HIO at practice

Practice

The Canadiens practiced Friday morning.
Earlier, Andrei Markov skated for 20 minutes under the supervision of chief athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.
“Gingerly” would be the appropriate way to describe Markov’s skating.

AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth | Lars Eller | Tomas Kaberle

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The AJ Army:

Peter Budaj gets the Saturday afternoon start against Washington and Aaron Palushaj has been recalled from Hamilton.

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Travis Moen is on IR.

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The NHL has fined Patrik Elias $2,500 for that hit on Mike Blunden.

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No Erik Cole or Josh Gorges.

And Blunden is hurt.

Practice is defined as “optional”, but everyone else is here.

441 Comments

  1. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS ABOUT HABS MANAGEMENT:
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    1. Will Martin coach in the NHL again?
    2. Will Gauthier ever be an NHL GM again? (Let’s just assume he really is one now… aw…you saw that coming, didn’t you?)
    3. Will Cunneyworth be a head coach in the NHL again or will people hold this debacle against him? (Will he even WANT to be?)
    4. Does Molson really have a clue about how to clean up this mess? If yes, what in Bob’s name makes you think he does?
    5. Is firing your experienced coaching staff one-by-one and replacing them with neophyte NHL coaches:
    a. a novel but short-sighted way to spark your team
    b. a sneaky way to try to keep your job
    c. a subtle way to blame others for your inadequacies
    d. a good way to screw the organization that’s about to can your ass
    e. …all of the above

    SD

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    • nickster13 says:

      1. No, its over for Martin, he blew his last chance IMO
      2. No, he also blew his last chance, everything he has touched has gone sour, see Sens and Habs
      3. He will be, he hasnt had the horses and most people agree he is a good hockey man
      4. Molson has no idea, he’s a businessman.
      5. c. A subtle way to blame others. Though I do think Cunneyworth was a good choice, and even Scotty Bowman couldn’t get more out of the suckers on our team right now.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      1. Yes, Martin will coach in the NHL again. Glad you didn’t ask for a reason why.
      2. No, Gauthier will never be an NHL GM again. (GM stands for general manager, right?)
      3. Yes, Cunneyworth will be a head coach in the NHL again BECAUSE of the debacle.
      4. I haven’t a clue.
      5. All of the above plus f.), he fires himself and then sues the club for wrongful dismissal.

      • nickster13 says:

        Genetically Modified?

        • SmartDog says:

          General Morons

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          • dorvalhabsfan says:

            1.Yes, hes a smart hockey coach.. no reason he wont be hired again.
            2.Yes, his job performance in MTL has been fine.. he gambled on a few bets and lost.. but we’re not losing because of Hamrlik, Halpern or even Wisniewski.. but we are doing less bad due to additions like emelin, cole, bourque, blunden.. he’s moving us in a new direction.. this season is wrte-off
            3.if cunneyorth gets rehired so do all above people.. he hasnt done any better so doesnt deserve any better.
            4.Molson is doing what any owner should do and is taking a hands off approach, acting as more of an intermediary then Gillette.. can’t complain with an owner who will show his face and show support for his team.
            5. none of the above.. it started as a tweak.. firing the head coach and replacing with an assistant coach is not short sighted… it is a better move then hastily switching cocahes when no one better is availaable.. interim is interim and it happens all the time… firing the PP guy when the PP is ggarbage is not illogical

            Go Habs Go

    • smiler2729 says:

      1. No.
      2. No way.
      3. Yes, hopefully in Montreal.
      4. Obviously not.
      5. e

      I blame this whole season’s clusterf*ck squarely on Gauthier’s mismanagement.

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      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  2. JohnBellyful says:

    As one who firmly believes in the principle that a lemon can be made into lemonade and a grape into a raisin with a bit more time, I am fully confident the albatross that is Gomez can be turned into an Alaskan bald eagle.
    And it doesn’t involve any weird experiments (that would be Plan B).
    As I understand it, Gomez will make several million next season. A considerable sum of money for someone who, I am led to believe, unless the game sheets are out of whack, doesn’t score. Not someone who doesn’t score often or even every other month, but someone who doesn’t score. Period. Three periods a game.
    This, I grant you, can pose a problem for a hockey team that relies, perhaps unreasonably, on its forwards to score. Especially if it’s the team’s highest paid player.
    Now I say this without having seen the contract Gomez has with the Canadians. It could be he is, in fact, living up to the terms of the seven-year deal he originally signed. To suggest otherwise is mere speculation and should be discouraged on a website that assiduously adheres to the facts, truth be damned.
    However, I think we can safely say the cost of having Gomez on the roster has somewhat complicated matters for the Canadiens. It limits their ability to improve their offence by adding free agents whose skill sets include being able to pot goals at the rate of more than, let’s pick a number, say, 25 or so a year (a hockey year, not calendar year).
    But jettisoning Gomez is not as easy as some have suggested (apparently with little regard to Canada’s Criminal Code). Montreal would still be on the hook for his pay even if he were sent to Hamilton.
    If the Canadiens are doomed to pay him, it only makes sense they try to extract as much value from him as possible with whatever means are available.
    That would be to make him coach.
    What makes a good coach? First of all, he doesn’t have to be good ON the ice, and Gomez has already proved himself in that regard.
    A coach has to be good OFF the ice and here’s where Gomez’s experience pays off. He knows all about lines, having played on them all; he knows how to communicate, as any interviewer will tell you; he’s good in the room, which goes a long way to creating good morale, essential to breeding success; and his left-leaning tendencies indicate a liberal imagination, open to new ideas, which the team sorely needs moving forward.
    Yes, he still gets the millions he’s owed, but he would be earning his keep – and not as a player, freeing up capital to be spent on the enhancement of talent. RC, meanwhile, would revert to being an assistant coach where his real effectiveness appears to lie.
    I can think of only one objection to his being named coach: He doesn’t speak French.
    I have no real answer to that.
    But is it fair a team that has paid millions of dollars to someone to skate around who doesn’t speak French be denied the opportunity to pay that same person millions of dollars to stand around?
    I don’t know, maybe if he were to change his name to Scott Göméz.

    • SmartDog says:

      Maybe he could be one of those flag-carrying warm-up kids… the senior warm-up kid. And he could play with the little smurfs in the intermission and score lots of goals on 7-year-olds. Or they could leave him on IR and he could visit hospitals and charities on behalf of the Canadiens as a real Hab (wink). That’s gotta be worth sumthin.

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      • JohnBellyful says:

        But, SD, the team would still have to pay for a coach.
        Oh, you’re suggesting he do this stuff IN ADDITION to being the coach? Gotcha. Actually, that would be a great idea, have the Habs’ coach carry the flag before the game. Whip the fans into a frenzy. One more way to connect with the crowd.

        • SmartDog says:

          Yeah, kind of like having Jack Black as your coach, and beforehand he gets the fans excited. Well, like Jack Black, but skinnier. And not funny.

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    • HabFab says:

      Maybe if he speaks Spanish real … real … slow, perhaps the Franco media will think he is speaking French !
      Non? Si? Ques qui dit?

    • LL says:

      He’s already Alaskan and bald, maybe the eagle will follow?

    • banjo bernie says:

      Randy is the perfect example of THE PETER PRICIPLE…..great assistant coach – not so great head coach…….he has now reached THE HEIGHT OF HIS OWN INCOMPETENCE……….sooner or later everyone does

      Gohabs

  3. Habs should of have gotten rid of JM at the end of last season. Given the reins to Kirk Muller and have Guy Carboneau as his man speaking to media in french. Now that’s gone and the future is who……………What’s available to coach and be next GM?

  4. LL says:

    The Formula – (simplified)

    Habs lose game, Price sucks
    Habs don’t score, Price sucks
    D doesn’t defend, Price sucks
    Management messes up, Price sucks

    x^2 + y^2 r^2 y^2 / a^2 – x^2 / b^2 x^3 + y^3 r^2 y^3 / a^2 – x^2 / b^1,L1 ≺ L2 and L2 ∈ P, then L1 ∈ P = sucks

    No need for “debates”, science rocks!

  5. habsfan0 says:

    Apparently,Randy Cunneyworth’s use of Rosetta Stone program has been paying off as his French vocabulary does seem to be expanding. Commonly heard words used by Cunneyworth during each game include: “Merde!” ”Colis tabernac!”Maudit jouer!”

    • habs17 says:

      it really is a shame when ppl boo gomez in his own arena i could see at other arena’s, when they always boo good players, but come on in his own city SHAME

      I support Scott Gomez

  6. habs17 says:

    if any1 is depressed watch this video and realize how lucky we hab fans are
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2od-sjrUx8
    I support Scott Gomez

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      2:55 mark. Now that was great hockey by Scott.

      He splits the Gr8 one and Backstrom. Drives around the D and hits the open side. Nice goal.

      So why can’t he score or play like that more often? He has talent, what happened?

  7. otter649 says:

    Wonder if Blunden hits Elias into the boards would he only get fined & not suspended if Elias was injured like Blunden is…….

  8. solomio says:

    Is a team allowed to change goalies for the shootout?

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  9. Roy93 says:

    DorvalTony Price for Miller before Buffalo sobers up. Too funny still laughing at that one. I’d do it in a heart beat!

  10. CF says:

    After everything the team has been thru, to hear Markov is skating gingerly is a little much for the ears. What a mistake.
    Maybe he’ll play next year, but don’t bother giving further updates on his skating this year, it’s like hearing your best friend seeing your ex at the club and telling you she looked awesome. Well, it’s not really like that, but you get the idea.
    This entire mess started with the Gomez trade and the subsequent signings of Cammy and Gio. We were already way too small. And we go out and pick up three tiny guys. But they, along with Halak (who’s destiny was to bring us to the Conf. Finals) played very very well for one playoff, and almost did it again the following year.
    Having made the conference finals two years ago, and the amazing game 7 last year, has no effect on our team in 2012. We have some pieces, but would you trade missing the playoffs the last two years, or losing in the first round of the past two years to have McDonough back, and a few picks and cap space. Right now I would take that, but during the playoff run two years ago, Gainey looked like a genius.
    When Koivu, Kovy et al were here, the word was the room was cancerous. So Bob went out and got players he felt were good in the room. It’s unfortunate now, that Gomez is only good in the room. Cammy is gone, and Gionta is hurt.
    It’s also unfortunate that Gainey was allowed to appoint PG into his position. This has come back to really cause many of the problems were seeing today. PG has never been a winner, and history has a way of re-playing itself. In order to build a winner, you have to carry yourself as a winner, act like a winner, talk like a winner, sell your team like a winner. After all, it’s never the building, it’s always the people. That’s the first lesson in any sales job. And if the GM is not a salesman, he’s nothing. How do we attract FA’s, well to start with, how about selling the dream of winning a cup in a city that will elevate you to god like status. How about playing in front of a packed house on a Tuesday night in January.
    PG does not carry himself like a winner, he doesn’t speak like a winner, he doesn’t sell the team as being a winner. It’s just so plain to see the team needs a new leader.
    We have to clean up the Markov mess.
    We have to get rid of the Gomez contract.
    We have to somehow get rid of Kaberle’s contract, unless Markov retires, then we’ll have to eat that for two more years.
    We have to trade for or pick up a point shot for the PP, if not, we’ll be 30th in the league next year, and miss the playoffs again.
    We have to re-sign players who fit in well, ex: Moen or AK.

    But the most important thing the team needs to do is to restore the “glory”. I’m so sick of hearing and watching those bastards from Toronto piss all over our team, after their team has the richest tradition of losing in the entire league, save for maybe the Islanders.

    Where’s the glory Pierre, where’s the confidence that you can turn things around. I don’t believe he thinks he can do it. And I would gladly say it to his face. I don’t believe you can do it. And I don’t believe he thinks he can either. Walk away, let someone else clean up the mess you’ve made. Your on the right track with the Cammy deal, but…..I’ve seen enough.

  11. JohnBellyful says:

    The season is sinking deeper and deeper into oblivion for Canadien fans, even those sporting rose-coloured coke bottle glasses.
    We can always hope for a miracle: Gomez scores 10 goals in the remaining 31 games, all of them game-winners; Budaj records shutouts in another 10; and an inspirational return by Markov – he uses his hockey stick as a crutch – sparks the team to win its last five games, climaxed by a 10-0 smackdown of the Leafs to move past Toronto into the post-season.
    Five bucks says that doesn’t happen. Make it 10.
    But am I bitter? Nah. Disappointed? Deeply. But I can’t complain too much. I’ve lived long enough to enjoy the CHablis the Canadiens once served in abundance. Now it’s little but CHeap wine. Satisfying now and then but the high ain’t what it used to be, and the hangovers hurt like hell.
    Yeah, there have been bad breaks along the way, the grapevine got withered down on the farm, and too much the imported stuff proved to be a bad blend. Let’s hope the new plantings produce a better harvest.
    Maybe a brewer shouldn’t be in charge of making fine wine.
    Sure, it worked once but …

  12. habs17 says:

    i’d just like to congratulate Scott Gomez on his aniversery of 1 year what a great player he has been over the years, and even better what a great man, he is, congrats to gomez and the gomez family

    I support Scott Gomez

  13. SmartDog says:

    I’d just like to point out that on the other forum when I said “I really like Cunny”, I wasn’t talking about our coach.

    It was a joke, sorta, that you have to think like HabsFanSince72 to get.

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  14. billylove says:

    The thought of Parise becoming a Canadien awakens a most unsettling memory from long ago when I was a young, fearless and somewhat stupid teenager.

    Back in the mid 60′s, yeah that long ago, I attended every home game played by the St. Paul Rangers in the old Central Hockey League. Me and my smart ass buddies would sit behind the opposing team’s bench and jaw at the visiting players all night long. We were nasty (but not obscene) and it became easy to identify the players who had “rabbitt ears.” Parise’s father, J. P., was one of those who “reacted” to our verbal blasts. It got so bad that after shifts, J. P. would take a seat on the bench and immediately turn and shout out some insult back at us. He started calling us “a bunch of greasers.” So, whenever he hit ice, we all yelled in unison, “greaser!” “greaser!” “greaser!” For some unknown reason, the crowd picked up on this and joined in every time J. P. pulled a shift. He was so pissed it took him off his game and we actually felt like we played a part in helping the home team win. During the playoffs that year, Parise’s team got eliminated by my hometown Rangers and as usual, we screamed at J. P. and many others as they went down to defeat. After the game, we were hanging out in the lobby waiting for our ride home when none other than J. P. Parise appears at the other end of the lobby and he’s walking in our direction. He spotted us and exploded into a full out sprint yelling “greasers!” He looked like a crazed animal as he charged and we scattered and ran for our lives. I surely thought my demise was near as Parise fixed his pursuit on me and chased me around the inside of the whole damn building. I escaped through an emergency exit door and continued sprinting through the parking lot until exhausted. To this day, I distinctly remember the relief that calmed me as I scanned the parking lot behind me and saw no trace of J. P. Parise.

    There are still moments when I picture the sheer fury that burned in Parise’s eyes as he chased me around Aldridge Arena. I do think that same kind of fire burns in the eyes of his son. So, Zach Parise becoming a Canadien sound’s good to me.

  15. smiler2729 says:

    What is Palushaj?
    A stay-at-home forward…

  16. Bripro says:

    Well, I’m off to friday night poker with the boys.
    Don’t get down on the team too much.
    Besides, it’s Super Bowl weekend, and there will be at least one good low-scroring game in TV this weekend! And I’m not talking hockey.
    Have a good one!

    • SmartDog says:

      Really? I think it’s gonna be a lot of offense. And not the kind of “offensive” play we’ve been watching lately.

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  17. Psycho29 says:

    @ Bripro about getting an autographed copy of “The Game”
    Awesome gift! As you can imagine from my avatar, I am so jealous….
    Hang on to that…From what I’ve read, Ken is not too big on signing autographs….

  18. Mr. Biter says:

    Got to watch the last 2 periods last night and are we snake bit. Was The Goat a priest who chased alter boys around before he became our GM and God is out to get us. Last 3 Devil goals all pure luck (not empty net goal). The Habs didn’t back down from the Devils physcial play and gave as good as they got if not better, but those bounces. Enough to drive you to drink.
    did watch the game on MSG and the announcers actually went out of their way on the Subban hit to tell their viewers that it was a clean,legal hit all the way and the recipent would remember to keep his head up in the future. Never would have heard that on CBC.

    Mr. Biter

  19. joshbenn says:

    Just thought of the weirdest trade that now that I think of it might not be that bad: Gomez to the leafs for Komiserek. We get a stay at home defenseman and someone who could potentially replace gill if he’s traded and the leafs get a center or winger that could use a change of scenery and with when paired with the right players could be decent.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      As long as stay at home defenceman is meant literally.


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      • Habtastic says:

        LOL, nice.

        No way would I want Komistakerek back, specially after he totally dissed Gainey when given the keys. Whatadouche. Anyway, as stupid as it sounds, Gomez might actually rebound in Toronto and given the guys they have would be an asset. Komo, overpaid and as little bang for the bucks as you get from Gomez, I don’t see justifying #8′s salary. FTR i think Gomez is a lot better than the microscope makes him out to be. Last game pretty useless, but otherwise has been creating a lot. If we needed the cash THAT badly, we’d bury him in the minors. If 7$ is such a big deal to Molson given the circumstances (that he supposedly is a fan of his team), then he’s not a good owner. It’s easy to get rid of Gomez and tbh, until we find another use for that money (which I’m sure we will if we want to re-sign some guys), no point holding the seven mill next to his name. Let him play, if he doesn’t score or get pts so be it, who cares at this point, I think we’re gunning for top 3 in the lottery and I’m someone who WANTS to make the playoffs.

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        The Drive for 25

      • SmartDog says:

        It’s cheaper to buy out Komi than Gomez.

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    • Rad says:

      I would prefer another Leaf stay at home defenseman and big time hitter: Luke Schenn.

  20. Wonder if Habs are going to make another block buster trade with Colorado this year? Carey Price, P.K. Subban and Scott Gomez for Paul Stastny, Jean-Sebastien-Giguere and Jack Johnson? Just a sample of what might happen? Oh my Nerves. Can’t wait to see who’s going to be traded leading up to 27 Feb trade deadline?

    Go Habs Go!!!

  21. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    If any of you are craaaaazy enough to be interested, I have an extra ticket for Sunday’s game against Winnipeg.

    Section 318 Row D. Best offer takes it. I am going with 2 friends, but couldn’t get a set of 3.

    TEXT me at (716) 940-2852. Calls are hit and miss with me. Best offer by tomorrow evening takes it.

  22. doogie says:

    Bizarre move- Habs are no good for 2 or 3 years, so trade Carey to Vancouver for Luongo and a couple of 1st rounders. Van wins the Cup, CP is almost home, Habs are rebuilding, Luongo makes a few saves and finishes his career in Quebec.

    Whattya think?

    * * * * * * *

    Need to get my clubs ready for the golf season since there ain’t gonna be any playoffs!

    • RGM says:

      If you want to turn this BC boy into a Canucks fan after 30 years of resistance, that’d be the way to do it.

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      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
      “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  23. Bill says:

    Enough with the McGuire love. This is the guy who would’ve drafted Gilbert Brule instead of Price? No thanks.

    • kholdstare says:

      Thank you Bill its ridiculous at best.

    • RGM says:

      He’s far from the only person who thought that was a good idea at the time. He was a bit more vociferous than most and circumstances have revealed the idea to be horrible, but at the time many were shocked at the move.

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      GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
      “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • gumper says:

      And could we also bury the trade Price noise along with it? Never gonna happen. A lot of people here seem to think the best solution is to run madly off in all directions.

  24. petrov14 says:

    I’m convinced PM for GM….
    http://melnickblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/bring-pierre-home.html

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    Long live Captain Gionta.

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    Let’s play a game we call “If I was Geoff Molson, after improving our beer recipe, I would …”

    1. Look Pierre Gauthier in the eyes and ask him what his role was in the Gomez trade. Irrespective of the answer I would then fire him.

    2. Explain to Randy Cunnyworth that I want that Rosetta Stone French Language Course back, and let him put deux et deux together.

    3. Call Jacques Lemaire. Offer him the head coach position for a lot of money.

    4. Ask Jacques to call up his buddy Lou Lamoriello with the good news: he can leave the sinking ship that is the New Jersey Devils.

    5. Call up Scott Gomez and tell him I’ve gotten him a supporting role in the upcoming sure to be hilarious “Harold and Kumar go to Alaska”. Shooting starts next week. Only when he gets there there ain’t no movie, if you know what I mean.

    6. Convince Vladimir Putin that Gary Bettman is plotting to keep the NHL out of the Sochi Olympics. Make it clear that if only Bettman wasn’t there the NHL would be sure to send its stars to what promises to be a great great Olympic Games.

    OK, now what would you do “If you were Geoff Molson, after improving your beer recipe, …”

  26. CHicoHab says:

    If and when we are eliminated from the playoffs. Just for
    poops and giggles I’d like to see Subban playing forward on the right wing. Also, I’d like to see him on the power play as a forward one timing a pass from the left side. We have not had anyone in this position that I can remember. Don’t forget Wendel was once a defenceman.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  27. Elias boards Blunden, injuring him.

    Elias gets fined $2,500.

    Elias earns $61,000 per game.

    Isn’t that a bit like getting a 25-cent speeding ticket?

    Here’s a crazy idea. If you get pulled over for speeding, you get fined money, but you also get fined points. Lose enough points and you lose your license. That way, even if you’re a millionaire, you’ve got an incentive to follow the rules.

    What if each player had 10 points, say. Boarding costs you five — in addition to whatever suspension Shanny sees fit. Maybe head shots cost you four. Lose all your points, and you’re deemed a dangerous player and you’re out for the season. Just like a driver’s license, you get a few points back at the start of each season — say three or four.

    That might keep ‘em honest while still avoiding excessive penalties for one-off accidents.

    What do you think?

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  28. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    what a depressing year!

  29. kholdstare says:

    Uh oh Blunden is hurt, who will RC put out in the dying seconds of a one goal game.

  30. Bripro says:

    So here I am sitting in my recliner after that disturbing loss last night, and my daughter, who had just gotten home from work at a downtown Indigo, came to me asking what I thought of Ken Dryden.
    “Best Goaltender I’ve ever seen suit up for the Habs!”
    “The only player to this day to win the Conn Smythe before winning the Calder.”
    But she could tell I was upset by another blown lead.
    “Here dad, I think this will make your day.” and she drops in my lap an autographed copy of “The Game”, for which Dryden was apparently in the city promoting last night.
    She grabbed him as he was running out (already late) to catch his flight and got him to sign one for her.
    It’s a small item, but very big for me.
    Sweet! I love that kid! (I mean my daughter).

  31. Sean Bonjovi says:

    There’s room for six wingers on the top three lines. Rene Bourque, Eric Cole and Max Pacioretty will certainly be three of them. Brian Gionta will almost certainly be the fourth and Louis Leblanc will likely be counted on by management to become the fifth next season. If the Habs re-sign Kostitsyn they won’t have room for anyone else in the system to play their way onto the top three lines. It would be risky to hope that a prospect, or a 2012 draft pick can earn the job, but maybe riskier to have too many veterans singed to multi-million dollar contracts than the team has room for. Therefore I have a new signature!

    P.S. I would try to re-sign Travis Moen for the money he’s making now, because he could pass for a third liner over the short term, and his skills, and his contract would be a good fit on the fourth line a year or two down the road.

    “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
    - Sean Bonjovi

  32. Dr.Rex says:

    Clearly there are a few players who will be traded before Feb 27th like Gill, Moen, Campoli and even possibly Darch and Noke. But what about the players who wont be openly shopped but that we will get inquiries about? Every player is tradeable if the right offer is given (Gretzky). What would you guys have to be offered as Gm to deal the following:
    a) A Tit
    b) Plekanec
    c) Desharnais
    d) Diaz

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      - For AK i’d be happy with a high-skill-high-potential-guy from the 2nd or 3rd round of a recent draft plus a 2nd or third rounder for 2012.
      - Pleks is worth more than Mike Fisher, but a little less than Mike Richards.
      - I’d take a 4th rounder for Daiz and call it a win
      - I think it would be hard to trade Desharnais for fair value.

      “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
      - Sean Bonjovi

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        You’d give up Diaz for that little? A 25 year old with 15 points while among league leaders in block shots for a rookie despite adjusting to NA ice? Doesn’t make much sense to trade him at all, but certainly not for anything less than a second or as a part of a bigger package.

        I’m with you on the rest. DD has more value to us than he would to other teams so a straight up proposal wouldn’t work.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        The fact that Diaz was recognized as a pretty good rookie by the NHL ought to mean something, i.e., certainly more than a 4th rounder almost certain to not pan out. In fact, he’s been one of the better D men for the Habs in this trying season… and he’s paired with an ever slower Hal Gill. I would definitely not trade him unless the payout was obvious.

    • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

      who wants gill moen compoli darche or noke? cause If I was a gm, those players wouldnt be high on my list.

      if the habs can get rid of gomez, pleks and kaberle, and try to get a some solid D to play in front of carey wed be stronger. They need to build from the golaie out since clearly they believe price is the saviour.

      and honestly I would sacrafice our forwards to get some real heavyweight D-man in front of price, nothing to take away from georges and subban but we need more of a blake pronger or chara, someone other teams DO NOT want to play agaisnt!

  33. SteverenO says:

    Some random thoughts:

    Kaberle: has performed better (much better) than I expected , the issue though is has he performed better than Spacek?

    Spacek has been performing well with his new team in all situations, PP pK, and even strength averaging 18 minutes per game. His numbers are similar to Kaberle’s on the PP since the trade. They both are on the ice for an average of 10minutes of PP ice time per goal scored by theoir respective teams.

    Given that Spacek earnsless money and his contract would have expired at the end of this year, Kaberle was a bad acquisition

    Price and Halak: Which goalie is better? this can and has been argued endlessly, and in fact it has been. The reality is that it is a meaningless debate. The question is not which is the better goalie, it is what would make a stronger team?

    the hAbs as they are now, Or the Habs with Halak, PLUS what we could have gotten for Price (minus Eller). For example let’s say the offer was Eller for Halak OR Eller AND TJ OSHIE for Price?

    Would the Habs be better with Halak in nets and Oshie on the roster talking the place of Darche, Or Blunden. Oshie has 14 goals and is a + 14.

    I read over and over from the Price fans that if the team was better his stats would be better, and its not fair to compare his stats to Halak because Halak has a stronger team in front of him.

    That’s exactly the point and that is why it is NEVER the right move to draft a goalie so high on the draft. It is easier to win with an average goalie on a great team, than to win with a great goalie on an average team.

    Since we will never know what Price would have fetched on the trade market, it is impossible to know if PG made the “right” move in trading Halak and keeping Price. Common wisdom (rightly or wrongly) is that Price is a “stud” goalie, potential superstar and perennial all-star, while Halak flies mostly under the radar. Chance are that we could have got significantly more value for Price than we did for Halak. Again, wiith out knowledge of what we could have had it is not possible to make a fair assessment of the decision.

    Finally something that has always “bugged” me……. Does it ever make sense to not “touch the puck” to avoid a whistle?

    Touch the puck you get a face-off, and approximately a 50% chance to get possession. Not playing the puck automatically gives the opponents possession. IT makes no sense to me why professional players keep “avoiding” on a delayed offside.

    Any thoughts?

    Steve O.

    • shiram says:

      Just random ones.

    • krob1000 says:

      If it is touched intentionally then the faceoff goes back to your end…and that sucks regardless of a 50/50 chance….

      • SteverenO says:

        True, but if not touched the other team gains possession and most likely will advance to your end with the puck. I still don`t see the advantage of giving the other team the gift of possession.

        Steve O.

    • PEC Hab says:

      Great goalies make average players better. They gain some confidence knowing “great goalie” is back there, and it allows a defenceman to join the rush more, generating goals. Most importantly, having a great goalie allows you to be a contender for the cup when otherwise you are not. Examples are 86 and 93 Habs, both pretty good teams, but wouldn’t have won without great goaltending. 2010 Habs, go a long way on great goaltending. Many other examples going back to the ’50′s or earlier. Read Larry Robinson’s book where he talks about how great Dryden was, and how important he was to “firewagon” hockey in regards to the confidence it builds having a great goalie. Give me a great goalie 100% of the time over a mediocre one. He is the only guy to play 60 minutes per game. As for Price/Halak, I am glad they kept Price, although he is not currently a great goalie, very good but not quite great yet. I do believe that 100% he will be a great goalie before he leaves Montreal.

      • I watched Jacques Plante (Jake the Snake) as well as Dryden and Roy. And I would draft them in that order over choosing Halak. Plante and Dryden were money goalies all the time, Roy had flashes of brilliance but less consistency.
        Career GAA JP=2.10 KD=2.02 PR=2.18
        And Dryden played during the era when huge numbers were being scored by the likes of Gretsky, Shutt and Lafleur.
        Plante is less relevant due to the differences in conditioning and coching, but he was a classy innovative player.

        see my blog at http://noroomatthedump.blogspot.com/

        • solomio says:

          I have also watched those goalies.IMHO nobody has come close to Jacques Plante. He was simply astounding all the time. A completely natural talent.

          “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein


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