Halak’s Start A Shaky One

Everyone in Montreal (and probably almost everyone who follows hockey) knows that the Canadiens first preseason game was not a stellar showing for Carey Price. But let’s look to the west and see how old friend Jaro Halak fared in his first preseason game earlier this week.

Halak’s Blues played the Colorado Avalanche. Jaro faced 18 shots. He let in three, not a good save percentage.

After surrendering the only goal of the first period, the Blues tied the score, but then five minutes later, Halak had two Avs shots elude him in a span of 31 seconds. Final score, Colorado 3, St. Louis 1.

“I thought perhaps we can say there’s a couple
there that he could have had a better look at,” said Blues coach Davis Payne to The Belleville News Democrat. “It’s Game 1, it’s
exhibition Game 1, so we’ll hold ultimate judgment on that performance.” 

“There wasn’t really a lot of action going on so
it wasn’t a real hard game for me,” Halak said after playing the entire 60 minutes. “Too bad that they
scored the three goals, but that’s
hockey. Hockey is a game of goals.”

There were no reports of booing from the St. Louis crowd of
10,615.

Halak will reportedly not dress tonight for the Blues game in St. Louis against the Wild. Ty Conklin will start and will be backed up by Ben Bishop, the Blues 6-foot-7 netminder who excelled against the Wild on Wednesday.

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The Rangers opened their preseason last night and in their lineup was former Habs first round draft choice (2005) Ryan McDonagh, the U.S. college star defenseman at Wisconsin whose rights went to the Rangers in the Scott Gomez deal.

McDonagh played impressively in his first pro game, showing good foot speed and agility, as well as a physical dimension and some good work on offense.

He showed some strength in the first period when he dumped the Devils Mattias Tedenby who was trying to cut around McDonagh and take the puck to the net. McDonagh just shoved Tedenby who went down in a heap.

Later, he displayed some good awareness in the offensive zone with some crisp passes and good vision to jump in the play.

He wasn’t perfect. He missed a hip check along the boards and that led to a Devils rush in the third period, but not panicking, McDonagh raced back and dove to poke the puck away and end the threat.

“McDonagh did some good things,” said Rangers Coach John Tortorella after the game. “He’s going to play
some more exhibition games and I think he’s going to feel more
comfortable. He had some really good shifts, and at other times it was a
little bit of a struggle. But we expect that. We’ll just keep going
through the process with him and see where he’s at.”

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Alex Kovalev plays in the Bell Centre tonight and his Senators linemates will likely be Mike Fisher and Peter Regin. Sens coach Cory Clouston says he’s also going to try Nick Foligno on that line in place of Regin later in the preseason, probably as soon as Saturday when the two teams meet again in Ottawa.

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Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin hasn’t played yet in the preseason and he hasn’t played since last Nov. 9. Since then, he’s had back surgery and been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Arizona (and a local blogger says Khabi will be appealing his sentence that calls for him to spend 30 days in the clink).

Oilers coach Tom Renney tells Joanie Ireland of The Edmonton Journal the team knows what the veteran can do and he’s just been using the preseason to audition Martin Gerber, Devan Dubnyk and Jeff Deslauriers for the role of backup.

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Another NHL owner claims to be losing money. In a blog post last week for The NY Times, we noted that outgoing Sharks president Greg Jamison said his team hadn’t turned a profit during his eight year tenure. Now Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli tell Helene Elliot of The LA Times that they are losing “double-digit millions.”

They say the team’s season ticket base has slid from a high of 15,000 after they won the Stanley Cup in 2007 to around 10,000 now. Still they love the team, have no plans to sell or take on partners and are committed to giving GM Bob Murray a budget that allows him to spend almost $55 million, which is up around the cap limit of $59.4 million.

Henry Samueli declined to comment on the salary cap system of the upcoming CBA talks, citing league rules against public comment by owners. He did say, however, “We’ve talked to Gary (Bettman) many times about our financial situation so he
knows what we’re going through and he’ll have to deal with it in the
next negotiation to make sure all teams not only are competitive on the
ice but are reasonably competitive in their financial performance as
well,” he said.

“And he’s got a challenge in front of him to deal with,
and we wish him well in the CBA negotiations.”

 

 

 

 

87 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    I like my team.

  2. Howie55 says:

    I think its 99 on videotron.

     

    Pour moi, Saku c’est un champion qui n’a pas encore gagné. Il joue comme un champion, il s’entraîne comme un champion, il mange comme un champion. Un jour, il le deviendra

  3. ZepFan2 says:

    124 on Bell.

    Don’t know about videotron.

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    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  4. Bugs says:

    Robin Williams had the same question for platypi. Half beaver, half duck; a mammal that lays eggs: here you go, Darwin!

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  5. HardHabits says:

    You’d think it was the 3rd worse trade after reading some posts here the past two summers.

  6. Pat8987 says:

    Thank-you sir…

     

  7. Bugs says:

    Say, what channel is RIS anyway?

    In MTL, of course.

    Thanks.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    This work?

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  9. ZepFan2 says:

    Then ran away when I replied to his post.

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    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  10. Pat8987 says:

    anyone get the feed for “listen now on CJAD” ?

     

    Not able to find it anywhere, and when I click on “listen live” it does not work!

     

    Or better yet, is there a stream?

  11. saskhabfan says:

    God sucks. Who the hell would make something like a walrus? Part elephant,part seal then to add insult to injury throw a 70’s porn stach on it.

  12. HardHabits says:

    Great article By RobL and a great comment by Hab29RETIRED afterwards. Thanks for the link.

    I’m 48. ’76 was one of the best years ever. Beating the Flyers (AKA BSB’s) and the start of the last Habs dynasty.

    I don’t expect the fans to change. Whats amazing is that it’s just one pre-season game into the 2010-2011 season and we fans are already at it like dogs on bones.

     

  13. Thomas Le Fan says:

    There is no gravity. The earth sucks!

  14. petefleet says:

    For what it’s worth..Roy was not booed out of town.  That idiot Rejean Houle traded him as a favour to the other idiot Mario Tremblay.  Those two brain surgeons pulled off the worst trade in the Canadiens history.

    Go Habs Go

  15. saskhabfan says:

    “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.

     

  16. Say Ash says:

    Damned Microsoft! Booooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Say Ash says:

    It IS a little better now that school started, no?

    Go Habs.

  18. Bugs says:

    This guy sucks. That guy sucks. Everybody sucks!

    There!

    End of discussion.

    Now, may I PLEASE have some more petites marshmallows in my hot chocolate, fer cryin out loud!

    Go Habs.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  19. sholi2000.com says:

    cjad.com

    They Call Me Shane

  20. savethepuck says:

    one of the best articles I read in a long time. I am 45 but didn’t remember the Dryden incident in 79. Puts things in perspective that things have always been this ridiculous.

  21. showey47 says:

    All this site needs to do is add an ignore feature and its done.

  22. Danno says:

    I do not get it  :o(

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

  23. ZepFan2 says:

    Yes, because a loss by Halak is actually a win.

    Oooooookay.

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    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  24. Bouleau noir says:

    He should have….. THEN trought himself out of the window.

  25. HardHabits says:

    What is this? exHabsInsideOut!!!

  26. The S1C1L1AN says:

    I saw somehwere dont remember but i know im gonna give this site a try ..

    http://www.rajangan.net/template_live.php?ida=29581

  27. The S1C1L1AN says:

    I found this article and found it a great read … Goalie controversy isnt something that just started the past 10 years but forever has been and will continue….

     

     

     

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2010/9/24/1707316/identifying-the-perfect-goaltender-for-montreal

  28. Danno says:

    Good one Mike!

    I’ll bet that’s the most fun Trevor Thompson ever had with his clothes on.

     

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

  29. slapshot777 says:

    where is the feed for tonights game on the internet?

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  30. aemarchand11 says:

    RDS had an interview, from what i gathered he is playing.

    Go Habs Go!
    2010-2011

  31. mike g says:

    Alright, I’m out for the weekend..

    But I leave you all with this awsome video to enjoy (fast forward to 1:30)..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj3E0ve6rl0&feature=related

    Wow.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  32. Danno says:

    Which channel? It’s not listed on RDS.

     

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

  33. TheDagger says:

    You should have stopped after the first four words…

    Followed up with playing in traffic.

  34. observer says:

    watch it on the internet

  35. Danno says:

    CRAP!

    Game’s not on TV tonight…

     

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

  36. observer says:

    exhibition games mean nothing – stop using halak playing bad or good to defend this terrible trade made by a stubborn pair of gms. fans hear were not booing p-rice because they think he played bad in ONE exhibition game that means nothing- they are booing him for the last 2 years since jan.1, 2009 when his play took a serious decline. they are furious at gauthier/gaineys moves especially regarding him. you are taking it completely out of context when you blame fans for booing price for one bad game in preseason. it is 2 years and there is no slack anymore – something gauthier/gainey should have thought of when they traded a goalie who got them to the conf finals away.

  37. gino93 says:

    Anyone know if schultz is playin tonight

  38. Matt_in_TO says:

    Good to know we’re so deep in goal

     

    - In Price We Trust

  39. Danno says:

    We are Miracle Whip and we will not tone it down.

    Should be the Habs new rallying cry.

     

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

  40. db says:

    Check your popup blocker for the future…

  41. New says:

    He’s in the system. His agent got him a spot on a team with Ty Conklin, Bishop, and Jake Allen. Bishop and Allen will be NHL starting goalies, and Conklin already is.

  42. Matt_in_TO says:

    Nope, just RDS

     

    - In Price We Trust

  43. Matt_in_TO says:

    I didn’t realise that Halak still played for the Habs

     

    - In Price We Trust

  44. WarHero says:

    Nice! I am just trying to develop some unity amoungst the true fans in this place :) hehe

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    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  45. mike g says:

    You see how hard it is!!!…

    (that’s what she said)

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  46. otter649 says:

    JT Bourne is the son of Bob Bourne who used to play for The NY Islanders……..

  47. light_n_tasty says:

    You mean, thing’s you’d never know about hockey unless you played it or read JT Bourne’s Puck Daddy blog post about thing’s you’d never know about hockey unless you played it.

  48. savethepuck says:

    On another note, does anyone know if Rogers Cable has RIS< I live in NB and may want to watch the game tonight

     

  49. mike g says:

    BGL…

    He faught GSP for fun, was actually a little training thing. And GSP showed him how to MMA.

    BGL was soo burnt after the fight, he couldn’t even breathe.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  50. TheDagger says:

    I did long ago.  I wouldn’t argue with a child in person and I sure as hell don’t argue with them on a website.

  51. fbkj says:

    id offer an honest reply but clearly your trolling so im not gonna dignify this with a…

    wait…

     

    DAMMIT!!!

  52. mike g says:

    Nice..I’m in…

    So can nobody ever reply to WarHero’s posts anymore? Thanks.

     

    lol, joke.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  53. TheDagger says:

    You’d figure with the greatest goalie to ever play the game playing for them they would get more fans than what they did.

  54. WarHero says:

    One of the only ways to help ourselves with the Trolls, is to simply stop replying to their garbage. I am guilty of it myself and will be doing my best not to anymore as it only provokes them. Most of them do it for the sheer fun of watching us take the bait.

    I emplore all you that come here on a regular basis to have some fun and talk hockey with other SERIOUS Habs fans to no longer reply to those type of posts! Only together can we overcome the morons and reclaim HIO as the knowledgeable community of true fans that it used to be!!

    WHO’S WITH ME?!?!?!?!

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    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  55. Say Ash says:

    Indeed. I could also use a Georges Laraque update.

  56. RJ says:

    Yup, another planted Anti-Halak story on Inside Out…

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  57. fbkj says:

    republicans/democrats

    ios/android

    halak/price

    transformers/gobots

    edward/jacob

    mayo/miracle whip

    cats/dogs

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  58. habaddict_andy says:

    Chee, this is a sign of regression on Halak’s performance.  St-Louis are doomed.  Unless they soften a little on their defense so that Halak can get as many shots as possible to perform.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  59. sidhu says:

    You’re suggesting that Halak is fallible?? How dare you!

  60. habbyone says:

    Halak-1 Price-0

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Great blog post on Puck Daddy by JT Bourne about things you’d never know about hockey unless you played it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  62. mike g says:

    Hey Stu…

    Thanks alot for the updates on the other teams. Always nice to get the most info possible on the NHL..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  63. jrshabs1 says:

    We have our own goaltending issues. Hey wait a minute……you cheeky monkey’s do this on purpose just get eveybody all fired up. Shame!!!!!

  64. matraque says:

    What’s the point of this?  I thought this was supposed to be about Halak vs Price first game….

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    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  65. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    St-Louis’ arena ONLY HOLDS 10,615 PEOPLE??

    Ugh..what a waste of an NHL franshise.

  66. Everlasting1 says:

    Thanx

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  67. Da Hema says:

    Worst trade: A young Chris Chelios for a washed-up, aged, and chain-smoking centre.

    Second worst trade: Roy.

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    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  68. bp says:

    double post due to crash. apologies. 

  69. avatar_58 says:

    I’m not so sure this is a good idea. Baiting the trolls….

  70. Chuck says:

    HI/O prefers to call it “padding the hits”.

  71. Jordio-oh says:

    ZZZzzzzzz

    Next!

  72. Chuck says:

    It’s a shame that you’re no longer allowed to tape low on the butt of your goalie stick!

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    How long do the earning franchises have to support franchises that have been around for over a decade and can’t get one nickel into the black?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  74. Chuck says:

    It must suck to be management of a moneymaking team that hasn’t been able to win a Cup in a while. They watch teams in financial trouble like Carolina, Anaheim, and Tampa Bay hoist Stanley Cups while indirectly financing their rosters to do so.

  75. HardHabits says:

    The only thing stupider than attacking Russia or Canada in the winter is trying to sell hockey in markets where it never snows let alone gets cold enough outside to make a hockey rink.

  76. light_n_tasty says:

    Compared to Price’s 0.500 save % and 8.00 G.A.A (approx.), Halak’s first outing was an all-star performance.

    Just sayin’.  

  77. scrowe21 says:

    LOL

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    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  78. scrowe21 says:

    This is so stupid. 

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    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  79. mike g says:

    Dear Jaroslav Halak,

     

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

     

                                                             Love you!

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  80. TripleX says:

     

    I think Mr. Haskel’s forte in school was not math.

     

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  81. ZepFan2 says:

    And yours isn’t History.

    Just sayin’.

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    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  82. Everlasting1 says:

    Let Stewie chime in this time to provoke.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  83. bp says:

    Any reports on whether he came out to face the media?


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