Habs will clear out lockers Saturday in Brossard

It’s all over.

The Canadiens’ season came to an end with Thursday night’s 1-0 loss to the Rangers in New York in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, losing the best-of-seven series 4-2.

There was no media availability on Friday, but the club announced that the players would clean out their lockers Saturday morning in Brossard and GM Marc Bergevin will hold his post-mortem press conference at 11 a.m. Monday.

“It’s  really  tough  for tonight talking about the entire  season, because I know it’s like when you get close to achieving a goal, it hurts, and it hurts more when you’re close,” coach Michel Therrien said during his post-game press conference Thursday night. “There are going to be 29 teams this year that are going to be disappointed, and one team is going to be enjoying their season while winning the Stanley Cup. That is the purpose.

“But I’ve got to look around the season, and we made some big progress this  year. I’m proud of this hockey team. We battled hard through the regular season and we battled hard in the playoffs.”

The Canadiens and mascot Youppi! will now have to pay up on a bet with Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show on NBC and a big Rangers fan.

The Canadiens will change their Twitter avatar to a photo of Fallon (he will choose the photo) for a day and also tweet 10 pictures of Youppi! walking around Montreal in a Rangers jersey. If the Canadiens had won the series, Fallon would have had to wear a Habs jersey during his monologue on The Tonight Show.

Bergevin was busy on Friday, announcing that defenceman Dalton Thrower has signed a three-year contract with the club. The 20-year-old defenceman posted 12-27-39 totals in 42 games this season with the junior Vancouver Giants. The 6-foot, 203-pounder was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (51st overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

How the Habs lit up a city, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Future looks bright for Habs, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs are ahead of Bergevin’s schedule, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Rangers’ Moore a fitting hero, by Pat Hickey

Youppi! will pay up on bet with Jimmy Fallon, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Canadiens end dream playoff run, by Pat Hickey

No shame in Habs’ elimination, by Dave Stubbs

Subban sees positive side to playoff ouster, by Pat Hickey

Game 6 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

A memorable run, canadiens.com

Rangers reach Stanley Cup final, NHL.com

Rangers in final for first time since ’94, New York Times

Rangers hope Kings-Blackhawks series goes to Game 7, New York Post

Rangers fans will pay over $2,000 for Stanley Cup tickets, New York Daily News

Canadiens sign defenceman Thrower, canadiens.com

Habs players thank fans for support on Twitter, Stu on Sports blog

Retired soldier and big Habs fan knows too much about concussions, Stu on Sports blog

893 Comments

  1. dexterdog says:

    VANEK is German for MOOSENUT.

  2. hitgurl says:

    Moen has a no trade clause

  3. The Puckhound says:

    Could you sign Weise for 2-3 years for about 1.2 million/per year?

    Then Trade Moen in a package…Weise younger and better hands.

    Waiting for the NHL draft!

  4. Timo says:

    Why was that line broken to begin with?

  5. habcertain says:

    No Weise didn’t complain about it because he had it, which probably will not be replicated, keep in mind that Weise has been a career journeyman, yes we saw some magic here, but you need to look over a career. I didn’t hear Vanek complain about chemistry, the question put to him was about why was it going with the DD line, and he answered chemistry. It was extremely foolish that MT did not reunite the only line that gave 5 on 5 results really over the term of the season. Before his arrival we were sporadic at best. We lost because we were unable to match a Ranger team that made the appropriate adjustments when required. AV switching from a speed/attack game to dump chase and punish was a stoke of genius, we had no answer, no adjustments. Vanek has been a model of consistency, .41 pgg, only twice going over 3 games without a point. He will get his money, and not in a place where he becomes a 4 th liner after a bad game in the playoffs. UFAs will not have us high on their list.

  6. habcertain says:

    Vanek had plenty of points compared to others, not bad for a 4 th liner, that MT assigned him to

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    A repost, and well warranted for a guy that is always a treat to read and has great Habs passion.
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    A call out to ‘Un Canadien errant’ for taking enormous time and effort in posting all the info about player’s reactions and comments before they head out.

    Tks and Bravo!

  8. habcertain says:

    @danno.. You are absolutely right, in a team sport like hockey, chemistry should never ever be used as an excuse for not producing. Did Lafleur really need Shutt, Hull and Mikita etc, vastly overrated.

  9. B says:

    Once Vanek becomes a UFA, does Montreal lose the right to sign him to an 8 year deal?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  10. New says:

    Notice a recurring theme from UCE’s great reports on the exit interviews? How Vanek gave them confidence? That is what Vanek brought…the idea a sniper was there. Imagine what this team could do with a Toews, a Crosby, a Stamkos, an Ovechkin or MacKinnon. Someone who never takes a night off, plays with anyone, and can turn any game around on a dime if you aren’t all over him.

  11. Maritime Ronn says:

    Interesting.
    TVA Sports is reporting that the Habs incurred a $25,000 fine for not adhering to NHL protocol regarding one of its own players receiving a head shot.

    Supposedly during Game 4 of the Boston series, Max was hit in the head by Iginla, yet refused to go to the dressing room ‘quiet area’ to be assessed for a possible concussion.

    That is the NHL Rule…and Bettman advised all teams that the fines would escalate if that protocol was not followed.

    This test is supposed to take ‘about’ 15 minutes. (according to TVA, yet not verified to be an exact time frame.)

    If it is 15 minutes – give or take a few minutes, then a look back at Dale Weise/John Moore head shot incident in Game 5 is needed….and perhaps the reason why the cloak of secrecy surrounding the exact Weise injury.

    The Match penalty against Moore occurred at 10:41 of the 3rd period.
    Weise was back on the ice at…16:11 – only 5 minutes and 30 seconds later.
    It is also difficult to know the exact time he returned to the Habs bench….quite and most possibly earlier.

    ToI Report from the NHL for that game:
    http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20132014/TH030315.HTM

    Even if there were a few play stoppages and a commercial, that time frame is well short of the reported “15 minutes” to evaluate a concussion.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I’m really uncomfortable with how the Canadiens handled that. François Gagnon and Pierre LeBrun explained on RDS that when a player is deemed to have a concussion, the protocol to come back to game action essentially takes seven days. The player has to do some stationary bike the next day if he’s symptom-free, then is re-assessed the next day and if he’s fine pushes it a little more, and so on. It’s not a hard seven days, but the process means at least that long a period away from game action.

      According to the info sheet I linked to when we were discussing this matter, he showed one of the symptoms of concussion by being disoriented and wobbly-legged after the hit, and should have had his night ended immediately at that point. And then the seven day process would have kicked in.

      Was there pressure, internal by the medical staff, being a part of the team, or even explicit by management, to disregard that initial symptom, and go through the quiet room protocol and ‘rule out’ a concussion? I don’t assert this, don’t even believe it, but I feel uncomfortable with how it was handled.

      Dale Weise was having a really good playoff season, was a big part of the team’s success, and everyone may have tried real hard to believe there wasn’t a concussion. Or not much of one, only a tiny, momentary one. Nothing to necessitate him missing seven days, right?

      • JohnInTruro says:

        Weise came to the bench under his volition after leaving the ice. Bourque is seen skating up to him and asking if he was ok and he shook his head “yes”. He also didn’t want to leave the ice initially. If Weise was back, it’s on Weise.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          John

          The point is that it is NOT on Weise, but the Habs medical people and the Habs management to follow rules.

          No NHL – or for that matter, no Pro athlete wants ‘Out’ in a big game situation.
          The NFL is notorious for that, and is now being outed for its flagrant use of drugs/painkillers for players suffering before games.

          In another sense, I hear what you are saying…yet these young men athletes are mostly clueless in terms of drug repercussions or injury….bulletproof 20 year old somethings think and believe that.
          Remember?

          • JohnInTruro says:

            True. But we can’t forget the onus on the player. Patches refused to go to the dressing after his head hit the glass against Boston. There is only so much management and medical staff can do. Quite likely it was management/medical staff who held Weise out of game 6.

          • sheds88 says:

            it doesn’t make sense leaving the decision up to the guy seeing stars & tweety birds !

    • Paz says:

      I think you might be right Ron. Really disturbing, the whole sequence of events.

  12. Swoop says:

    Is MT or MB scheduled to speak at all today? Anyone know?

  13. HabFab says:

    Final interviews with Habs for those that don’t speak French and had Normand translating ;)
    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=66&lang=en

  14. Un Canadien errant says:

    Dustin Tokarski says amazing experience, great opportunity. Not sure what it means for his career, just taking it all in right now, looking forward to a good summer. Admits it’s been crazy, a heck of an experience. Asked about being in Montréal or Hamilton, he says it’s a pretty easy answer, of course he’d like to be a Canadien next year, but he’ll just enjoy his summer and work hard and see how it goes. Pleasure to be a part of the team and the experience. Asked about getting a ‘fair shot’ next year as a backup, he says he can’t worry about that, just do his job, be ready.

    http://www.rds.ca/vid%C3%A9os/c-est-fou-quand-je-prends-le-temps-d-y-penser-3.985484

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Ton says:

      woh what a trooper you are………..great habs fan………you spent your entire day posting interviews…….good for you!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Thanks Ton, I thought today was going to be the Marc Bergevin year-ender, but that’s on Monday. Still good to hear what the boys had to say. Transcribing it made me pay attention to what they had to say. Hope it helped those who don’t get RDS, can’t get to the videos.

  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    Andrei Markov declined to be part of a media scrum. Too bad, would have liked to see him stare down reporters when they asked a question he didn’t like. It would have been good to hear what he thinks about his situation.

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    P.K. is still rocking the playoff beard.

    About negotiations, feels that he was talking about this “just yesterday”, referring to the brief holdout the lockout year. He feels it will get taken care of, happy with agent Don Meehan, will leave it in his hands.

    Thinks that signing the two-year deal was the right move for him and the team. Past two years, made significant strides as a team, future is bright, happy to be part of it, and to continue to be part of it for a long time. Since being drafted in 2007, has been open about being happy to be part of the Canadiens, and wants to be here the rest of his career.

    Knows that every year the Canadiens will try to win, he feels fortunate to be part of that. He’s already had good years with the team.

    Looking forward to taking the summer off, being at training camp. Thinks it’s one of the best times of the year, going into camp, seeing how his teammates have been working hard over the summer. (smiles, everyone laughs)

    Asked about leadership role, he says they first and foremost lead on the ice, not their voice. Respect guys who go out and get the job done.

    Asked about being in the conversation with elite players like Doughty, he says that’s out of his control. All he can control is help the team win hockey games, championships. He doesn’t put himself into any categories, just try to get better every year.

    About his agent, he says he has a great relationship, been great to him and his family, “since I was fifteen years old, took me on when a lot of people didn’t want to.” Knows his negotiations will be a hot topic. Had a brief chat with his agent after the last game, congratulations on a successful playoff run, they’ll meet when he gets back to Toronto.

    He thinks of himself as a young guy still, feels fortunate to have been in conference finals twice already, future is bright, looks to push it, take it to the next step.

    He says everyone is injured now, doesn’t want to dwell on it for himself.

    About Mike Weaver, who said P.K. always plays like he enjoys himself, he says he’s become a huge fan of him. “I didn’t know much about him, just playing against him, I never got to meet him personally… He says that we did meet once, off the ice, and I ‘big-timed’ him, (rolls eyes, smiles innocently) I don’t believe that, I don’t know what that means (everyone laughs). The first thing you realize is he’s a great team guy. The second thing is his commitment to his teammates, sacrificing his body every night. You saw how big a part he played in getting us to conference final.”

    “I enjoy every moment of it, the ups and downs. As long as careers are, they’re also short, you have to enjoy it. The playoffs is a fun time to play. I’ll let Mike know I’ve enjoyed playing with him too.”

    On Andrei Markov, he’s a big part of the team, for a long time, considers him a friend and a very good teammate. Pro sports is a business, you don’t know what can happen. “In my heart, I want to see him here, and I want another opportunity to win a championship with him.” Learns a lot from Marky, from everybody, tries to take a little bit from everybody.

    On Brian Gionta, again, great teammate, wants to keep everybody in Montréal, happy that he’s not the one making these decisions.

    Asked about the stability of the team, that the young guys are under contract, does that make it attractive, I think he misses the meaning of the question, just says that he’ll let his agent deal with the contract. Something special about being part of the tradition, building a team, seen it grow from the bottom and build. Believes there’s an opportunity to be part of a winning team here.

    http://www.rds.ca/vid%C3%A9os/j-ai-encore-beaucoup-de-choses-%C3%A0-accomplir-%C3%A0-montr%C3%A9al-3.985483

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    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  17. ProHabs says:

    DD doesn’t have to necessarily be our number 1 center.
    You go with pairings:
    Center is Eller with Vanek
    Center is Galchenuk with Gallagher
    Center is DD with Pacioretty
    Center is Pleks with Bourque

    These are 4 pretty solid makings of a line. Depending on the opposition, some lines play more than others. Versus the Bruins and big teams, Eller and Galchenuks line plays more. Versus finess teams DD and Pleks line plays more.

    You fill in the other wing spot with guys like Weise, Prust and hopefully a free agent signing like Iginla or Michalek.

    IF you get rid of Briere and Gionta at the forward positions then DD’s size is not as big a factor anymore. And with Beaulieu, Tinordi and Pateryn joining the Defense, size is no longer a problem on the back end either

  18. Danno says:

    Vanek can’t have it both ways.

    If he wasn’t hurt, then he must take the blame for his poor performance.

    He says he wasn’t upset with Therrien for demoting him, and yet he keeps going on about “chemistry”. Chemistry is coded language to say MT put the wrong combination of players beside him.

    He is responsible for making adjustments and getting results. Great players don’t blame chemistry. They put in an effort and make adjustments to get results.

    NO EXCUSES!

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    • Ton says:

      For goal scorers its all about confidence and chemistry……….why did Flower have problems with Lemaire! He was playing flower on a 4th line with Mark Hunter!

      • Danno says:

        Maybe. But it’s more than that. His body language tells me he doesn’t have the passion to be with the Habs. And what’s with this no-name brand black hat he’s wearing? He’s still a Hab but decides not to wear the cap with the team logo on it. That says it all.

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        • Ton says:

          BS Danno………Carey Price is wearing his cameo hunting hat………….some players are not emotional…….Vanek doesn’t interview well something like Carey Price was when he started………remember a year ago………Price was complaining about supermarkets………give him a break.

    • The Jackal says:

      Hey Danno, I usually agree with you but I think you are being too hard on Vanek.

      It doesn’t make sense for a guy to really kick ass in the regular season, have some good moments in the first and second rounds, and then be ineffective in the third round. If anything he would have been just ok throughout it all. I think he did try and did put the effort in to play through whatever injury. The chemistry bit is important, specially for a new guy coming in. MT may have coached a bit too much in the third round.

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  19. Ton says:

    In regards to the Damien Cox article read it yesterday> the timing of it is so wrong………I am very disappointed that leaf fans and its writer’s wouldn’t give our habs a little of credit for its run…..we were after all Canada’s only team. Leaf fans in general were hoping we would crash………does it surprise me…..no…..but its disappointing.

    I was raised in a small north west Quebec town……we had 2 TV stations……CBC french and CBC English……obviously habs were on the french and we were happy to get watch the leafs as well. Our town produced great players like Davey Keon, Pit Martin, Rejean Houle, Roggie Vachon and many more! Today I feel for the kids for there learning to hate Canadian teams that they should be cheering for! As well it doesn’t help when you have our “7th greatest Canadian” wearing a Bruin tie and suit and cheering for the Bruins on that 7th game…and being carried by CBC supported by our tax dollars!

  20. Paz says:

    Winning hockey is about moving your feet, its about high energy, its about giving everything you have for 40 seconds and then getting off the ice.

    It doesn’t matter who your linemates are, or how much you get to play.

    Vanek does not play winning hockey.

    Ronn, this is not a “Montreal” thing. This is about effort.

    Phil, maybe Gorges does not have an offensive game, but he gives 100% effort in all 3 zones, every shift.
    Vanek has no defensive game because he refused to move his feet, he refused to work hard, because he wanted to play with Max and Deshanais. No comparison between Vanek and Gorges, none.

    I would not offer Vanek a dime.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Wow, Paz, your last sentence is quite the statement.

      I don’t want to offer him a contract anywhere near what the Islanders did (7 years at $7M per), but you have to have a talk with him. I’m dreaming here, but if he’ll take five years at $6M, you have to consider that.

      If he took a seven year deal that paid a lot at first but tailed off markedly at the end, within the strictures of the new CBA, that is not ‘back-diving’, you also have to consider that. Pay him $7M for four or five years, then drop gradually down to four or three at the end, then maybe that makes sense.

      The playoffs, the way he didn’t step up against Boston, that leaves a sour taste for me, but I don’t send him on his way like I would with Tomas Kaberle or Chris Campoli. Thomas Vanek can actually help.

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      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  21. ooder says:

    to be honest, i don’t really believe that we can win with DD being our number one center. I think he is great in the regular season, but come playoff time, he gets shutdown relatively easily.

  22. rhino514 says:

    Vanek´s actual words
    “(Montreal) is a place you want to be, especially at playoff time”
    Goes on to say that his number one priority is going somewhere he can win. Says he believes Montreal can win, has a great team. Does NOT seem to give Minnesota any preference over other places.

    Why is everyone down on this guy? He scored five goals and then was placed with a shutdown centre whom he couldn´t find chemistry with. Is that his fault?
    And why is everyone saying he is one-dimensional? The commentators kept heaping praise on his forechecking against the rangers; I was amazed personally when he skated the length of the ice to catch up to Zuccarello (who´s really fast) and cause an offside.
    Went on to say he felt comfortable playing with Eller in the latter stages. Imagine what playing with Vanek would do to Eller´s confidence; we all know he has the skill, as he showed when it counted during these playoffs.
    I would do everything possible to sign this guy. The drop off to the next available RW free agent is pretty big, and the team needs a good one; as of now they only have Gallagher as a moderate scoring threat.
    I actually think they have a chance to sign him.

    • ProHabs says:

      Exactly. See if this guy will sign 5 years for 6.5 mill. We need big forwards more than defenceman. We have 3 young defenceman ready to make the jump in Beaulieu, Tinordi and Pateryn. We have absolutely no forwards even close to making the jump to the NHL. Give Vanek Markov’s money and let Markov go unfortunately.

      • rhino514 says:

        I think it will take at leat 7 million for 7 years, which is what the Isles offered. But I would actually give it to him.
        If he slows down in year 6, there will probably be another amnesty buy-out (i believe it expires in 6 seasons)
        I´m pretty sure they have room to keep both him and Markov. I like Markov, but I would be wary about offering him a alot of money this time around.

    • PK says:

      I liked Vanek’s play in the regular season.
      He brought a new dimension to the Habs.
      Remember his game against the Avs?
      It will be interesting to see how (and if) it plays out.

      >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

    • Ton says:

      I agree than you build a supporting cast around those players……price…..subban………..vanek……..patch………I think it would be a good move for us………..he’s a goal scorer. and he logistically he gets them where there being scored from (front of the net) ….he requires distribution…..we don’t have players that can distribute……….

  23. habs001 says:

    PK,Markov,Emelin,Weaver,Gorges,Cube….If MT had the final decision not sure if he would not have this 6 on the team next year…and maybe even Murray with one Hamilton D…


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