Halpern returns vs Flyers

Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern will be travelling with his teammates this afternoon to Philadelphia, so expect him back in the lineup tomorrow night vs. the Flyers.

Halpern has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury after being hurt in last week’s demolition derby in Buffalo vs. the Sabres, playing just 2:21 in that game.


  1. ed lopaz says:

    Roy will be the 1st head coach of the new Quebec franchise. That is what Roy wants, what Quebec City needs.

  2. Sportfan says:

    So apaprantly Ottawas owner is doing any firing which seems awful cause that team is terrabad haha funniest comment i saw was this “Shoulda keep Martin, His defensive style woulda keep Ottawa competetive! Look what he is doing for Montreal right now! There are only a few coaches that can take an ordinary team play way above themselves!!”   Ottawa must not like goals haha :P

    heres the .link


  3. twocents says:

    I’m with you all the way on all that.

  4. Say Ash says:

    I can’t believe you forgot Chelios.

  5. Timo says:

    LOL!!! Awesome!

  6. dpthehabsfan says:

    “Do Supreme Court judges give high fives after they render a decision?


    Do surgeons pat each other on the bum after a successful heart transplant?

    Yes. They pay special attention to the nurses of either sex.

    Do I jump up and down every time a columnist writes how good a job I’m doing?”

    No, you couldn’t have. No journalist has ever said it, you boring imitation of a Sesame Street character!

  7. badbalance says:

    Sometimes when the team is struggling together, Kovy can always be a game breaker, no matter how much he doesn’t fit into the team, giving him limited minutes can work. Not like Moen is any more useful than Kovy would be to our team.

  8. Say Ash says:

    HA! D*mn boards!

  9. habs-hampton says:

    So did Melynk give Murray and Clouston a “vote of confidence” or just competely give up until the end of the season?

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    Chelios, horrible as it was, there was a least an extenuating reason.

    In hindsight, the brilliant move would have been to fire RC for not keeping his ____ under control, thus ensuring at least 2 or 3 more Stanley Cups here if Chelios and Roy had played their full careers here….

    Talk about collateral damage. 

    Not to depress everyone or anything, but you brought it up :) It’s the old “for want of a nail…” thing.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    You need a backup who can take 10-20 starts without a problem and be able to carry a .500 record or better on his season IMO, but the issue is what you pay out for that backup. I think Price/Auld is working well this year, but the issue with carrying two “number 1″ guys is it doesn’t do well for the long-term harmony of the team as Number 1 goalies want to be #1 and can’t be satisfied playing backup.


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

  12. LA Loyalist says:

    How come you don’t get death threats? Is it the glasses? I need a scarier abbatoir.

  13. Mark C says:

    Halak is less than five minutes away from being one game above .500 with a sub .910 SV%, not sure his name belongs with Roy or Leclair at this point.

  14. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Actually the Habs are only 0.2 back-to-back games above the league average. 


    Citation: http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2010/6/22/1530627/nhl-schedule-travel-miles-back-to



  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ottawa lacking a solid goaltender for most of their best years held them back, they needed a guy who could stop pucks and when they finally did in Ray Emery, the NHL let the Ducks play like it was the 1970s in the SCF.


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

  16. solomio says:


    The Flyers are untouchable. They will win the cup hands down. There’s no team that comes close.

    I suggest we start Auld tomorrow night. Carey doesn’t need the loss, could use the rest and Auld could use the game time.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    You have to feel a bit sorry for Ottawa. Had a great team for so many years but kept getting gooned up by the Laffs in the playoffs. Then they came so close to winning the cup in 2007 and really got d***ked by the NHL. Then f***ing Dany Heatley. Then all their stars got old.



  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Oh yeah – add Ray Emery to Dany Heatley above.


  19. the Maritimer says:

    I’m afraid the Habs will be coming home without their lunch money when the Bullies are done with them Ian.

    A point would be nice.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    Taking a game off against the low scoring Caps.


  21. LA Loyalist says:

    Leaving Price/Halak out of it – what are your thoughts in general on carrying a strong back-up goalie? Look at just the last 10 years of the playoffs… even in cap era. (I have no opinion on Auld, he hasn’t played enough for us to know)

  22. twocents says:

    Are you sure he wasn’t talkin’ ’bout Kenny G and Nickleback?

  23. WestHab says:

     Apoint with no new injuries would be nice.

    - Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  24. LA Loyalist says:

    Habs > Nordiques games were usually unbelievable. No one even cared about other games when they were playing each other. 

    Maybe with a decent Canadian dollar now it can happen. 

  25. Bill says:

    And since Cooke wasn’t suspended for the Crosby hit, the next time he does it he won’t be a ‘repeat offender’!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. Mattyleg says:

    ..at least we got rid of him. He was a bum in Montreal. 3 Amigos. Buh-bye.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. avatar_58 says:

    I keep voting for Robinson but yeah….he’s busy

  28. twocents says:

    You betch’ya. Those two are phenomenal on that recording.

    No shit, you read my mind there.

  29. Cookies says:

    You know, like this suit, which is not black.


    This suit is black… NOT!



  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    We already know Timo is a complete crank, you tend to fence-sit between being a crank and being a fan hence you draw attention because no one is sure what to make of you.


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

  31. wild flower says:

    If Price played even one game as poorly as Halak did tonight, he’d be crucified.

  32. joeybarrie says:

    The Washington Capitals have gone into overtime against teams in our division 4 out of 12 times, and in our conference 12 times. They lost to teams in our division 5 times, and our conference 18 times. (I included all ties a loss in the second line for purposes of them giving away 2 points to our competition)…

    They are single handedly trying to get ONLY US out of the playoffs giving Conf teams 32 points and our Division teams 10 points.  Half the freaking points in our Conference are Washington overtime games……….

    The are just trying to pay us back for last season………. USELESS….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  33. Ian Cobb says:

    We will be in tough in Philly tomorrow night. Both teams have the day off today. But I think the new replacement players, and the roster players will make it just as tough on the Flyers.

    This will be a great chance to implement our system, and play it to perfection. We will frustrate Philly with our total team defence. while staying out of the box ourselves.

    Price will play stellar again and we as fans will be kept at the edge of our seats until the final seconds of the game. We will use our speed and play disciplined. It might go into overtime, but I think we will pull out 2 more points before the all star break.

  34. Psycho29 says:

    Classic!  Who put those boards there???

  35. pmaraw says:

    it will also be decided by the flyers, line matchups, bounces, and most likely the refs.

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    League would rather have a dirtbag than a skilled player, until that changes the NHL will continue to be a garage league in some aspects.


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

  37. twocents says:

    His silence is ominous.

    Hmm…silence, a good state for the last six mentioned.

  38. punkster says:

    Damn. All that expensive research and analysis down the drain.


  39. adam76 says:

    The ref asked him, “what is two plus two”

    His answer was purple.

  40. badbalance says:

    Ribs has no heart, when is the last time you actually seen him play with heart in the playoffs… So what if we got rid of Ribs… Ninimaa was just to get anything possible just to get him out of town, trying to fight with teammates, faking injuries, heartless……. Good ridance, I would never want to take him back.

  41. LA Loyalist says:

    “Don’t think for one second that we’re not putting a plan in place that’s methodical, calculated and with a lot of forethought to win a Stanley Cup,” said Eugene Melnyk. “The reason I’ve been quiet is I’ve been working on a plan. That plan is now in motion.”


    oh crap. Ottawa has a plan. should we get one too?

  42. JohnBellyful says:

    How about the Habs and Habnots?

  43. drivefor25 says:

    You’re right about Darche setting a good example for the younger players. He’s smart, a diligent worker and had to learn the hard way to make and stay in the NHL, which I think would make him an excellent coaching candidate down the road.

    Fan since ’71

  44. showey47 says:

    I’m thinking pierre maguire wants the g.m. job in ottawa in a bad way.

  45. Bill H says:

    Yes, I agree.  The Flyers are unstopable.  Just like the Penguins and the Capitals last year.

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ottawa’s plan: Find a new GM who doesn’t sign twilight years Russians to expensive contracts and spin the roulette wheel on coachs every 18 months for the hell of it to cover up roster failings.


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

  47. avatar_58 says:

    I hate the Bruins as any hab fan should, but this is disgusting. Cooke destroyed this guy’s career, and managed to escape all means of punishment in a league more concerned with “consistency” and “rules” (what a goddamn joke given it’s completely random suspensions and calls) than justice.


    I bet Cooke won’t ever do it again though right? Right? Pfft…

  48. Chuck says:

    Pleks has become one of the finest two-way players in the game. How is he not invited?

  49. twocents says:

    Well pardon me. Even the Limp Bizkit part… ?

    By the way, I take a dose of Dwight Yoakam every now and then. His first three records are great.


  50. twocents says:

    I’m just wondering out loud, though clearly I have some opinions formed in there.

    I always thought the making Kovy interim captain during a short injury a very very strange move. Especially from someone who once carried the honour. That will always intrigue me.

  51. punkster says:

    Little early to be calling a Cup winner. Even waiting until the playoffs start and gambling on a winner is just that…a gamble. If they hold their league lead through April (barring injuries, goaltending fiscos or meeting surprise playoff teams…wink, wink)


  52. 24 Cups says:

    Savard should go on LTIR until his contract runs out.  He gets his money, the Bruins get the cap space back and insurance pays the tab. 

    Philadelphia did the same thing with Rathje (sp) when he couldn’t play anymore.

    Could you imagine if it was Crosby?

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d like to own season tickets behind the Canadiens bench, but that isn’t happening either.


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

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    More SCs would have required more than Roy and Chelios, it would’ve required much better drafting by Savard (Good choices ending after ’87 except the Koivu selection in 93) and not trading away every talented player through the mid-90s under the Houle debacle.


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

  55. Habnofear says:

    We?….how many personalities do you have ? Seriously ,fan 09 ? :)

  56. punkster says:

    Man, I take some time off this place to catch up on my Dwight Yokum fix and you guys go and trash my musical tastes all to hell. By the way, the Chuck Mangione conversation JD relates was reasonably close to the truth, apart from the fact that he wouldn’t stop humming that damn tune “Feels So Good” even as I had him in a Tom “The Bieska Breakin’ Bomb” head lock and was flailing away like a man possessed. I CANNOT stand that tune.

    Niagara Falls! Slowly I turned…


  57. twocents says:

    Dolphy was another  recommendation from the record store man.

    I have a Sun Ra record, and when I am in the right mood it can be quite an interesting headphone listen. I bet the live deal is the real deal.

  58. Habnofear says:

    You don’t have to like him but that does not change the fact he’s a top 25 in the NHL.pLUS HE WOULD BE THE TOP POINT GETTER on the Habs for what …the last 4 years? BAD  DEAL B.G. ,a real stinker!………………….

  59. punkster says:

    Outrageous. Guys wandering in and out of the audience playing their parts (and alot of that stuff is written, arranged and rehearsed, as weird as it comes out sounding), audience participation with hoots and calls, solos going on at the same time at opposite ends of the stage completely out of synch with eachother but so compelling. So you know what, maybe it is time to give Dolphy another shot?


  60. Habnofear says:

    Your getting death threats for having  your opinion on your hockey team? Dehema and Birkshire,stop that bull sheit and grow-up;)

  61. twocents says:

    While I agree with your assesment of sir ribs, it still would have been nice to get someone more useful in return.

    The ribbish one had posted some decent numbers and should have been able to return a real deal player.

    The catch of course is that Ninnimma was a good player, but he was injured. Who knew, who didn’t, and why did this happen with Gainey’s former team?

  62. HabFanSince72 says:

    Leafs doing us a favour in Carolina.



  63. habsfansince91 says:

    thats why he put “NOT” at the bottom, implying that they actually didn’t help us

  64. 24 Cups says:

    Glad to see the old jersey is back, Chuck.

    Very cool having it in the HOF.

  65. VancouverHab says:

    If this makes me old, I’ll take it. I love a good fight, but I cannot take pleasure in someone moving off under his own steam in that degree of pain being disoriented.

    Maybe mockery feels good for generation Jackass, but me? Don’t like it, don’t want it.

  66. HNS says:

    Washington is useless.

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