:

    Bergeron made the team for his pk and defensive work…But maybe i am wrong but i seem to remember that at the last Olympics when he was out on the ice his line was having trouble getting out of the zone and he was very average on faceoffs…Now other thing to consider is that the majority of these players play a lot of minutes on their teams and reducing their ice time from 18 plus minutes to maybe 11 minutes …how will some players level of play be influenzed by much less minutes…

  16. Phil C says:

    I don’t like the Bergeron pick because he is obviously the 5th centre, so he won’t play a significant role unless there are injuries, so I don’t buy the defensive specialist view. I would rather take a guy like Giroux who could replace one of your top two centres if there are injuries. To me, that’s what your depth players are for. A role player should have a place in the line up, which is why Nash made it, IMO. That’s not the case with Bergeron, so I don’t get it.

    Otherwise I really like the team.

  17. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    PK wins the Norris…barely makes the team. St. Louis wins the Art Ross trophy…doesn’t make the team (even though his GM is the GM???). And people are defending Yzerman? This is a joke. Sorry if I believe great performance should be rewarded. Apparently averaging 1 pt/game for the past EIGHT SEASONS is not good enough. My bad…I’m sure St. Louis thinks Yzerman is a great guy today.

    • The Jackal says:

      Wow dude, did Stevie Y steal your girl or something?
      How do you know PK “barely” made the team. When all was said and done, PK’s selection was a no-brainer. When you are putting a team together and have a choice of basically all the best players in the world, it’s pretty hard to establish some as legitimate locks and others as outsiders or bubble players.

      Team Canada chose the players they chose because they believe these players will give the team the best chance to win, you gotta respect that and I find it funny that you think they bumbled the process as if they are simple fans putting a team together at a bar or on HIO… god forbid.

      It’s unfortunate that Marty did not make the team but Stevie Y is under no obligation from loyalty or from being his GM to make sure he is on the team. In fact, if that was enough to justify his selection, that would be highly unfair to other worthy players. Team Canada opted for a younger team that blends experience with speed and skill. While Marty is well qualified the brass felt that other players were ahead of him on the depth chart.

      If anything, Giroux is the biggest shocker yet the backlash is not there because luckily for the rabid and irrational fan, he plays for another team.
      I love St. Louis, he’s a great player and he would compete well at the Olympics, but we can’t say with any certainty that he would automatically improve the team more than any other player would.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        All the insiders said today PK was fighting for the last RH position with Seabrooke and Boyle. He was behind Doughty, Weber, and Pietrangelo. The game that supposedly put him in the running was the Pitsburgh game where he and Plekanec shut down Crosby. Some are suspecting that PK’s biggest supporters were Julien and Chiarelli…LOL. Anyway, PK’s status should have never been in question. Yzerman’s responsible for this circus.

        As for St. Louis: All I’m saying is that if I had a guy playing for me that has done what St. Louis has done, I would have picked him. Screw everyone else. It would not have hurt the team’s chances at all. Nobody would have criticized Yzerman. It was a BS move.

        • HabFan in Edmonton says:

          I am a big admirer of Martin St. Louis, a huge heart and a lot of skill but Yzerman’s loyalty is to Canada period otherwise he isn’t fit for the job.

  18. DipsyDoodler says:

    Kevin Lowe confirmed that St.Louis was left off because of his size.

    • 1010 says:

      If Lowe said that then that confirms my supporting St. Louis to make the team. Lowe is the most over-rated boss in hockey. He has built nothing in Edmonton for years. He has a `how dare you question me,`attitude when he doesn`t like a question. Or as he told one reporter a few years back he thinks he knows how to win a a Stanley cup. Right! Without him Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson and Coffee would not have been house- hold names.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Lowe taking the fall for Yzerman, thus ensuring he remains part of Hockey Canada mgmt for another few years. Like the wiser hood, minus being wise.

  19. DipsyDoodler says:

    Isles 3 goals on 6 shots in the 3rd period.

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  21. PrimeTime says:

    Fans always judge decisions but never are accountable.

  22. PrimeTime says:

    St. Louis getting love from Hab fans cuz he is from QC…,typical. As if he is the only difference in bringing home gold. It took a lot of guts from StevieY. How would fans feel if he was chosen over a Hab forward that was on the bubble!?!

    • adadi says:

      Much like Patrick Roy, St. Louis is a winner, that’s why he should be on the team. This is a good team, no doubt but it would have been better with St. Louis.

    • CJ says:

      I don’t live in Quebec, nor am I fluently French. Based on commentary I’ve viewed over many years enjoying this sight I’d suggest my politics also differ from the majority. My reason for St Louis’ inclusion has everything to do with his play and character. Nothing less, nothing more. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous.

      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        I don’t think anyone questions’s the ability or heart of a Martin St. Louis. Obviously he has tons of admirers and rightfully so. I think Yzerman and his group were looking for different skill sets and perhaps size was a big factor. I was a little surprised they took Jeff Carter but will readily admit that they know way more about the players than I ever will.

  23. D Man says:

    I may have missed it, but I don’t recall any of the so -called insiders mentioning Dan Hamhuis as a contender for the Olympics. If they really are insiders wouldn’t you think they would have had a sniff.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  24. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The only good thing for Yzerman about not picking St. Louis is that Marty does not play for the Habs. It would have been WWIII today in Quebec. Imagine the scenario if it was MB not picking his leading scorer. Molson would probably eventually have to fire him. Yzerman may have respect amongst his “hockey-insider-circle” but he has lost a lot of respect from the fans.

    Yzerman was perfectly within his rights to overrule whoever was against St. Louis. There was no one that would have criticized the pick in the media. St. Louis had proven (unlike Kunitz, Jay Bo) that he can dominate without superstar help. Pierre LeBrun said that Yzerman will have a sit-down with him. What the heck is he going to tell him? Their relationship must be finished. It would be if it happened to me. Loyalty means something to me and most people. Apparently not to Yzerman.

    The worse quote I read was from the TB coach Cooper:“Knowing Marty, this is probably going to motivate this snot out of him.’’. Is he serious or just covering his inconsiderate GM’s ass? In what line of work does an employee get more motivated when his boss screws him? Hey genius, St. Louis was probably motivated when Yzerman cut him 4 years ago. The only motivation people get is the motivation to leave. Hopefully, St.Louis will end up playing somewhere one day for someone who has real respect for him.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      It is Yzerman’s job to put together a team that can win, loyalty has nothing to do with it.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        And this team would not win with St. Louis in the line-up? Ask Stamkos…give me a break.

        • HabFan in Edmonton says:

          It would have been easy for Yzerman to pick St. Louis, everyone would have been happy but it was his job and the others to make tough decisions. I know one thing. If we are up by 1 goal with a minute to go I would prefer like guys like Nash and Bergeron (although I do hate the Bruins with a passion) out on the ice.

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            It should have been easy to pick the leading scorer IN THE NHL from last season. That’s the point. Martin St. Louis is not a stiff. BTW he would not go there in a shut-down role so I do not understand the comparison to Nash and Bergeron.

          • HabFan in Edmonton says:

            The point is that you need different types of players, not just scorers. Martin St. Louis is not a stiff, but they already have a lot of scorers, you also need shut down guys.

    • adadi says:

      I agree completely. Yzerman has turned out to be a turkey. One gets the feeling that he makes decision based on his old boys club. Gretzky tried this once before and it was a disaster.

      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        It is way too early to call Yzerman a turkey, at least wait to see how Canada does. If he was picking based on his old boys club then guys like Joe Thornton, Seabrook etc would have been picked. Not an easy job picking this team.

    • The Jackal says:

      Wow, easy there man.
      You’re overreacting to St. Louis being cut.
      Yes, he would have been a good pick, but Yzerman doesn’t have to take him just because he is good and plays for TB.
      All the other plays are superstars that play well independently, so that’s not enough justification to pick Marty.
      Yzerman and his team put together the players who they think give Canada the best chance to win – he is under no obligation to take St. Louis and the decision has nothing to do with loyalty.
      He’d certainly have a good role on the team but you need to respect Yzerman’s choices. It was a difficult task but in the end he put together a good team.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Actually I don’t need to respect his opinion until he wins…freedom of choice. I wrote my comment from the point of view of St. Louis. To say that having the leading scorer from last season would make Team Canada less likely to win is ridiculous. Yzerman was obliged to take him because St. Louis gave him every reason to take him. I guess you and I have different views of what loyalty is.

  25. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    I have seen a lot of criticism of the Nash pick. I thought he was a beast at the last Olympics, totally shut down Ovechkin. He is big enough and fast enough to play any role and is happy to play the shutdown role, he can do things St. Louis can’t do. I think Yzerman knew what he was doing.

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s the post concussion Nash I’m worried about. That guy is a non-factor.

      2010 Nash. No problem with that.

    • savethepuck says:

      4 years ago Scott Gomez had 59 points for the Habs too. A lot can happen in 4 years.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        A valid point, a lot can happen in 4 years no doubt. Obviously Yzerman and his group still think Nash can play a valuable role as a shutdown guy.

  26. Plekasuares says:

    Bergeron is not better than Plekanec. Has just played on a better team with better wingers

  27. DipsyDoodler says:

    The notion of the “defensive specialist” is the worst thing to happen to hockey not called Bettman.

    It’s like cheap cooking wine. Sure, cook with cheaper wine. I do. But don’t tell yourself your dish is better with cheap wine.

    Same with grinders, 4th liners, and defensive players. You have them because you can’t afford 12 Guy Lafleurs, not because you prefer to have them.

    Hockey should be all about attack.

    • Phil C says:

      Like the enforcer, I think it is a by-product of expansion. Imagine the NHL with 12 teams again.

      I think Team Canada made a mistake with Bergeron as well. He looked out of place last time when the pace picked up. If someone like Crosby gets injured, they will regret not having a guy like Giroux who could slide right in while not missing a beat.

    • kmachabs27 says:

      I think you had a gallon of that cheap cooking wine before posting that comment. When your playing against the best players in the world, you need to match lines, and your PK unit must be in tip top shape (blocking shots, winning faceoffs, winning the small board battles) hence the decisions to choose bergeron, vlasic and hamhuis (aka defensive specialists). Vlasic and Hamhuis are simple defensive defencemen who do there job on a nightly basis in the all world Western Conference. This is why we see line combos switching mid game etc. For ex, finland will have a or a player whos job is to shut down crosby, i.e matching lines, whenever crosby is out there hes out there. Hence the term defensive specialists, ie Hamhuis, Vlasic, Bouwmeester, Bergeron.

      • kmachabs27 says:

        Its not all about the fancy goals etc, but the ways, and usually not noticed ways (winning face offs, blocking shots etc) that we keep the puck out of the net is just as important.

  28. PrimeTime says:

    St. Louis gets the most poll votes yet isn’t he “smurfish”??fans confuse me !!

  29. GL says:

    Congrats to all the NHL players selected by their respective teams to participate in sochi. A special Congrats to the Habs players …

  30. Marc10 says:

    I would have left Nash off the team. That’s the only pick I truly feel doesn’t belong there.

    If forwards need to slot in, I’d want…

    1) Giroux
    2) Seguin
    3) Neal
    4) Couture

    The depth of talent in Canada is insane. So many all-stars left off the team.

    Can’t wait to see PK in full flight on the big ice. With that extra room, he could well become the key man for Team C.

  31. knucklesnilan says:

    Have they said when Chucky got hurt last night? They showed the shift before he went to he dressing room but didn’t appear to be anything to do with his wrist. Must have happened earlier in the game.

    Go Habs Go !!

  32. CJ says:

    Peter Holland playing his 22nd game this season with Toronto. Why would that matter? Three more games and it triggers a clause that will award Anaheim a conditional 2nd round pick. The pick was originally a third rounder. On top of the draft picks the leafs gave up last year for bollard, the leafs are thin again this year. In summary, not only are they a weak team today, the future is not any brighter. In fact, their talent pool would likely be among the bottom third in the entire league, IMO.

  33. PrimeTime says:

    So I haven’t read all the post team canada selection comments. I know the management team would have been lambasted if PK was not chosen…so are they now being praised??? No likely. That would not be the HIO way.

  34. DipsyDoodler says:

    This is going to be ike confessing you don’t like pizza or something, but…

    Patrice Bergeron?

    He’s the one I don’t want on the team (well, apart from Nash).

    Not because he’s a Bruin.

    Yes he’s good. He’s a bit better than Tomas Plekanec. No more no less.

    Bergeron over Giroux or St.Louis? Are you kidding?

    And don’t talk to me about penalty killing and defensive play. Toews can do it – in fact every other payer can probably play on the PK.

    This is obviously the influence of Pizza the Hutt.

  35. Habcouver says:

    Bernier the goat. 2-1 Isles over Laffs

    Waiting patiently for #25

  36. CH Marshall says:

    LMAO Bernier !!!

  37. WAR72 says:

    They wouldn’t dare leave the reigning norris trophy winner off the team. But, they had no problem leaving the reigning art ross trophy winner off.

    How come no enforcers on team canada? What about other countries? Any fighters? Wondering how this is possible. Seems fighting is part of the game. No? You cant make the nhl playoffs or a cup without dropping the gloves. But, a gold medal without goons is possible.

    Odd.

  38. ProHabs says:

    Why was Kevin Lowe part of the selection group. The guy is a moron. He won cup like 25 years ago and is not a good manager.

    • CH Marshall says:

      He exists to give Brian Burke a purpose in life !

    • CJ says:

      You know how it works. They recycle the same personnel over and over. Lowe should have zero credibility. That said, I still see mike Millbury on television so what do I know. Hockey, the fraternity, is a very closed society. Unfortunately, it’s also very closed minded, which is why our game languishes behind other, more progressive sports.

  39. CJ says:

    I loved seeing the islanders score that late goal. Hopefully they can ratchet it up and take two points tonight. Poulin is shaky though, so I’m guessing New York is going to need at least three to win.

  40. TheDagger says:

    Missed this site this morning, so I missed the torching of that pathetic ceremony. I’m sure I missed some good trashing. That was ridiculous.

  41. Habcouver says:

    Bernhard Starkbaum, Austrian stopper who is apparently Hab’s property. True?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  42. ooder says:

    I went on one of the more popular habs blog sites (eye on the prize I think) and read Andrew Berkshires back and forth. What an absolute stuck up asshole.
    All he does is throw stats around, never says anything of value, bans people who disagree with him but not before insult then. I didn’t like him on hio and like him even less when he has his own platform.

    • llwillia says:

      A delightful chap he is. Had my own encounter on twitter with him earlier this week. I blocked him before he had the chance. :)

    • aemarchand11 says:

      lol, lots of my co-workers apparently went to school with him up here in Ft. McMurray, and he was an.. interesting.. character.

      CORSI OR DIE!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Unfortunately, you are only feeding the beast. The more press he gets the more popular and talked about he and his site becomes.

      Just like Don Cherry, many people disagree with him but that makes more people watch or talk about him.

  43. Habfan10912 says:

    Trini – Great story.
    You’re right. I have a huge man crush on PK. I’m also fond of Patches and Price. In fact I cannot root against any if my Habs.

    In Vancouver I’m watching the gold medal game with the wife. When it goes into overtime she picks her head up from her magazine and ask, “Who are you rooting for?”
    My answer, “I really don’t care as long as Crosby doesn’t score the winner.”

    The rest is history.

    Its going to a great 2 weeks for us hockey fans.

  44. Habcouver says:

    Looking at the list of Olympic snubs, you have to place Bobby Ryan in a special category, no thanks to Burke. To be verbally be belittled on top of not making the USA team is just so undeserving to anyone.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  45. habstrinifan says:

    Ottawa posters may know the Canadian Tire Store that used to be on Tenth Line/Charlemagne.

    They had all their lawnmowers lined up one Summer. So friend (white) and I walked in and saw this line of lawnmowers with a sale sign that said in part “White Only”.

    I called the dept-manager and pretended to be interested in buying one. My friend walked up to me .. taps me on the shoulder and said in a loud voice “Can’t you see the sign…White Only”. We almost started a riot.
    LOL! Reaction was hilarious. Like when I walked into a crowded Tim Horton at Perth walked by everybody in line saying “excuse me excuse me.. got a reservation”. You shoulda seen the looks I got.

    Sometimes no funner thing in the world than being a perceived a-hole.

  46. scarboro_habitant says:

    solid line up for Canada with some question marks but still looks like the team to beat. wonder if the Swedish brass gave nik lidstrom a ring and if so, would be interesting to hear what was said.

  47. Habcouver says:

    PK and Tavares are buddies going back to winning gold in their final WJHC. I recall they (especially you know who) were real jokers when interviewed together. I hope Olympic coverage will expand on their parallel roads to success.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  48. habstrinifan says:

    Anybody know White lawnmower?

  49. habstrinifan says:

    Habfan10912JANUARY 7, 2014 AT 6:07 PM:

    And a lot easier for an American to root for Canada.

    Seriously Habfan10912… you gonna be in a pickle. Pacioretty vs Subban will happen. I dont envy you.

  50. Mavid says:

    Talking about the cold weather..one of my staff is in YFB, he sent me pictures of the tarmack 140km hr winds -70…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  51. Sportfan says:

    PK doesn’t get service in the practice Arena, hope he doesn’t have Bell cause that would be awkward.

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  52. Sportfan says:

    Kunitz and Jay Bow, I never had them on my made up team.

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  53. adadi says:

    Who is on the US squad? I heard TSN radio trashing the team this afternoon.

  54. twilighthours says:

    Chris,

    I’m confused buddy. You’re arrogant but not cocky?

    http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-synonyms/cocky

    (And I’m just funning on ya because you’re easy to fun on)

    • Chris says:

      See, the problem for me is that I absolutely lack self-confidence. I’m very hesitant when it comes to making decisions. And I am VERY self-effacing, almost to a fault. So I can’t be cocky.

      And yet, I know that I am arrogant, judgemental (my best friend in undergrad questioned the validity of the Meyers-Briggs test when I “only” scored 96% Judging!) and stubborn.

      What can I say? I’m a complicated fellow.

      But I think we’ll have to concede that I am cocky, as I’m sure many find me too lordly and full of myself. Can I be hesitantly cocky? :)

      • twilighthours says:

        You can be whomever you want, I’m cool with that. You can also be one of those guys I hope to buy a beer for at some future summit.

        And I also would have taken St. Louis over Nash or Carter. I probably would have found a spot for giroux, too. And it’s sad that couture got hurt because he would have been there, deservedly so.

        • Chris says:

          I would have chosen Carter…he’s a solid skater, and he knows how to find the net. Not too many players have scored more goals post-lockout than Carter.

          I also like Giroux…I would have been tempted to take him over Bergeron, but Bergeron is just such an elite penalty killer that I think he was a lock. I don’t think Giroux gives up too much defensively, and he’s more talented offensively. And I haven’t forgotten just how badly he torched Crosby a couple of years ago…he’s a fiery, competitive guy. I would LOVE him on the Habs.

          Nash is a bit of a head-scratcher if you don’t factor in his loyalty to Team Canada at World Championships. I think he gets the “Ryan Smyth, Thanks for Being a Team Player!” spot.

          • olematelot says:

            Nash hasn’t exactly been blessed with team mates in his NHL career like he’s going to play with over there . He’s proven to be a big game player on the world stage.

  55. adadi says:

    8 Habs on Olympic teams. Pretty clear that the Habs have some talent. I suspect if the NHL played on big rinks with European rules and officiating…and with a coach that has a brain… that the Habs would be in contention for the championship every year. Too bad the NHL has drifted so far away from pure hockey.

  56. My Lord if you’re not listening to PK right now youare missing a great interview. Future Captain Here Now!

    Let’s get it going Marc Bergevin! NO need to wait, make the deal sooner rather than later. You need a Captain for the playoffs, and Gionta is moving now, deadline or he’s walking for nothing.

    Up Next

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    1. Carey Price
    2. Mike Smith
    3. Roberto Luongo

    :lol: Carey Carey Carey

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    • Habcouver says:

      I am so impressed by this young man.
      His father and family must be so proud of him.

      Waiting patiently for #25

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Very happy for Carey and PK……

      Still feel that Babcock is going to start his veteran Luongo in the first game, while Carey will get the second. I really do believe though, that Price’s ability to handle the puck and the fact that he’s a better tender than Luongo will show up in the end and Price will take the reigns and ride with them all the way into next olympics, but again, Luongo will get game 1.

      Cheers,

      This is going to be a great show come February.

      Shaker out!

      • one on one everyone knows Price is better than Luongo, and it’s no secret that it’s Luongo’s to lose, but I do what I do here because of the last Olympics. Anyone who supported Price back then said he would be playing goal for Canada in 2014, and everyone who didn’t support Price laughed.

        Who’s laughing now? Carey freakin Price!

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        • jimmy shaker says:

          Brodeur and Luongo were locks on that team. Price could’ve been the 3rd tender but I think MA Fleury coming off the Stanley cup and having great numbers to boot gave him the nod over Price. Really couldn’t argue with that. I would argue your point about Price over MA Fleury but not laugh it off.

          Shaker out,

          Come on Tavares, kick those little pukes all over the ice!

  57. Sportfan says:

    The craziest miss has to be Letang i know he hasn’t been the healthiest, but he was good too.

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  58. Habcouver says:

    Thank you Stephane Waite.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  59. adadi says:

    You guys notice how Stevie Y cannot say anything nice about PK and seems to be in pain when talking about him being on the team. I think the only reason PK is on the team is because Stevie Y knew he would have been labelled as a racist for the rest of his days had he left him of the squad.

    That being said, I suspect that PK is going to steal the show in Sotchi. Yeay PK.

  60. jimmy shaker says:

    Question: If kovalchuk ever comes back, does jersey get him or is he a free agent?

    Shaker out!

    • Chris says:

      If he sits out a few years, he comes back as a UFA. But right now, his rights are still owned by New Jersey. Can’t remember how long it is before he could come back, though.

  61. jimmy shaker says:

    Captain: Crosby

    Assistant: Weber, Toews

    Starting tender: Luongo (Price will play second game)

    Not dressing: Smith, Hamhuis, Duchesne

    Shaker out!

  62. JohninTruro says:

    Couple prospects got traded to different Junior teams today. Hudon to Baie Comeau which has been talked about for weeks to join Gregoire, and Nevin to Rouyn Noranda.

  63. twilighthours says:

    Whoo! PK!

    The Olympics just got that much better to watch.

  64. BadHabit says:

    The good news about Chucky is that the injury comes not too long before the olympic break (and more particularly, not after).

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Very good point. It’s like a 6 week injury but he will be back in 4

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      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  65. Chris says:

    To be honest, I’m quite surprised that Saku Koivu is taking a pass on the Olympics. His past 10 games have seen him score at a point-per-game pace (5 goals, 5 assists). He’s been playing excellent hockey, so it was surprising that he felt his preparation for the Olympics has not been adequate.

  66. habs001 says:

    The Habs get outplayed in many games but they had a very good record last year and this year also…Have to give the players credit as the talent level on this team is lower than the results ..Not sure why Hab fans think MT is an issue as this team right now has over achieved…A lot of posters rate many of the Hab players much higher than they really are and i have no doubt would rate the same player much lower if they played for another team…

    • christophor says:

      Actually, the Habs were routinely outplaying all of their competition last year until the very end of the season, and it ended in part because injuries started to pile up. Their most recent 20ish games are very unlike last year. Since mid-November, the Habs have been really healthy and yet they’ve declined to an out-possessed team. They were playing poorly even over the last portion of their long win streak. That’s not sustainable and they didn’t do that last year.

      One general difference is that over MT’s tenure, they’ve shifted more and more toward dumping the puck instead of carrying it in. All data suggests this isn’t a good primary strategy, especially for a team like Montreal. The Habs are very much not “a grinding team” (which is what MT called them), or at least they can’t be if they want to recapture what was going well.

  67. ClutchNGrab says:

    Always have a great respect for our previous captain

    One name not on the list is four-time Olympian Saku Koivu. According to Finnish reporter Matias Strozyk, Koivu was on the final list up until a few days ago before withdrawing from consideration because he wasn’t happy with his recovery from a concussion he suffered in October that cause him to miss a month.

    “I feel that in my case dreams and reality are conflicting,” said Koivu in a statement. ‘I would prefer to be replaced by a better-prepared player.”

  68. habstrinifan says:

    Those who see P.K as immature; a loose cannon; cocky; bad teammate; and all the other stuff… please take a look at his post practice interview. Speaks for itself.

    • Chris says:

      He is cocky and brash, on the ice. There is simply no question.

      Is it an issue? No. That’s the discussion I wish people would have, instead of trying to deny the obvious. I simply don’t think it matters that he is cocky and brash, and I don’t think he’s unique in that regard…Corey Perry, anybody? Patrick Kane? Tyler Seguin? Ryan Kesler? There is a long list of exceptional NHL players that fall under those two categories.

    • JUST ME says:

      I think he is more mature than before , a bit more tamed but still is bigger than life.

      We haven`t seen such an athlete in Montreal in decades and if the veterans tought him a few lessons when he got there, it`s now P.K.`s turn to show them a few facts.
      I think the media blew up the whole story when actually those things happen with most kids coming in the league but P.K. is not just a kid like all the others.
      We have got a superstar guys, let`s enjoy every minute !

  69. habs-fan-84 says:

    I would love for someone to pull up Kunitz’ stats of when Crosby isn’t in the lineup. I’m pretty sure they’re quite good.

    • Chris says:

      The problem is that most of those games came playing on Malkin’s wing, so people are still going to knock him.

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Fair enough, I suppose the only point I was getting at was that I don’t have a problem with him being on the team.

        To your point below, most great players have a solid partner anyway.

        As you mentioned below, I just feel bad for St. Louis, considering he is the reigning Art Ross trophy winner, this would have been his last kick at the can, and he knows he could make a difference on the larger ice surface (and the opportunity to prove that has now been taken away from him, barring any injuries).

        • Chris says:

          I probably would have passed on Benn and included St. Louis. I also think that passing on Hall is a mistake, but he’s a shoo-in to be at the next Olympics, barring an injury.

  70. Habfan17 says:

    Having Galchenyuk hurts short term. I wonder if Columbus would trade Horton and Wisniewski for Briere, DD, LeBlanc, Gorges and Diaz? Briere and Horton both make $4 million. Or just Briere, LeBlanc and Diaz for Horton?

    Then New Jersey trade Jagr for Gionta and a 3rd round pick.

    Then the Habs could be have a good shot this season

    Patches, Eller, Horton
    Bourque, Pleks, Jagr
    Galchenyuk, Bournival, Gallagher
    Prust, White, Moen

    Markov, Subban
    Emelin, Wisniewski
    Murray, Pateryn
    Boullion.
    Habfan17

    • Habfan17 says:

      You could move Galchenyuk to 3rd line centre with Bourque and Gallagher and slide Bournival to left wing with Pleks and Jagr

      Habfan17

    • shiram says:

      If New Jersey deals Jagr it will be for better return than Gio and a third.
      And the Columbus deal seems like quantity for quality, which is always tough to swallow for the team sending the quality.

    • mrhabby says:

      why would Columbus trade Horton ..they just signed him last summer. He would invoke his no trade clause i would think if he has one. He wanted to go to a non hockey environment when he signed with the jackets.

  71. Habilis says:

    Pretty happy with the Canada selections today outside of one. I would take Giroux or St. Louis over Kunitz.

    Still, that’s one hell of a hockey team.

    Best part? No Leafs or Sens. The no Leafs thing is even better when you consider that they have Canadians in all of the prime positions (G1, C1, D1). In fact, only 3 Leafs will be going to the Olympics at all.

    Queue the Leafer Lemmings… Over the next month, I predict we hear a ton about the “huge advantage” that the Loafs will get by having almost their entire team rest during the games. Dummies.


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