Habs take it easy

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The Canadiens had a team meeting this morning in Brossard and then had what Tomas Plekanec described as a welcome day away from the ice. Plekanec noted that several players are battling colds and needed both a mental and physical break.

Two players did take advantage of the ice. Jeff Halpern skated for about 15 minutes while Travis Moen went on the ice to break in a new pair of skates. 

And RDS reports Mike Cammalleri has strep throat – and denies idiotic rumour he’d asked to be traded.

282 Comments

  1. observer says:

    In the old days all teams played on Saturday nights and then got on a train and played Sunday night in the next city. Sometimes during snowstorms and many teams won 2 games on those weekends – Montreal Canadiens especially.

  2. anotherhab says:

    Taking it easy Boys!!!  Maybe a few COLDFX, some Hot Toddies or a few Green Teas!

    Relax, wind down, some family time, perhaps practice a few celebration poses!!

    Then be ready to kick some Whiny Rag Butt come Saturday!

  3. andrewberkshire says:

    I really think the only way we’re going to score more goals is a) with Markov back next year or b) without Jacques Martin. The question is whether it’s worth tossing aside Martin’s very effective defensive scheme to score more goals.

  4. observer says:

    says  absolutely nothing about cups, saucers or oranges or  other things.

  5. ABHabsfan says:

    1. The statue-thing had nothing to do with losing. Dumb penalties and the inability of the P.K. (last night) resulted in the losing. Shows of confidence by our goalie is a good thing,means there IS confidence

    2. Habs should have a contest to see who can score the most goals, start with the Captain

    3. PK draws a lot of attention when he is good and therefore a lot when he struggles. He is a rookie playing top minutes and IMO does not deserve the crap he receives. Are other rookie d-men put on the ice vs Malkin? Playing PP and PK? Though I have heard from people in S. Ont that he is even more cocky when the cameras and mics are not around and it rubs a lot of people the wrong way, including teammates. As for the distasteful undercurrent: replying on that thread only fuels the notion that there may be and I refuse to contribute in that regard

    4. Iginla would be the top of my wish list though I think it is unlikely. Dustin Penner more likely. I also like Brent Burns and/or Ryan Smyth if the Kings continue to slide

    5. You can coach any willing player to play the PK. Scoring goals is a talent. Being a finisher takes years of work and loads of talent. All 3 of those guys don’t have it. Gotta keep Gill’s defensive ability and he is said to be a great leader. Moen does provide some toughness but he doesn’t get enough shifts to really intimidate. Pyatt could go with no real down-side to the team ( sorry Tom)

  6. observer says:

    He is playing like he wants out of here! End of story!

  7. observer says:

    not the point! all these guys drastically improve once out of the gauthier/gainey regimes clutches. these players are either having problems with the system these 2 dinosaurs imposed or the problems are with those 2 men and martin too.

     

    ribeiro, robidas, latendresse, grabovski, s kostitsyn, d’agostini, ryder when he first left, even samsonov did better, obyrrne. this team has terrible management.

  8. F Bomb says:

    Could be the case but I find he does use his body well.  He does not get pushed around and makes smart plays with the puck.  I watched him last night and noticed that everytime he did not have the puck he dropped out of the slot and raced back to the red line. That cannot be his natural instinct and your not going to score many goals doing that.  Someone is telling him where to be positioned.    

    I am interested to think how JM feels about his play.  Maybe Martin likes what AK is doing.

    We did see him dropped down to the 4th line where he tried to be creative but lost the puck each time.  He looks offensively lost.  I can’t even remember the last time he had a shot on net.    

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    Jeez… The NHL gets its back up at the most ridiculous things. $600 isn’t exactly a massive incentive for players making millions.

    As for cap circumvention, the NHL should be looking into the Philadelphia Flyers not allowing Ian Laperriere to retire in order to keep him on LTIR until his contract runs out to avoid the $1.667M cap hit on his 35+ contract. THAT should be something the NHL should come down on with an iron fist.

  10. Trenton_Romulox says:

    On the topic of Max Pacioretty, he’s finally living up to his potential. Does he have a great scoring touch yet? No, no he does not. But I’ll tell you what he does that’s good. He uses his body more now, he throws himself around on the forecheck, and he hustles hard on the backcheck. He throws the puck at the net more often than other forwards, generating chances. And when he doesn’t have the puck, he is driving the net and people aren’t pushing him around in there. Just some observations from a very biased Max Pacioretty fan haha. 

  11. 24 Cups says:

    My relationship with AK46 is well known.  Having said that, I totally agree with you that he should come back for one more kick at the can.  I don’t want us to be the team that lost the last guy to blossom from 2003.

    I can’t remember the details, but I think that all we would have to do is qualify him which means an automatic 15% raise on this year’s contract (3.2M).  It may not be fair value, but it’s a good insurance policy.

  12. Mattyleg says:

    That’s true. Good point, but I think we still need to remain patient and positive with him.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. F Bomb says:

    Trouble is that the Leafs are rebuilding and can give young players 1st line minutes and time to devolop.  Habs are in a win now situation. 

    Eller would be a 1st / 2nd line C with Ottawa, Toronto, Nyr, Florida, and probably Edmonton.

  14. punkster says:

    This whole subject is such a tempest in a teapot. Really. Can people find something important to complain about? Like how the hell is this team going to score some goals?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  15. sholi2000.com says:

    And you figure the last ten minutes of the second was just fluke as well.  That was the most entertaining 10 minutes they played all season.

     

    Submitted by Peterborough Ha… on Thu, 01/13/2011 – 11:48.

    Price again blew this one. When are people going to realize he is a backup goalie.

  16. andrewberkshire says:

    If you have yet to see it, you just don’t watch very much hockey. Off the top of my head, Flames backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson does a pose after every single stop he makes in the shootout.

  17. shiram says:

    Isnt he a + player because he plays the first line with Plekanec, and not on the pk?

  18. punkster says:

    It’s a game. It’s entertainment. When will people grasp that simple fact?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  19. 24 Cups says:

    Sometimes the NHL needs to lighten up a little. 

    Did they somehow miss the tongue-in-cheek play on numbers with the sum of $600?  And in terms of the cap, is this worse than the front-loaded contracts that make a farce of the CBA?

     

  20. andrewberkshire says:

    So if Price didn’t make a pose, the Penguins wouldn’t have been motivated to win last night? Sounds like they’re a very heartless team then.

  21. mjames says:

    If you watched the games you would see that the vast majority of AK’s passes are tape to tape. he creates far more chances than the majority of players on this team. Sometimes I think the opinions of many on HIO are influenced by a select few in the press who have a hate on for AK. I would take AK in a heart as would 29 other GM’s who know that this guy will turn out better than his brother and be a solid 20+ goal with a positive +/-.

    It is discouraging to see skill player after skill player leave this team over the years.  Sometimes I think you would all like a team full of Mones and Pyatts – all energy and no skill. Martin is building a team whose only expertise is PK.  That is a luxury no team can afford. We need a balance in both system and player. That is something we do not have. Comparing Boyd to or Moen to AK46 is pure stupidity.  

     

     

     

    mjames

  22. shiram says:

    Yup Gomez turned it on, but those games at the start of the season are important too, and people defending him saying he is slow start, I find hard to swallow that, why couldnt he play well all season long? But anyways…

  23. F Bomb says:

    Here is why I think the Habs do need him:

    a) he is a big body on the first line

    b) There is no one to replace him

    c) Through all of his coasting he is still a + player

    That being said, I think he will be traded, as well as a prospect and a pick for Dustin Penner. 

  24. Mattyleg says:

    For those willing to give up on AK, take a look at his Belarusian brother, Grabovski.

    I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for talking about a Leaf, but I have to say that the Laffs’ patience has paid off, and he’s finally coming through for them as a scorer. They did, however, need to sit through long periods of garbage, but history might prove that it was worth it. Then again it might not, and I’ll just have another beer, but I think we need to hang on for AK.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. joeybarrie says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpiH6Sr32lU&feature=fvw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRBP-bcfsco&feature=fvw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUyPlvJ-d5M&feature=related

     

    What a bunch of immature idiots. Imagine acting like this after being paid a couple million dollars to play a game…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  26. punkster says:

    Warning:

    The above comment is Gomez-positive and must be read with care.

    Fortunately it is balanced with an AK-negative inclination and therefore meets the high standards of HI/O.

     

    Carry on.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  27. Mattyleg says:

    He must have! That penalty is attributed to the coach.

    Maybe he said one too many names. Maybe he patted one too many backs. MAYBE…. no, he’d never do that…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. Mattyleg says:

    “THis is his 2nd offence” HA!! (sound of police siren) “Book ‘im, Danno!”

    Please. It was part of an inside joke. Look it up, it’s pretty funny.

    It’s not Price’s ‘maturing process’ that is worrying, it’s people on this site’s.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. punkster says:

    What, did he push the extra player on to the ice whilst that player was sitting on the boards getting ready to jump on at the right time? Did he tell the extra player, “Get yer azz out there. NOW. We nned to go on the PK!”. Did JM just lose his mind there behind the bench?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  30. avatar_58 says:

    You don’t seriously think NHL’ers deserve the money they make do you? They only get it because of rich teams and free market. One team might only want to spend $500, while another offers 5 mil. That’s how salaries ended up being as ridiculous as Kovalchuk’s.

    Give me a break. Some weeks they barely get in a few hours of real work. I find it laughable when you see 3rd adn 4th liners coasting when they’ve barely broken a sweat all week. I can think of quite a few young AHL’ers who’d play for peanuts just to say they won in the NHL

  31. shiram says:

    Well my hockey knowledge might be lacking so I cannot fish out another goalie posing after a win, doesnt mean it should not be done though.

    As for why, the kid was just feeling great after a shootout win, I’m pretty sure he didnt think about what motivation it could give them. Besides I dont think that pose is the reason the Guins won last night’s game either.

    And lastly, it’s still pretty early in Price’s professional hockey carreer, so if he learns from that, all the better i say.

  32. jrshabs1 says:

     Then correct me. Don’t be lazy. If you can string together a sentence here’s your forum.

     

     

    Go Habs Go!!

  33. joeybarrie says:

    I did not realize that making a pose was an offense to begin with. What exactly makes this TRUE PROFESSIONAL? Cause players celebrate things like goals all the time. So your thinkin striking a pose is much worse than jumping into the boards???

    Its hilarious that people are even talking about it. Its NOTHING. I guess since its a tradition to take a spin when you are named a star of the game that it is not just simply a different type of celebration.

    So by that we must eliminate all trash talking, all fancy moves, any celebrating and probably take out the horn after the goal. I mean why in the world would anyone want to pay $150 to go to a game and celebrate in person. Maybe they should all wear suits, hats and sit motionless like they were in Toronto.

    And of course no one but the goal scorer can celebrate with any type of movement, maybe they should all get on one knee while the scorer skates slowly to the bench and is very very careful not to offend anyone……..

    I mean lets be realistic. Face Washing, Checking, Fighting, Pushing, Smacking the stick, and all the rest of the grit that is hockey all fine, but man oh man, DO NOT MAKE A FUNNY FACE OR MAKE ANY KIND OF IMMATURE GESTURE……

    The players are making millions of dollars to play a hockey game, and the concern is striking a pose? Perspective is out of whack…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  34. avatar_58 says:

    So is the triple low 5 ok, because it’s essentially the same thing and everyone loved it.

    WHO CARES. If he finds it fun, go for it.

  35. punkster says:

    1.No. If he’s winning, why shouldn’t he srtike a pose? Why shouldn’t rookie PK yap? Why shouldn’t shootouts be dipsy-doodle contest? People seem to forget that it’s just a game, it’s entertainment.

    2. Sure. Like I said, it’s a game. Why not? They’re not different than you and I when it comes to playing shinny on the pond.

    3. Distasteful, no. I view it as old school versus new. Plus the media will write or talk about whatever will crank up the hits, the viewsers or sells the old paper editions. We’ll look back on this “issue” in a couple of years and wonder what all the fuss was about.

    4. No freakin’ clue. Not my expertise. I’m a fan, not a geek ;) (well, OK, I am a bit of a geek, but only when it comes to music…and books…and wines…and recipes…)

    5. Well, the question assumes these 3 are what you say they are so I’ll go with Pyatt.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  36. mike g says:

    Why can’t you give him away?

    Why can’t the Habs trade someone who gave up on them?

    It’s 1 persons fault that AK’s value is worth less than a used box of Kleenex; HIS.

    Not JM, PG or anyone elses. We’ve heard excuses for years with this guy, yet it 7 years he’s in North America and he still can’t understand a friggin’ word from the coaches.

    This year, the popular excuse for his slump was that he was seperated from Cammy and Pleks. Well, guess what? Its almost a month they’re back together and little AK has 0 points in his last 8 games, and 1 goal in his past 19. So take the chemistry excuse and throw it out the window. Anyone whos played hockey knows that when chemistry is established, its there forever. Guys who play well together can be seperated for years, but when they’re put back together things just seem to quickly fall into place; see Gomez-Gionta.

    AK beginning of the year was due to him piggy-backing pionts off the back of Pleks. Tomas was on fire, and AK ‘s stats benefitted from that.

    He’s given up, plain and simple. It’s his fault, he’s given up and nobody will pay much for that. So, if you trade him, it will be giving him away for nothing, because that’s his value. If he had good value, teams would be calling about him and pay fair price.

    But I highly doubt they are calling.

    So, I say throw him in some closet in Brossard. The team doesn’t need someone like him on the ice doing nothing, and actually causing more good than bad because of his poor attitude, lazy play and lack of caring.

    Addition by subtraction…

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  37. 24 Cups says:

    I’m not a big fan of Scott Gomez, but fair is fair.  He certainly has picked it up lately.

    From December 15 to January 8, Gomez struck for 13 points in a dozen games playing with Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty. Seven of those 13 points were scored via the power play. He was held off the scoresheet in only three of those 12 games.

    Last year, Gomez registered 32 points over 37 second half games (70 point pace) and in 2008-09, he notched 31 points over the final 41 games (62 point pace). Over his last four seasons, Gomez has averaged 62 points each year. (Scott Miller)

    MaxPac is a different man this go round and Gomez can only benefit if the young player can keep it up.  I just love the way that MaxPac, Pouliot and Darche go to the net AND stay there.  AK46 can blossom by doing the exact same thing on a regular basis.  It’s really that simple.  You’re on the clock Andrei – look around you!

  38. Jordio-oh says:

    Incorrect.

     

    Try again.

  39. shiram says:

    Plekanec copied that move agaisnt the Flyers after he potted one in, and if I recall correctly the Flyer’s panties we’re all in a bunch about it. Fun stuff.

  40. jrshabs1 says:

     Apparently it is. I have yet to see another NHL goalie pose for a shootout victory. The question is why? Why give the other team additional motivation? Everytime Pitty scored lastnight they were right in #31′s grill giving him the business. Why would he want that? He didn’t want that because he wouldn’t even look at them. You can celebrate but you don’t hotdog, you learn that early in your hockey career.

     

    Go Habs Go!!

  41. Timo says:

    Whatever… i see nothing wrong with a little personality and cockiness. The way Habs played last night they would have gotten shalacked pose or not. It is not worse that stupid idiot fist pump on one knee Briere does everytime he scores.

  42. edmond says:

    What do do with AK46? He does not seem motivated and this is not helping the team yet he is an asset that you cannot simply give away. For now though the team needs all the resources pulling towards wins and he is going in the opposite direction. When Cammalleri comes back AK46 should not dress but until then why not call up Boyd and give him a real chance and send AK46 to the press box. When AK46 proves at least over a number of training sessions that he is interested in working towards a win then give him another chance, one game at a time. Boyd could still stay up and go in the lineup if he plays well replacing another poor performer.

    Ed.

  43. REB says:

    The solution is really simple.  The person doing the hit is out, sans pay, from any and all hockey leagues, for as long as the injured player is out.  How long was Patrice Bergeron out for…almost a year?  Steve Downie would have been unpacking boxes at Walmart, and it would have served him right. 

  44. dh says:

    Yeah but it’s probably the best that I’ve seen them keeping the puck in the zone this year.  It was fun to watch.

  45. christophurrr says:

    these guys remind me of beck and palin, spewing garbage, working their followers into a frenzy of ignorance

  46. dh says:

    I agree with you there.  On RDS, Joel Bouchard interviewed Pearns after that and asked why there were so many odd man rushes.  Pearn said that it was because they were playing too aggressively in the offensive zone.  I remember thinking that it was a shame that he would probably put an end to that. 

  47. jennifer1984 says:

    the band? did you!!! awesome!!!

    off the new album, Siberian Breaks makes my  mind break… in a good way. love it

  48. shiram says:

    Really? Is it such a big deal? Yes i’ll agree it’s not the most mature thing to do, but then he is 23 only. Skaters have celebrations, during the game, each time they score, but goalies must remain stoic at all time, and any emotion is the enemy? I mean even the crappiest of goals will have skaters celebrating…

    Bah so much for such a small gesture. Anyways I liked it when he did it, so many we’re claiming his confidence was shot before that game, and to have show some pride was refreshing.

     

  49. shiram says:

    I like how the posted : Cammy denies idiotic rumour he asked for a trade. Apparently he wants to win a cup in Montreal.

  50. jrshabs1 says:

     Nobody can expect to win on the backend of away and home games. That being said I hope #31 has been told by management to stop with his game shootout winning poses. This is his 2nd offence. All it does is make him and the organization look stupid not to mention gives the opposition a little motivation that otherwise woudn’t be there. #31′s maturing process is taking a really long time and I hope that when he finally becomes a true profesional it’s in Montreal and not in the D league rodeo circuit.

     

     

    Go Habs Go!!

  51. mrhabby says:

    is $2500 the max a player can be fined for a cheap shot????

  52. Habnofear says:

    1) What happened when he did the “Bolt-Nike”?

    2)Habs are Crosby-less and can’t learn from the best in the world on how to win…

    3)Are you implying there’s something to the rise of a young Black hockey star in the predominantly Caucasian sport of hockey?

    4)BYFLUGIN (spelling)?

    5) Good bye Tommy P


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