Habs will ice young lineup against Senators Wednesday night

The Canadiens are headed to Ottawa Wednesday night with a young lineup for their second-to-last exhibition game against the Senators (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). Mike Boone is in Ottawa and will be blogging live during the game on HIO.

The group includes some players who are still on the bubble, including Jarred Tinordi – who has appeared in all five of preseason games to date – Michael Bournival and Greg Pateryn.

And there is a group of players who will be getting one last look before heading to the AHL. Nahan Beaulieu, who came into camp determined to earn a spot with the Canadiens, will be making his first exhibition appearance after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. The defenceman is almost certainly heading back to Hamilton, but hopes to leave a favourable impression behind.

Peter Budaj is expected to play the entire game in goal and the line to watch has Lars Eller between Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. The only other veterans in the lineup are Travis Moen, Ryan White and Raphael Diaz.

The Canadiens are expected to have something close to their opening-night roster on display Thursday night when they play the Senators at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

Habs notebook, Canadiens.com

Top 10 storylines to follow during 2013-14 season, montrealgazette.com

Top 10 NHL players to watch this season, montrealgazette.com

Habs rank No. 103 in ESPN Ultimate Team Standings, Stu on Sports blog


  1. Danno says:

    Are the Sens a rinky-dink franchise?

    Judge for yourself:

    Senators Fight for Ticket Sales


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  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Who else would agree that SubbyDoo is getting extremely close to meriting at least an ‘A’ on His sweater ?

    …to Me, the most reflective and intelligent interview in the locker-room

    …would the ‘A’ help to mature Him even more ?

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …someOne down below said We do not have a ‘sniper’

    …from what I have seen of Patches to this point, I have not seen Him as aggressively fast and physical previously …even up to His horrible Chara-induced neck injury

    …if He continues the trend this season His game will be hitting prime-time stride, …Max should be Our Alpha-male sniper this season and sparing injury for the foreseeable future

    …sparing injuries, I’m hoping 30 to 50 goals from Him

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Wow, an all-Young Gun D against Ottawa!

    …talk about throwing Them into the fire …this will will be very interesting

  5. Forum Dog says:

    The fact that Tinordi has played in every pre-season game so far is starting to make me think that they will send him down to start the season. You would think that if they were leaning toward keeping him to start the year they wouldn’t burn him out in the pre-season….

  6. Ron says:

    According to Arpon Basu, Danny Kristo has been cut from the Rangers main camp.

    EDIT: And that’s with 2 open spots for the up coming season as Hagelin and Callahan are not ready for the opening game.

  7. Bripro says:

    OK … one last thing about the idiocy of #hashtags.
    This is pretty funny.


  8. Maritime Ronn says:

    Looked at the last Full Moon in Montreal
    It was on September 19th.

    Hashtag #Paulinagretzky

  9. Bripro says:

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Peter Budaj

    Jarred Tinordi
    Magnus Nygren
    Nathan Beaulieu
    Raphael Diaz
    Greg Pateryn
    Darren Dietz

    Brendan Gallagher
    Alex Galchenyuk
    Travis Moen
    Gabriel Dumont
    Michael Blunden
    Michaël Bournival
    Ryan White
    Martin St-Pierre
    Christian Thomas
    Nick Tarnasky
    Lars Eller
    Patrick Holland

  10. JO says:

    One weakness the Habs Have. They don’t have a real good sniper!!

  11. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hockey is back. Praise the Lord.

  12. bwoar says:

    Just for fun: that thing you guys are calling a “hash tag” already had a perfectly cool name: it’s an octothorpe.


  13. Sportfan says:

    Hopefully it wont be a goon show will all the young players around.

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

  14. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Love that Therrien is putting Eller in both games against the Sens

  15. Mavid says:

    today is national tree day #nationaltreeday

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  16. #tremblayandroystillnottalking



  17. thebonscott says:

    via twitter:
    Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien met Travis Moen in private and it seems that it was “not very good” according to Ron Fournier

    For the sake of all that is right, please put the comment box on upper right of page!!!!!

  18. Mattyleg says:

    Man, this whole hashtag thing has really… done something.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. pmaraw says:

    omg my be a pro hockey team (winnipeg) just traded for MAB!!! in nhl 14

  20. kerrgte says:

    I’m not really convinced having eller, gally and chuck on the same line is a good thing.

    I really think it’s a little too much too soon.

    I’d prefer to see Gally and Chuck supported by at least one tough, multi-year veteran.

  21. HardHabits says:

    This article suggests the Habs are looking to youth for improvement.

    • Cal says:

      That’s nice and straight forward of them.

      I love this quote:
      “This year, it’s attention to detail and fine-tuning the little parts of our game,” said Gorges. “We’re used to the system. Now it’s time to take it to that next level.”

      Gorges has been spouting that tired crap since last year. He should stop talking to reporters and up his game.

    • Bripro says:

      I’m not into MT bashing yet because of, in part, last year’s performance and the fact that this season hasn’t started, but I have to agree with many sceptics when I hear or read (from Therrien on Moen):

      “He looks to be in better shape than he was last season and it shows on the ice,” said Therrien. “He has a lot more jump in his game.”

      I guess he was jumping in the dressing room, or in the soccer hallway. Because the only jumping I saw were his nostrils while he was snoring on the ice.

  22. jon514 says:

    Ryan Jones > White + Moen….

  23. Danno says:

    Are the Sens a rinky-dink franchise?

    Senators Fight for Ticket Sales


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

    • kerrgte says:

      the sens are a terrifically successful franchise.

      Lots of super young players with a relatively small salary expense. Ottawa’s a small city but the fans support the team avidly.

      My second favourite team to Mtl.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        kudos for sticking your neck out

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • kerrgte says:

          my biggest pleasure at this stage is to see strong Canadian teams with good young Canadian players.

          How Canadians can be super fans of American based teams is beyond me. For Canadian players on those teams yes, but for the teams, no.

          Fabulous that our Canadian team won the last Olympic gold medal. We have a small population compared to the usa or russia but still our boys got the job done.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Like yourself, I have second favourite teams and so on down the list. The two truly abhorrent teams on my list are the Bruins and the Flyers. As an illustration of what draws me to a team or repells me, I don’t like the low-intensity style of the Sedins.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Danno says:

        All I know is the Senators are resorting to bush-league marketing stunts to sell tickets.


        “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
        Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

      • Habsrule1 says:

        My 3rd least favorite team to Boston & Toronto, and they’re gaining on Toronto fast.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  24. Bripro says:

    USA Today’s power rankings.
    Warning: The leafs are ahead of us.


  25. Luke says:

    Corey Tropp, the guy that Leaf Jamie Devane fought prior to the Scott nonsense has a broken jaw. Out 5-6 weeks.

    Probably broke the jaw when Devane gave him the forearm shiver while dropping to the ice.


    While Tropp was certainly willing, I think we get to see a good example why the league doesn’t want the helmets being taken off. Fortunately, Tropp leaves his on, until Devane pulls it off… that happens shortly before the dull thud of Tropp’s skull smacking the ice.

    But, hey, it’s all fun right?!

    • pmaraw says:

      did his helmet cover his jaw?

      • Luke says:

        Did you miss the back of his head slamming the ice?

        The jaw break is probably due to Devane landing on it with his forearm. Perhaps a punch broke it, I don’t know. But his head, sans helmet, makes pretty jarring contact with the ice. Add the 230lbs of Devane not allowing it to bounce up to expend a little bit of the energy… though I doubt that would have helped any…

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Mr. Tropp should take comfort in the fact that his misfortune will preclude a tonne of stickwork this season. Because they’re accountable, or something like that.

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    Amidst all the hoopla surrounding Kessel, Corey Tropp is out for 5-6 weeks with a broken jaw. (Have to wonder about a concussion as well)

    And in other related news, David Dziurzynski did play for Ottawa last night. He is the kid whom was pummelled last season in a game against Carlyle’s pacifists. Good to see Dziurzynski back playing, was very scary watching him lay on the ice last season in a heap.

  27. habs001 says:

    Right now Ellers function on the line is to set up his wingers for goals and to chip in the odd goal…So far he has not shown that he is a consistent goal scorer…Does anyone really think that if the Habs d was Gorges,Diaz,Cube,Murray,Markov and PK they would beat anyone in the playoffs?…I would keep 2 young d for experience in the NHL this year….Also posters are saying next year there will be many openings on the team but would it not be better if the team kept a couple of young players on the team this year instead of adding 6/7 first year players next year?

  28. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Ryan Jones on waivers = upgrade on Ryan White?


    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I’ll play your little game. Don’t know much about him, but I think White is somewhat, a little bit, not much, but still better defensively. He also plays center. Similar games though.

    • Phil C says:

      I read that he has not recovered his scoring touch since his eye injury. I would pass and stick with a guy that has been in your system a long time.

      Another guy that could hit the waiver wire is Paul Postma in Winnipeg , Friedman thinks they will try to move him first. Ottawa will probably waive DeCosta as well. There will be some talent available for sure.

  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    Cool, Jimmy Fallon takes on the hashtag talk. I really like Justin Timberlake’s point at the 30 second mark.


    Now if they’d only take on the winky pandemic…

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons


  30. Maritime Ronn says:

    Interesting article over at RDS by Bert Raymond on the inner workings of the Amateur Draft, and some Bergevin gambling during last summer’s Draft session.

    First off, during a meeting as early as last February with Trevor Timmins, Bergevin told Timmins that it was his intent to draft a goalie as the Habs had nothing very young in the organization.

    Nothing should be read into that concerning Price, as Bergevin has mentioned on many occasions that a young goalie takes several years to develop…and Bergevin has Price included in that ‘development maturation process’ statement.

    In last year’s draft during the 2nd Round, the Habs had the 34th and 36th pick, while Buffalo had 35th pick.
    As Fucale began to drop, there was a gamble made in that the Habs figured Buffalo would not choose a goalie as the Pominville trade to Minny allowed the Sabres to pick up youngster goalie Matt Hacket.

    For that reason, the Habs chose LW Jacob De La Rose at the 34th spot – crossed their fingers they were right about Buffalo not choosing Fucale (Buffalo chose another LW J. T. Compher) then the Habs quickly chose Fucale.

    Bergevin went on to mention that he was made aware after the draft that Edmonton, who had the 37th pick right after the Habs, were going to choose Fucale – then chose to trade the pick.

    Interesting how these things work out, and we will be able to address or judge these Bergevin moves in about 4-7 years.
    That’s why, as Detroit GM Ken Holland mentioned last year, it truly takes about 10 years for a GM to be evaluated on everything he does in Year 1-2-3 on the job.

    As a side note, if ex GM PGauthier had not made the trades with Nashville ( Andrei Kostitsyn) and Calgary ( Cammalleri/Bourque) that brought those 2 -Second Round picks, Habs fans would not even be talking about De La Rose or Fucale as they would be with other organizations.
    Montreal’s real pick was at 55, and those 2 would have been gone by then.
    At least Tks for that, PG…

    • Bun E. Laroque says:

      Gauthier gets a lot of blame around here but not all his moves were bad.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Bun E

        We could still have another little guy Cammalleri’s $6M Cap Hit on the books instead of Bourque’s $3.33M…AND Mr. Molson would be obliged to pay him a $7 Million Salary this year.

        Imagine, that $7M earnings this year is 16th highest for all NHL forwards this year.
        That’s $300k more than Datsyuk and $500K more than Toews and Kane.

        • Bun E. Laroque says:

          Hi Ronn,

          A great unload for sure. I recall that people were more concerned with Gauthier’s supposedly classless treatment of Cammalleri because he was traded mid game. Hoping Bourque plays like he did in last years playoffs this season. I wonder if in 4 to 7 years Patrick Holland will be in the NHL or Kerri Ramo will be a dominant NHL goalie.

    • Morenz7 says:

      Good stuff. Shows how important depth of knowledge about OTHER teams is when you’re a big-league GM.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Might be the first time the words ‘interesting’ and ‘Bertrand Raymond’ have been used together in a post on HIO.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        I have always enjoyed reading Bert Raymond, and thanks to the Internet and ebook Kindle things for that – and of course, my long passed away mom who courageously and relentlessly (thought you may enjoy that word) taught us the French language in a sea of English language dominance.

        One doesn’t always have to agree with what Raymond writes concerning content, yet he is connected, thought provocative, and sometimes has some gems.

        Has he been controversial over the years?
        You bet he has, yet so were Red Fisher and the guy at La Presse Rejean Tremblay in their hay days…and in Central Canada, and more specifically the COTU, there is a certain Mr. Cherry…

        The teleprompter, bobble head Tweeters of today couldn’t hold a candle to these guys

  31. SmartDog says:

    What’s GREAT about this line-up is this:

    “The only other veterans in the lineup are Travis Moen, Ryan White and Raphael Diaz.”

    In other words, three bubble players. Eller and his line are there to work on their chemistry. These 3 guys are there to help determine if they deserve a regular spot, or a press pass clubhouse key. Which means that management is on the same page as the rest of us. To me it also suggests that a certain rookie forward has made the team.

    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Another possibility is that there’s a bubble player in the top 9, and MT/MB want to take a look at a 4th line of Moen/Bournival/White …. which is a likely combination should Prust reclaim his spot on the 3rd line. 😉

  32. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Just reading that weasel Kessel’s response to his very minor suspension, justifying using his stick like a machete. What would I have done, Phil? I would have either fought or skated away. In other words, I would have shown some backbone or at least some class. You have neither.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  33. B says:

    I hope Eller doesn’t lay another EGG tonight, It would be great if he could start playing and producing more like the guy we saw for the dozen games or so at the end of last season.

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Worry should only enter the equation after October 1st when the real season starts.
      Perhaps Eller needs to hit/be hit – then come away uninjured to get over the possibility of any subconscious mental block that just may linger after being laid out and concussed last year.

  34. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. moser17 says:

    So, not being listed as a ‘veteran’ above, I’m right to think there’ll be no Pacioretty tonight? He’s still supposed to be showcasing for my pool picks! This is an outrage!

  36. Propwash says:

    Ted Bird spoofs Doug Gilmour’s Nofkintablet commercial.
    Caution, lotsa swearing.



  37. boing007 says:


    Richard R

  38. Habsrule1 says:


    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

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