Halpern rejoins team

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Jeff Halpern worked out on his own prior to the Canadiens regular practice in Brossard and then joined  his teammates albeit with a no-contact jersey. He’s expected to accompany the team to Boston but in doubtful for Game 1 Thursday.

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  6. JohnBellyful says:

    Looks like I’m going to miss most of tomorrow night’s game — unless there’s a delay after Desharnais pile drives Chara into a stanchion — so I’ll have to watch Sports Centre to catch clips of the Habs’ first four goals.
    And Montreal can win if the players:
    — stay away from stupid penalties
    — make the most of their power play opportunities, which they can create by driving to the net, for one thing
    — cut down on unforced errors and giveaways that leave you scratching your head
    — rise to the occasion the way Price is sure to (and, Carey, don’t try anything fancy with your passes);
    The longer the game remains tight, the more the pressure shifts onto Boston and we all know how well the Bruins handle pressure.

  7. Ton says:

    where can i get a set of tickets for game 4 , my son’s 16th birthday. i am in the 905 area code ontario. appreciate it if you can help.

  8. filincal says:

    Habs take game one 3-1 with Darche getting the ENer. Game two We win in OT 3-2 Moen has a puck go off his chinpad and past Thomas. Game three is a cake-walk…4-1 a Ruin scores with under a minute salvaging some hope. Game four unfortunately our Habs take their foot off the gas and lose 5-2. But game five is the sweetest game of all….Gio gets a “hatty” and Gomez Gets five points.
    oh and Chara’s head explodes.

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  9. 1010 says:

    Kelly Hrudey on prime time sports:
    Tim Thomas just had the best season of any goalie in the history of the game.

    GO HABS…

  10. Propwash says:

    Pens/TB and Caps/Rags tonight. Who’s watching what?

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  13. Danno says:

    Halpern skates with no-contact Jersey…
    I often wish Gomez was wearing a no-CONTRACT jersey

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  14. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

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  15. Mats26 says:

    This may be counter to the notion of team unity but I was trying to figure the Gomez contract situation out in my head and thought the group could provide some insight …

    If the Habs buy out Gomer at the end of next year, he would have 2 years remaining on his contract. Even though his cap hit is $7,357,143 / year (from Habsworld) he would have $10 million in remaining salary for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Since he is over 26, the buyout value would be two thirds of the remaining contract -$6.67 million. That would be stretched out over 4 years, meaning a cap hit of 1.67 million / year through 2015-16. If the cap goes up every year, it becomes less and less significant.

    Is my math right???? If so, surely Molsons can swallow $6 million bucks to do the right thing ffor the club. They make that up with two extra playoff home games. Does that mean next year is the last we see of the new #11. What could we do with an extra $5.7 mil in cap space a year? Hmmm ….

    • 123456 says:

      but you need to weigh what your currently have and what you could get. plus a cap hit in years 3 and 4 may seem small but that’s 1 or 2 players.
      if the habs decide to want the cap space over the player i prefer they stick him in the AHL or send him to Europe – habs pay more but it frees up the entire cap space and leaves no cap hit in years 3 and 4

    • Mark C says:

      If he was bought out this summer it would look like this, per Capgeek:

      ■2011-12: $1,801,587
      ■2012-13: $3,801,587
      ■2013-14: $4,801,587
      ■2014-15: $1,944,444
      ■2015-16: $1,944,444
      ■2016-17: $1,944,444

      2012 buy out:

      ■2012-13: $3,523,810
      ■2013-14: $4,523,810
      ■2014-15: $1,666,667
      ■2015-16: $1,666,667

      Keeping him, trading him, or sending him to the AHL are all vastly better options than buying him out.

    • iceberg64 says:

      Mats26
      Your calculatiosn are right on…
      If they can’t get rid of him next yaer that is what they will do
      Another option is sign richards and put gomez in hamilton for a yaer before buying him out like the rangers did with redden but Habs organization doesn’t operate that way

    • filincal says:

      I think it would be so much easier to trade him along with a pick or significant player to a low end team. There’s no way the Habs’ organization would send him to the AHL, and I find it hard to conceive them buying out a player which is so well respected in the locker room.
      Mind you, I think it’s to early to write off what Gomez brings to a playoff team. He has proven his whole career that spring is when he brings “it”. And I’m not the type of person to give up on a player after one BAD regular season. Having said that, I don’t have to sign his pay-cheque.

      I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

    • G-Man says:

      I am really hoping Gomez makes all of you eat a lot of crow. On the eve of the playoffs and whining about his contract instead of jonesing for the Big Game? Sheeesh.

  16. joshua94k says:

    There is a rimour about a group getting together to sue the Leafs (HNIC, TSN, SportsNet are also included in the lawsuit).

    Their claims include:

    false advertising (their powerplay will be deadly with many options – their top 4 defensemen are good as any in the league, the team is play-off bound)

    misleading the public with false claims (calling Clarke Mac Arthur the next Mike Bossy, Reimer the next Johnny Bower, proclaiming the Leafs are 3 -4 players from being a Cup contender ).

    breach of trust (trading away their future 1st round draft picks for Kessel)

    brainwashing (calling Nazem Kadri the next Sidney Crosby)

    misappropriation of funds (charging the highest ticket prices in the league for a minor league quality team)

    causing mental torture (forcing viewers outside Toronto to watch the dull, dreadfull Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada)

    robbery (when season tickets went on sale GM Burke boldly claimed that this team is ready to make the play-offs)

    feigning ignorance (what asked what is wrong with the team – Burke says he really doesn’t know what is wrong)

    indecency in public (Don Cherry cheering on the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre)

    starting a riot by selling waffles at Leafs games

    bribery (coach Ron Wilson bribed his players to help him get his milestone 600th win)

    hit and run (cheapshots given by Leafs players)

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  17. secretdragonfly says:

    What’s with the lag in the comments appearing? If this is related to the new site format, for the sake of my sanity change it back.

  18. Rudy says:

    One of Hal Gill’s most important jobs (as well as protecting Carey)will be mentoring PK through this and getting him to stay focused and level headed.

  19. mdp2011 says:

    I love the fact that everyone is picking the Boston “choke” Bruins to beat the Habs, it will make it that much sweeter when the Habs eliminate the choke artists. Love to be the underdog!!!!

  20. habstrinifan says:

    Nigel Dawes!

    I really wish that Nigel Dawes had (a) been kept around for a longer trial and (b) that he had shown much much better when he was in the line-up.

    He looked very stocky and strongly built and should not have been a player who was afraid to show some grit against the Bruins.

    I am optimistic but I really believe one bigger or stronger type forward will have given JM enough options with ‘line juggling’ to offset the B’s.

    White I think will play his part. It’s just that after he fights he’s lost for at least some of the game.
    Darche will be the unsung Canadiens hero in this series. Mara will probably stand up against the B’s but his game just isnt at the level expected. And SOPEL too is disappointing.

    Spacek is experienced and skilled so he may raise his game.

    If Subban stars in this series then HABS win regardless. But I dont know a) if he has (yet) the adaptability to play as controlled as JM (wisely) wants the team to do and still be an offensive force.

    PRICE will give the team every chance to WIN.

    GO HABS GO!

    • Habitoba says:

      A good buddy of mine here in Winnipeg played against him in junior hockey. I don’t remember the score (Dawes was losing) but he came up to my buddy and asked him to fight to give fans of his team something to cheer about.

    • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

      Exactly how did you expect Mara to perform? To suddenly become a goal scoring defenseman? He has actually played quite well and I would wager that not many at all would agree with your statement.

  21. JD_ says:

    * Son’s soccer practices are now Tuesday and Thursday night from 8:00p-9:30pm. The only guy happier about this than me will be him when he gets home from school today and is informed of this wonderful development. We will probably break it to him intervention-style.

    * Good to hear Halpern’s workin’ his way back. A system centered around puck possession begins and ends with faceoff circle proficiency.

    * Really great piece by Berky. But, as he notes, Tommy’s still a lock for the Vezzy.

    * I’m startin’ to buy into the notion Hab fans do actually suffer from some innate persecution complex. If it’s any consolation, and at the risk of bein’ repetitive: The path of least resistance suggests pundits will favour the Broonz – frankly, I don’t hear anyone with any real cred callin’ for a rout – and, much more importantly, playoff predictions and a twonie buys you a two-dollar bag of peanuts. When it comes to somethin’ like bein’ a sports fan, as it is with many other related facets of life, the moment you stop worryin’ about what other people think can be quite liberatin’.

    * Was recently ramblin’ on about how I figured that, despite all the talk about Brawn v Brains and Speed v Bleed, this one was really goin’ to be all about Pricey v Tommy. It’s not a new notion, by any measure, just one I firmly believe in. Based on what I read this mornin’, Stubbs concurs. Always thought that kid was a sharp cat. The only guy who doesn’t see it that way is Price, you know, everyone’s gotta contribute, it’s a team sport, etc. That Carey…what a kidder. Pressure’s on, baby!

    * The heaviest dose of pressure will, however, be on Claude J. Although I’m not willin’ to bet that even an ECF appearance will be enough to preserve his current employment status, I am willin’ to risk a basket o’ clams that a fail at the hands of the Habs will see him tossed. And, frankly, after that mouthbreather’s stunt at the end of the Beatdown, he’ll deserve it almost as much as that now-unemployed DoucheSlick™ in Dallas.

    • habstrinifan says:

      If it’s a battle between Price and Thomas then HABS win.. period. Cause it means Habs are playing WELL with enough scoring chances to have Thomas be a big factor. And no way does Thomas compare to Price.. regardless of the stats etc.

      If you mean it will be PRICE against the B’s like it was basically Halak against the Penguins and Caps in last years’s playoffs .. then I wont be surprised.

      I am not saying Halak won by himself but it certainly was not a goaltending battle in either of those series.

      • JD_ says:

        I’m thinkin’ purely in terms of Carey v Tim.

        I mean, I could be well wrong, but when one considers the outcome of the season series, with all its twists and turns, skater domination went both ways.

        As I noted the other day, the real key to at least gettin’ the series to play out this way is homin’ in on Chara’s weakpoint, and that is his tendency to become overemotional, lose focus, and, by extension, efficacy. Guys like Gomer (this is his opportunity to redeem somethin’ for himself), Gionta (who has a history with Chara) and Pleks (who’s carved out a nice little niche for himself as a s***-disturber) will be instrumental.

        Get Chara off his game and get to Thomas.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          “Get Chara off his game”

          That would be like taunting a gorilla, which is either cruel (if he’s behind bars) or reckless (if he’s not).

          Unless Montreal’s finest have a trick up their sleeve, Chara will not be behind bars.

          • JD_ says:

            A hair defeatist to suggest the Habs can do nothin’ about Chara.

            Chara has been got to before. Simply tauntin’ him and waitin’ for a reaction obviously isn’t gonna cut mustard.

    • punkster says:

      Re: soccer schedule conflicts…look at it this way, in 20 years what memories would you rather have as you ease into old age; sharing precious moments with your son or a one-in-a-million Stanley Cup run? It’s all about family JD. ‘Course, I consider Hal Gill to be like a brother, but that’s just me ;)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • JD_ says:

        The only precious moments we will be sharin’ this Thursday will be me boltin’ like a madman to the field to drop him off and then flyin’ back home.

        And to hell with the red lights; red lights are for stoppers.

        • shiram says:

          This makes me think of a crappy bell tv ad…. no pvr I’m guessing?

          • JD_ says:

            Have the PVR. And every time I try to go that route, some otherwise well-meanin’ individual invariably blows it.

            The basic problem is it is virtually impossible to be among the other parents pickin’ up their sons without the topic of the Habs comin’ up. Given the playoff environment, I wouldn’t even be able to sneak into the field’s parkin’ lot without someone comin’ over to chat about that night’s score/outcome.

            I’m thinkin’ I should probably find a way to temporarily alienate myself from the other parents via some horryfin’ anti-social act. I’ll make peace with them after the Habs’ Stanley Cup parade.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          see if your kid was playing hockey, they’d have the game on at the rink and you could double-task (as I will be tonight) ;)

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The question for Claude Julien is where the downward spiral leads next. He has been fired by the two classiest organizations in hockey, and is about to get canned by the shabbiest.

      Rock bottom, his next stop, is either coaching the Maple Leafs or a stint on Hockey Night in Canada.

      Regarding HNIC, he may not be photogenic, but as an ex-Bruin and failure, he will fit right in.

  22. Habitoba says:

    Sign Wiz for 1-2 year and package both Wiz and Spacek and maybe a 2nd round pick for Shae Weber

  23. habsindepth says:

    Woops Posted the comment twice!

  24. habsindepth says:

    Great news. We could definitely use Halpern’s faceoff skills in the playoffs.

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  25. Danno says:

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  26. PrimeTime says:

    Looking forward to CBC without Leaf involvement but we still have Dum Cherry to promote his Bruins – colours he will be wearing this time? Nice try Boone, hope your article made you feel better….won’t have any effect. Yesterday on The Fan Prime Time , McGowen says Scott Morrison, former King of CBC Sports, had told him that CBC pays NHL $100M for tv rights. Asked how much more they would pay if Winnipeg and Quebec City teams were added he said not 1 more dime. But, if a 2nd team was added on Toronto, they would pay 50% more – $!50M. Anyone wonder how CBC has the balls to promote Leaf hockey to keep it interesting??? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    “Extremism only serves one’s selfish desires”

  27. shiram says:

    Can I comment?

  28. shiram says:

    Any words on defencive pairings? With Spacek back someone will be left out.
    Mara, Sopel, Weber or Picard.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Defensive pairings should be:
      Gill/Subban; Hammrlik/Wiz; Picard/Mara;Spacek as 7th defenseman.
      Sopel has playoff experience etc but he is too slow and does not compensate with any real toughness… least what I have seen.

      I think Game one should be approached with speed and skill and I like Picard for that better than Sopel.

      • shiram says:

        I really doubt JM will leave Spacek as the 7th D, unless he was atrocious in practice.
        I agree that Sopel has not impressed, and I would wager that his injured hand/arm is at issue there.
        Gotta wonder you chose why Picard over Weber also.

      • Sakus Evil Twin says:

        I’d have Sopel in for his shot blocking prowess alone. Spacek is too soft for this round…

        No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  29. shiram says:

    Any words on defencive pairings at practice?
    With Spacek back things are bound to change and I’m wondering who will be left out.
    Sopel, Mara, Weber, Picard?

  30. Max_a_million says:

    Arpon Basu has emerged as the best habs writer in the business, hands down!

    • HabsFanMTL says:

      i would keep picard in since he is one of the few habs who can drop the gloves , as we saw he held his own against sean avery (thats not saying that much) but the more physical players we have for this series will go a long way at least defensively.

    • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

      yes, he is great at saying everything we already know with a tad of everything we want to hear.

  31. HalifaxHabs says:

    Is it Thursday night yet???

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  32. RandyKlemola says:

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  33. habaddict_andy says:

    How the heck do we upload avatar again?

    Go! Hockey! Go!

    • GrimJim says:

      go to http://www.gravatar.com. Sign in with the same email account you have listed here. Upload your picture there and make sure you click the G rating button. Sign out of HIO and then sign back in. If it’s not there when you post, wait five minutes then sign out and in again.

  34. Laramy87 says:

    We all know gomez had a terrible season, however call me crazy but I think he will be a big difference in the playoffs

  35. shiram says:

    This place is dead right now… Guess there is not much to talk about…
    Who would you like on D now that Spacek is back?
    Subban/Gill/Wiz/Hamr/Spacek would be my choice, and maybe Mara.

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  37. LA Loyalist says:

    Q: Who has highest shooting % in NHL for 2011?

    • Corey Perry?
    • Either Sedin?
    • Kovalchuk?

    A: Sergei Kostitsyn was tops in the NHL in shooting percentage, scoring on 24.7% of his shots

    Of course he wasn’t good enough to play for Mr. Happy.

    Just throwing it out on the ice for a team that can’t score.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      That’s what we call a statistical anomaly. You honestly think he’s going to get near that % again? Perry had 50G with a 17.2% efficiency. Crosby was at about 20% when he was playing at a level we hadn’t seen in the NHL in years.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I don’t really have a dog in the fight, I just thought it was shocking to see that stat and of course the sample size is relevant. The number I would like to see if I had time to research is his shot#s here and in Nashville as well as %.

        My macro point is yeah SK was a problem here. But now he’s a stud in Nashville. Ok, so what are the variables? New team, new coach, did SK change his attitude?

        Is this one more example of JM not being as good with rookies as some other coaches? I’m just asking.

        • Da Hema says:

          LA: why this myth of Martin “ruining” young players has grown the legs it has is a mystery to me. Did Martin ruin Pacioretty, Subban, Desharnais, and Eller? Let’s remember what ended little Sergie’s career in Montreal: he refused to board the team plane. Why? No one knows, but perhaps it’s because Martin had the temerity to expect his players to act like professionals both on and off the ice. Sergie’s adolescent tantrums punched his ticket elsewhere.

    • Mark C says:

      You mean it wasn’t Dustin Penner?

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      what was his shooting percentage when he was here? was it the top of the league? or are we just playing some revisionist history?

      maybe if you were the GM, we wouldn’t be a horrible team.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        If I were GM… well, thank you, here are the first 3 things I would do.

        1. That we play in both ends of the freaking rink.
        2. That we know where the slot is and go there.
        3. That we have players who have balls, not girl-hockey check cashers. I’d make the team watch videos of Mike McPhee, Skruds, Dougie Gilmore, Craig Ludwig… luckily the list is long. And oh yeah, Chris Nilan :)
        4. That we are very careful grooming our rookies and bringing them up properly. What the f are they learning sitting on the bench.
        5. My first act would be to give Gomez a bus ticket and a sandwich. I’ll pay.

        Go ahead. Slam me silly. It’s a slow day.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          PK Subban has scored more goals than any other rookie defencemen since Phaneuf had 20 in 05-06 and he had close to 200 more minutes of PP TOI compared to PK. His ability to play the complete game has also come a long way under JM, including learning the toughest of defensive duties, the penalty kill, a role that Guy Boucher never instructed him in.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

        • DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

          Uh-boy – not another GM that has trouble counting to 3! :)

  38. LA Loyalist says:

    Quick Quiz:

    Who has the highest scoring % in the NHL this year?

    • Corey Perry?
    • Either Sedin?
    • Kovalchuk?

    Answer: none of the above.

    Sergei Kostitsyn was tops in the NHL in shooting percentage, scoring on 24.7% of his shots.

    Of course he’s not good enough to play for the G*d of Coaches, Jacques Martin, on an offense challenged team.

    • G-Man says:

      Who cares what a Predator does? Especially one who behaved like a prima donna when he was here.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Tell me you won’t care when we can’t score a freaking goal when we need one.

        I’m not a particular fan of SK when he was here, but I think the stat raises some questions about JM, that’s all, and how he is using the personnel he has/had. It’s a reasonable question.

        • DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

          so he was tearing it up under Carbo and production declined under JM? Too many distractions in Mtl for a man with the mind of a teenage boy.

  39. Jordio-oh says:

    Gotta love all the first round predictions by all the “analysts” and “experts”. 8 out of 9 of the contributors for Puck Daddy on yahoo have the Bruins winning the series. Justin Bourne is such an incredible moron that he believes it will be a sweep for the Bruins. Hell, even 5 out of the 9 have the Canucks and Bruins in the finals.

    All this does for me is hate the Bruins and Canucks and all the “experts” even more. Screw them all, its us against the world and we’re going to surprise everyone again, like we have many times before.

    ***Note: I put zero weight in the predictions of hockey pundits. But I use them as fuel for my Habs fire. And its burning red hot right now. Drop the puck already!

  40. takuto97 says:

    Thank you HIO for finally wasting that damned annoying spamstress. Please feel free to act even faster next time she makes an appearance :)

  41. thebigguy says:

    Our biggest advantage, which possibly relates to coaching, is our locker room. I’ll gladly take a room that willed its way to the Eastern conference vs one that willed its way to the golf course.

  42. Propwash says:

    Gonna watch the Caps vs Rags tonight, should be a good way to kill a couple of hours.

  43. takuto97 says:

    Since Hockey Inside Out is apparently powerless to block this spammer or at least delete her crap, spam posts, is there anyway that one can block individual users from showing up, from within one’s own account, as in an option to “hide all posts from spammalammadingdong lmlb68″?

  44. Ton says:

    990 picks bruins 6 to 7 games. said injuries to canadiens are too significant .

  45. Ok, look at line 1 – Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn (not too bad)
    line 2 – Gionta – Gomez – Pacioretty ( could be good )
    line 3 – Pouliot – Desharnais – Darche/White ( Pouliot should be a scorer and DD is a good scorer but its not second line material just yet, also he is not a good grinder is in the middle can’t be second line but doesn’t have grit for third or fourth.)
    line 4 – Moen – Halpern – Eller/Pyatt ( i like pyatt plays good does his job but is only 5’11 and hard to be small grinder, Eller is way more effective on center but not good on face-offs.)

    In my mind Eller should have been in the minors to help him and his center position. He has some talent, great speed and never gives up always fighting in corners, but one reason i think he was kept on the Habs is cuz many people pressured MTL and thought that Eller and Schultz for Halak was a bad trade. But it could be anything.

    Habsnation is still standing.
    http://www.wix.com/habsnation/canadiens

  46. rocketsglare says:

    I’m ready for some hockey. Great lineup tonight. Starting to get anxious for tomorrows game. Nothing like Habs-Bruins playoffs to
    get the blood boiling.

  47. CanadienBoy says:

    Mullers could go to Dallas and so is Carbo

  48. CanadienBoy says:

    Mullers to the Stars ,could be or Carbo he as well has a foot in

  49. AndyF says:

    I haven’t thought about tomorrow’s game much until now, but I have to admit I’ve got pre-game jitters. Imagine how the players themselves feel?

    Somehow, the Habs have had an amazing ability to surprise over the last 2 years. Most of this year, the surprises have been negative. But once in a while they come up with a spectacular display of puck control.

    Could this been Jacques Martin’s strategy: to make the team unpredictable?

    Cheers!

    AndyF

  50. Sportfan says:

    Wow thats pathetic i hope they remove that post go sell your crap on CBC or TSN or make a legit site but don’t come here with your spam

  51. Say Ash says:

    “no-contact jersey”

    can everybody wear one?

  52. Chorske says:

    Annnnnnnnnnnd post deleted in 3, 2, …

  53. jimmy shaker says:

    Imagine what a healthy habs lineup would look like going into this series……

    cammy/pleks/ak46
    patch/gomer/gio
    darche/dd/pouliot
    moen/eller/halpern

    marky/subban
    gill/gorges
    hammer/spacek

    with marky and gorges healthy PG would have no need to get sopel, mara or the wiz. But I would still gladly take the wiz over hammer, but oh well.

    price as the tender. Man, that looks like a sweet lineup to me!

    Shaker

    • ManApart says:

      D is pretty good, although quite soft. Forwards lack depth and can’t compete with top teams. Centers are very weak production wise. Too one dimensional. Montreal is not near the bottom of the league in offense by accident.

      • dhenry1234 says:

        Forwards can’t compete with top teams? Really? You’re one funny man. For a second I thought you were serious.
        Do you realize that we’re not in the season anymore? And do you realize that this is now playoff hockey where ANYTHING can happen?

        • ManApart says:

          I’m not talking about what can and cannot happen in the playoffs. Shaker said Montreal’s lineup looked great and I said their forwards as a whole can’t compare with the top teams. Go look at Philly, Washington, Pittsburgh with Crosby and Malkin, Vancouver, Detroit, Tampa bay, Boston, Anaheim, San Jose , Chicago and tell me how the forwards match up. Montreal finished 24th in team offense this season, behind such teams as Toronto, Atlanta and Islanders. Enough said.

          • HabsPEI31 says:

            Time out. And yes, with “old season” vs. “new season” in mind.

            Mtl forwards as a whole may not compare to the top forwards of the teams you list.

            However, Mtl has demonstrated it CAN compete against those teams. Mtl is successful when it plays its team game. The only other team on there which plays a similar style is Det. The others, except for Pitts scoring by committee lately, all count on a few big stars. Kane, Sharp, Toews. Ovy, Backstrom, Semin. When all healthy, Sid, Malkin. Stamkos, Vinny, Minny.

            Mtl beat Chicago. Mtl beat the Sharks. Split the season series with the Bolts. Won the season series over Boston, 4-2. Beat the Canucks both times, including a shutout.

            So, really, Mtl’s line-up DOES look great. It may not have big names, like the others, but plays with big heart. That’s what’s more important. It’s greater than the sum of its parts.

            “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

        • ManApart says:

          I’m not talking about what can or cannot happen in the playoffs. Shaker said Montreal’s lineup looked great and I said their forwards as a whole are a lot worse than the top teams. Look at the forwards on teams such as Philly, Caps, Pittsburgh when healty, TBay, Boston, Detroit, San Jose, Vancouver, Anaheim and Chicago and tell me how they match up. Montreal was 24th this season in team offense, behind such teams as toronto, Atlanta and The Islanders. Enough said.

        • swannyboy says:

          I agree,we can play alot better and now is the time.play to our strenghts,and just capitalize on our chances,play on your toes not your heals,we know what its going to be like in montreal,the fans will be going crazy,must get one or two in Boston…GO HABS

      • Chorske says:

        Only that healthy lineup, with Patches, proved several times that they can skate circle around the Bruins… AND push around Chara. Chara responded by breaking Patches’ neck. Without which, I would definitely like our chances, as I think Patches was our best scorer against Boston this season.

        And I really don’t think Gill, Subban, and Gorges of being soft. They’re just not goons, which is what you’re really talking about.

      • pmaraw says:

        waaaaah waaaaah downer debbie strikes again

      • Ton says:

        I read your posts and chuckle……….are you one those hab fans that constantly bash and but when they win you jump on the bandwagon or still find something wrong………. looks like a strong line up to me.

      • ManApart says:

        I’m not talking about what can or cannot happen in the Playoffs. Shaker said Montreal’s lineup looked awesome and I said they’re forwards as a whole cannot compare to the top teams. Look at the forwards of teams like Philly, Caps, Pittsburgh when healthy, TBay, Boston, Detroit, Anaheim, San Jose, Vancouver and Chicago and tell me how they match up. Montreal finished 24th in team offense this season, behind such teams as Toronto, Atlanta and The Islanders. Enough said.

      • Pucker Up says:

        One dimensional… like your posts.

    • Chuck says:

      I’ve got to admit, I really like The Wiz and Subban together on the powerplay.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Shake,

      We’ve got to forget about the injuries for now! We’ve got to roll with what we’ve got now.

      There’s no use in wondering what could be at this point….

    • observer says:

      if your aunt had —-s, she’d be your uncle.

    • Habitoba says:

      But spacek plays so much better ob his natural side.

  54. Edmaster says:

    I hope we get Halpern back as soon as possible. I believe he will make a big difference in how our Habs fare against the BBB.

    Expos, please come home.


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