Happy holidays from Inside/Out


From all of us at Habs Inside/Out, our sincerest wishes to our faithful and passionate visitors for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

We’re closing up shop between now and midday on Dec. 27, when we’ll be back with a preview of the Canadiens-Tampa Bay Lightning game, which of course we’ll cover that evening. Should anything Earth-shattering happen in the next day or so, we’ll be back.

Until then, feel free to use this post as a catch-all for your thoughts and comments. And remember, folks, this is the holiday season. Keep things civil!



    Thank you.

    I love those Dogs. My wife won’t let me have one though.

    Damn wife …LOL……………

  2. Sulemaan says:

    Habs card was a team card with Koivu, Ryder and Huet.
    Leafs card was Tucker. Hence the ‘yuck’ was quite justified. (GRIN)

    All the best to you and yours Scotty.

  3. Girth says:

    The following are a few of the gifts santa plans to hand to the HABS.

    Francis Bouillon: 2 inch lifts.
    Michael Ryder: A soccer net.
    Andrei Markov: “Searching for Bobby Orr” by Steven Brunt.
    Mike Komisarek: Darcey Tucker with his head down.
    Christopher Higgins: 2 highly trained dobermann pinschers, Zeus and Apollo (A.K.A. “The Lads”).
    Tom Kostopoulos: A weekend with Bob Probert.
    Andrei Kostitsyn: An invitation to Paul Maurice’s house.
    Maxim Lapierre: A double wide “tempo” for his Hummer. (St-Leonard style).
    Sergei Kostitsyn: A fake ID card.
    Saku Koivu: Subscription to the Journal de Montreal.
    Patrice Brisebois: Already got his present… (Christmas was in July for Pat this year!)
    Carey Price: 2 cases of REDBULL!

    Guy Carbonneau: A perpetual road trip.
    Doug Jarvis: A day off. (FINALLY!)
    Bob Gainey: Alexander Ovechkin… or a win on Dec 23.

    The rest get a $10 gift certificate to the Barfly.

  4. Ed says:

    What a beautiful looking dog. We have 3 dogs – 2 @ 45 lbs & 1 @ 18 lbs. The Newfoundland Dog is a lot heavier than the 3 of them combined.

    Seeing that he is a Newfoundland, & Ryder is a Newfoundlander, I can’t resist saying that I hope that he is not in the dog house like Ryder is. I’m sure he’s not.

    Enjoy the holidays.

  5. Scotty90 says:

    Was it a Ribeiro card? Just kidding.

    Merry Christmas Sulemaan.

  6. hockeydevil says:

    All the best to everyone!

    Talk hockey at hockeydevils.com

  7. von says:

    Merry Christmas ya’ll

  8. Vincent is possible says:

    Merry Christmas All

    May your dreams be merry and bright
    (My dream involves the aquiring of 1 superstar)

    I hope someone bought Carbo a new pack of gum to chew for 2008, he’s gonna need it!


  9. Sulemaan says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. It’s great getting to know all these fellow fans. Better believe I’m at the next I/O Fans summit!

    FYI – My 4 year old opened up her first pack of hockey cards today and was thrilled there was a Habs card in the pack. She said the Leaf one was ‘yucky’ and told her friends the Leafs are ‘bad guys’. :-)

  10. Keith says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone and especially to Habs I/O. You guys fuel the passion and it’s been awesome being on this site with very knowledgable passionate writers and fans. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Enjoy your time off and be safe.



  11. sidhu says:

    I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season. I hope these holidays and the coming year bring you much happiness!

    Special thanks to the Habs I/O staff for providing us with excellent coverage of the team and for giving us a forum to express our views on our boys.

  12. Hoegarden says:

    Wishing all HIO posters, staff, a Joyous Christmas and may Santa bring you all your wishes (on and off the ice) tonight.

  13. Leclerc1965 says:

    Happy Holiays to all and especially to all the Habs fans out there. Sometimes we are cruel, sometimes we are not but it is for love of the game and our team we have come to identify with. Remember, we are Habs fans because we gather here to share in anger and jubilation. I wish the best for our team because hockey is the only sport that matters!

  14. Mattee. says:

    Merry friggin Christmas to all!

    This rollercoaster ride has nearly reached it’s half way point. May the second half bring us more laughs and less headaches, more cheers & beers and less tears.

    Be safe out there everyone, it’s Christmas time.

    Happy Holidays,


  15. A. Berke says:

    I’ve already posted but it’s good to repeat it:

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to All.


    Ali B.

  16. the Maritimer says:

    Season’s Greetings to the wonderful folks who maintain this site and allow all the rantings. Great place to find solace amongst fellow Habs fans. Let’s hope Santa Gainey brings us a shiney new toy tonight. Well, we can always wait an extra day or two I guess.



    It gets heated in here at times but we all want the same for our team. Maybe Santa will give us what we all want next year….A WINNING TEAM AND A STANLEY CUP….


  18. T-roy West says:

    To everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Play safe.

    T-roy West :)

  19. Proudones says:

    To all a very merry Christmas and to all a good night!

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon, 1972
    “All we are saying, is give peace a chance”.

    The Original 24 Cups

  21. MikeMcLaren says:

    Thanks – even MORE reason to cut the kid some slack!


  22. Robert L says:

    Herb – May you and your little girl have a great Noel!

  23. Robert L says:

    Mikey! Merry Christmas to you – and that hot, hot girl in the pic. May Santa bring you some cool Habs goodies.

    I asked for a Red Fisher fathead!

  24. RetroMikey says:

    Joy to the World! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone out there!

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  25. Yeats says:

    I’d like to wish Dave, Kevin, Mike, Pat and all the others behind the scenes at HIO a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy and Propserous New Year. And, to all the posters that have made following the team the most enjoyable it has every been for me: May our Cup runneth over in 2008!

  26. The Teacher says:

    Happy holidays all the HIO staff including Dave, Kevin, Mike, and DRU.

    All the best to everyone involved, and safe driving!

    If you drink, DON’T DRIVE

  27. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Happy holidays and the best of wishes to everyone here.

    To Dave, Mike, Pat, and Kevin, thank you for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated by all of us who make visiting HIO a regular part of our day.

    To all the fun, interesting, and friendly people I met at the summit, I consider myself lucky to have met you and look forward with great anticipation to seeing you again.

    To everyone here, especially those that take the time to put into print their inciteful views on our team, thank you for giving us the meat in our HIO sandwich.

    Enjoy this special time of the year, and please remember to be safe when travelling, see you all for the Tampa game.

  28. Ed says:

    Mike, just a little correction. Latendresse was born May 24, 1987, which means he is only 20.

  29. MikeMcLaren says:

    Well HO HO HO everyone! On this Christmas Eve I see that Santa has dropped his list of goodies he’s bringing the Habs this year. I’m sure no one will mind if I take the liberty of posting it up here.

    I’m also sure there are plenty of you out there who can suggest alternate gifts for the boys. Most have been more nice than naughty though:

    #3 Ryan O’Byrne – a set of rear view mirrors for his helmet so he can avoid being benched by coach Jarvis in the new year.

    #6 Tom Kostopolous – an autographed picture of the Gazette’s Mike Boone, his biggest fan.

    #8 Mike Komisarek – a new yoga mat.

    #11 Saku Koivu – a “Get Well Soon” gift basket (to be re-gifted to Justin Williams)

    #14 Tomas Plekanec – two turtlenecks and a beer… in a tree

    #20 Bryan Smolinksi – a shiny new knee brace

    #21 Christopher Higgins – finishing touch around the net

    #22 Steve Begin – more spark plugs

    #25 Mathieu Dandenault – the reintroduction of the “rover” position so he can play that too

    #26 Josh Gorges – a press release settling once and for all how you pronounce his last name – “Gorgeous” or “Georges” who knows, really?

    #27 Alex Kovalev – a sidecar for stability

    #28 Kyle Chipchura – Collector’s Edition Freddy Prinze Jr. DVD box set

    #31 Carey Price – some replacement ice water for his veins

    #32 Mark Streit – cheese

    #39 Cristobal Huet – a rule change to eliminate the shootout

    #40 Maxim Lapierre – fighting lessons

    #44 Roman Hamrlik – already has everything

    #46 Andrei Kostitsyn – an “A.” for his jersey

    #51 Francis Boullion – a goal. Just one.

    #71 Patrice Brisebois – planet tickets to Paris

    #73 Michael Ryder – 27 more goals

    #74 Sergei Kostitsyn – a “S.” for his jersey

    #79 Andrei Markov – some sort of deal that will bring his best friend to the team

    #84 Guillaume Latendresse – nothing much, just a little respect and recognition for what he is doing as a 21 year old power forward. Oh, and speed skating lessons.

    So there it is – I hope they all get what they were looking for this Christmas, and I hope all the Habs Inside Out staff and readers do too!


  30. downeast hab says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Dont forget to watch the world juniors. Go Canada

  31. HAB-PROFESSOR says:


    Real Hockey starts after Christmas, so I’m just going to offer a one line comment on the personal as I see it up to this point in the season:

    GORGES – has not disappointed and has surprisingly shown some grit, more offence expected
    OBYRNE – has brought size where we need it, but I’m still waiting for that crushing body check re; KOMI style
    LAPIER – has delivered exactly what CARB asked, but we know he can do much more
    BOUILion – was shakey at start but is now a force, quick, strong, reliable and drops the gloves
    GRAB – stay down till you are ready to dominate, playing scared up here
    SERGIE – turning out to be a solution, dominating and has enough grit to keep him out of injury or playing scared
    BEGIN – we will be a better team when he returns
    KOSTOP – his strengths have been bottled up and thrown away by CARB, needs to mirror Begin
    BRISE – He will retire a Hab, and has already graciously begun that decent.
    KOMI – continues his rise to dominance
    DANDY – Tenacious, Versatile, earns his icetime
    RYDER – we need our 30 goals back – quick release must return, that was the key.
    CHIP – Carbs clone – every facet of his game is rooted in CARBONISM, coaching staff love this kid, as do we
    SMOKE – veteran patience which is needed at times, but is not playing with an EDGE, and thats needed more.
    LATRON – good strength down low and quick release, keep working on speed.
    HAMR – our BEST defenseman in all categories
    A.KOST – Solid, strong skater and hitter with an eye for the net, chemistry is working with linemates
    STREIT – Carb puppy, filling his given role with fear, solid, but would be a top 4 asset on Defense
    MARKOV – Precision clinic and when he puts on a bit of edge becomes the most potent D in the NHL
    HIGGS – couldn’t buy a goal out of the gate, has found the net with ease now, less stick work required
    KOIVU – when things go his way and the stars align, he is our best player
    PLEK – amazing rise for this rocket, good vision, good chemistry and good knack to take the shot if he sees it
    KOVY – The Greatness has returned. If it hadn’t we would not be in a playoff position, thats how great of an effect it is, can score at will (the way he changed postitions with ANDRE on the powerplay and blasted the goal was priceless)

    HUET – #1 lets make that perfectly clear – now be it.
    PRICE – Greatest draft choice made by Gainey. He is learning and has shown signs of his future greatness.

    CARB & Co. – In the short term we’ve been agitated by his shuffling, but in the long term it will become invaluable as there were many noted ‘discoveries’ during those times. Other than the RYDER debacle there is little he has done wrong in the big picture.

    CONCLUSION – we will make the playoffs

    Merry Christmas to all
    1. until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.
    2. Delenda Est Torontium….
    3. your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  32. Ed says:

    Happy holidays to everybody, and many thanks to Dave Stubbs, Mike Boone, and Pat & Kevin.

  33. G-Man says:

    Here`s wishing the staff of HIO and all Habs fans from here to Kandahar a Merry Christmas!
    May the Habs find a cure for the Holiday Blues Dec. 27th!

  34. Sulemaan says:

    I agree with you 110%. I also find his Ted Nolan comment to be complete b.s.

    Nolan certainly caused problems for himself by going to war with Muckler but he was pretty much black-balled for almost 10 years despite being coach of the year and his players loving him. Mike Keenan did the same thing quite regularly for years and had no problem finding a job.

    And what’s with the David Suzuki comment? Suzuki has done a lot for Canada and is a member of the Order of Canada. Last time I checked Mr. Cherry wasn’t. You can’t play hockey if it’s too hot because of global warming.

    He should stick to where he’s somewhat knowledgeable and that’s hockey despite the fact he’s never won the Stanley Cup as a player or coach.

  35. TradeRyder says:

    Thanks for the clip Sidhu. LOL

    Imagine if we HAD voted him in as Prime Minister! He’s probably on the same page as Harper, he just speaks his mind! Go Don!

    Too late to trade Ryder now….shoulda listened!

  36. sidhu says:

    Coach’s Corner from this past Saturday, discussing Christmas and Chris Simon, among other things:

  37. von says:

    Everybody loves Santa?

    Baby Jesus?

    So what Simon’s victims haven’t missed games? Under that rationale, Bertuzzi should be banned for life.

    Let’s talk hockey, yet immediately afterwards hype up the military.

    I like Don Cherry, but CBC needs to sit him down. Coaches Corner should be commentary on hockey, not Don’s religious/political motivations.

    He’s turning Hockey Night In Canada into a farce.

  38. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Thanx for the clip Sidhu “coaches corner”lol,the more I see of Don Cherry ,the more I’ve come to relize if they ever remake the t.v. series “All in the family”I figure Cherry ‘s nailed the spot for Archie Bunker,lol

  39. TradeRyder says:

    And Merry Christmas everybody… or Happy Holidays… or just, have a great day!
    Too late to trade Ryder now….shoulda listened!

  40. nightmare_49 says:

    Best of the Season to all the usual suspects that make this site so great. ENJOY.

  41. TradeRyder says:

    I agree… and also in the clip he also almost sounds like he’s defending Simon’s actions. I know this isn’t how he wants to sound, and I know he’s trying to make a point about certain types of players getting “what they deserve”… but kids don’t know that. All they’re gonna here is that maybe Simon was right to stomp on Ruutu with his skate. Not cool. Not Don’t best outing.

    Too late to trade Ryder now….shoulda listened!

  42. JF says:

    A happy and safe holiday to Habs fans everywhere.

    No Habs talk until Thursday! I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms…

  43. WindsorHab-10 says:

    You forgot to mention Mclean as Meathead.

  44. Robert L says:

    Here’s some reading material for those wishing to use up some Xmas down time and is geared for all those Leaf bashing Habs lovers.

    I’ve done some research and found that there have been 72 players to share both the Habs and Leafs jersey’s since 1926-27.

    I thought it would be cool to list them all and examine what each player brought to both teams. I’ve broken down the list chronologically by decade and the listings include short player bio’s or summaries, point totals for each team, and a capping of what each player brought to their time in the uniform. It also makes mention of how players were aquired by the teams, whether they were purchased or traded for by either team, and what each team received in return when they departed.

    What I sought to achieve by doing this, was to allow readers to determine in which uniform each player’s identity was most pronounced.

    Among some of the more popular players, they are a great many forgotten ones that most people would be surpsrised to know had also donned both sweaters.

    It’s a fun read and should bring back quite a lot of memories. I hope you all enjoy and follow this series. I will be posting the third installment later today. Merry Christmas.

    Habs And Leafs: A Jersey Shared – Part 1: The 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s


    Habs And Leafs: A Jersey Shared – Part 2: The 1960’s and 1970’s


  45. Chuck says:

    What does it say about Hab fans that take a little of their Christmas morning to chat Canadiens on HI/O? :)

    Mery Christmas… and hopefully everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season!


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  46. sidhu says:

    Happy Holidays from the Habs!

    Also pretty funny, the worst gift you’ve given to your wife or girlfriend:

    An overview of the Habs prospects in the World Juniors, hosted by the future Mrs Sidhu, Sandrine Balthazard:

  47. hockeydevil says:

    I feel your pain too. That’s why I was playing tons of XBOX 360 :p

    Talk hockey at hockeydevils.com

  48. Lee Hayes says:

    Now that the X-mass rush is over I’ll be posting once agian.
    Merry, merry to all, special kudo’s to DD, JT, Jay, Tommyb, Sami, ClaytonM, Nightmare, Hab-prof, the brothers Jones, the teach, RobertL, Krob, mikemclaren, Moey&moey(lol), Pleky, Chuck, Naila, and of course my buddy Ian! You folks make my life just a little bit better than it already was! Thank you.

    And a great debt is owed by all of us who enjoy this forum so much, to a very few. My sincerest thanks HIO staff. Keep up the great work.

    Go Habs Go

  49. Higgins21 says:

    Merry Christmas to all Hab fans from Souris, PEI.

  50. CHsam says:

    The guy’s crazy. Its a hockey program during a hockey game intermission, and what viewers get to see are soldiers. We get to see that at news hour man. Not to mention starting out with a big cheer to baby Jesus. The only thing redeeming about that one was that the Leafs were never mentioned.

  51. Chorske says:

    I don’t mind that five minute segment being a soap-box, as long as they call it “Don’s Soapbox” instead of Coach’s Corner, because the guy’s advice as a coach is apalling, useless. My buddy Patrick tells how one week, Cherry had this whole montage about “you kids at home, keep your sticks on the ice when the other guy is shooting, maybe it hits your stick and deflects away from the net”… and then the NEXT week he had a montage where he said, “you kids at home, get your sticks out of the way when the other guy is shooting, cos maybe it hits your stick and you deflect the puck into your own net.” And he had all kinds of video clips to back up both bits of advice.

  52. Chorske says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

    Rest up people, New Year’s is just around the corner.

  53. CHsam says:

    LoL! I think his career moto must be ‘Attract attention at all cost: say anything!”

  54. habsguy says:

    a great gift for most of us would be….a few new posters who didn’t constantly dwell on the same subject. I:E fire the coach, who we didn’t draft..How about something along the lines of, we’re right in the thick of the playoff race, the young guns on the team, how bright our future is, how fast we are, GREAT goalies …


    Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all of the Habs Fans everywhere.

    Lets put all of our differnces behind us in the new year. Let bi-gones be bi-gones.

    Let’s hope that the New Year will be Montreal’s year.

    We always love our Children and you love them more when they are bad.

    Lets love our Habs in good times and love them even more when they are bad.

    God Bless us. Every one.

    Santa was good to me this year.

    I got:

    – A vintage Habs sweater/jersey.
    – Montreal Slippers.
    – Montreal Coat.
    – Habs t-shirt.
    – Montreal Mailbox.
    – A Montreal Moose (from Build a Bear)Complete with his little Habs jersey and hockey pants and skates.
    – A Montreal desk calendar.



    What Montreal stuff you Guy and Gals get from Santa this?? year.

  56. carmine007 says:

    Man you have a great spouse to get you all of that!

    I’m still awaiting for the 2007-2008 catalog from the Bell Centre. Since I didnt purchase anything last year they didnt automatically send me this years catalog.

    Were did you order all the goodies???????

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!


    My Wife is the best. She is a LEAFS FAN. To get me all of the Habs stuff she must love me alot. The nights when Montreal & Toronto play it is quite tense at my house let me tell you.

    I live in Toronto. There is this great sports store where you can buy great stuff. Stuff you can’t even get on the Habs website……

  58. The Teacher says:

    That we REALLY love our Habs!!!

  59. HNS says:

    All I would want for Xmas is for this team to make the playoffs. That’s all!!!


    Gerrard Square. It is off of Gerrard near Jones.

  61. DAVE. N says:

    Happy holidays 1 and all. especially to the creator and custodian of the best NHL site for fans.
    I’ll even let go the Rivet travesty,in the interests of peace on earth!
    Watched the Juniors game today..P.K Subban played a mediocre game..I trust he will do better as he grows into a Hab…he does play better as a Belleville Bull on the traditional ice surface..seemed a bit out of his league today,positionally

  62. habsguy says:

    wow, when I saw you said below, I thought you meant me, but then I re-read it and saw the “real below” and realized it couldn’t be me…..whew !!!!

  63. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Bad news from the WJC:

    Max Pacioretty left early in the USA’s first game against Kazakhstan after colliding with an opponent. It sounds like it was a knee on knee hit.

    Hopefully this is nothing serious. *hold’s breath*


  64. JB_15 says:

    Its really funny you should mention PK. His dad was my principal in middle school and I know him really well. He is the nicest guy. But I had no idea PK was his son – I just thought it was some kid with the same last name. Anyway, I wish the whole family the best, I think its all very exciting!

  65. Chuck says:

    “…feel free to use this post as a catch-all for your thoughts and comments. And remember, folks, this is the holiday season. Keep things civil!”


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  66. Chuck says:

    TSN reported that Max came back for the third period; he’s going to be fine.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  67. Chuck says:

    Laffs play against the Isles and another back-up goalie tonight… and lose with 9 seconds to go in overtime. Thanks Santa!


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  68. habsguy says:

    Mr. Stubbs and Mr. Boone…I feel I must defend myself from the mud slinging…. I, like alot of the other daily readers are sick of reading the same posts, the ones that ask the same question of why didn’t we draft Kopitar or Getzlaf…We didn’t, thats it, it should be over. When I first found this ((terrific)) site, it was suggested to me ( by a regular ) to ignore the person involved, and that he used two different names and that I shouldn’t get caught up in his little game, well I’m sorry I did..In the future I’ll choose to ignore his little digs, and his childish way of changing the spelling of my name. Please ask the individual to NOT email me anymore, I’ve kept what he emailed if he denies sending it.
    BTW, I find the site AWESOME, I’m glad to have found it, I turn it on every morning before work , and spend an hour or so here before I go to bed. Great features and great contributors….Thanks again for the great site !!!!

  69. habsguy says:

    Chuck….have the leafs ever played a #1 goalie ?????

  70. DYCSoccer17 says:

    thanks for the update. it’s messed up that people in Canada get better updates on the US team than us Americans…

  71. Chuck says:

    They certainly seem to have faced more than their fair share of back-ups this year. I wonder how they stack up against the rest of the league?


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  72. Yeats says:

    Chuck: I was watching that game tonight. For the Isles to kill off a signiture Leafs 4-on-3 in OT and win a few seconds later was a fabulous Boxing Day gift!


    The Leafs are only 2 points behind the Habs now.

    That sucks………

  74. The Teacher says:

    Perfect example of what is wrong with the NHL they have 3 more losses than us with one more game played…they have 7 more losses than wins, but yet are a game above .500….WHAT A JOKE!

    Toronto 37 15 14 8 38 110 114



    I hear ya.

  76. Chuck says:

    And guaranteed to not have to return it, either!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  77. paul b says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all staff members on habs inside out and all of the HABS FANS

  78. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Thanks Dave and to all HIO writers and posters. Love, Joy, and Peace to all!

  79. Girth says:

    Happy holidays!

    Remember the good old days…


    To the custodians of the HIO site, Thank you.

  80. PattyBoy31 says:

    enjoy your break guys, I think youre safe with the trade freeze but you never know!

  81. krob1000 says:

    Ah……tis the season to be merry and sing for those in need in hopes of bringing cheer and joy for the new year. Join me all in a holiday rendition of an altered classic.

    Michael the red nosed Ryder(shout:Ryder)
    Where the net is he knows
    About thirty times a year(shout:last two years)
    He makes the red light glow (shout:like a lightbulb)

    All of the reindeers coaches
    Pull him in and out of games (shout:like a rookie)
    They never let poor Michael
    Play his game the way he plays (shout:like a sniper)

    Then one foggy Christmas break
    Carbo came to say (shout: about time)
    Please don’t hold that stick so tight
    I’m gonna let you play tonight

    Then Michael lit the red light (shout:two times)
    Habbies shouted out with glee (shout: we’re sorry!)
    Michael the red nosed Ryder (Ryder)
    You’ll go down in Habstory

  82. Ed says:

    You have very nicely summed up why Ryder can’t & won’t break out of his slump. The last part is a feel good story for Christmas, but I can’t see it happening in Montreal. The coaching staff have lost all confidence in him. Have a great holiday season krob1000.

  83. Moey says:

    Season’s greetings and a big thank-you for this site. It just keeps getting better.


    Good comment about civility, even in times of war there is a cease-fire on Christmas Eve.

  84. Naila Jinnah says:

    Happy Holidays to all!!!

    PS: Anyone want to buy me a centennial brick for Xmas? 😉

  85. Robert L says:

    Can memebers of the Habs Fan Summit I share in one?

  86. krob1000 says:

    Yeah ….well Rudolph isn’t real either (sorry if there are any kids out there)….let me have my Christmas wish lol. Happy Holidays to you too.

  87. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    good song…

    the reason why those with “intellectual hope” haven’t given up on RYDER (myself included – see my ‘tale of two snipers’ post), Is because we UNDERSTAND what 30 goals injected into the ‘picture’ will bring to our team and the standings at this point, this year with this squad…it is EXACTLY the missing ingredient that will propel us in a chase with Ottawa for 1st place in the conference…everyone wants some imaginary big center to come in and score 30 goals but want to trash the Canadian Kid from the rock because he hit a rough spot. Also have to say that RYDERS attitude has been ROCK SOLID during all this.

    1. until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.
    2. Delenda Est Torontium….
    3. your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  88. The Teacher says:

    Rock solid is right. I’m getting more and more impressed with him. I wasn’t a fan of his last year. but he is definitely getting the short end of the stick now.

  89. Chuck says:

    Hey… cool idea, Robert!


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  90. Smart Dog says:

    Thanks to all for sharing their thoughts, insights, and passion for our team…. I am new to HIO but it’s a good forum with great people. I look forward to more debate after the holidays! (Three days off from the analysis and complaining! What will I do with the time!)

    Enjoy your family, friends, or just a little calm and quiet…

    Peace to you, friends!


    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  91. kiwihabsfan says:

    Merry Christmas to all from the Land of the Long White Cloud (NZ) – hope you get all the pressies you want. Its Xmas day here already and how typical – it’s raining.

    All the best for the holiday season and 2008. May the new year bring the Habs some good luck!!!!

  92. HabsInBlood says:

    Dear Santa:

    For Christmas, can you provide all of us here at HIO an explanation as to how our team (which is supposedly lead by defensive stalwarts of their time) have such a bloody hard time getting the puck out of their defensive zone? This seems to be a common theme in 50%+ of their games. Is it the coach? Is it the players? Is it a combination of the 2?

    Even better … can you pass the answer along to Carbo as well?

    Merry Christmas!!

  93. Mr.Hazard says:

    Joyeux Noël.
    Merry Christmas.

    Sorry I couldn’t make the french double the size cause there’s no font options 😛

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  94. HABSFAN - NJ says:


  95. TradeRyder says:

    Best of the season to all you great Habs fans!

    Ryder buddy – I hope Santa brings you the peace of mind and focus you need to start puttin’ the puck in the net. ’cause even when we’re dissin’ ya, we’re really on your side. Peace to you and your family.

    Too late to trade Ryder now….shoulda listened!

  96. Ed says:

    Do you really expect us to believe that you are on his side? I don’t believe you, & if Ryder ever read all the things you have said, I doubt that he would believe you either. I hope you are sincere, & I look forward to your future comments. Maybe Christmas has caused you to mellow, & this new feeling will soon pass.

  97. linp says:

    May you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

    And may I be able to connect to Futureshop or BestBuy to do my boxing day on-line shopping. I have been trying it since 8 pm.

  98. mysterycog says:

    Merry christmas You all and as always Go Habs Go!!!

  99. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Happy holidays everyone from Windsor, Ontario.

  100. carmine007 says:

    Joyeux Noël.
    To everyone from Albany, New York.

    We are still in the thick of things. Our Coach needs to man up or it’s time for him to start packing! We have a good solid young team that needs time to be molded and formed into a great team. The Montreal media……….. well I would make one suggestion to the players. Dont read the sports pages and you’ll be just fine.

    Merry Christmas

    Today is Jesus’s birthday…..

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  101. TradeRyder says:

    I don’t think you’ve read what I’ve written. My view since the START of the year is that Ryder is not a good fit with this team. Ryder obviously has a great shot – and that’s his core asset. He would fit on a team like the Bruins that plays a more traditional style, less finesse. And I think his (lack of) production has proven me right. That’s almost as bad is it gets from me on this. And hey – this is hockey, not grade school. Even if I thought he was a bum (and I don’t), that’s my view. As long as I’ve got reasons… who cares?

    Too late to trade Ryder now….shoulda listened!

  102. The Teacher says:

    I’ve been reading TradeRyder’s posts since the beginning. He has never insulted Ryder really, he has exhorted the fact that Ryder just isn’t a fit with this team.

    I think Ryder’s getting a raw deal right now, but something clearly wasn’t clicking with Koivu and Higgins, and I think it has more to do with Higgins’s increased propensity to shoot and not pass. Watching the games, it was increasingly apparent that both Koivu and Higgins were freezing him out of the play.

  103. The Teacher says:

    That’s what I say. Not giving him the chance is just idiotic.

  104. habsguy says:

    buddy, get a life….it’s over, listen, I wont read your posts, you don’t email me…ok…………….
    Now, get the last word in if you must..

  105. habsguy says:

    Teacher, I have to agree with you…But, do you think they should go back to ending in a tie, or should they play OT and only the winner gets points ???

  106. Chuck says:

    I vote for 10 minutes of four-on-four playing for the extra point. If neither team scores, call it a tie.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  107. The Teacher says:

    I would really prefer that the game should go back to ending in a tie, but if it just absolutely can’t for some inane reason, then they should extend overtime by another 5 minutes at 4-on-4 and get rid of the stupid extra point as well.

  108. habsguy says:

    I kinda have a problem with the loser of a game getting anything….

  109. The Teacher says:

    Nononononon, whoever wins gets two points, the LOSER gets ZERO! that is the key!!!

  110. Infanteer says:

    A merry Christmas to:

    Jim M

    Jay in PA, and the only

    Abby fan in MTL,

    as well as other MIA from the habsinsideout family . . .

    a Happy new year to all.

  111. The Teacher says:

    Look at the TSN poll for today. Looks like I was ahead of the game on that one!

    Should the NHL get rid of the three-point game?

    Yes – teams should not get points for losing

    No – it helps create parity and an exciting playoff race

  112. sidhu says:

    I agree with the majority – right now, “bad” teams have a perverse incentive to protect a tie in order to reach overtime and get at least one point. Teams should be motivated to win. Winners should get two points, losers should get zero points regardless of whether they lose in regulation or overtime. Doing so would not only assign points in a more proper manner, but would also make for a better game if teams are trying to win rather than stall for overtime.

  113. zooziff says:

    Totally agree.

  114. sidhu says:

    There are reports from Spector that Gary Roberts is unhappy in Pittsburgh. Any thoughts on the Habs acquiring Roberts for some leadership and grit?

    I remember when Doug Gilmour, another rugged, aging forward, came over and did wonders for our play and morale. As Roberts is a UFA at the end of the year, it would be a limited investment. Not to take anything away from Begin and Le Dandy, but imagine if we had a 3rd or 4th line player with that respect, character, and other intangibles that I think our team still needs, especially with the amount of youngsters in the lineup. We lost some toughness and leadership with Souray and Rivet’s departure, a void that I don’t think has been sufficiently filled.

    As always, Go Habs Go!

  115. Sulemaan says:

    I would say deal Brisebois the other way and then we are golden Sidhu.

  116. sidhu says:

    I’d be for that — an additional five minutes of overtime would be entertaining for the crowd and it would provide more of an opportunity for the games to be decided in a fair, deserved way, rather than the ridiculous shoot-outs.

  117. Yeats says:

    But, The Breezer creates so much excitement in our defensive end of the ice.

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