Habs take morning off

The Canadiens decided to pass on the morning skate today. If the idea was to give them a chance to enjoy sunny Florida, it backfired. it’s only partly sunny on Fort Lauderdale Beach and the 30-mile-an-hour winds have the palm trees swaying. Still, when compared to Montreal…. 

P.S. There’s a jellyfish and man o’ war warning in the ocean


  1. SLYDER says:

    hmmm….i regret feeling sorry for you in the other thread

  2. observer says:

    Do you think by using common street trash rap words – it makes you look tough?

  3. J_P says:

    Makes me question Martin more than it gives me confidence in gomez lol

    Gomez reminds me a lot of kovalev.  A guy who you know has the talent, but for some reason or other just doesnt bring it game in and game out. 

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Jon. He does things that others cannot. How he plays without the puck for example, How he intimidates with his speed and possession game and how he can move from zone to zone while maintaining possession while others get into a shooting position. Much more. If he was not doing what Martin wanted, he would not be on the ice my friend.

  5. punkster says:

    Finally a reasonable explanation as to why Brisbois was able to play for so long.


  6. Chuck says:

    Yeah… pinned to the ceiling.  :)

  7. Say Ash says:

    Arguing is a healthy part of any successful relationship. My wife keeps telling me that. I disagree, however.

  8. alestar says:

    Meh…he’s just trying to avoid getting banned. I think this is the longest he’s gone with one same since the original Tony242.

    He’s a total Leafer. I’m sure he has a poster of Brian Burke over his bed…


    XXIV…and counting

  9. TommyB says:

    Ahhh, Fort Lauderdale….miss it already.  I just left Ft. Lauderdale 6 days ago, returning from a Caribbean cruise.  Looking out the window on the plane as we dropped down through the clouds on the approach to Buffalo, and seeing all the snow covering Lake Erie, was a little depressing.  Thankfully, the Canada Customs gal at the border crossing was warmer than the weather.  Suffice it to say, there was a little more than my legal limit of booze stowed away in those suitcases.

    Anyway, the morning off, eh?   Nothing needs work.  Nothing needs practising on.  While I was away I missed four Habs games.  The only news I had was the final scores every morning, and not much of that was considered cheerful news, with only one win on the trip.  The two games I’ve seen since returning home did not do much to impress me either.  Nothing to work on?  Everything is going great?  How about just going through an exercise in making line changes?  That could be constructive.  I understand the thought behind giving the players a morning off, but I don’t quite think it is the way to go following a game like the last one.   Under 20 games to go until the playoffs, I think it is time to knuckle down and get to work.  This team is far from polished.  If you want to give a morning off, why not tomorrow, after a hard effort tonight producing a win?  Put two wins together in a row, making the road trip successful, and then give the guys the morning off in Florida.  I don’t know…different strokes…..

  10. The Cat says:

    Where is the bitchfest?

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  11. Chuck says:

    Could he put the puck in the net?

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    Please put down the crack pipe and seek help.

  13. Propwash says:

    Nice therory, doesn’t hold water though.

  14. Chuck says:

    Hey, it works for HI/O!

  15. Nine1one says:

    The game i went to this year had about 15-17 thousand people

    in tampa

  16. Chuck says:

    Great… now I have a vision of him one-finger typing on a Commodore 64. Or an Apple ][ E.

  17. DarthWade says:

    I believe it’s almost 200$ each if you’re lucky enough to get them. If not, prepare to pay huge bucks for the same tickets from a scalper.


  18. HabsFansince49 says:

    What a bloody brilliant comment!

  19. Mattyleg says:

    A shouting match at practice doesn’t bother me.

    It means that people are passionate. In today’s media-hyped world, these things get blown out of proportion.

    I’m sure worse things than that happened at practices back in the ol’ days. Bit of a throw-down isn’t such a bad thing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. GrimJim says:

    And just when we think you’re some maniacal crackpot, you turn around and make fun of yourself…

  21. The Cat says:

    Given no predators and enough food, a jellyfish is immortal. Yes its true.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  22. observer says:

    better still, feel sorry for those who if they hear something bad said against their heroes they go into a rage.

  23. shiram says:

    Tony might just be stirring a tempest in that kool-aid glass!

  24. Morenz7 says:

    They should trade for the jellyfish. Might motivate Gomez.

  25. GrimJim says:

    One of the grossest things I ever saw was a dead (I assume) jellyfish on the beach, slowly drying out, but its eggs had just hatched so there was this steady flow of hundreds of tiny jellyfish streaming out of the partially collapsed body looking for water. I had this massive urge to get some steel-soled boots and just stomp the crap out of these vermin-like creatures, but didn’t. It was like a miniature tableau from a horror film.

  26. matmacat says:

    hypothetically from the data we’ve collected so far. But not tested.

  27. kempie says:

    I had one a couple of weeks ago that Eller was traded to VAN for some guy who was like 6’10”, 280, fists of steel, bad attitude and lived to kick ass. Strange how this stuff shows up in dreams for sure.

  28. observer says:

    75 points with 18 games to go. Habs are but 13 points away from 88 points. It will be only 11 points to go after tonight.

  29. LA Loyalist says:

    My wife has the memory of a shark, she’ll bring up grievances from 10 years ago, verbatim. And she’ll ask me to quote what she just said when I am busy doing impotent stuff like POSTING ON HIO and get pissed if my summary of her narrative is deficient…  

    With Montreal girls at least I could always pretend my French was worse than it is…

    …not to change the subject i am SURE the Russians all speak English as well as John Gielgud but just keep it dark so they have some wiggle room with coaches and the press. Just my own private theory.

  30. GrimJim says:

    Hickey has a veiled reference to it in his report from yesterday’s practice. He says there was a lot of talking and then a quote from Moen about everyone wanting to make sure they were on the same page.

  31. Propwash says:

    Or on the back of his wife’s head :X

    Might be giving too much credit there, he can’t be married…..

  32. bwoar says:

    I have a lot of broken bones thanks to that belief.  I wouldn’t trade a second of it all, but looking back I sure do have to agree that maybe easing up a few times might’ve saved me a lot of pointless injury and recovery.  Not sure if laws or rules would’ve saved me any trouble, but that’s really the worst part: you can’t mandate using good sense.  If can only be encouraged with a looooong timeline and a lot of patience.

    Also on that note, sorry mom.

  33. JD_ says:

    Havin’ gotten to know the cancer survivor, I suspect he’s a lot tougher than you think, ya dementia-riddled mess.

    Now, shut yer deranged cakehole and crawl back into the womb.

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    That’s what happens when you give the paying public a quality product David.

  35. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. LA Loyalist says:

    …and ate her, with juniper berries, a potato souffle and some french green beans, washing it down with a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape, 1995.

    You need a big wine for a big deer.

  37. Ian Cobb says:


  38. alestar says:

    Mail order bride?


    XXIV…and counting

  39. habs99 says:

    I think you are missing the point, both players are similar in nature, whether one is more athletic or not, doesnt matter, their range of skill set as it pertains to the team game of hockey played at the NHL level is the same. 

    If we can agree he is not at the level of kovalchuk, ovechkin, iginla (in his hay days), crosby when it comes to goal scoring, and his two way game is no where to be found, then what does it matter if he has more athletic ability? 

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Habs take morning off

After surviving last night’s snorer against the Flyers at the Bell Centre, coach Jacques Martin decided to let his players sleep in and he cancelled the morning skate.

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