Habs will dress seven defencemen against Hurricanes

The Canadiens will dress seven defencemen when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night (6 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Forwards Travis Moen (upper-body injury), Alex Galchenyuk (broken hand) and Michael Bournival didn’t make the trip. Bournival, who took a stick to the face during Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks is showing concussion symptoms.

“He suffered a minor concussion and he’s going to follow protocol,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Carolina after Saturday’s morning skate. β€œIt’s nothing major, but he’s showing some symptoms so we have to be careful. He’ll miss tonight’s game, which is too bad because we’ve really liked what we’ve seen from his line. We’ll adjust. An accident happened in the last game and we’re hoping he’ll be good to go after the Olympic break.”

Bournival had been playing on a line with Ryan White and newscomer Dale Weise.

Defenceman Francis Bouillon, who has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games, will return to the lineup as the seventh defenceman.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens in their final game before the Olympic break. Price, who will be part of Team Canada in Sochi, has a 3-1-1 record in his last five games with two shutouts and only six goals allowed during that span.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-1 home win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Hurricanes:



(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

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Latest Hurricanes news, Raleigh News & Observer

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  1. byebyegomez says:

    I’d like them to keep Markov. Sign him for two or three years, for less dollars, limit his minutes against the other team’s top players but continue to give him lots of power play time. He is still a valuable asset but not what he was.

    • piper says:

      If they can sign him for two years for less $ then I’m all for it but I doubt Markovs camp will go for that. They may have to in July or go back to Russia but in the meantime the Habs must get something for their asset.

  2. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ Dunboyne Mike

    Hey Ireland

    I was about to send out an APB to make sure you and family were OK and survived the storm I read about.

    I did some research and noticed that Dunboyne is on the Eastern side and away from the big time 150KM/HR winds that hit your west coast.
    Also saw some pics/videos of some incredible 60-70 ft. waves that hit the coast.
    Great to see you back and online.

  3. Dunboyne Mike says:

    With apologies, Mavid!
    I’m ABB.

  4. B says:

    Tomas Kaberle is an Olympian again.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  5. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Too bad about Bournival, hope he recovers soon now that the Olympic break is upon us. Would be nice to go into the break with a win tonight.

  6. GL says:

    Bouillion will be just fine with White and Weise. MT did the right thing by not breaking up the lines and I think Bouillion is a better choice than Parros…

  7. Mavid says:

    poor Weeks and Freedman stuck with those two knobs between them

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hi Mavid
      Your changing avatar/picks are really great.
      With the weekly/monthly changes, it’s as if HIO is growing up with your grandchild.
      Keep them coming…great to see someone that considers the good stuff and knows what it’s all about….family is always first.

  8. Mavid says:

    2-0 and one ass beating..poor Dean Brown trying to come up with some excuse as to why Smith was beaten..its not working..give it up

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  9. Strummer says:

    More Put-insanity!


    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  10. GL says:

    How about those Dufour-Lapointe sisters all three are great especially the Gold and Silver medalists and our bronze Boy from Saskatchewan Great job by all four and congrats to all the winners!!!

  11. Eddie says:

    Quebec athletes seem to excel at the dangerous sports involving crazy speed, jumps, moguls etc.

    There’s something to this I think.

    Danger. Excitement. Speed. Draws a lot of interest here.

    Very proud of the sisters! What a great feeling they must have right now! And their family, wow!

  12. rhino514 says:

    Smart move doubleshifting fourth line tonight since they are off for 3 weeks. That line will be much more of a threat with whoever is taking turns than with Parros on it.

  13. Strummer says:

    Sochi 2014
    Russian delegation leader posts topless pic :


    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  14. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good afternoon

    Well, it looks as though GM Bergevin will ‘finally’ have to make some tough decisions in the next 5 months that will greatly affect the make-up of the Habs moving forward next year – and it’s much more than the Markov situation.

    Since Mr. Molson hired GM Bergevin on May 2nd, 2012, the charismatic GM has been given a free pass for the most part with rightful claims of “Building through the draft” and not compromising the future for short term Hail Mary fixes.

    His mostly minor moves have been on the peripheral with filling depth issues.
    Along with that, GMMB made decisions that appeared to be locally orientated, politically correct, yet highly questionable that definitely pandered to its geographical boundary base equating to $9M of precious Cap Space spent.

    That mentioned, kudos for the Pacioretty, and hopefully Price contracts.
    It all starts with the March 5th trade deadline – then before July 1st, ( UFAs Markov-Gionta-Murray) and possible unsigned RFAs Subban-Eller-White-Weise-Leblanc-Pateryn and more…

    All of those mentioned above could be dealt with after July 1st, yet the UFAs could be lost, or the RFAs could invoke Arbitration (the team can do the same) and if no Arbitration from either side, be open to Offer Sheets.

    Bergevin’s first decisions will be after the Olympic break.
    If everyone returns healthy, and all present non-Olympians are ready to go, the Habs will be 2 players over the Maximum 23 roster players allowed. (21 skaters + 2 goalies)

    That means 2 of the present roster players must either be sent to Hamilton or traded with no 1 way contracts coming back.

    You can see the dilemma here:

    Buyouts are not an option at this time as they can only transpire between June 15th-30th.

    While Bournival is the only player that is waiver exempt and on a 2 way contract, other players ( Bouillon-Parros?) could be placed on waivers.
    If unclaimed, the Habs could assign them to Hamilton, yet have the option to take 30 days to do so. (out of respect that would bring them almost to the end of season)

    If those – or any other 1 way contact players are assigned to Hamilton, the Habs would be on the hook for some Cap Dollars.
    The formula is Cap Hit Minus $925K.

    The question becomes – What to do?

    • Eddie says:

      I would say all arrows now point to Bournival and his concussion. That looked bad. I would suggest he will not play until after March 5th giving him at least 1 month off. It could be longer.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Great description of the situation Ronn. Wear I sit I think Frankie Bo may be playing his final game as a Habs today.

      Could Bournival stay inactive to give Bergevin a few more days to move a forward?

      • Eddie says:

        Concussion is two weeks total inactivity. No reading. No loud noises. No tv. No computers.

        After two weeks test are done to judge the progress.

        We’re talking a month minimum for Bornival. He was out of it.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Thanks Ed. My understanding was 1 week symptom free before physical activity. Either way, Bournivals injury seems to give Bergevin some time under Ronn’s post to move someone. I suspect it won’t be Parros .

    • Marc10 says:

      Moen or Gio are pieces you could move without necessarily breaking your team chemistry… But they are both veteran leaders. You’d essentially be turning the team over to the kids if you did that.

  15. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Id like to know the reason why we go with 7D. Makes absolute 0 sense.

  16. Subban in Sochi says:

    A Habs’ win in Carolina tonight puts them on pace for 97 points; right where all sensible fans had them pegged. When considering the massive amount of early season injuries that forced the Canadiens to recall tons of Bulldogs this is actually an impressive year-to-date effort.

    I look forward to the return of Alex Galchenyuk after The Break. The Habs only have 1 player older than 31 at the Olympics (Markov). They only have 1 player in Sochi under 6’0″ (Captian Plekanec). So all the older & smaller players get to repair & recuperate during The Break. And then there’s only 23 regular season games to focus on until the Playoffs.

    Carey Price is white hot right now but whereas Budaj has virtually equivalent stats I am troubled that Price gets this start. I have made my “rode hard, put away wet” analogy before about Price’s heavy workload. C’est la vie.

    Hopefully “Champagne” Markov will find plenty of ice available in Sochi. His knees will need it.

    Hopefully MT will use The Break to reconfigure the Habs’ hapless Power Play. And maybe MB can continue to tinker before the trade deadline and find more sandpaper and grit at Gionta’s Hardware store…

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  17. habs-fan-84 says:

    6pm start time? Unnecessarily lame.

  18. Strummer says:

    What do these players have in common?

    Jacques Plante
    Doug Harvey
    Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion
    Guy Lafleur
    Dickie Moore
    Serge Savard
    Larry Robinson
    Patrick Roy

    EDIT- players whose numbers were retired by the Canadiens but didn’t finish their careers with the Habs.
    If Markov moves on he will be in good company.

    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  19. Plekasuares says:

    Ukraine needs to get going in these olympics! Make a distraction for the people back home. Rub it in Putins face as well! Slava Ukrainia! Ykpaiho Dnepea!

  20. Thomas Le Fan says:

    7D? Put Murray on the PP and have him stand in front of the net!

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  21. jols101 says:

    Gold and Silver for Women’s Moguls. Awesome.

  22. B says:

    Gold and Silver for the two QuΓ©bec skiing sisters.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  23. Mavid says:

    Ottawa-Boston..who do I hate more..I am so torn…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  24. DipsyDoodler says:

    Last season, with a very low cap, Mark Streit signed a 35+ contract for $5.25M/yr for 4 yrs.

    That’s the going rate for a UFA defenceman of his skill level.

    (Philly don’t generally overpay as they are a desired destination for FAs.)

    Besides it’s likely there won’t even be any good UFA d-men this summer.

    Players like Stralman, Niskanen, Girardi, Ericsson are unlikely to be unsigned on July 1.

    So to think that you can ditch Marky and replace him on the UFA market from a younger version of Marky is even more unrealistic than usual for the If-I-was-the-GM-atariat.

    At $5M/yr Marky would be a great deal. And given that his game is based on smarts, he has some years left to play.

    For those that do advanced stats, Marky leads the Habs’ D on every possession measure this season.

    • CJ says:

      Here’s a point that I don’t believe has been raised thus far.

      This past summer, Geoff Molson, Rick Dudley and Marc Bergevin met with Vinny with the intent of finalizing a deal that would bring him to Montreal. All accounts suggest that there was no issue with the annual salary, however the parties could not bridge the gap that existed in contract length. Vinny pressed for a five year deal, while the Canadiens were only willing to go as long as two, recognizing that although Vinny had the size, speed and skill to continue his career, he has also endured many injuries, predominantly his shoulders.

      Contract talks break off, Vinny signs in Philly and life moves on.

      Fast forward 8 months. With the value of hindsight, do you think the Flyers sign that five year deal?

      Here we are, 8 months later and the same management team is faced with a very similar decision. There are notable differencs, specifically that Markov is a roster player and not a free agent. That said, this management team recognized the risks in signing a longer term deal with a great player, playing on the back nine of his career.

      A one or two year deal at $6 million per season. Best and final offer.

      My opinion only. Respectfully, CJ

    • piper says:

      Philly phucked up. Hope the Habs don’t do the same.

  25. Sportfan says:

    So our great forth line will have a d-man on it yay, lol

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  26. matrags says:

    Great story on Weises Dad , great to see a dream come true. So far I like everything about this trade, Looks like we got some heart in the deal , and God knows we need more heart.

  27. B says:

    Hab’s NCAA prospects current stats:
    ….Games Goals Assists Points +/- PIM ppg
    Josh Didier………..25 0 3 3 +0 51 0.120
    Mike Cichy…………21 2 3 5 -5 10 0.238
    Mac Bennett……..23 2 10 12 +17 8 0.521
    Mark MacMillan…..21 6 6 12 -5 14 0.571

    –Go Habs Go!–

  28. Habcouver says:

    Weise’s dad would have been ecstatic to have been part of the father-son weekend trip.
    Maybe next year?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  29. CJ says:

    Just popped back in. Are we still talking Markov? Kidding….

    I’m absolutely not a fan of dressing 7 defencemen. Make a decision and live with the consequences. Dressing seven D is the equivalent of hedging your bet. Parros can dress against the Bruins, but can’t find ice against the Canes? I’d say it’s in all parties’ best interest to move on. George is a smart guy and understands that this is a business.

    I guess I’m just frustrated. We finally get some cohesion on defence, then we put Frankie back in. I’m a big Frankie guy – can you say big Frankie guy? – I digress, but he is finished. He’s been a warrior, team guy, whatever you prefer, but it’s over. I think the fight against Ott and then the scrap with Zack Smith in the playoffs bought him the extension, but it’s time to cut bait.

    If for only one game, bring up Leblanc and pair him with Bourque and Eller. They are going right now, so it gives the kid a chance to shine. Prust slides in with White and Weise and away we go.

  30. GGtheHab says:

    They will likely rotate guys through the 4th line based on the score and who is deserving of a little extra ice. Look for Eller/Max/DB possibly. And it doesnt have to be a winger, a center could go out and put the W brothers on the wings.

  31. CH Marshall says:

    7 is a good number on its own

  32. Habsbill24 says:

    Carolina dresses seven D so other teams have been doing the same. Not sure why. Probably the reason they chose Cube over Parros.

  33. Timo says:

    Cheers Jackal.

    So what’s the deal with Parros? I thought he was healthy. If he is it sounds like he is done with the Habs. I mean when the coach decides to put Francis Bouillon of all people instead of you it is not a good sign. Then again, Therrien is dumb so it may just that.

  34. Darksyde says:

    Am I the only one who would rather see Gallagher take some of those 4th line shifts? I think his hard work would compliment that line well in the absence of Bournival.

  35. B says:

    Carolina Dman Andrej Sekera’s 32 points ranks him in the top 15 for points by an NHL D. No one on Carolina has a better +/- than his +8.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  36. JohninTruro says:

    Bozon with a big night last night, finally back over a PPG looking at a great finish to his junior career hopefully.

  37. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Dressing 7 D-men always sucks. They might as well had told Markov and Emelin to go home early for the opening ceremonies.

  38. RockinRey says:

    Is Parros injurred? They didn’t think enough of him to dress him? What a waste.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  39. B says:

    Parros must not be happy sitting when they only have 11 other healthy forwards ready to play.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  40. jimmy shaker says:

    Should’ve given boods the crease tonight. But nevertheless, c’mon Carey, bring home the 2 points.

    Shaker out!

  41. GL says:

    Why didn’t they give Sven Andrighetto a chance with the big club

  42. Phil C says:

    Minor concussion, whatever that means.

  43. The Jackal says:

    I dedicate this to Timo and front

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

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