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. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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? 

  5. kempie says:

    Just sad.

  6. Propwash says:

    Theoretically, they could have been shouting because they were at the opposite ends of the rink.

  7. drivefor25 says:

    Before anyone could conduct the psychological study on Tony/Observer/Three Faces of Eve, they would have to drag him out of his mom’s basement and away from his cherished Commodore computer. I know that’s nasty, but he is continually the biggest PITA on this site.

    Fan since ’71

  8. Chuck says:

    Aaaaand… you would be the bitch in ‘bitch fest’.

  9. krob1000 says:

    It was a long and gruesome death too….she was bored to death over the course of a few trade deadline days.  Word on the steet is Martin was in on it too contributing countless monotone cliches every time she awoke from her coma to ensure she would not to even want to fight to live.

  10. Chuck says:

    And ‘old yellered’ Old Yeller.

  11. TheDagger says:

    Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier killed Bambi’s mother.

  12. SLYDER says:

    if it is true and substanstial then im sure some audio/video or at the very least some commentary will be posted here through the staff

  13. TripleX says:

    It apparently happened Ian.  I don’t know the exact details. It is all over Team 990.

  14. The Cat says:

    Its complicated, its one of them things really. its like seperation of Church and state, you really cant unless you ban religion.

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

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    It’s both a sport and an entertainment of course, but your point is correct: it should be first and foremost a sport. If you are a sport your main concern is fair play. If you are an entertainment business your main concern is getting fans in Tampa and Columbus.


  16. shiram says:

    I was just over the habs website checking their “get to know your Canadiens” video, and in one, Wisnieski talks about having 3 surgerys on his ACL. Gives me hope for Markov, and you have t think they will try to land him, on a maybe bargain contract of about 2 years. You have to hope he is willing to give us an home town discount.

  17. TripleX says:

    Anyone know what happened between Cammi and JM at practice? Apparently there was a public shouting match about the system.  I also hear Gill was on the side of Cammi.

  18. Mattyleg says:

    How on Earth is that true?

    So the Olympics isn’t sport?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. VancouverHab says:

    Bless you, Ian!

    I watched Gomez intentely here in Vancouver & with notes on TV against Atlanta. His regular season point totals are poor. But big deal. It’s the Regular Season! Gomez worked his tail off, backchecked, aggressive PK, awesome outlet passes, high energy on the bench (right beside me in Van.)–making a big contribution.

    I shook my head reading yesterdays “15-Hour Hate” against Goldstei….I mean Gomez. It was like reading 100 Timo’s–except Timo was the most reasonable (some honourable exceptions like TomN & HH.) Timo sneered in Timo-ean fashion against Gomez’s single assist on the EN — but:

    • that was a beautiful pass
    • his pass to MaxPac for the breakaway that MP missed resulting in a return GA was perfection–result of a calm, clever, technically-brilliant and important clear to relieve heavy Atlanta pressure.

    In that game, no way Gomez played worse than Pleks–but every slip is cited as proof of Perfidious Gomez.

    Great to read your support ;–)

  20. samTHEman says:

    I had this really weird dream. Just moments before the Habs face the Bruins in the 1st round of the playoffs and Renaud Lavoie tweets that Price + 1st rounder + other players I can’t remember traded to Boston for Thomas and Crosby. No one believed it but then it happened. No idea how that makes sense being Crosby is a Penguin and concussed. Woke up before the game started, and i was like WTF???

  21. The Cat says:

    As soon as someone pays to see it, it stops being a sport and becomes entertainment.

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

  22. samTHEman says:

    you know an nhl team should be relocated to canada when you visit their official homepage and can’t figure out how to get in without being redirected to purchase tickets!!!!

  23. Ian Cobb says:

    Charlie! He is going to be fine. Have a little faith. Rough season for him for sure, but there is something about the play off season that kicks in for the vets. Wait and see.!

  24. Ian Cobb says:

    Last Feb. I went to a game in Tampa with Fred, We saw the worst exibition of a game of hockey that was ever played. Both teams played like crap and we lost the game big time.

    Also, if it was not for the Hab snow birds in the rink, it would not have 3 thousand people there.

    I would have rather spent my money watching the oranges grow. I know we get the Panthers tonight. But in Tampa, the new G.M and coach for Tampa is making all the difference this year, they are a very good and entertaining team this year.

    We had better rest the troops for tonight Jacques. Jacques! Jacques! can you hear me Jacques.???

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    you are SO INSENSITIVE!!!! 

    (kidding :))

  26. 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…..

  27. Nine1one says:

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

    in tampa

  28. 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.

  29. Morenz7 says:

    They should trade for the jellyfish. Might motivate Gomez.

  30. matmacat says:

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

  31. Ian Cobb says:

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

  32. FormalWare says:

    To test such a hypothesis would take a Really Long Time!

  33. The Cat says:

    Once the adult Turritopsis have reproduced, they don’t die but transform themselves back into their juvenile polyp state. Their tentacles retract, their bodies shrink, and they sink to the ocean floor to restart the cycle. Their adult cells – even their eggs and sperm – melt into simpler forms of themselves, and the whole organism becomes ‘young’ again.

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

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Welcome back Tommy. Every point is going to be a fight now my friend. They have never made it easy each game, do you think they won’t keep us on the edge right into the play offs.?

  35. Jonson says:

    as he really shown any signs of life this year??? i know you like to support him but i expect nothing from him in the playoffs. maybe if he played 15 good games this year i would feel good, but you cant turn it around after playing like crap for 95% of the games.

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Just a leetle note here for people who think that hockey is “entertainment”.

    Hockey is not “entertainment.” Hockey is a sport. Anyone who tells you that sport is entertaining has never seen their team lose to the side sitting in last place. Anyone who says that sport is entertaining has never been kicked out of the playoffs in double-overtime to a team that injured your best player.

    Now, the general consent within the NHL is the misconception that hockey is “entertainment” (an idea that came from the necessity to draw Americans to hockey games by convincing them that they’d have a fun night regardless of the hockey being played) we are pounded into our seats after every whistle by loud music. Because that’s ‘entertaining’. At the Forum, they never blasted music at fans. Fans were able to taunt the opposing goalie. They were able to sing and chant and have fun. Because it was about the hockey being played, not the shirts being given away, the Provigo coupons being won, or the animated cars driving round the advertising boards.

    To say that a team’s ownership has a responsibility to ‘entertain’ their fans is to give up on hockey as a sport, and to subscribe to it as being something more akin to a circus. “NHL on Ice!” A ‘showcasing of skills’ (god, I hate that throwaway phrase: It means absolutely nothing at all, and only does what Mr. MacGuire does so often, fills air with sound) like the Ice Capades, only more violent.

    Stop calling hockey ‘entertainment’. ‘Entertainment’ does not make me shout swear-words at my television. ‘Entertainment’ does not involve me sulking for hours on end and biting my nails to the quick. That’s hockey. And no movie, no concert, no amusement-park ride has ever made me jump up and down like a madman and hug complete strangers, cheer myself hoarse, or ride my bicycle through the city singing at the top of my lungs.

    That’s hockey.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Max_a_million says:

    Wow I paused for a second in my response post, and I think there were about 85 posting that came up in the interim.


  38. The Cat says:

    ‘Here comes Jellyfish skating rather gingerly along the boards.’ I like it!

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

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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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