Halak is Habs’ Masterton nominee

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is the Canadiens’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy, annually awarded to the NHL player judged to best exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Full details on the nomination here.

And here’s a list of Masterton winners through the years, which includes four Canadiens: inaugural recipient Claude Provost, followed by Henri Richard, Serge Savard and Saku Koivu.


  1. ManApart says:

    I don’t think anyone is pretending starting Halak would have changed any results. That team had given up and mailed it in, minus a few players, since the all-star break. I’m personally, don’t overly buy into the fact that Price was rushed originally, I mean he had won the CAlder. I just think BG kept pushing him, when it became obvious he needed to take a step back. Only when BG left, just this year, did Halak finally get his long deserved chance.

  2. bluefleetwood says:

    This is SO true.

  3. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I like Price too… but its definitely not Price.  He is so far out of the running for this.  If anybody, Obyrne is the runner up.  Either way, Halak won’t win.  Somebody out there more deserving.

  4. yathehabsrule says:

    Clearly they both worked hard to get where they were and be drafted, Andrew. Hickey’s point is that Halak was a ninth round pick and Price went first round. Clearly a first round selection will get preferential treatment by any NHL franchise.

    Many draft choices might lose their confidence, being drafted so far down, and never make it in the NHL. Some (ie: Halak) don’t give up eventually can get there and in some cases get in the Hall of Fame.

    Comparing where they grew up might be a bit questionable too. I can’t imagine growing up in Slovakia (still Czechoslovakia when he was a kid) could have been that great either for Halak or his family. Don’t forget too that Price’s father was a former draft pick, so that gave Carey something of an inside track as well.


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  5. Kristopher7 says:

    What if irrational people knew what parodies were?

  6. Bob Barker says:

    I’m happy Halak has been so great this year and he had to work his way up because he was a late round pick, but to insinuate that Price did not have to work hard just because he was a first round pick is BS. Almost every hockey expert, including Scotty Bowman agrees that the performance Price put on in the Calder cup in his first pro experience was remarkable and one of the reasons there was so much hype surrounding him. When a kid steps in to the AHL and dominates immediately, it’s understandable to want to see what he can do at the next level. 

    Eberle has already been dominating the AHL in the few games he’s played and it’s very likely you’ll see him in the NHL next season. 


  7. ooder says:

    pre-season interview…

    he spoke about Price and how he went to visit him in Calgary and stuff. and then mentioned the “other goalie”.. i thought it was very disrespectful and unprofessional 


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Very stupid of him to say that, then again, he’s not good with names. I’m pretty sure he said the wrong first name for someone in Florida who he’d coached earlier this season. Maybe he didn’t know Halak’s name yet? Haha I’m not going to be defending Martin.

  9. Mr.Hazard says:

    Duly noted: I’ll add that one. Although, I think it’s the one most likely to happen (Boston would only need to finish at .500), therefore considered somewhat secondary to the Rangers/Flyers development.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  10. Eliisa says:

    I think it was before the season even began. I remember it too because I thought it was ridiculous he didn’t know Halak’s name.

  11. Clay4bc says:

    I remember the interview clearly, and Martin did just that. Very early in the season, I think.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Masterton has generally gone two ways, a trophy for someone who makes a remarkable recovery from illness/injury to return to the game or sometimes as a note of achievement for a player who while being a generally excellent player over the years, has never captured an individual achivement award.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    When did Martin call him the “other goalie”?

  14. andrewberkshire says:

    The problem is, that in every article Hickey has ever written about either goalie, Halak is spoken about as some great underdog hero who’s become the saviour of the Canadiens, whereas Price is the bastard, favoured golden boy who was given everything without ever earning it. It’s complete crap. Was Halak better than Price last year down the stretch? Not really, if he was, it wasn’t by much. He was massively better than Price in February, and that’s what everyone remembers.

    And as for Price not earning anything, it’s a constant theme on this site, but Price had accomplished as much as Halak, in fact more than Halak had going into the 07-08 season. He was also better than Halak for a large part of the 08-09 season, and had playoff experience that Halak didn’t have.

    The idea that starting Halak in the series against Boston would have gotten us even a single win, with the crap effort that joke of a team put forth in all 4 games, and the total of 5 goals scored, is the biggest bit of revisionist history on HIO.

  15. Mattyleg says:

    What, is it suddenly The Trophy For Being Old?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. andrewberkshire says:

    What if Habs fans weren’t classless idiots?

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    Yet this summation completely ignores the fact that in order to be a 1st round pick Price had to work pretty damn hard himself. How many First Nations goalies are there in the NHL? How many players in the NHL were basically raised on a reserve? Good for Halak that he’s a hard worker, but to insinuate that Price isn’t (which Hickey does in nearly every column he writes) is pure BS. He wasn’t born a golden boy, rushed to the NHL because of pure talent. He got drafted 5th overall because he worked his ass off to be that good.

  18. ooder says:

    funny that the guy who was known as “the other goalie” (very affectionately dubbed by JM), is now our number one guy and is being nominated for a Msteron’s trophy


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  19. habs001 says:

    boston has to pick up 3 points also

  20. avatar_58 says:

    Sort of makes one feel a little better

  21. Mr.Hazard says:

    Guys what do you think of THIS CHART I just made? Very simple, and from a glass-half-empty perspective. But at least it lays it out, illustrating clearly the number of opportunities the Habs have to AVOID not making the playoffs, between now and Sunday.

    Are any corrections needed? Thanks!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  22. habs03 says:

    I still can’t believe St.Louis give us a decent propect who was picked in the 2nd rounder. Dags had 2 goals and 2 ast in 44 games, what as St.Louis thinking..

  23. yathehabsrule says:

    Neither was really spectacular down the stretch to be honest, but Price had lost the final three games of the season in ’08-09, and four of the last five.

    I think what Pat was trying to say was that this year, the better goalie come season’s end will get the start in the playoffs without question . That or he doesn’t think the Habs are getting in, which is still possible and Pat would be right either way.


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  24. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Halaks the best player on the Habs by far and at 8 hundred thousand dollars what a deal….congrats Jaro your only gonna get better!

  25. yathehabsrule says:

    Yes I did Andrew. Pat is absolutely right in the ways that the two goalies found the NHL.

    Halak was not a first round pick and worked his way up, taking advantage of his first chance with
    Montreal. He carried the team when Huet was injured and Abeschier couldn’t handle the gig. I still feel Halak should have been in that game against
    Toronto three years ago, rather than Huet, but that’s another story.

    Price was fast tracked, primarily by Gainey, after being a first round pick. Price’s play in the WJC, hand full of regular season AHL games and Calder Cup play prompted Bob to pressure Carbo to keep Halak in Hamilton at the start of the following season. That was a total B.S. decision in my book. Halak had earned his chance and got passed over.

    You have to remember that Jacques Martin always cited work ethic on both goalies when the season got off to a not-so-great start. Halak finally woke up (via some “encouragement” from his agent) this season and realized he had to fight for the starting job, and has done so. Unfortunately, Price has a couple years to go, a maybe a change of scenery, before he realizes he has to do that too and be a number one.



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  26. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Congrats Jaro.
    Don’t let it get to your head.

  27. ManApart says:

    I don’t think he meant Price didn’t work hard. I think Hickey was kind of insinuating that Price was fast tracked to the NHL, before he should have been and was given things before he really proved he deserved it. Nothing about his work ethic, which ironicly, wasn’t very good in the past. He sites, last year’s stretch, where Halak played better than Price and Price was still handed the starting Playoff role. I don’t see that as attacking Price, more questioning BG’s decisions than anything. I mean Price was fast tracked to the NHL and He did get the playoff start after Halak had played better down the stretch, it’s not like Hickey is making up stories.

  28. avatar_58 says:

    You know…ignoring the parody element it gives me chills to think all it can take is a fluke occurance and a lucky shot to give you hope.


    What if…….Begeron hadn’t scored that goal in OT in game 7 of the 2010 Buffalo series? Indeed…..

  29. Matt_in_TO says:

    “Halak had to work his work through the ranks, unlike his teammate Carey
    Price, whose career was fast-tracked after the Canadiens selected in the
    first round in 2005.”

    “Last season, Halak was the better goaltender down the stretch but
    Price started every playoff game.

    That won’t happen this year.”


    I understand that Pat was just trying to put what Jaro has been through and accomplished in perspective but I believe he could have maybe worded it a little differently.  I know I’m not the only one here that feels this way.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  30. noelsroyce says:


    Mind the pun.

    This actually made me smile and laugh. Thank you!

  31. Matt_in_TO says:

    That’s pretty good.  I forgot it was Ballard that whacked him over the head.



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  32. HFX-HabFan says:

    In his sixth game in a St. Louis Blues’ uniform, Matt D’Agostini picks up his first point wearing the blue music note, an assist, in a crazy 6-5 loss to the ‘Hawks.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    Selanne’s already won it, doubtful.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  34. Matt_in_TO says:

    coming from you……


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    When it comes to goaltending, Montreal fans and some of the sportswriters are like 5 year olds with a shiny toy, it’s the best thing ever for a while and then they want something new and shiny.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    Congratulations to Halak, the road less travelled to the NHL was definitely worthy for him. He deserves all the credit for becoming the goalie he is today. However I have a feeling Selanne or Recchi will win this season.

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Possibly the best History Will be Made Parody yet! Ballard Vs Vokoun!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  38. andrewberkshire says:

    Disagree, it didn’t need context. The article should have been about Halak, not Price. And the insinuation that because Price didn’t play in the ECHL or very much in the AHL that he hasn’t worked hard to get into the NHL is pure Hickey BS.

  39. andrewberkshire says:

    Did you read the linked article Kevin? The last half is almost entirely about Price, insinuating that he didn’t have to work hard to get to the NHL, and he harped on the constant whine-a-thon that Halak is somehow mistreated.

  40. noelsroyce says:

    well ya, that would be nice! This is the first time I’ve watched 98% of the games in the season. I’ve usually been too busy with post-secondary or other tv shows to commit. It’d be nice if it didn’t come to an end so soon. I’ll definitely be missing the Habs once they are knocked out.

  41. ooder says:

    hickey just put Halak’s situation into context.. i don’t see this article as an attack


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  42. noelsroyce says:

    “Halak had to work his work (WAY, Hickey) through the ranks, unlike his teammate Carey
    Price, whose career was fast-tracked after the Canadiens selected in the
    first round in 2005. Halak said he always remained positive.”


    “Last season, Halak was the better goaltender down the stretch but
    Price started every playoff game. That won’t happen this year.”

    Seems to me like Hickey has a bias. Why must you compare the two? Why not just state why Halak deserves it, using his own achievements, and leave Carey Price alone? Carey may have had an easy start but he’s having a hard time maintaining HIS way through the ranks right now. We all know he’s amazing and yet he’s being held responsible for losses when it’s clearly everyone else on the team that is letting EACH goalie down. Now whenever Halak ‘loses’, we say it was the team’s fault and he should start the next game. Whenever the same happens to Carey, it’s ‘Carey’s fault. Halak should start the next game.” Seems to me like the one most deserving IS Carey Price. Having to deal with all of this pressure to be perfect behind a team that can’t score has to be frustrating!


  43. Say Ash says:

    Not necessarily the Habs’ nominaton in that case – it’s not about best goalie at all.

  44. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Price and Halak wins there type of things all the time. But you know what….WHO CARES?!?

    Win a series….win a cup…then come talk to me.

    That’s all that counts if your in the NHL.

  45. yathehabsrule says:

    Cool Maurice Richard tribute vid and a link to Jimmy Fallon’s superfans poll, amongst other bits and pieces.


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  46. bigbighabsfan says:

    An attack? Really? Looks like Price was mentioned for context. Day to day life must be really upsetting for you if you call that an attack.

  47. yathehabsrule says:

    Because he deserves it.


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  48. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Congrats to Halak! 

    If Price had been the better goalie, this article would have been about him, and most posters, including myself would have been congratulating him. 

    Let’s let the bitchiness stop. What a colossal waste of time and emotion. 

    Go Habs Go!


  49. I_SAY_FIGHT says:
  50. yathehabsrule says:

    I’m a Price fan Matt, but I’m not seeing where Pat attacked Carey. He called is as it is/was.



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  51. yathehabsrule says:

    That line you quoted from Hickey is actually how the NHL describes the trophy, so don’t be bashing Pat.

    In terms of which of the goalies deserves the nom, I’d go with Halak, but personally I think O’Byrne was more deserving of it over both of them.

    Eithe way, a few other nominations from other teams (Rechhi, Gustavsson) are more likely to win it anyways.



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  52. J. Ambrose says:

    Would you prefer if the article had stated that Jaro was forced to sit idly by while “the team’s other goaltender who shall remain nameless” got the majority of the starts including the playoffs? 

  53. Matt_in_TO says:

    Why do I get the feeling that the Swede with the exploding heart is going to win it.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  54. Matt_in_TO says:

    Not that the Price / Halak debate needs more fuel added to the fire, here comes Hickey pouring gasoline over it.  Congrats to Jaro on the nomination but the article could have be been written without the attack on Carey.



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  55. J. Ambrose says:

    Well deserved. He’s been Sisyphus for the Habs, almost getting the boulder to the top of the mountain time and time again before having it tumble back down when management decided to give Carey the reigns. This time, it seems, he has beaten the odds, and is about to ascend the peak. Well, at least, a ledge on the way to the top: the playoffs. May he shine there also, and then walk away with the Masterton trophy also.

  56. G-Man says:



  57. dpthehabsfan says:

    To me, the Masterson has been meant to be awarded to a player who faced adversity off the rink while still excelling on the rink. And usually, that’s the way it’s decided.

    But when you read the criteria again: “to exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.”

    Well then it does apply to Halak… he works very hard, never blames another, always credits his teammates and never gives up.

    And the fact that the Masterson is nominated by the management of each team says a lot. The Habs’ organization is expressing their respect for the man and player Halak has become.

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    True enough, but Seguin was pretty quiet during the playoff series. Wasn’t that the Spitfires were the loaded team (which they were) but Seguin didn’t do all that much in the 4-game sweep.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  59. nickster13 says:

    Hey even Crosby couldnt win a memorial cup, even marcel dionne didnt win a stanley cup. Hockey is a team game, so id still take Seguin on my team even if Hall wins the memorial cup

  60. Watsatheo says:

    Should have been O’Byrne, unless something happened Halak we don’t know about. I mean he lost his mother to cancer.

  61. noelsroyce says:

    Now I TRULY believe that the only writer I enjoy reading on HIO is Dave Stubbs.

    When Pat Hickey writes:

    “the player to best exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and

    How can you say that Price isn’t that person? Granted I’m a Price fan BUT I’m also rooting for the goalie who is playing better or for that matter, in nets when the team wins. Carey exemplifies all of those mentioned qualities and has a harder time doing so with the pressure that is being placed on him this year to be error-free.

    It looks like if Jaro is traded, Price will be booed or chased out of town anyway.


  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, I haven’t seen a shot total like this since I played a round of NHL 09 and needed 70 shots to beat Kippur in a Stanley Cup Final game. Seguin may be Central Scouting’s Top choice, but Hall’s going to the next round of the OHL playoffs after blowing out the Whalers 4-0 with his Windsor Spitfires. Goalie deserves an award for keeping that team alive to OT.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  63. HabsFan90 says:

    No reason to mention Price in that article. Nice digs.

  64. Iceberg84 says:

    Exciting couple of days to be a flyers or rangers fan. It’s like they have their own mini playoff series now before the actual playoffs begin which ought to make their fans happy.

  65. habsgirl74 says:

    why couldn’t you write the article about halak without dragging Price into it, you media people act just as bad as the majority of people on here who don’t know anything

  66. habs001 says:

    when we are leading in the third the other team starts to pinch and this is when the physical size difference really is noticeable…we get physically overpowered in our zone and are life and death to get the puck out

  67. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Congratulations Jaroslav! You of all people deserve it.

  68. Matt_in_TO says:



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  69. jimmy shaker says:

    What was wrong with Ludwig or Nilan or better yet Skrudland?


  70. Kristopher7 says:

    So in the spirit of the NHL 2010 playoff campaign, I took a shot at a Carey Price version.


  71. matmacat says:

    Pretty hard on Price in that article, Pat. I know it’s the truth, but you make him sound like the villain. In any case, I’m real glad for Halak. I’ve been rooting for him since he took over for Huet a few years back.

  72. Iceberg84 says:

    Congrats Jaro!

  73. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Great article.  Jaro deserves the nomination.  Could you have left this line out?  It doesn’t help the situation.


    “Halak had to work his work through the ranks, unlike his teammate Carey Price, whose career was fast-tracked after the Canadiens selected in the first round in 2005. Halak said he always remained positive.”

  74. Exit716 says:

    That’s because no one at the Gazette will criticize Gainey. Instead they’ll take cheap shots at Price for the fact that #23 put Price into a situation he wasn’t ready for.

    Bob had Price’s back up until the point when Bob quit.


  75. punkster says:

    What an honour for him. Well done Jaro.

  76. Tis Himself says:

    They better nominate Price for something pronto or we’ll all be waist high in poster poop!

  77. Tis Himself says:

    There could not have been a better choice!

  78. adam76 says:

    Well done Halak!


    Never wrestle with a pig – you’ll both get dirty, and the pig will love it

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pretty cool for Jaro :)


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  80. showey47 says:

    any suggestions?

  81. Tis Himself says:

    The Grande Ole Opry “Achy Braky Kicker of the Year” award to be presented by Willie Nelson at an appropriate NASCAR event of Carey’s choosing!

    Given to the NHL goaltender who, after completing almost 500 laps (i.e. a full game), is driven into the wall by his own team mates, crashes and burns!

  82. punkster says:

    Hard to know just what he’d be eligible for now. Something ethereal like Player With the Brightest Future?

  83. punkster says:

    We’re just asking for trouble here. Let’s leave this thread for well deserved Jaro kudos, shall we?

  84. Tis Himself says:

    The man, who will be the man, when the men in front of him play like men every night?

  85. Tis Himself says:

    If Carey doesn’t get nominated for something, even free beer and wings, there will be hell to pay tonight!

  86. keepthefaith says:

    Isn’t there a knob you are supposed to be gobblin’?

  87. Tis Himself says:

    Unless I’m on the hopper coaxing out a turd, why would you think I’d be talking to you?

  88. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Well deserved Jaro! Go Habs Go!

  89. WestHab says:

    good pick

  90. Harani says:

    I think this is a deserved mention not only this season but throughout his career with the Habs. Nothing short of dedication and hardwork. Go Jaro!

  91. J. Ambrose says:

    Please explain how you managed to find a “cheap shot” in that statement? Isn’t it a critique of the club’s decision to “fast-track” Carey, just as Pat says, and just as you, may I point out, reiterate? 

  92. keepthefaith says:

    Did Carey sleep with Hickeys daughter or something?  Geeze man, way to turn a good story on Jaro into a Price bashing.

    Congrats Jaro. Boooooo Hickey

  93. Bugs says:


    I leave you guys alone for a bit, place goes to hell again…

    Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak-aaaaaaa-(falls on knees gouging eyes out)-aaaagh!

    Got an idea. Just came to me.

    NOBODY never say nuthin NO MORE about Price-Halak, for the LOVE of JEBUS. In the NAME of EVERYTHING on this dear PLEANET EARTH, NO MORE about Price-Halak, no more never, ok? Please, ok? Let’s all do that. Nobody say nuthin.

    What MORE can be said? What more can we possibly sling on-toppa THIS big pile’o’poop? The hapless reporter who boldly tempts misfortune by daring to attempt drawing a parallel between Price and Halak is actually BASHING Price because… his daughter… what..? I mean, c’mon.

    I say we let it all go. Nobody say nuthin and I guarantee we eliminate a whooole lot’o’crazy. That’s a guarantee. (trustworthy car salesman wink’n’salute)

    So, in conclusion: You’re RIGHT, ok? Whatever your angle is on Price-Halak, whoever you are, you’re ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, no-FRIGGIN-doubt-about-it, dead on the money, hot-doggity riggity-right. Whoever says whatever on Price-Halak, I want’em to know, everyone agrees with it, and it’s so friggin brilliant, it has me hyperventilating so much, I can’t breathe.

    Now let us never bring it up again; let’s just try doing that and see what happens.


    …yeah, i know…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  94. Clay4bc says:

    Since when is merely stating the truth (ie: facts) about Price considered “bashing”? Some people are too “sensitive”. If the truth hurts that much, then maybe you need to get a new hero? There was no Price bashing in that article – it just outlined what happened.

    Congrats Jaro. Congrats Carey. BOOOOOOO keepthefaith.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  95. Danno says:



    Found the last line to be a bit of a shot at Price….

    Last season, Halak was the better goaltender down the stretch but
    Price started every playoff game.

    That won’t happen this year.

    Unless by that Pat means we’re not making the playoffs.


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

  96. Mr.Hazard says:

    At least three typos in the article, near the end:

    “Halak had to work his work through the ranks”
    “Price, whose career was fast-tracked after the Canadiens selected in the
    first round” (missing “him”?)
    “the Canadiens wanted to give some Price some pro experience”

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  97. Bugs says:

    No typos; you just didn’t understand, Hazzy. Don’t worry about it; happens to me all the time.

    1) Halak DID have to work his work before it started to pay off on his work. That’s what got him up the ranks.

    2) Canadiens DID pick in the 1st round. Then Price’s career was fast-tracked. Setting chronological events.

    3) Yes, the Canadiens DID want to give SOME Price some experience; they chose Carey as that particular Price.

    Hope this helped you out.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  98. yathehabsrule says:

    Good eye but those are not typos. More likely they are a case of editing errors (cut and paste).

    My guess is the Gazette’s editing staff had the night off.

    Tihs is a typo 😉


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  99. Habs4Lyfe says:

    Habs 4 Lyfe


    Please,, none more deserving than Halak..


    let’s get into the post season,


    and give the league what for


    Ride Halak to the Cup



  100. yathehabsrule says:

    Nice avatar!


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  101. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    When people don’t have anything intelligent to discuss, they revert to what they know.  Price vs. Halak is at the top of the list, followed by Fire ***** (insert coach’s name), fire ***** (insert GM’s name).

  102. keepthefaith says:

    Yes lord farquaad.  Whatever you say. I guess Carey slept with Princess Fiona and pissed you off too.  If you cant see Hickey is bashing Price you are blind bed bugs.

  103. Bugs says:

    Oh, it’s a kid…

    Sorry, kid, nevermind. Go right ahead with the daughter bit if you want.

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  104. keepthefaith says:

    OH, it’s a d*ck……..  Obvioulsy it was a joke, just like you.

  105. Bugs says:

    I wasn’t attacking YOU, kid, I just used your post as an example. It’s clear I’m talkin to everyone.

    But in hindsight, I can see how maybe it woulda been better to post directy up top and avoid this confusion I’ve created.

    I apologize for that.


    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  106. keepthefaith says:

    Obviously, its not clear, d*ck, or we would nt be having this conversation right now. What IS clear is Hickeys unnecessary bashing of Price in what could have been a great article on Halak.

  107. light_n_tasty says:

    ….so….nothin’ about the goalies hey…



    what do we talk about…


    *crickets chirping*


    so…Pleks…pretty good year for him….yah…you know, his contract…he’s gonna get a new one…



    Oh, and who’s better…Darche, or Pyatt…can’t afford to keep ’em both ya know…

    *stomach rumbles*

    ….So, who do you think will start in net toni….

    Um, I mean, um…

    *looks side to side*



    *runs away*

  108. G-Man says:

    Hahahahahhahahhha! Talk about reading too much into a small article. Speaking of small articles….

  109. Bill H says:

    “Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak, Price-Halak”

    I just can’t believe the bias on this web site.  So why do you always put Price before Halak?  Huh? Huh?  Couldn’t put Halak before Price, just once?  Just can’t give poor Halak a fair shake, it seems to me.  Even on this day, the day he has been nominated for the Masterton.  Your cover is blown Bugs.  You are really Bob Gainey!  😉

  110. Bugs says:


    Aw, you were doing so well!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  111. keepthefaith says:

    speaking of small articles what G man ?  Havin a hard time findin it?

  112. Clay4bc says:

    Thanks for the laugh, Bugs! Much appreciated.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  113. J Haul says:

    To me most of the Masterton nominations in any given year are kind of a non-story. There are exceptions, like when Saku won it after his comeback, but the nominations usually feel like they’re just throwing a guy a bone, going through the motions. Kind of like, “well we’ve gotta nominate someone”. I mean, we’ve named guys like Robidas as our nominee before. In 2008 it was doucher Komisarek. At least the winner is typically, and rightly so, someone who’s overcome a great tragedy or injury.

    Congrats to Halak, even though I’m fairly certain he won’t and likely shouldn’t (although not seeing all the nominations, I’m not sure who should) win the award. I’m sure he’s had to work very hard to get to where he is today, but I just feel that there’s got to be a more compelling, hard luck story out there than Halak’s.

  114. SlovakHab says:

    OMG another Price-Halak thread. Will this BS ever stop?

    I am probably the only one here who doesn’t care who plays as long as the Habs win.. The nomination is nice, but I will cheer when the team success is reached.

    As for Jaro, it’s nice to hear he gets this kind recognition. Hopefully it motivates him to work even harder.

  115. Psycho29 says:

    Whether you are a Halak fan or a Price fan, everybody please calm down……Its a great nomination for one of the Montreal Canadiens’ players…..OUR players, no matter who it is….

    I don’t think Pat stated anything in the article that wasn’t true, Price was drafted in the first round, won a WJC gold medal and the Calder Cup in the AHL and was brought up to the Habs the year after.

    Halak was the 271st pick in the 2003 draft and his road to the NHL was longer. 2 years in Slovakia, 1 year in the QMJHL, some time in the ECHL at Long Beach, and then back and forth from Hamilton and the Habs.

    “The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.”

    The above is how the NHL describes the Masterton Trophy. It wasn’t Hickey trying to incite rioting and looting in the streets by saying that’s how he sees Halak.

    By the way, I have always liked Price, but I am glad to see Halak’s success! The bottom line is winning. They might accept less in Toronto, but this is Montreal Dammit!!!!!




  116. Danno says:

    Yes! More winning! Less whining!


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

  117. adam76 says:

    Because Price is a fragile 22 year old kid who can do no wrong.


    NO price bashing in that article.  None.


    Never wrestle with a pig – you’ll both get dirty, and the pig will love it

  118. keepthefaith says:

    Theres a time and a place Clay. You must not be able to read either.

  119. nunacanadien says:

    Hey if the world recognized Slovakia because of Halak, that is reward enough for a humble man like Halak.  Shame on you Price whiners.

  120. Habs84 says:

    It’s people like this Pat Hickup character who should not be allowed to write for or about pro teams. Complete BS, and comes at a terrible time. Instead of being positive, he chooses to start another fire with his words. It’s pathetic and cheap. He is no fan. At a time when we should be rooting for the same thing, this pathetic writer, decides to once again split our allegiances. Let the rest of us stick together, as 1. Go Habs Go.



  121. Bill H says:

    Great article Mr. Hickey.  Thanks.  These people who are crying about some imagined slight to Jaro in your article are clearly delusional.  I think you already know that.  I just needed to say it.

  122. Number31 says:

    Wow. Who wrote that article, Alan Walsh?

    Ironic that the trophy where one criteria is sportsmanship, the local media article on the nominee is presented in a rather unsportsmanlike manner. But any reason to take potshots at Price is what you do best, eh, Mr Hickey? Frankly your editorial endpiece has no place in that article and would have done better to tell us something we didn’t know about Jaro, like his life and hockey career prior to the U18 silver medal.

    Congrats to Jaro, though I figured O’Byrne or Metro would have been the nominee.

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