HIO adds to the roster with Stu Hackel

For those who were wondering, the Cap-tastrophy post a little further down was written by Stu Hackel, the latest addition to the HIO team.

The New York-based hockey writer who is a lifelong fan of the Canadiens posts on the New York Times’ Slap Shot blog, and you can follow him at Twitter here. 

We’re happy to have him, so please welcome him to the HIO community.


  1. otter649 says:

    Imagine if the internet/sports talk radio etc was around when The Habs lost Tony Eposito to Chicago on waivers & in his first year with The Black Hawks won Calder rookie of the year/ Vezina Trophy top goalie/ runnerup for League MVP as well as getting 15 shutouts what a field day it would have been for both media and fans. Halak is no Tony O (Hall of Famer)………

  2. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    We shall call him “Little kempie” haha, best of luck bud!

  3. saskhabfan says:

    yes.i’m sure your upset obser…. i mean habheart.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    I have a suggestion posted on the site.

  5. Mr-T says:

    Now that is very characteristic of PG. Trade something of known significant value and get the return valuation based on a hypothetical or an assumption.                                                                                                                  


    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                                                      

  6. Muckbringer says:

    what #?


  7. Muckbringer says:

    all my blessings!!

  8. Propwash says:

    Halak being  traded was to shed salary to keep Plecky. Price isn’t exactly a horrible goaltender so many people make him out to be, he’s by no means a superstar goalie, granted, but neither is Halak.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  9. Malreg says:

    If you can read French, then this is a must-read:


    Renaud Lavoie has a scoup about the Eric Belanger contract situation with the Caps.  He even obtained a copy of a letter Belanger’s agent sent to Washington after the deal fell through.


  10. Muckbringer says:

    meanwhile;  back at the troll cave…..


    May 12th, 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Montreal Canadiens Game  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwG1ydK9bWc&feature=related


  11. BJT says:

    Hey Stu, welcome here. First though, some rules for being a member of HIO:

    1: Carey Price is either A) Saviour, or B) evil personified

    2: Halak is either A) a mistreated, back-stabbed superstar, or B) Too small.

    3: Any attempts to say something negative about the team, you will be labelled a “troll” or perhaps “tony”, at least if you spell “incompetent” incorrectly and use it frequently in reference to PG and BG.

    4: If you defend Price whatsoever, you are either A) unable to see the facts, or B) a pricebunny.




    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  12. kempie says:

    Thanks Rob. Actually we’re back in Peterborough now (thank God) so he’ll be an OHL boy. But don’t worry, we’ll have the stick taped to his hands soon.

  13. HabFab says:

    Good luck with that,

    Will he be a Carey or a Jaro, just kidding ๐Ÿ™‚

    Get some shut eye, you’re going to need it!


    Three sons and 3 grandsons…

  14. habheart says:

    don’t know about you guys, but I’m still very upset Halak was traded.

    I know it will come back to haunt us, I mean Gauthier.

    nobody understands it. you keep the awful goalie and trade the good one???


  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Congratulations, oh and don’t forget to get him skating by age 3, Habs could use some prospects out of the WHL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. kempie says:

    Won’t be around for a couple of days. Headed to the hospital to deliver my first child (a boy!). His jersey is waiting for him. I trust you guys can handle things in my absence. Wish me luck and I’ll see you all on the other side.

  17. saskhabfan says:

    Dancing tony




    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  18. saskhabfan says:

    I say we stand pat after putting 47% of his 88 user names on waivers.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    NHL decides to feature a few players in NYC for a Media Tour, so they invite Dion Phaneuf, a guy who is more wooden on camera than a BC Nature Documentary.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  20. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Andrew, when is the draft for the hockey pool?

  21. Da Hema says:

    Boone and his inflated salary must be cleared off the books.

    We could probably get a sixth- or seventh-round pick for him.


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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a lot, just to clear cap space Boone had to put another 7 of Tony’s personalities on waivers.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Bill J says:

    They are maxed out when you suddenly see a Jaroslav Halak OR Guy Boucher thread.

    Whenever “they” need more $$$ – toss a grenade & get web hits for $$$. lol

    Cammalleri for Team Captain!

  24. puck face says:

    i don’t know Stu Hackel but i’m happy for him. that is all.

  25. andrewberkshire says:

    How much more room does HIO have left under the salary cap?

  26. sprague cleghorn says:

    And the whole late-eighties singing group Tony! Toni! Tonรฉ

  27. Say Ash says:

    Welcome, Stu

    I sure hope you like Halak and Price but not both. Oh, and you better hate Gauthier and Gainey, too.

  28. WUCIWUG says:

    Glad you’re on board. Used to enjoy your insight at NYT until they started cutting back. Their loss; our gain!

  29. Propwash says:

    Welcome to the HIO zoo Stu!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  30. Da Hema says:

    A journalist doing something to draw attention to him- or herself? Heavens to betsy….


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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  31. observer says:

    This Tony must have really got into your head. Changing the subject about Jets and women reporters. There is more to the story. It was Sainz, who, while wearing a wedding dress, proposed to Brady during Media Day at Super Bowl XLIV.

  32. madcap_habsfan says:

    welcome aboard stu ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  33. Habziefan09 says:

    Welcome Stu…


    btw, are you allowed on Conference calls? 


    (It was humor people…. Get off the cross, someone else needs the wood)


    Confucius says: “Baseball has it all wrong, Man with 4 balls cannot walk!”

  34. nightmare_49 says:

       A very good pick up …….  http://www.linkedin.com/in/stuhackel

  35. Mr-T says:

    Bienvenue Monsieur Hackel.

    Be wary of Boone and Stubbs, that they do not try to corrupt you, with their creative ways of exploiting your expense account and the three hour lunches, where they mesmerize the young ladies at the local pub, with their embellished often long-winded tales of grandeur.                                                                                          



    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                         

  36. Da Hema says:



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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  37. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Welcome, Stu!

    We’re all very excited to have you here!

  38. otter649 says:

    And Toni……

  39. sprague cleghorn says:

    You forgot Tony.

  40. Fox says:

    Read the comments in his peice on the Halak trade. What a breath of fresh air.

    Looking forward to more from Stu

  41. Yeats says:


    Are you still playing pickup at Katonah on Tuesday nights?

    Brian Jones

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now be fair Chuck, tony’s multiple personalities all have names and they deserve some respect. It’s bad enough they have such little space to share.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. Chuck says:

    Welcome aboard, Stu! May I introduce you to Tony, and Tony, and Tony, and Tony…

  44. twocents says:

    Welcome aboard Stu. Great to have you.

    I hope Boone has properly prepared you for the shenanigans in the comments section.

  45. saskhab says:

    Hopefully Slap Shot is still active…  that was a good blog.  It’s lonely blogging about European hockey…  could use the company. 

    Only in hockey does making the move from the NY Times to the Montreal Gazette constitute a promotion.  Congrats, Stu!

  46. SmartDog says:

    Hey Stu!

    Rangers SUCK!!!

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  47. Kristopher7 says:

    Welcome, Stu!

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