Habs win, send five to Bulldogs

Canadiens’ Ryan White dukes it out with Panthers’ Mike Duco during Monday game at the Bell Centre.
John Mahoney, Gazette

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The Canadiens defeated the Florida Panthers 6-2 at the Bell Centre in a preseason game Monday night (see link above), then assigned goalie Peter Delmas, defenceman Mathieu Carle (said by RDS’s Renaud Lavoie to be headed onto waivers Tuesday) and forwards Gabriel Dumont, Andreas Enqvist and David Desharnais to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

It’s likely they’ll be on a flight Tuesday morning to the opening of the Bulldogs training camp in Newfoundland.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, take their first and only day off during camp on Tuesday. They resume skating in Brossard Wednesday at noon.

Thirty-one players remain in camp: three goalies, 10 defencemen and 18 forwards. Injured players include Curtis Sanford (lower body), Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik (knee), Hunter Bishop and Max Pacioretty (upper body) and Ryan Russell (lower body).


  1. larisalapointe says:


  2. showey47 says:

    Are you not the guy who once made a comment to a female poster about her having a weak “five hole”? You know what lame is? Criticizing a player after winning a 6-2 game. Get over it already. Talk about childish behaviour.

  3. saskhabfan says:

    Why am i annoying? For telling it like it is? We both know i’m right. If it was a halak sign you would be saying the same thing. The difference between the people who support price and the people like you who hate him is. The people who are supporting price would also have supported halak also if he was the one wasn’t traded. Not acting like a teenaged girl who just got dumped. Anytime you want to find out how much of a “little boy” i am. Feel free to find out.



    “bad analogy- when he first played those wins/losses ??? how many goals did crosby and malkin score that year?”-Observer. When asked why Marc Andre fleury had been sent to the minors when he struggled in his 3rd season.

  4. Mark C says:

    He just isn’t proven to be a player who is NHL ready, both health wise and skill wise. It also seems the team feels that Picard is the better option to play in the NHL to start the season, even at the risk of placing Carle on waivers.

    In short, you’d rather Montreal management send this message, by playing the inferior player? It seems to me that Montreal’s message is the best players make the NHL club, what’s wrong with that?

    The issue of underperformance of young players has to do with them making the NHL too soon.  Montreal has given too many opportunities for unready players, from Price, Max-Pac, Gui, SK74, and O’Byrne; these players have seemingly been forced into NHL action before they were ready.

  5. Mr-T says:

    CHALLENGE ADAM                                                                                                                                                                                

    That would be an intellectual anomaly.                                                                                                                                                             

  6. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Same game with Halak in net, your comment would probably be: Halak made the saves he had to and kept his team in the game long enough for them to break it open. He’s just a winner.

    Something like that, right?

  7. Mark C says:

    The problem is that due to the size of the sample, your point is meaningless. If Price faced only two more shots and saved them both, his save % would have been slightly above average.

    You must really dislike Price if the difference of two shots means you feel the need to call a .905% SV%, in one game mind you, “slightly below average.”


  8. The Cat says:

    Its just the message that it sends. And maybe the reason the youth never amount to much with the big club in recent years has to do with ‘that message’.

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

  9. Propwash says:

    Its a 95% save rate, where’s the problem?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  10. fbkj says:

    but he made the saves he needed to make

    anyways dude its clear your gonna crap on the guy no matter what happens

    fair criticism is game, this however isnt fair


    its PRE SEASON

  11. adam76 says:

    2 goals on 21 shots is a good game?  really?  How many games do you think Montreal will play in the regular season with that few shots (especially with all the power plays).

  12. adam76 says:

    2 goals on 21 shots is the statistical definition of slightly below average.


    I agree – the personal insults are lame and childish.

  13. danmanium says:

    I have noticed the same.  My thought is that many fringe players are looking for roster spots and as such are trying to “get noticed”.  Being overly aggressive in a fight is way of showing management that they have the willingness to sacrifice for team…or something like that anyway.  It think that once the roster spots are secured and many of these players are down in the minors, a lot (not all of course) of the cheap stuff will disappear.  What are your thoughts about my analysis?

  14. habsguy says:

    but you just called people a clown,  does that make you a clown??

  15. danmanium says:

    While I do not always agree with what Jack Todd writes, there is no need to question his credentials the way you do.  So what if he didn’t start out as a sports reporter.  He has been one for many years now.  At what point do we forgive him for “not starting out as a sports reporter”?  Also, how does skating ability correlate with hockey knowledge?  If I recall, Scotty Bowman never played hockey and is a horrible skater.  Some might argue he has some hockey knowledge.  By the way, I am in no way suggesting Jack Todd and Scotty Bowman are in the same league when it comes to knowledge about hockey…far from it.  I am simply pointing out that your explanation for Jack Todd’s lack of hockey knowledge is flawed.  Strengthen the content of you argument and it stands the chance of being more credible.

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Read what fbkj says, boys above.

    Saying inane things just to rile people makes you a clown.

    Having a differing point of view with backed-up arguments makes you a worthy poster.

    I’m not going to try to encourage someone with this kid’s track record as a merde-disturber to justify himself. If he’d wanted to do that, he’d have done it in the first place.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. Rugger says:

    Adam, are you on HI/O payroll?  1 provocative statement and 16 response posts so far! Way to drive up the hit count.

  18. coachdoug says:

    Not so sure on Halpern…I would have rather seen room for White or Maxwell to come up…I hope he proves me wrong…I know management was thinking role player…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, I’m totally with you on that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. mrhabby says:

    he is just not that great a player..put him in with Maxwell, Henry and send him back..the way it is.

  21. mrhabby says:

    the few players that your referring to are no better than our bottom six. I would much rather have halpern, moen , laps, boyd etc, etc…

  22. Habfan29 says:

    Troll you can’t be serious

  23. derfab says:

    Absolutely with you here g-man. It seems that anytime anyone says anything remotely provocative, erroneous or contradictory, someone feels the urgent need to get nasty. No need boys!

  24. fbkj says:

    well flat out saying that hes below average is only being done to coddle ego’s

    you are asking for honest debate about a dishonest premise

  25. adamkennelly says:

    INTANGIBLES and some serious wheels…looks fantastic for a “4th line” player – I will be very disappointed if he doesn’t make the team…appears to me to have earned his spot – Darche should find himself earning 500K in Hammertown.



  26. G-Man says:

    Enough with the name-calling, already. Using words like “clown” and “f-ing idiot” (down below) do nothing to get your point across.

    Why not challenge adam to back up his argument that Price was “below average.” Resorting to name-calling makes this site look more and more juvenile.

  27. Mattyleg says:

    Great story!!

    Checked out the first few scenes from that workout vid.

    I’m exhausted just having watched them! Making that to get attention shows some serious cochones, and it paid off.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. fbkj says:

    criticizing a bad game in pre-season is ridiculous

    criticizing last nights game?

    dude do you pin your mitts to your sleeves?

  29. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Have followed the preseason games and note the following:

     — No major injuries yet (ie.. Harding / Streit) = great news

    — White may not match Maxwell’s skilll set, but has more call up value due to Habs C depth

    — Palushaj, Engqvist, & Desharnais have NHL skills and may never see a habs uni on a FT basis

    — Carle waiver unfortunate, w/shortage of RD in NHL, a summer trade would have worked

    — Eller has a spot with the Habs. Darche likely sit / watch until needed.

    — Habs D depth should be a strenght this year (OB / Picard). Dogs D shows a slight gap in org depth.

    — Will the new PP set up work in the regular season?

  30. Danno says:

    Indeed. He has that certain je ne sais quoi


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  31. Mark C says:

    Stop it Cat. You don’t think Markov is any good (or at least, wildly overrated), yet Carle was a “tower of strength in Hamilton?”  I don’t mind Carle at all, but he has done nothing to prove he is NHL ready, largely in part to always being hurt. His statistical output has largely been the same all 3 years in Hamilton. 

    What has he done to prove himself as an NHL ready player? 

  32. Mattyleg says:

    Good stuff from the boys!

    I said it a couple of times on here before, but Ryan White looks great. If he can keep up that intensity, and keep being exciting, he should make the team.

    I know he’s ‘on the bubble’, as Hickey said, but I think he’s got something…. I know what it is!!! INTANGIBLES!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  33. Mattyleg says:

    You’re a clown.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Mark C says:

    Thank you Leafs. Knight was drafted using the second rounder that B’s stole from the Leafs.

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Teams can’t plan for best-case scenarios, you always need to draft multiple players for each position on your roster and have a set of prospects who are ready to come up and fill in as injuries strike. Having several prospects ready to go in case injury strikes is best and if it comes to that, the Habs can always send some of these guys out on trades to make room for the youth.

    Can’t just walk into training camp with empty slots and let the kids think they’ll just be entitled to those spots, they have to fight for them and that’s what they’re doing now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. CanadienBoy says:

    On both goals the man was left open both by George and Gill who are just getting warm up for the regular season.

  37. Mark C says:

    What inevitable cast offs are you referring to? Mathieu Carle is currently the only wavier eligible player on an entry level contract.

    Last season Montreal only had 7 players who played in 70 games or more. The depth is very much needed. These promising young players will get a chance.


  38. Number31 says:

    Only Carle has had a lot of injuries. Head and shoulders, knees and well you get the picture. Last time he opened his mouth and said “maybe they should trade me?” he got a concussion the very next game…

    He’s not bad but there’s something about his game that nags… He’s not a hard hitting Dman, he makes a good pass and can shoot… I don’t know what it is about his game that makes me say “I need more” but it’s there somewhere.

  39. secretdragonfly says:

    I am fairly confident that had Price enjoyed a shutout, you would still find some way to slag him.  Unbelievable.

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