Halak up next for Habs

For the second straight game, the Canadiens will be facing a former Habs goalie when they play the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

This time, that goalie will actually be on the ice.

The Canadiens lost 4-1 to Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche Saturday night in in Denver as the rookie NHL coach improved his record to 12-1-0, the best start in franchise history.

On Tuesday, Jaroslav Halak should be in goal for the Blues. After the goaltender led the Canadiens to the conference final in 2010, the Canadiens traded Halak to the Blues in exchange for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, deciding that Carey Price was the Habs’ goalie of the future.

Halak has a 7-2-1 record this season with one shutout, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Price has a 6-6-0 record with one shutout, a 2.18 GAA and .932 save percentage.

Alex Galchenyuk will be moved to centre against the Blues, playing on a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Coach Michel Therrien put the new trio together for the third period of Saturday’s game in Denver.

“The positive (in this game) is the adjustment we made with Galchenyuk playing centre with Pacioretty and Gallagher,” Therrien told reporters after the game. “It’s something we’ve been thinking about and we decided to do it in the third period and I was really pleased. This is an experiment that we’re going to repeat again.”

The Canadiens announced on Sunday that forward Michael Blunden has been returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Blunden is pointless in six games with the Canadiens this season and is minus-2. Later in the day, the Habs announced they were calling up Martin St-Pierre from the Bulldogs. The 30-year-old forward had three goals and five assists in seven games with the Bulldogs.

The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday and will practise Monday at 11 a.m. in Brossard.

Galchenyuk to centre Gallagher, Pacioretty against Blues, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Therrien partly to blame for Subban’s detractors, by Jack Todd

Canadiens send Blunden down to Hamilton, call up St-Pierre, hamiltonbulldogs.com

Canadiens buried under Avalanche, by Pat Hickey

A tall order for Habs in Denver, Canadiens.com

It keeps getting more surreal for Avalanche, Denver Post

Giguere comes up big against hometown team, coloradoavalanche.com

Former teammate Bishop stops Blues’ streak, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

 

447 Comments

  1. wall2bay says:

    This organization doesn’t have a win at all cost mentality and as long as that is the case we won’t win a cup let alone be a serious contender. They care more about their public perception than anything.

    Even before the first puck was dropped, the fact that Briere was the player to take the torch from Lafleur tells you how this brain trust operates. Briere has no business taking that torch when you got a captain, a Norris winner and another top Dman who’s been with the organization for 10yrs+……any of which should’ve had priority over Briere.

    PK plays with a swag and MT clearly is not a fan of it. A coaches job is to get the best out of his players and MT is fails to realize what makes PK great.

    • Well said Wall. Hope the Fan faithful on HIO don’t ban you for telling it like it is. The real trolls on this site are those that just want to say positive things about a team that is clearly .500 with plenty of work to do before we can even consider a cup run. I’ve been a faithful Canadiens fan since the 1960’s and beyond Hobie and a couple others on HIO, the blind faith is troubling at least.

      Although, I was surprised and happy to see the Bulldongs in first place in their division. Still can’t score goals, but their defense is making them better this year.

      So what do the Canadiens need to compete against Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado (not Roy, they have spirit which Roy brought to them), Boston and others? Let’s hear from in depth, knowledgeable people likes HabinBurlington…

      Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Didn’t Drapeau get shafted by Marc Lalonde? He was going to pay for the Olympics with a Lottery and then Lalonde screwed him for the dough? Johnny Flag was Da Man!!!

  3. Hobie Hansen says:

    @ slyCH,

    I really don’t mean any disrespect to French people, hockey players, Quebec or anything involving the French culture in the slightest!

    I was born in and grew up in Montreal. I have plenty of French friends and co-workers. My French isn’t great but it’s good enough that my co-workers are pressing me to start taking French calls at work. I’ve watched all the games in French since the 80s.

    All I’m saying is the Habs organization wanted to please people by signing Briere and Desharnais. So much so that that Bergevin didn’t follow his gut feeling that it probably wasn’t the right move. The Leafs feel the pressure to sign Ontario boys just as the Oilers and Flames are pressured to sign Western boys. That’s all I’m saying, no disrespect.

    • slyCH says:

      I didn’t take it as disrespect, it just gets tiring to assume our GM makes decisions based on the demo factor. But when you add the leafs, flames and Oils into the equation, as you just did, then I guess it can be plausible. It just seems more pronounced when it’s in the Habs camp. I guess. CHeers bud.

    • Eddie says:

      Hobie, maybe Bergevin WAS following his gut feeling, and he just blew the files?

  4. Cal says:

    So, is that 2PM press conference on RDS for real?

  5. Timo says:

    So did I hear it right… Coderre is the Mtl’s new mayor?

  6. JM says:

    you don’t have to be a genius to figure out who our Centers should be…. Galchenyuk, Plekanec, Eller, White.

    Give them good wingers now we have a team!!

  7. Max_a_million says:

    DD is on the fourth line …

  8. Max_a_million says:

    They wouldn’t fire Michel on his birthday

  9. Habfan10912 says:

    I compliment MT AND MB for pulling the plug on DD. I remember how frustrating it was to watch Gomez night after night performing every bit as poorly as DD has.

    It was aparant that THAT administration did not want to admit their mistake. At least this one does. Performance rewards playing time. Good on the Habs.

    • Max_a_million says:

      Counting chickens pretty early on. They haven’t admitted it yet.

    • Timo says:

      They haven’t pulled anything yet, Jim. DD is practicing on the 4th line… May or may not play tonight and even if he doesn’t it will probably just be for one game. If he does, I bet he is moved up from the 4th line during the course of the game.

  10. DipsyDoodler says:

    DD is playing very poorly and it’s looking like it is permanent, not just a slump.

    But who do you replace him with?

    It’s like Briere. Some of you cheered when he was injured. Now we’ll be better, you thought. But we weren’t.

    • ebk says:

      He needs sometime in the press box or even better a stint in the AHL, to see if he can break out of this long funk he’s been in.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I think with Plekanec-Galchenyuk-Eller-White down the middle and no Briere and Desharnais, we’re better. When healthy, sit Briere and Desharnais and keep Bournival and Leblanc on the wings in their place. IMO.

      Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta, Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher, Bourque-Eller-Leblanc, Moen-White-Prust.

      Subban, Emelin, Markov, Gorges, Diaz, Murray.

      • Eddie says:

        What does that say about our GM Hobie? When 7.5 million in Briere and Desharnais RECENTLY signed, should sit in favor of two very inexpensive and mostly unproven youngsters?

        And I think the signing of Bouillon and Drewiske were equally questionable.

        Those are a lot of mistakes in one calendar year.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          There is no question he made a few pretty big mistakes. It’s very clear he felt the pressure to please the locals by signing Desharnais, Briere and Bouillon. He put that ahead of winning. It’s unfortunate.

          His saving grace is that he has held onto all of our young talent and picks. I’m also happy he brought in Prust and he sees the importance in getting bigger and tougher to play against.

          Bergevin probably has a few tricks up his sleeve over the next year or two, hopefully they are good ones.

          • slyCH says:

            There you go with the French thing again. Bouillon was playing solid last year when they extended him. I see no harm there. I wouldn’t have signed him but, I am a French of a different elk, I suppose. I figured they kept him an extra year to mentor the kids and sit the bench once Emelin comes back.
            DD took a nose-dive the minute he signed the extension. That one I never agreed or understood at the time. But, could have MB foreseen such a nose-dive of monumental proportions? Could any of us? was it really a signing caving in to the demographics? Not sure on that one. Briere was. And that’s that.

        • Max_a_million says:

          Drewiskie is a one year contract on a 7th d-man. No biggie. Bouillon is not much money and one year.

          Briere at least is only two years, but it speaks badly of the GM for sure.

      • slyCH says:

        I’ve been rough on Briere but when he does come back he should be given a chance. At least on the wing. DD on the other hand.

      • The_Truth says:

        DD has to sit, I agree. He just isn’t doing anything and needs a good shake up. There is no Way Briere should sit in place of Leblanc though. Leblanc is still an AHLer at this point.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      With DD in the line-up, the Habs are better without Briere.

      The only way a healthy Briere improves the top 9 is if he bumps out DD. Otherwise, who goes? Bournival??

  11. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Retweet by Lavoie:

    J-F Chaumont ‏@JFChaumontJDM 2 Nov
    #Habs: “Ce qu’il nous donne, ce n’est pas assez, David nous met dans une position où l’on doit prendre une décision. » – Michel Therrien.

    Loosely translated by my awful French — “David doesn’t give us enough and has forced us to make a decision.”

  12. JM says:

    Our top-6 forwards are playing .500 + Hockey our Bottom-6 some don’t exist that’s where our problem lies. Make improvements there this team would be fine … A two line team won’t win Stanley cups.

    Blaming the Defence and the Goaltending not so … Bottom-6

    • The_Truth says:

      This team is so far from a Stanley Cup team, it’s not funny. Even Playoffs will be a real battle. Unfortunately, I don’t see this team as much of an improvement overall, from the previous 6 years or so.

  13. The Jackal says:

    It’s MT’s birthday! And for all you conspiracists, PK was at his birthday bash last night, only one of five teammates to be invited, make of that what you will.

    ;)

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  14. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    So with DD skating on the wing of the fourth line in practice, does St.Pierre take that spot and DD sits? Or is St. Pierre just called up to be in the pressbox?

    • habs-hampton says:

      DD needs to sit. I personally don’t think there’s any point in punishing him, he works hard on the ice, he just isn’t capable. As I’ve said before, when youre his size you need to bring something special like St. Louis (speed) or Gallagher (grit).

  15. Tomi says:

    Francois Gagnon ‏ @GagnonFrancois 2m
    Les Canadiens ont céduler une conférence de presse a 14h au Centre Bell aujourd’hui.
    Conférence en direct au RDS.CA

    Could it be that Michael Therrien’s dictatorship is over?

  16. ccs says:

    There are some crazy people speculating what PK could be worth as a trade bait. Is there any player in the league that if you had the chance would trade straight up for PK today? I cant name one player I would rather see on the Habs than #76 so for me I would not trade him for any one single player.

  17. Kooch7800 says:

    Timo are you going to sing MT Happy birthday! today is the day apparently

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  18. habs-hampton says:

    On a different note… Aren’t most (or all) players now wearing Kevlar socks to prevent injuries like Bolland got (or Karlson, Lang, etc.?

  19. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Stamkos for PK straight up. (Allow me time to get my shields up to full power before firing your derision bombs!)

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Would love Stamkos, and would trade anyone on roster for him, but don’t see Tampa ever moving Stamkos.

      • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

        They do have Drouin. I know he’s more of a setup man than a Stamkos-calibre sniper but the drop off in goal production probably wouldn’t be that great. PK would certainly fill a need in TB. They’ve been needing a PP quarterback on the backend for years. Victor Hedman just hasn’t panned out in that dept. And lord knows we need a bonafide goal getter.

  20. habs-hampton says:

    any news on Prust?

  21. mdp2011 says:

    Lines at practice:

    J-F Chaumont ‏@JFChaumontJDM 55s
    #Habs: les trios du jour… Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta, Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher, Bourque-Eller, Leblanc, Desharnais-White-Parros.

    Edit: St.Pierre rotating with DD on the 4th line.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      that is one of the worst 4th lines I have ever seen. 2/3 can’t play defense

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah but look how good the first 3 lines look!

        • Kooch7800 says:

          So true. This team misses Moen and Prust though. Picture them on the fourth with those three lines.

          I heard Briere skated today. Let’s hope he is nowhere near returning

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Actually if indeed DD is somehow removed from our forward lines, I would have no problem seeing Briere (assuming healthy) back in the top 3 lines somewhere. We need goalscoring.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Briere if starts scoring sure but before he was hurt he was demoted for doing the exact opposite. I would love to have a reason not to despise him

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • slyCH says:

            Briere shoots a mean empty netter.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I don’t know, I don’t think he was playing healthy during the reg. season games he played. Something was off, I am not a big fan of the signing or of Briere himself, but I will still give him the benefit of the doubt this early in the season.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            That is because you are gentlemen Burly. Some of us are just grumpy old buggers

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • habs-hampton says:

        if we keep them to 4-5 minutes, that will be fine.

    • habs-hampton says:

      hopefully tomorrow night its St.Pierre-White-Parros. I don’t much about St. Pierre, but I know he’s an upgrade on DD.

      • Luke says:

        He isn’t.

        He’s a career minor leaguer.

        He’s 30 years old and has 8 career points in 38 career games.

        Hamilton (he’s a ppg) will miss him more than Montreal needs him, to be honest.

        (Don’t get me wrong, good on St. Pierre for forging a Pro hockey career and all that… just don’t go looking for any sort of long term impact).

  22. Timo says:

    So… what are the practice trio’s today?

  23. mdp2011 says:

    Jessica Rusnak ‏@JessRusnak 32s
    #habs Emelin at practice and he is not wearing a no contact jersey

  24. Hobie Hansen says:

    What’s hurting the team right now is Desharanis’ weak play and the absence of Prust and Moen. Whatever line Desharnais plays on is a liability.

    With Moen and Prust missing the 3rd and 4th lines suffer. Holland, Parros, Leblanc and Blunden mixed up together just doesn’t work. Those player don’t gel.

    The 4th line should be Moen-White-Prust if the team is at it’s best. You know when those three guys are together they’ll play strong defence and pop in the odd goal.They’ll also add plenty of jump.

    Emelin returning should be huge. Hopefully at that point Therrien and Daigneault get the defence together and come up with a system to completely tighten up the Habs end and make it a tough place to play.

    We’ve just got to hope to play close to .500 until we’re healthy!

  25. desertman says:

    Hello friends,

    Anyone here watch the CHL? Was just looking at our prospect numbers and besides Jeremy Gregoire and Dalton Thrower, all of them seem to be struggling (or not really showing any improvement).

    Mccaron in particular isn’t really putting up any points.

    Anyone watch these guys and have some thoughts?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Mccaron was hurt pretty bad early in the season (shoulder), very likely he is trying to play through an injury right now.

    • B says:

      Hudon has 21 points in 19 games. After a slow start, Reway now has 17 points in 15 games. Vail has 17 points in 15 games and is a +11. Crisp is on pace to top his OHL best ever point total by 20 points.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  26. B says:

    Last year’s Jack Adams winner’s team hasn’t won in their last 5 games. Earlier in their young 14 game season, they went 4 games without a win. A frustrated Karlsson is making defensive mistakes and complaining to the media he is not a god. Has McLean’s time run out in Ottawa?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    All kinds of panic in the streets of Toronto with Bozak and Bolland injured. So how do we dress DD up to make him attracive to T.O.? I have heard Mayor Ford will indeed be looking for a new driver?


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