Habs take it easy

AUDIO: Roman Hamrlik | Travis Moen | Tomas Plekanec

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.


  1. VancouverHab says:

    Wasn’t that the same take on Kovalev? That he ramped it up for the playoffs?

    I don’t know if it’s the right attitude, but my attitude has definitely become that the regular season means little (finish in the top 8 is enough) & the playoffs mean all.

  2. VancouverHab says:

    My respects for your balanced views, 24C: now I’ll be forced to take your criticisms should Gomez’s play drop off in reciprocal spirit.

  3. habs365 says:

    unless they improve this team every year..cammy’s career will be over before that happens..we have a good team..just not ready for the stanley cup yet

  4. habs365 says:

    I say don’t keep anyone who don’t wanna be with the Habs

  5. UK-HAB says:

    try watching the EPL and look at referring incompetence and bias! We have only 3 pitch officials covering an area 5 times the size of a rink, refusal by the world governing body to implement any sort of video review leading to headline dominating & game deciding gaffs on a weekly basis, and referees with clear team allegiances and beer bellies!

    Compared to other major sports I personally find watching officiating in the NHL to be much more bearable. Of course there are times we feel singled out when watching a game, last night especially, but human error is an inevitable part of sport.

  6. habs365 says:

    you are so wrong

  7. Mike Boone says:

    Nah, it’s a load of crap. Canadiens play them only four times. Talbot, Letang and Fleury like to do some woofin’ as Quebec homeboys, but the Penguins save their hatred for Washington and, especially, Philadelphia.

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    I’d pay to see the beatdown that Price would lay on Fleury.  That being said, I’d take Price in a goalie fight against almost all the goalies in the league.  He’s calm most of the time, but when he’s mad, he’s mean.  If he’s got the cojones to go after Cam Janssen, there can’t be too many players in the league he’s afraid of.

  9. Danno says:

    It’s just a feeling it’s true. But boy some games really make you wonder Punkster. And I should add the Habs have made some bone-headed mistakes which lead to well-deserved penalties. Who could forget the two too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties we got in a row against the Lightning?


    Is there a place that has the numbers for penalty differential? I can’t find it anywhere.

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  10. REB says:

    So long as Butthead, sorry, Bettman, is in charge, 2 Canadian teams will never, ever, ever play for the cup…and I have to say that I understand.  An all-canadian SC just won’t sell in the US, at least not more than 100 miles fron the border.  The way to prevent this from happeneing is to wink-wink, nudge-nudge the officials, and to introduce a salary cap so that teams become equal (more or less).

    Just because I am paranoid doesn’t mean that I am wrong!

  11. PeterD says:

    Rodeo Price would have Fleury roped, tied and branded with a CH on his ass before Fleury knew what they were doing.

  12. kempie says:

    Tim Donaghy

    That is all.

  13. kempie says:

    Price would slap the taste outta his mouth.

  14. punkster says:

    Dan, while it may appear to be either conspiracy or corruption my take is it’s incompetence. I’ve watched various other games and the blown or incorrect calls seem to crop up everywhere. I don’t know enough about the refs themselves to say definitively who are the worst (Lee, etc) but it would be an interesting project for the number crunchers on here to look into. Until we see actual figures on all the officials I’m sceptical.


  15. Ayan_SB says:

    The “icing on the cake” in that Detroit game was the Swedish ref shaking hands with Johan Franzen after the game.

  16. Sportfan says:

    Fleury would get his but kicked but Price from here to Yelloknife haha but seriously FLeury is a tard and yeah not a fan since the Juniors haha

  17. Danno says:

    Maybe they are. But the important stat is the differential between how many penalties are being given to the team compared with how many penalty minutes the oposing team is issued. I believe we continue to be among the top teams in that department.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  18. F Bomb says:

    I’m glad you asked. 

    Penner has performed and was highly toughted by Burke after he won a cup in Anahiem.  We all remember the gernade Kevin Lowe threw at Burke.  That being said, that was Penner’s first solid year and he played a great supporting role in winning.  Then the RFA trade.  It was highly publicized and Penner was under a microscope his 1st yr and scored 23 goals.  Yr. 2 dropped to 17 goals and was almost run out of town due to his contract.  Yr 3 he explodes 32 goals.  This year he has not been playing 1st line minutes as the young guns are developing.  (in which he complained about ice time) Through the ups and downs he still has 12 goals (4 PP and 1 SH).  He has one yr remaining at $4.5

    The Oilers have 2 options with him. He can play variety of roles and is a big body.  I have a feeling they have him on the team as a somewhat veteran presence.  There has also been talk that he he doesn’t always play physical but none the less is 6’4 – 245.  He insulates the young guys as he can log minutes and take charge through ups and downs.  Edmonton may want to keep him for that reason and trade him next yr. 

    On the other side, they may want to dump salary, see a FA that works or can get a good return.  For the right price they will trade him.  BUT it will have to be a good price because they gave up picks to get him and was a rather big name in a small market.  They will not trade him for a similar player, they will want young guys back and guys that can help now.

    Montreal’s case.  Everyone here wants a big winger.  You would have to think they have assets to give up.  They also have cap room this year and will get to have Penner for a full 2012.  

    Kostitsyn, Weber, DD, Moen, Pyatt, I don’t know all the Bulldogs but there is some value down there + Edmonton will want a pick back as well.  (Montreal has a 1st which is gold now a days)  I would think they would offer Kostits, Weber and a 1st to get him.  Problem is Penner puts up goals, they ladder struggle to.   

    Is a combination of that enough?  Too much?  I think no because he is a 1st line player so losing Kostits is a wash, and their prospect depth allows them to move those guys as they are all the same.  + we have dam good smoked meat. 





  19. shiram says:

    Yea because Toronto can allow players to make mistake, they are not in the playoff race right now.

  20. habs365 says:

    the difference playing for toronto..if Grabovski makes a mistake, he still get’s to play if you see where I’m coming from.

  21. sholi2000.com says:

    Gatta Go with the Stronger tougher Canadian.  Price all the way.

    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.

  22. Danno says:

    I am convinced there is corruption among at least some NHL referees. There is big, big money involved if you can affect the outcome of the game by tilting the ice in favour of the team you want to get the win. The game against Detroit on Dec. 10th is another case in point. It was quite similar in that we got six penalties to the Wings’ only getting one penalty in that game. As a result Detroit beat us 4-2.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  23. mike g says:


    He’s got some monster choppers.

    And have you ever seen him NOT smile during an interview?

    It’s like 6 years he’s in the league, is he still camera-shy?

    Every question they ask him, he has that little smirk on his face like, “OMG, I’m on TV”.


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

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

  24. derfab says:

    In the end Fleury might win because it could lead to him having to get his teeth fixed.

  25. shiram says:

    Rds was saying the Guins are the most penalized team in the league though. And yea officiating is always up and down, with little consistency.

  26. habs4ever2894 says:

    Lets trade him to columbus for RJ Umberger….

  27. shiram says:

    So there is a rivalry brewing between the Habs and the Guins… we beat em in the playoffs last season, and now the goalies are posing.

    So my quesiton who would win in a fight between Price and Fleury?

    Price being bigger I’ll go with him.

  28. LA Loyalist says:

    Sure hope you are right Mr. Bomb. If we could get Penner for AK and a tray of smoked meat i will be thrilled. I’m going to the Edmonton/Kings game Saturday night and will watch Mr. Penner closely. 

    How is it you think this is a possibility (aside from what we might be giving up) or just a wish?

    God we need a couple of male hockey players on this team.

  29. joshua94k says:

    Last night was the 1st time since 2002 when the Canadiens gave up 4 powerplay goals in a game. The officiating was terrible. It seems the league needed to rescue their team (Penguins) from its slump. They were given 6 straight powerplays and the Canadiens could never get back into their groove. Pouliot’s high stick penalty was absurd, he didn’t even touch the Penguin player.

    How many times this season has the oppostion gotten more powerplays than the Canadiens?

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  30. F Bomb says:

    He is going to go on a tear at some point! Lets hopeits the last 20 games of the season.  My feeling is that he likes Montreal and has a good repore with Gainey.

    Its nice to see drafted players do well with the team. 

  31. avatar_58 says:

    You know as well as I do they’ll trade him at the first chance. They don’t care about quality players

  32. LA Loyalist says:

    We’re in a ‘win now’ situation? Crap, somebody better tell the players.


    “If a player starts scoring too much, it’s a problem, it means he’s not working hard enough on defense.” Jacques Martin


  33. Habhopeful says:

    do CEO’s deserve as much money as they have? the world is overpaid…When your product becomes national, even international, more money gets put in and the more money put in, brings in that much more money…Baseball players, overpaid…Basketball players, overpaid…Hockey players, overpaid, company presidents, overpaid…if the NHL wasnt as successful as it is now, which truth be told, it isnt as successful as it should be, they wouldnt be paying ridiculous salaries to the players of its leagues, which would therefore make it an unpopular sport which would mean you wouldnt have the product you see on the ice now…and bash the NHL as much as you want, this is a sport (A league) you would find very difficult to live without…you wanna stop nhl players from being overpaid? drop it from your schedule and your life, you may not contribute money to the league directly, but you do indirectly by watching it and surfing the hockey sites…



    Where do you think the players who coast in the NHL came from? they would have done anything to play in the league originally, and play for peanuts as you put it, but the market dictates, you play a good game, your marketable (even if your not) and you help the team, that means your worth something to the owners and as long as you can sell, you can bring them cash

    those 3rd and 4th line players you mention with mentioning, will eventually begin to “coast” knowing they have financial security, its human nature regardless of the your salary…

    Get into politics if you want something done about the worlds inflated salaries, but dont be bitter because they decided to work to get where they are and you decided to join a blog and complain about it, i dont mean to sound like an a$$hole but this stuff just annoys me…


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. observer says:

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

  38. 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)

  39. observer says:

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.    

  42. 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.

  43. 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. 

  44. 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.

  45. Mattyleg says:

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

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. 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.

  47. 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?


  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. shiram says:

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

  51. punkster says:

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


  52. 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?


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