Hamrlik, Price award winners; Moen missing


An honour well deserved for rearguard Roman Hamrlik.
Dario Ayala, Gazette

Virtually indestructible defenceman Roman Hamrlik has been voted by the Montreal hockey media winner of the annual Jacques Beauchamp award, bestowed upon the player deemed to be the club’s “fourth star,” or unsung hero.

Hamrlik succeeds Josh Gorges as winner of the award. He earned 114 points in the 1-2-3 voting, finishing ahead of Hal Gill, 80 points, and Mathieu Darche, 79 points.

And goaltender Carey Price, to no one’s surprise, is the recipient of the March Molson Cup award based on three-star selections for the month. It will be presented before Tuesday’s Bell Centre game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Price has won the award every month but one, when it went to Tomas Plekanec.

• At practice: Travis Moen was home sick. Jeff Halpern (lower body) did some light skating before the team, Alexandre Picard (foot) practised out on Brossard’s second sheet.


  1. Chris F says:

    How’s this for next years line-up:
    Gionta Gomez Pacioretty
    Kostitsyn Plekanec Cammy
    Pouliot Eller White
    (Boulton or Eager) Konopka Moen

    Who’s going to mess with that fourth line? This line-up wins, period.

  2. Lokee says:

    Hammer deserves the award for sure.

  3. habs001 says:

    pitts still has an outside chance of catching the flyers…the top 3 positions are still not set…if the bruins win today they still can finish 1st or 2nd…so it is still really up in the air who the habs play in the first round

    • observer says:

      Boston is finishing 3rd – end of story! Only thing up in the air at the top of the east is whether Washington or Philadelphia gets Eastern home-ice finals advantage IF those 2 teams both get to the eastern finals.

  4. punkster says:

    To describe my view of the Habs 2011 playoff run I think Dr. Funkenstein said it best:
    “We gonna turn this mutha out.”
    (George Clinton with able assistance from Bootsy Collins)

    We want the funk
    Give up the funk
    We need the funk
    Gotta have the funk.


    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  5. kempie says:

    I just stopped by tsn.ca and checked the tsn poll. It reads: “Did the Canadiens make the right move keeping Carey Price?” I had to check the rest of the page to make sure it wasn’t from a year ago. So I check to see the results and over 17% say no! This has got to be a joke or something, right? Right?

  6. observer says:

    Breaking news – Habs owner Molson just purchased the company who produces “Limitless” pills and has instructed both Gauthier and Martin to immediately commence taking one such pill before each meal starting today.

    Note- if you did not see this movie please do not comment.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      Gauthiers team = Playoffs!

      Burkes team = No Playoffs!

      Carry on.

      • observer says:

        the long run in toronto for burke is at 2 full years while here after 8 years all g/g got was one lousy series win after the first round in 8 years.

        after 6 more years of burke in toronto i think that total of one series win will be surpassed.

        note- he may retire though if they win the next 3 stanley cups. gets boring for guys like him sometimes. “is that all there is” as peggy lee sang.

  7. volcano62 says:

    Soooo anyone else hear about Martin getting a standing ovation from his team after they convincingly defeated the Devils?

    I say Habs make the Cup finals this year…who can stop them when they are playing “the system”?

    • naweed235 says:

      this is a joke right? i mean the martin part

    • mrhabby says:

      martin getting an ovation….in what life?

    • Cdubya says:

      Prediction this week:

      Play great but lose in OT to the Hawks
      Crush Ottawa at what will sound like another home game
      Have the spot in the bag, give some rest to key player and lose to the Leafs

      6th place & play the B’s

      • observer says:

        habs beat hawks and chicago in huge danger of missing the playoffs. must play blues the next night then play a pair against their biggest rival detroit. if dallas wins out against 2 colo, columbus, and minn and hawks lose by the tiebreaker with them as well if they end up tied.

  8. derfab says:

    Let’s enjoy the last few and the one(s) that Price steals in round one, cause that’s it for this group folks. We just don’t match up. Please send us another big forward for xmas!

  9. FastCentennial says:

    I just wish they can get rid of Gomez. I can see DD and Chris Porter hooking up to be a great third line along with either Moen, White or Tanner Glass from Van city a guy that can fight.

    Habsnation is still standing.

    • Favorite Son says:

      Where’s AK? Darche? And why do you want Wyman on the team?

      • FastCentennial says:

        Not gonna re-sign ak he is very un-productive for 3.25m a yr. unless he decided to accept a 1m contract the sign him and darche is like 33 why isgn him to play with Gomez so he can make 900,000-1m and score 10-15g and play like 45 gms not needed get younger talented and more productive.

        Habsnation is still standing.

        • Actually for 3.25M/year Kostitsyn is a good bargain.

          • likehoy says:

            I was about to say the same..
            look around the league, players around 2.5-3.5 million all score 20g 40pts a year.

            a prime example is versteeg, another such is Michael Ryder.. another would be ponikarovsky..

            – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

          • FastCentennial says:

            His brother has 46 pts less than 1m…
            Andrew Ladd has 55 pts hes under 2m
            Stafford 30 goals at 1.9m
            Kostitsyn suppose to have 30 goals and 25 assists atleast, 3.25m at only 20goals is not good enough. I don’t hate Kostitsyn hes a good player but he is very in consistent which makes him a liability.

            Habsnation is still standing.

        • Duracell3 says:

          As an RFA, you can’t give him less.

    • light_n_tasty says:

      That’s too bad…I was really hoping we would have defencemen next year.

    • 21BIGGionta says:

      whoooaaa thats wayyy too many rookies my friend!

    • mrhabby says:

      iam assuming you have traded ak, darche cause there not listed.

      are useing some of the money by not resigning hammer.

    • nick says:

      Missing AK…
      Sure, he’s this an that and everything else people here have called him. But he’s also par point wise with those making twice as much as him, not to mention the most hits on the team… Thats something MTL certaintly can’t afford to have less of.

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    Dave Stubbs!

    Moen should be use to being away from home at his age! Has he left town.? What a wimp!, home sick, does he miss his mother!!!

  11. rocketsglare says:

    Hamrlik is well deserving of the Beauchamp Award and what can you
    say about Price winning the Molson Cup Award. Well done gentlemen.

  12. habs001 says:

    bold prediction lol…the habs will make the playoffs…..price will have a great playoff make great saves but will give up some bad goals…the d will play well ,block shots,kill penalties but will be beaten on many plays because of a lack of speed and toughness… the forwards will score clutch goals but when it is all said and done we will be beaten in one of the rounds because of lack of scoring.

  13. joshua94k says:

    “It was impressive. I know Canadiens fans are diehard, but to show up in the numbers that they did and how much noise they made, it was weird. – Martin Brodeur

    A special thanks to the Canadiens fans who travelled to New Jersey to cheer on the Habs. The seventh man (Fans) always make the difference. We see it everywhere, in Vancouver, Florida, New York etc.

    The Canadiens definetly have the best fans.

    “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

  14. Danno says:

    I would have liked Darche, but the Hammer is a good choice too.


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

    • petefleet says:

      I love the way Darche plays but realistically, Martin doesn’t play him every night for some reason. I’m fairly certain it’s not his work ethic. I’ll say this. Award or no award, there are a few Habs who could look at Darche and aspire to be more like him. 2 or 3 more with his work ethic and it’s #25 baby (if those guys could score too).

      ***Habs Forever***

      • I don’t think Darche has been a healthy scratch since October, he’s had groin troubles.

        • Jordio-oh says:

          Correct. Darche missed 4 games in October (9th, 13th, 15th, 21st) because Martin was playing Boyd instead. And Darche missed two more games in late Nov (20th and 22nd). I’m almost postive he was a healthy scratch for those two games. i know Martin was running 7 D’s each of those games.

          The other 17 games were injury games.

          • FastCentennial says:

            Why don’t the Habs call up Boyd it’s not like he was playing bad. I don’t see why he was assigned to Hamilton, is their another issue involved?

            Habsnation is still standing.

          • wotever says:

            If I understand correctly Boyd has to clear waivers – he’ll be available for playoffs.

            It’s just a game.

  15. ed lopaz says:

    Gill should have won this award, hands down.

    Gill solidified the team by pairing with Subban.

    Subban has become one of the team’s most valuable players.

    And he owes much of his success to the leadership and maturity of Gill.

    Gill is the “unsung hero” and most underrated player on the Habs.

    I would be proud to have Gill as the Habs captain.

    All season the media have been praising Hamrlik for playing

    “so many minutes, at his age!!”

    That’s not “unsung” at all.

    And at 5.5 million – Hamrlik is “expected” to play well.

    That’s about 10% of the Habs payroll in 1 player.

    “Unsung” should be restricted to players who are NOT paid like super stars.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

    • veryhabby says:

      Disagree..Hammer deserves this above Gill. Can you imagine where this D corp would be without Hammer this year!!!! Gill has done a great job with Pk…but that’s one player. Without Hammer filling in as our #1 dman as well as he has, we’d be in big trouble.

      Wierdest thing tho- as much as I love what Hammer and Gill have done for this team this year, I hope neither are back next season. Gorges, Pk, Spac are back for sure. I would prefere to see Mark/Wiz resign. You’d have to imagine Weber and other AHL dmen should be given a chance. At most there is spot for one of these 2 players….but we need to move on from 35+ year old Dmen if we want to be better next year.

      • ed lopaz says:

        I don’t want to argue, but this is NOT an award for MVP on defence.

        Maybe you believe that Hammer is our # 1 d-man, and Hammer is the MVP on defense, which you can certainly argue.

        There is no question that Martin agrees with you.

        However, this is for ‘UNSUNG”, not “MVP”.

        I agree with your ‘weirdest thing” paragraph.

        But Martin lives and dies with his veterans.

        Then, when the veterans are exhausted and overplayed, and the team starts slumping badly, everyone starts to understand why Weber should have been playing more these past 20 games.

        At the trading deadline, Weber was making great strides.

        Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

        • Habfan4lfe says:

          I’m sorry but you “are” the one mistaken. Speaking as a defenceman myself for nearly 20 years, I think Hammer definitely deserves this award. Over the years he has always remained very solid. Not a superstar like Subban will become, he’s not a Markhov or Gorges but he, Hammer, has been an almost invisible part of our defence in terms of recognition. I was really happy to see him get a star finally the other game. For god sakes, he even had to play with “I love to give the puck away” Spacek and saved our bacon because of that guy more times than I can count! Kudos to Hammer!

          • FastCentennial says:

            I’m telling you I’d rather have Spacek then the Wiz because Wiz coughs up the puck so many times, more than Spacek and plus to re-sign him is not a good idea it’s better if the Habs look for a bigger and more faster offensive D-Man then the Wiz. He is just to slow and very careless with the puck in our own zone on defensive battles down low.

            Habsnation is still standing.

        • habs365 says:

          Ed_Lopaz – it’s great to respect the veterans – too much respect don’t win you cups and this could be why martin hasn’t won any.

      • avatar_58 says:

        I’d like Gill back, he’s good for the team. What he lacks in speed he makes up for in leadership, shot blocking and “hasselhoffing” on the PK.

        Hammr….if we could lose Spacek I’d take him at a better payscale. But since they are stuck with Spacek, they also need to sign Gorges, Markov, maybe Wiz…

        • FastCentennial says:

          Hammr is done don’t sign him. The Habs Have Spacek, Subban. They need to re-sign Gorges, maybe Markov depending on his injury status, I wouldn’t mind Mara unless they could find something better like him, Offer something to Weber (he is small but i like his play he is not afraid in the corners). The the Habs look at there minor team and examine who can have a shot at the 6th or 7th D spot, like Carle, Nash and Klubertanz. They should also look at the free agent market for a top 4 D man that can fill a void with the absences of Hammr, Gill, Wiz and maybe Markov.

          Habsnation is still standing.

    • samTHEman says:

      great vid! suck it cherry!

      • avatar_58 says:

        Noticed bigmouth had nothing to say about Marchand this weekend. Quel surprise.

        • joshua94k says:

          I don’t think Mike Milbury did either. But last week Milbury was ranting and raving about Plekanec’s slash against Boston (which the league ruled that no action is needed) when Ron MacLean prompted him by saying he noticed something. CBC needs a complete overhaul with people who actually know something about hockey. Not biased fools.

          “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

          • avatar_58 says:

            Hilariously I agree with Milbury most on that panel these days. The d-bag who sits next to him and writes for the calgary newspaper bugs me to no end.

    • Bugs says:

      Padminish Kalicharan, isn’t it? Indian or something?

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • JD_ says:

      If I’m not mistaken, it’s Poindexter Bentley.

    • notbigbird says:

      I’m sorry, but this shows a total lack of respect to Lord Cherrybomb.

      Seriously. Nice. And thanks for giving us a clue of what was in the video. So many want us to jump to links without telling us what they’re about.

    • Sal says:

      Awesome Vid!!

      Sal from the Hammer

  16. JD_ says:

    * After bein’ shutout by the Boltz, the Chihawks have slid 5.3 percentage points to a 91.2% probability of makin’ the playoffs. The Habs are now at 99.1%. Gonna be some ClinchFevah™ goin’ down Tuesday night, biznatches.

    * Poor Canes. Every game is statistically epic. With the one-pointer against the Sabes yesterday, their playoff chances were effectively cut in half, a drop of 2,170 basis points to 20.8%. Coincidentally, 2,170 is also the single-season record for number of slewfoots pulled while takin’ a faceoff, held by no other than former Caner, Rob Brind’Afaceoffcirclecheat.

    * The chances the Habs and Broonz meet in the first round has risen by 50% to a two-thirder for both teams. Don’t know about you, but if this goes down, I’ll probably tune in.

    * I see a remake of Logan’s Run is gettin’ all its preproduction ducks lined up. How they can possibly improve on the 1976 version starrin’ Michael York is beyond me *cough*maybe some production value?*cough* but try they will. You’ll recall that in Logan’s domed society, once someone turns 30, the person’s life is effectively ended durin’ a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel. Despite the eerie similarities, this is not to be confused with the NHL’s CapFromHell.

    * On the topic of science fiction, the Maple Loafs are now 0.3% likely to make the playoffs. Of note, 0.3% also represents the percentage of Loafs fans that have any rational, albeit fleetin’, grasp of reality. The sad part is, the 99.7% of the fanbase that watches the annual far-too-late-in-the-season surge and expounds “Next year’s the year!”, really and truly believes it. Mounds of supportin’ evidence are presented, compellin’ arguments are made – it’s all so breathtakin’ – and the end result never changes. Reminds me a bit of actor James Franco in City By The Sea, bangin’ on his momma’s door and tearfully explainin’ why some additional funds to feed his smack habit makes a whole lot of sense for all involved.

    • punkster says:

      Habs and Bs, eh? Well I’m just gonna have to clear out my day planner if that happens. Lemme see here, if I move my quilting bee classes back 2 hours, re-arrange my Peruvian cooking school final exams and re-book my driving test at Benny’s Big Rig School for 18 Wheelers that should just about…oh crap, what do I do about the salsa lessons?

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • notbigbird says:

      Used to show Logan’s Run to my classes in a Sci Fi lit unit after we had read a short story about a different domed city.

  17. habs365 says:

    Habs defence is good – up front most games suck – that’s where our problems are if management can improve on this in the offseason this team will be one step closer to winning a cup.
    don’t knock the small players best sample in the NHL is St Louis
    check his age he makes the Big guys look small where it counts “on the scoreboard”.

  18. observer says:

    Anyone watch the Anaheim/Dallas game yesterday? 2 separate Anaheim game-tying goals in the last 2 minutres were disallowed. Selanne and Koivu look ageless!

    • Bugs says:

      Both calls were correct though.
      Koivu, Selanne aside, doesn’t Perry look like a friggin Titan?

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

      • observer says:

        yes- the right calls for a change. except if koivu did interfere with the goalie by knocking him off balance in the crease which he did – then why did the ref not penalize koivu instead of just faceoff the puck at the blueline and allow the ducks to remain at full strength?

  19. RGM says:

    No surprise at all for Carey – hopefully there’s some MVP chants throughout the evening for him!

    Carey Price is All Hart! http://on.fb.me/CP31Hart
    Go Habs Go!

  20. Kooch7800 says:

    This may be a stupid question but how the heck do you add your avatar picture? I keep going to edit profile and I don’t see anywhere to do it.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

  21. Chris Roy says:

    Congratulations to Hammer; a well-deserved recognition in light of his impressive play, continued effort and the role he’s played this season with Markov and Gorges out.

  22. wd40 says:

    can’t wait to see who wins the Johnny Damon award for the most over-paid/underachiever on the team! a real nail-biter!

  23. Chester says:

    You know I’m sorry but all the flashing advertising popups and corporate logos just takes so much away from this place. It’s like a sell out.
    I dunno could be just me.

  24. EsseV says:

    but then again, how unsung are you if youre one of the highest paid member of the team, arent you supose to deliver what you gave?

    • Max_a_million says:

      Exactly … he should be leading this team with his pay.
      Darche or Desharnais

    • samTHEman says:

      That might seem true in a way. But players don’t pick their salaries. Just because you make a lot doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive credit for your play. With Markov, Gorges and Spacek out, Hamr has been our most consistent defenseman despite a rough start. He’s played near 30 minutes in a lot of games. Very remarkable for his age. Props.

      • Max_a_million says:

        We are only saying it isn’t unsung when you are paid like a star player. No qualms with his play, and him receiving credit for it.

        • HalifaxHabs says:

          yes, but Sam is saying that the term “unsung” has nothing to do with his salary…

          unsung means no one is singing his praises (regardless of his salary)

          pretty much no one in the media sings the praises of Hamrlik, and he is such a valuable part of this team this year, that he is indeed an “unsung hero” for the Habs

  25. habsrules2 says:

    Congratulaton Roman you are truly then unsung hero of the Canadiens.

  26. Propwash says:

    Good job Hammer and Price! We all know how these Molson Cup games work out though.

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