Video from Monday practice

Darche

A spirited Monday practice included scrimmages and wind sprints.
Mathieu Darche was out early and worked to the alternate rink with physiotherapist Pierre Allard.
Brian Gionta joined them.

• Practice winding down with wind sprints between the bluelines

• Larry Carrière having a long talk with Blake Geoffrion. My guess on the gist of it: “Keep your chin up, kid.”

• Missing: Raphael Diaz and Tomas Kaberle. The latter is NOT on paternity leave: he has an upper-body injury.

• Lines at practice: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole, Bourque-Plekanec-Eller, Leblanc-White-Blunden, Staubitz/Geoffrion-Nokelainen-Geoffrion

577 Comments

  1. 69HABS says:

    If Molson wants a French Coach then Roy is the only option out there. At least he has a pulse. So what, he has a temper.

  2. ed lopaz says:

    I think Roy would be a terrible choice.

    Our goalie is our best hope for a Cup.

    Roy is a take no prisoners, arrogant, “my way or highway” type.

    what happens when Price goes through a rough patch and Roy confronts him, “suggesting” ways Price can improve his goaltending??

    at first, of course, Price will listen. But eventually there will be a conflict that will not resolve itself,

    because that is the nature of Roy’s personality – he is stubborn to his core.

    do you think Roy has stopped being a Hall of Fame goalie just because he is now a coach??

    Roy picks and chooses his goalies in Quebec personally, and very carefully.

    Roy is not a hands off type of coach and he is very vocal and very emotional in how he treats his players and especially his goalies.

    He has thrown his goaltenders under the bus on several occasions in Quebec.

    I would predict that Price would leave the team, either through free agency or by way of requesting a trade, within 2 or maximum 3 seasons under Roy.

    If there is one thing Price, the soft spoken, easy going guy does not need, its the Patrick Roy legend hanging over his head.

    Very bad idea, unless you are not a fan of Price and you would like to chase him out of town.

    • 69HABS says:

      Either way Price will want out of Montreal! It is only a matter of time.

    • HabFab says:

      ” Very bad idea, unless you are not a fan of Price and you would like to chase him out of town.”

      Ed, you single handily converted the Tank and halakist group to the draft Roy movement ;)

    • mrhabby says:

      If roy could somehow keep his passion under control it might work but iam very doubtful…..ps.see hunter and the caps…the jump is great.

      • ed lopaz says:

        Roy can not control his passion, nor does he want to.

        When you hire Roy, you hire him for his passion.

        What you get, however, is an arrogant, stubborn, tyrant.

        Thats why Roy works well with kids.

        There is no conflict that he does not win – by default.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Q: “what happens when Price goes through a rough patch and Roy confronts him, “suggesting” ways Price can improve his goaltending??”
      A: Carey price had better listen.

      “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
      - Sean Bonjovi

    • HardHabits says:

      Yes because laying down the red carpet for Price has worked wonders for the Habs.

      Not only would I like to see Roy as coach, I’d like to see the Habs draft another goal tender or two and bring in a back-up that can challenge Price. The Habs need a goal tending prospect to push Price as well so that he can feel the heat.

      Price needs to be challenged. Otherwise he will end up being nonchalant and lackadaisical.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Wow…very closed-minded post.

      Ever think Roy hand picks his goalies cause he wants the best? No…don’t look for a positive in that or anything. Price is one of the best goalies in the league. I say having a bit of help from the best of all time can do nothing but make him even better. He communicates with his players. You word this in such a way that it sounds like a bad thing. If Priceis not able to handle constructive critisism, I say see ya…but I truly believe he would welcome instruction from the greatest of all time.
      Roy has been a winner everywhere he has gone. He preaches offense first but has been in the top 5 in offense and top 6 in defense every year he has coached (3rd in both this year). He also likes his teams to stand up for themselves (ok, he’s been known to go a little overboard here).
      I’m not even saying hire him, but I sure as hell expect him to be considered and interviewed to find out if he is on the same page as I hope Molson wants this team to be on. If not, so be it.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Bill says:

      I have never agreed more with any post on this site.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  3. HardHabits says:

    Call off the Tank™ parade.

  4. 69HABS says:

    Floppy with 7 saves with 4 mins left in the 2nd. WOW!

  5. Psycho29 says:

    6-0 Boston with 3 mins to go in the second.

    Toronto has 6 shots on goal in the game…

  6. HabFab says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzVFg7QI2qo

    These were classic.
    Totally neanderthal but no attempt to block punches at all.
    Wonder how Miller made out after?

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Pouliot almost with the hat trick….

    Joe Bowen the Leaf version of Jack Edwards just stated Pouliot has never had a hat trick. I could swear Poo-poo had one against Minnesota while playing for the Habs.

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Mike Komisarek is quickly taking on the identity of one Nick Kypreos, his face knows how to block fists very well. Perhaps another comparison would be the late Keith Magnuson, but I think Keith played a better game between fights.

    • Duracell3 says:

      All I’m saying is that Youtube is FAST.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLRxpVX4-OI

      Also within said video:
      1.) Pretty sure the Bruins and Leafs are in the same division Mr. D!p$7576 Sportsnet announcer
      2.) A Bell? Really? Please move these franchises to the LNAH. JOKE TEAMS

      • HabFab says:

        First punch or two by Lucy was with his gloves on.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Hmmm, Mike Komisarek took two full rights from Milan Lucic before he was sure he was in a fights, kind of offside that. They weren’t just little facewashes to get things going, but full-on punches. Mike may have been stunned before he even dropped the gloves.

        In any case, he should know that Mr. Lucic isn’t there to play nice or fair, if he’s stepping up you better get ready, and expect no quarters. This is the NHL after all. It’s not like the referees are going to be effective or anything.

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        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  9. jedimyrmidon says:

    Leafs getting destroyed in every way against Bruins… 6-0…

  10. mrhabby says:

    Christ….6zip for bruins

  11. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ouch. Does Brian Burke have any bullets left? He used to work at NHL Head Office, he may invoke a little-known clause in the NHL rulebook that allows for a ‘mercy rule’ after the second intermission.

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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    Late to the Party but was watching 1st period with a bunch of Leaf Fans.

    Komi got filled in something fierce, and scorecards remain the same in the legend of Komi vs Lucic.

    Someone earlier today pointed to the hiring of Carlyle over Eakins as proof of how Burke made the right decision. Then compared how Montreal has to hire an old school veteran coach.

    I don’t know what to expect, but I don’t want a Randy Carlyle to be our next coach. The current Leaf model is built on speed and skill, we can all comment whether or nto they have both, but they are not a physical team. Carlyle has led his team into a battle they cannot win. Players are fighting just to impress the new coach and getting their clocks cleaned. The Philistines are watching and enjoying their hometown boys beat the tar out of the Canuck from Toronto. Granted they are also beating them to every single puck as well.

    Wow, Brian Burke has taken a huge step backwards hiring Carlyle, his current roster can play nothing close to the style of game of he wants. So now Burke must re-truculate his roster to suit his new coach.

    Things are ugly in Montreal, but things are really ugly in Toronto.

    • Bripro says:

      I’ll settle for simply ugly Gerry, thanks.
      If they get any uglier around here, I don’t think I’ll bother looking for the TV remote.

    • mrhabby says:

      Burke will some how have to remake the leafs over the summer to fit randys style.

      Do the Habs have an identity?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think our first line and Markov w/PK along with Price give us some identity. We have a long ways to go, but we have some building blocks.

        Geoff Molson has a big job coming up in formulating what identity we do take on based on his upcoming decisions.

        I still like our longterm future, but next year may also be a challenge.

    • Phil C says:

      Wow, I feel better about the Montreal situation now. ;-)

  13. FanCritic says:

    don’t have a problem with a few good veterans on the team. but not a team of half deadwood unless you wanna be in the bottom five in the league every year.

  14. Phil C says:

    For those advocating for Patrick Roy as head coach, you should read this Toronto Star article about the Dale Hunter hiring which describes how rare it is to have success in the NHL coming straight from junior hockey.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/article/1093990–cox-dale-hunter-faces-enormous-hurdles-in-washington

    There is a big difference between coaching amateur boys and professional men. The fish bowl that is the Bell Centre is not the place to be making rookie errors. Roy has some outstanding attributes, but he sorely lacks the prerequisite experience to succeed at the NHL level unless you are willing to endure numerous errors and hope those errors don’t create irreversible damage to the franchise. Ironically, the Roy/Tremblay incident is a reminder how badly things can go with an inexperienced coach.

    If you really believe Roy is the guy, why not give him the assistant coach job for a few years? Or take over Hamilton? This is the more traditional, time-proven path, so if you are the GM, why risk it? If Roy is too proud to accept an assistant coach or AHL coach role, then you know for sure his is not suitable for the job as that kind of arrogance would only lead to disaster.

  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    Here’s a partial repost from February 29, below the break, full post is linked below that.

    Note that I think hiring Patrick Roy is a swing for the fences, as opposed to the Jacques Martin hire, which was a slap single to advance the runner, a safe play. Makes you wonder why he was faulted for being too safe and conservative, and terminated this season without an appropriate succession plan.

    Also, I’m not worried about the reports that he’s a figurehead coach and that his assistants take care of everything. We’ve all played for different coaches who had various styles. I had a football coach who wasn’t too swift with the X’s and O’s, he let his coordinators deal with that, but he was funny and warm and would tear a strip off you in a hilarious way if you messed up (it was funnier when he made fun of people that weren’t me), and all the assistants believed in him and supported him and all the players would have run through a wall for him. So if Patrick lets his assistants run practice or the power play, I have no problem with that, he’s still the man in charge and we’d be a better team with him behind the bench. Coaching is mostly about leading men, not necessarily about who wields the meanest mini-chalkboard.

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    2) Head Coach: Patrick Roy is a fiery, sometimes hotheaded individual, but my hunch is that we need some passion and leadership behind the bench. Mr. Roy will provide this, he has a big personality and will inspire his charges to fight and win. Officials will be put on notice when they miss calls, we won’t be doormats and easy marks in this respect.

    Additionally, he is a former player with impeccable credentials who will command respect from everyone but especially from his players, and won’t brook anyone not bending to the team program. All these considerations would be a welcome change from the current coaching régime.

    Mr. Roy also has shown that he has the desire and skill for coaching. He could have sat at home living off his earnings and being a retired gentleman star, but he demonstrated he still has the competitive fire by purchasing the Québec Remparts and serving as the head coach. He also is the General Manager of the team, and while there isn’t complete correspondence between being a NHL and LHJMQ GM, it will be good exposure for him and he will tend to have a better grasp of the issues facing the Canadiens’ GM and will allow him to better participate in meetings and decisions.

    Finally, Patrick is independent, financially and otherwise. He will be coaching not to hang on for another contract, but to win, and will not be meek and timid, but rather proud and unrelenting.

    3) Assistant Coaches: This is a very iffy area to make predictions on, since these nominations are really the purview of the Head Coach. My first and most fervent wish is that he be able to choose people he will feel comfortable with, rather than being assigned his assistants. Practically, there is no chance of this happening, as Mr. Roy would not accept this, and it wouldn’t make sense for the team to start this relationship on a disagreement.

    Having said that, I would like it if we could repatriate Larry Robinson to coach the defencemen. Larry was a noble warrior and is a role model for our younger players. He established himself in Montréal and became an important member of the community, he can provide good direction to our players on how to deal with the ‘pressure’ of playing in Montréal and how to maximize the benefits. He now has decades of NHL coaching experience and can help Mr. Roy in terms of scouting notably.

    For the forwards, I wouldn’t be averse to having Guy Carbonneau back, and for him to also be in charge of the special teams. I wouldn’t give him the head coaching position, since I’m worried about his reaction when he hit the wall in his first stint with the team. He is quoted as saying, when Bob Gainey was asking him what his next move would be to deal with an underperforming team rife with dissension, that he was “out of ideas” and “didn’t know what to do”. So while he may not have been ready to be an NHL head coach, and while I don’t see it favourably that he is working with RDS rather than coaching in junior or minor-league hockey, I do think he would be a good fit with this coaching team. He, like Mr. Robinson, played with Patrick Roy and they won Stanley Cups together. He had good results with the special teams of the Canadiens while he was coaching, and his team played an uptempo, offensive brand of hockey, which would be a great change from Jacques Martin’s ‘Système’.

    For a goalie coach, we can retain Mr. Groulx, but the overriding concern for the next ten years is that the coach be the one who works best with Carey.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/02/canadiens-succession-plan.html

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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  16. Bill says:

    Ugh, heard that Komisarek went after Lucik again and got pummeled … again. Guy does not learn.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • sane hockey fan says:

      It was ugly.

      • Bill says:

        Glad I didn’t see it.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • punkster says:

          I was actually cheering for him but he just doesn’t have the nastiness required to beat Lucic.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • mrhabby says:

            Not enough stones.

          • FANHABULOUS says:

            Man, that was sad to watch… on one hand, he shows balls for fighting a guy who rung his bell before, and I couldn’t help but kinds sorta root for him. But then it became obvious he’s just not as strong as Lurch, and took another beating… I almost felt sad for him and the Leafs (ok, not so sad for the Leafs)

          • punkster says:

            He just approached it so wrong. A cross check to Lucic, a bit of lip, then Lucic just went for him. Komi should have learned to just attack without warning, without preamble. Just start wailing away and let the chips (or chiclets) fall where they may.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Gotta hand it to him, it takes guts for him to go to that well again. A lot of guys would slink away with their tails between their legs, and avoid eye contact, but he took another shot at the title.

            If he keeps trying on Milan Lucic for size and getting slapped down, he can develop a cult following like Eddie Shack had. So he’s got that going for him.

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            How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • punkster says:

            At Un Canadien Errant…if he keeps this up he’ll have Shack’s nose and then some.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • otter649 says:

            Komisarek had the stones to hang in there as it looked like he tried to tie Lucic up (bear hug) when that failed it was hanging on time with Lucic being one of the best fighters/punchers in the league & the fight coming to an end because Lucic arms were tired from punching and sore knuckles……

          • otter649 says:

            Fight looked at bit like Terry Harper fighting Orland Kurtenbach (Leafs) but with less blood spilled…….lol

    • mrhabby says:

      Komi face beet red

  17. mrhabby says:

    Leafs getting manhandled by Bruins….

    Who ever manages Habs next…I hope there watching this game.

  18. SmartDog says:

    Our prospects were ranked 28th? In the league?
    Seriously?? And to think some say we have the best set of prospects we’ve had for some time. LOL

    I would assume Leblanc and Emelin are not considered prospects….?
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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • HabFab says:

      Leblanc is but not Emelin.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Kinda puts things into perspective doesn’t it? I’m getting my jollies picturing what the Hamilton Bulldogs will look like the next couple years, and it is heartening that some of our draft picks are developing as we’d hoped, but I shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that other teams have got good prospects coming up too.

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      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Bill says:

        I know Beaulieu will make the NHL. After that, I’d say Gallagher has the best chance, because he’s got the will and the desire to match the talent. If he weren’t roughly the size of an unusually large chimpanzee, I’d say he’d be a lock. Beyond those guys, I don’t see a lot of NHL potential, though Tinordi is an intriguing dark-horse type.

        Consider that Geoffrion was ranked the 5th best prospect for Nashville, and he’s now on the Habs’ NHL roster!

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I think that the brace of rookies we’ll have in Hamilton the next two seasons show a lot more promise than guys like Olivier Fortier and Philippe Lefebvre. If we hit on 1/4 to 1/3 of them we’ll be in better shape in 2 or 3 years.

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          How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • neumann103 says:

          Yes, but Geoffrion isn’t even a top 5 prospect for the Habs either.

          The Bulldogs roster this year has been drained by the need to drag guys like Leblanc and Palushaj up when they probably would benefit from playing top line minutes in Hamilton.

          The Habs are not going to get much help from the prospect pool next season. However the Bulldogs should be much stronger and then some of those guys should graduate the following year. I don’t think any of the current junior/college kids will be ready to make the jump next season but Beaulieu and Gallagher shouldn’t need more than one season of AHL seasoning.

          “Et le but!”

    • HardHabits says:

      There is the price of trading away picks for rentals, trading away supposedly problematic players for nothing, and for thinking that all it takes is to wear the CH to become a super hockey player.

      Gauthier said a while back that the Habs are not rebuilding. No friggin’ kidding. You need materials to rebuild. The Habs are crumbling and being held together with a thin layer plaster and a new coat of paint.

    • Stev.R says:

      That issue was pathetic. First of all, everyone knows Florida is number 1 in prospects. Secondly the Oilers are brutal in the prospect department. Klefbom and Musil does not constitute a number 1 ranking. THN also has Gallagher ranked too low and don’t give him very much respect.

      This issue focused on AHL teams and their prospects where we all know that Montreal’s prospects are all in Jr. We have a weak Bulldogs team, but that’s because most of the Bulldogs are playing fulltime in the NHL now.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I didn’t think too much of David Musil when I saw him play a couple weeks ago, he seemed like a bit of a bully but nothing else stood out, but we now know he was playing with a broken scaphoid, so I’ll give him a pass.

        That tricky scaphoid, evades diagnosis even if doctors and orthopedists know to be attentive to it. It’s the scourge of the beginner snowboarder.

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        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Duracell3 says:

      They all came up to Montreal, the ones that are left in Hamilton are mostly not good enough, Leblanc when he is there is far an away the highest potential. Hamilton is near last in the AHL.

  19. LostinHabslation says:

    Bad year. Not only am I a Hab’s fan, I grew up a Dolphin’s fan. Trade – Jeff Ireland for PG. It cannot be any worse, can it?

  20. boing007 says:

    Reimer stinks tonight. Tank has been temporarily postponed due to the inept play of the Laffs.

    Richard R

  21. Les Canayens says:

    Curious facts of the day:
    “Bonk originally wore number 76 as a member of the Thunder and in his first two seasons in Ottawa, but switched to number 14 after new general manager Pierre Gauthier implemented a team rule prohibiting players from wearing “vanity numbers” (that is, numbers higher than the goaltenders). Thus, teammate Alexandre Daigle also switched to number 9 from his traditional 91.”

    (sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radek_Bonk)

    I guess with the Habs where so many “regular” numbers are retired, this policy of his becomes unrealistic.

  22. I remember back a few years when Max-Pac was ineffective on the Habs for a couple of years. Then after a half season in the AHL with this midget center who was too small to make the Show, he started to score. Called that center the best player he ever played with.
    Now he is in the thirty goal club, and the center is right beside him dishing passes left and right between scoring goals.

    So all you wannabe GM’s think a bit about what you say before mouthing off about the real guys who make decisions, and wanting to ditch players with talent who need seasoning before getting the confidence to trust their instincts.

    The game is so fast there is no time to think, There is no think, you just do, according to Yoda.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I keep thinking that some of the talk about Eller now is reminiscent of the talk about Pacs then. Personally, I see a similar potential upside. Since I am not clairvoyant, I can’t say whether Eller really will follow the same kind of path or not.

      I must say, however, that many on this site, indeed, are clairvoyant and have certain knowledge that Leblanc, for another example, will only be a third liner — at best. By the same token they know that Gallagher will be a complete bust etc.

  23. boing007 says:

    Leafs vs Bruins on RDS. Now. Go Leafs!

    Richard R

  24. boing007 says:

    Tank Corps Alert: According to today’s Montreal Gazette, the match between the Leafs and Bruins will be televised at 7 PM on RDS this evening.

    Richard R

  25. jols101 says:

    If Roy is the next coach the Habs will definetly be setting their sites on Grigeranko if we end up in the draft lottery. If he becomes the new head coach one thing I hope he does is create a youth movement immediately. As a Habs fan in Ottawa i make the drive to Montreal at least 7 or 8 times a year and stay for the full weekend as i enjoy taking in the rich night life after the game.
    I would be much happier spending my money next year on tickets for a team show casing young talent like Grigorenko, Gallagher, Tinordi and Beaulieu rather then seeing the same hacks like Darche, Camploi, Geoffrion, Pulushjai (sp?), Weber, Diaz, St. Denis and the rest of the career AHLers that we have been exposed to this year…
    Yes the young kids would make their rookie mistakes and go through some growing pains but for my money it would be way more fun to watch then the same shit we had to put up with this year

    • Cal says:

      Winning teams always have a blend of veterans with youth. If you want to watch the Oilers for the next few years- mediocrity- it’s on quite often. I sure as hell don’t. Do you really think the horror show with the Habs veterans will continue? Youth movements make for losing hockey, and that is the real shit.

    • Mike D says:

      It’s funny….cuz over half the “hacks” you just mentioned are, in fact, young prospects themselves.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  26. Bill says:

    One thing about the Patrick Roy rumours, they have nicely distracted from the earlier negative news about the Habs’ prospects being ranked 28th …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • TomNickle says:

      Nice distraction from the bone-headed decision to wind sprint a team with nine games remaining and no playoff games on the horizon.

      Whoever made the decision ought to be fired on the spot.

      • Bill says:

        You think the wind-sprints were punitive?

        Full Breezer 4 Life

      • matt jordan says:

        Lots of these guys are playing for jobs and should do wind sprints.

        Nothing wrong in making millionaires work for their money, too bad Gomez and Kaberle weren’t there, they could really have used some more skating time.

      • Bripro says:

        Win, practice.
        Lose, take tomorrow off.
        That was the problem all year.
        With the outrageous amount of money they earn?….they can skate ’till they toss their cookies!

  27. punkster says:

    So it’s Patrick Roy day on HI/O…all well and good then.

    I don’t have the faintest idea how his particular focus, toughness and expectations would play in the room. These are things I would expect, in varying degrees, from any NHL level coach…so if Roy brings all that and the team buys into it then I say, GREAT!

    But for pure entertainment value, hell, you won’t get a better choice. Modern day Circus Maximus, high drama and theatre all rolled into one. Coupled with a living, breathing GM and we got ourselves a season…booyaaaaa baby!!!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  28. habstrinifan says:

    Read only the furst line or two of the first post showing at 5:30pm. Apparently discussion already started re the revelation on team990 by Tony Marinaro , sourcing a publication, D’eQ…. that Patrick Roy will indeed be the head coach next season along with some QMJHL coaches as his assisstants.

    While Roy as head coach is not something I am afraid of .. the story surroundng the negotiations with Molson disturbs me a lot. A whole Lot.

  29. LafleurGuy says:

    I think why some of the very successful coaches were unremarkable players is that they lived first hand what effort and attitude were necessary to have success and longevity as a non-star player. Jacques Lemaire was an exception, but Boom Boom didn’t fare well here or in New York. Julien, Quenneville, Bylsma, Laviolette, Randy Carlyle (he actually was a very good player), and even Hitchcock back in ’99 when he had replaced Hall-of-Famer Robert Michael Gainey as coach are Stanley Cup winning coaches who, with some exceptions, were not good players or even team captains. Roger Neilson and Mike Keenan with their University of Toronto Blues coaching backgrounds, Gary Green as a 26 year old NHL coach, Harry Sinden at age 32, Guy Boucher with his 2 Masters degrees, illustrate that coaching talent comes from all directions. At least Hitchcock won a couple of Memorial Cups before Gainey, who graduated from the Peterborough Petes, gave him his big break.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      P.S. Are Roy’s Remparts (Lafleur baby!) serious contenders for the Memorial Cup berth?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • TomNickle says:

        Not likely. The SeaDogs are stacked even more so than they were last season and Shawinigan is the host.

        • LafleurGuy says:

          Beaulieu baby!…. with apologies to punkster.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          • TomNickle says:

            Getting Charlie Coyle was nothing short of a monster addition for them.

          • punkster says:

            Damn…knew I shoulda ™’d that sucka…

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • HabFab says:

            “Monster addition”.
            We will have none of that talk around here young man!

          • TomNickle says:

            Haha. I read my comment HabFab and was waiting for somebody to jump all over it.

            Let me state clearly and publicly that I am not in favour of Pierre McGuire earning employment from the Montreal Canadiens or the Bell Centre itself. I don’t want him suiting up in an usher’s uniform.

            He can hang with NBC or take control of a different team.

    • TomNickle says:

      Randy Carlyle was a pretty good player yeah(A Norris Winner). Jacques Lemaire was okay. Larry Robinson? Not bad.

      Kevin Dineen, Dale Hunter, Lindy Ruff, Kirk Muller, Dave Tippet, Joe Sacco, Brent Sutter.

      Pretty good players who didn’t have to take too many bus trips back to the farm clubs in their day.

      Other coaches who have appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals at the very least include Craig MaCtavish and Darryl Sutter. They were pretty good too.

      Joel Quennville didn’t play much in the AHL either by the way and was a pretty damn good hockey player.

      • LafleurGuy says:

        Your hockey knowledge, TN, is amazing, in the same elite category as 24 Cups, Chris, HabFab, and I hope I didn’t offend anyone by omission.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • TomNickle says:

          I agree that coaching talent comes from all directions. Barry Trotz and Scotty Bowman are great examples of terrific coaches who didn’t play professional hockey.

          I feel that at this time, the young players in this organization could use somebody who played the game though. The thing about being a coach in Montreal is that you have people like Guy Lafleur doing talk radio and criticizing the team quite often. Having a coach that alumni wouldn’t dare speak out against will allow that person the freedom to make decisions without having to worry about former players who have the ear of everyone second guessing them publicly.

      • Les Canayens says:

        Ted Nolan, Pat Burns (ex cop), Jacques Demers (illiterate) add to the diverse background of excellent coaches.

  30. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @Tom Nickle re: Patrick Roy as Our next Coach:
    …Focus: couldn’t agree more …I contend one of major reasons certain Players do not perform up to Their potential in Montreal is the stress and burn-out from the incessant Fans and rabid media …Roy will be the lightning-rod to ameliorate that handicap
    …Team Toughness: couldn’t agree more …Patrick Roy is a hardass that will do what He has to do to counter intimidation …Patrick has made poor decisions in the past, and paid the price …Patrick Roy will be an ‘emotional’ Coach, but I believed He has learned some hard lessons and better uses discretion today
    …Expectations: couldn’t agree more: Patrick Roy is a WINNER,and will HATE to lose …allowing no bull-$hit from anyOne of Our Team if They are not giving Their ALL
    …Hunter Mentality: couldn’t agree more …Patrick goes for the jugular, and would be antithetical to Jacques Martin ‘pussy-hockey’
    …another facet Patrick Roy would give Montreal Canadiens’ Fans, which was not mentioned, is Entertainment Value …for sure, there would be mega-wattage anticipation to a Patrick Roy coached Team that a Jacques Martin, Randy Cunneyworth, or other Coaching alternative
    …now, I am first to admit, all this could come to a crashing conclusion if Roy messes the bed and loses more than He wins …that’s Life ! …everyday We roll the dice
    …for Moi ?, …I will Take That Chance !!!
    _____________________________________________________________________
    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjObvIQtsLk&feature=related

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  31. LafleurGuy says:

    Do some of you, at least, recall an NHL coach named Wade Grotzky, or something like that?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • TomNickle says:

      Gretzky had not coached at any level prior to becoming an NHL head coach.

      Patrick Roy has demonstrated success in player development and winning.

      Huge difference Guy.

      • shiram says:

        He’s coaching teens though, not millionaires and adults.

        RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

        • TomNickle says:

          Who better to make that transition than a former star player who knows how players want to be treated?

          • shiram says:

            Someone that coached in the AHL first.

            RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

          • TomNickle says:

            Name me a bilingual candidate in the AHL.

            Thanks.

          • HabFab says:

            Clement Jodoin of the Bulldogs, not that I’m suggesting him.

          • TomNickle says:

            They could do worse. But I believe strongly that Joidoin was hired because of the pending influx of young talent coming to Hamilton. I disqualified him from the beginning because of that and this organization’s need for a coach would instantly command the respect of the players in the locker room.

          • shiram says:

            I’m not trying to find the perfect coach, I’m saying Roy is not that perfect coach.

            RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

          • TomNickle says:

            I don’t recall saying he was perfect either.

          • shiram says:

            Cool, so let’s agree on that!

            RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

      • LafleurGuy says:

        Um, I’m a different guy… But after a couple of seasons don’t you think the Great One would have picked up more coaching skill? If I’m not mistaken, I think he coached the 2002 Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey team in Salt Lake City.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  32. TomNickle says:

    The Case For Patrick Roy As Coach

    First of all let me say that for the longest time I was in complete disagreement with any suggestion that he become the head coach of this team. There are reasons that I have changed my opinion, and here they are.

    1. Focus

    - The media and fans would immediately turn their attention toward Patrick Roy. No more would you have mobs upon mobs of media in the faces of Plekanec, Price, Subban or other prominent players on the team. Roy would instantly be the media magnet and would take attention away from the players. This shift in focus would immediately allow the young players on this team to develop in a more natural environment and it would allow the veterans on the team the freedom to have a bad game once in a while without being mentioned in a trade rumour.

    2. Team Toughness

    - This team has somewhere in the neighbourhood of four players who will actually answer the bell when an opposing team or player takes cheap shots or liberties with our players. We could debate the lack of class associated with some of Roy’s moves as a junior coach and how they relate to team toughness. But at the end of the day, there would be no bs without a response. There would be a zero tolerance policy on other teams taking shots at Price and anyone else on the club for that matter. This is something lacking from the current roster and mentality of the team as a whole.

    3. Expectations

    - No longer will it be okay for this franchise to make the playoffs. Being a perennial contender would be the mandate under Roy. If you’ve heard any of his junior players speak since he’s begun coaching, you’ve seen players brimming with confidence. The organization will be built the right way with its stars showcased and handled properly.

    4. Hunter Mentality

    - No longer will this team be on the defensive. Roy will implement a style of play that applies pressure to the opposing team.

    With the last point probably being the most significant. It’s important to recognize that every forward this team has is at the very least responsible defensively. Adding a more aggressive attack that isn’t centred around chipping the puck into the offensive zone would go a long way toward making this team a complete squad.

    • HabFab says:

      Well, Patrick is known in the Q as the anti Boucher. He was an extremely outspoken opponent of Bouchers “trap”.

      • TomNickle says:

        The only negative to hiring Roy is his temper. The positives for this team, at this time(most important) outweigh that one glaring negative.

        • Bill says:

          I just can’t see it. This is a team in need of an experienced professional coach. I would even take Hartley over Roy, and I can’t STAND Hartley.

          Now if they want to sign Roy to be Carey’s back-up, I’m all for that.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • TomNickle says:

            An experienced professional coach like Jacques Martin? Kidding aside, I would have no problem with Marc Crawford as the next coach. He’s caught a bad rap over the Bertuzzi deal. I maintain that a coach would never direct a 90 point player to maim an opposing team’s plugger. And having a pretty good handle on Crawford’s style and the kind of person he is, I can say confidently that he didn’t direct Bertuzzi to go after Moore. I won’t say he didn’t direct somebody on the team in general to go after him though.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Tom, you make a good case for Patrick. I am on the fence on this one. The GM has to come first and then its his call. They’ll be married for a few years. The Chicken comes before the egg. Or is it the other way around?

      • TomNickle says:

        It’s hard to say to be honest. Julien Brisebois could be hired following the addition of a coach. He’s a lawyer and cap guru first and a hockey man second. Claude Loiselle almost fits into the same boat.

        I don’t think you would ever see the team announce the addition of the coach prior to the addition of the GM. But it could definitely happen that way behind closed doors.

        • Bill says:

          Claude Loiselle and Julien Brisebois “in the same boat” as lawyers first, hockey men second?

          Except for the 600+ games Loiselle played in the NHL, you mean? :)

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • TomNickle says:

            That’s where the almost is coming from. I believe Loiselle also has a law degree.

            I wasn’t referring to him as a hockey man second.

          • Bill says:

            ^^ K. Loiselle does have a law degree, and along with the years of pro hockey experience it makes him an interesting candidate. I don’t see a guy like Brisebois running a hockey team … unless he totally relies on a “hockey guy” assistant when it comes to evaluating talent. Brisebois is the perfect assistant GM/cap guy/ contract guy though.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HabFab says:

            HiB ran a link here on the weekend giving the top candidates for GM jobs in the NHL. BriseBois was listed as the third most likely but also one of the two youngest. Seems his intelligence is impressive.

          • TomNickle says:

            That’s where I feel that a combination of Brisebois and Roy would be a good fit Bill.

            Allow Roy to handle the player personnel decisions and have Brisebois crunch the numbers and negotiate the contracts.

    • Cal says:

      1. Sorry, but that’s bunk. Roy may deliver histrionics behind the bench and have nasty press conferences, but the players are the focus, not the coach.
      2. There is no bs now without a response. The GM has 3 in Bourque, Staubitz and White. If Moen returns, 4.
      3.That win it all mentality starts with the players and the ingredients. Roy would have done as bad or almost as bad with the same team this year. Crazy ass injuries do that to most teams lacking secondary scoring depth and no superstar scorers on the team. The Pens are the exception strictly because of Malkin and Fleury’s gret season.
      4. There is ebb and flow to every game. Being aggressive does not mean success all the time.
      I do agree with stopping the giving the puck away routine and sending in wingers to try to take the puck away.

  33. The Jackal says:

    Where did this rumour come from that BG fired Carbo because he didn’t like Price? Either way, sounds like balony, and more importantly, we ended up keeping the best goalie for us anyway. Carbo was fired more as a reactionary move by a BG who saw the team needed to get blown up.

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @HabInBurlington
    …My condolences Gerald …hope We will not hold it against Kirk Muller :)
    …in order of My personal preferences of which teams will win this season’s Stanley Cup:
    …Winnipeg Jets (this year’s ‘feel-good’ story);
    …Ottawa Senators (almost 100 years since their last, Ottawa almost an after-thought of most hockey fans, no respect, and ‘a parade’ most Montrealers can easily ‘drive down the road’ to join-in and riot :) );
    …Nashville Predators (for Hal, SK & AK …and hopefully AK will be ‘bringing it’ EVERY game, to show Gauthier, Martin and Cunny They might consider using Players’ talents instead of forcing Them into roles They have no affinity);
    …and, My final preference, the Vancouver Canucks (My current ‘hometown’, and like Ottawa, to finally earn some ‘respect’ if not ‘love’ from those that presently ‘hate’ them)
    …the Canucks are My last ‘preference’, if all else fails to come to be, because My friends and neighbors whom are frustrated Canucks’ fans will become even more insufferable than they already are …I warily predict even MORE insufferable than the average Habs’ Fans, …and THAT is sayin’ mucho INSUFFERABLE ! :)

    _________________________________________________________
    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjObvIQtsLk&feature=related

    …the Montreal Canadiens organization and Our Fans, as a whole need to feel this current cold frigid splash of reality, …this process will, hopefully, give Us a long needed sense of humility, not humiliation …and help to revive and renew Our tattered culture of high hockey ideals, and ultimate success in the near future
    …ride the wave, is all We can do as Fans: …Ownership must make the right choices, persevere, and act not talk

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • TomNickle says:

      The Senators couldn’t sell out a game in their last playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins two seasons ago. That team relies heavily on third period scoring to win hockey games and that really isn’t the best recipe for success in the NHL playoffs. Letting teams get ahead and climbing back often proves futile in April and May.

      The Jets would definitely be a nice story. The Canucks do nothing but complain from top to bottom. And that more than anything becomes a crutch. They won’t win a damn thing.

      Nashville would be fantastic. Putting aside that there are numerous former Habs playing there, Barry Trotz deserves it. It’s just that simple.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …realistically Tom, I look at the Jets and Senators as long-shots …Jets can do it if they harness the emotion of their fans, and play 50/50 at least on the road
        …Canucks need their last trade to give them ‘the grit’ they need (but, I still believe Gillis giving-away Cody Hodgson is the first bone-head move he has made as GM)
        ……Nashville has the elite talent on D that has to play up to their potential; the wildcards are AK and Radulov, especially AK

        _________________________________________________________
        HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song: Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjObvIQtsLk&feature=related

        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
        http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  35. HabFab says:

    Price and Subban on TSN talking about the season;
    Price said hockey players aren’t programed to TANK when asked by some bimbo!
    PK said no one has told the team that it is over!

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

    Are there any Tankers out there who are also not halakist?
    Food for thought me thinks….

    • TomNickle says:

      Yep. Right here. I believe that Jaroslav Halak is a somewhat selfish and overrated hockey player. I too believe that management should put this team in a situation where it is less likely to win hockey games over the next month.

      Peter Budaj and Carey Price should be rotating by game. Andrei Markov should be put back on the shelf in favour of Tomas Kaberle. Ryan White should be put back on a line with Tomas Plekanec and PK Subban and Josh Gorges should be taking regular shifts instead of seeing upwards of 25 minutes per game.

      Good thing is that Cunneyworth and Ladouceur don’t have to change a thing about the way they coach. They think they’re coaching kids but the majority of the players lacing ‘em up for the Habs make more money than they do. They don’t seem to realize that thank goodness.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Funny, I haven’t really heard anything about how AK is doing in Nashville lately. I guess he has cooled off a bit huh?
      Its pretty much the same thing. Halak has a poor beginning to the season. Mum’s the word. But he goes on a streak and it all come racing back. Same thing with AK. 6 points in 5 games, he was phenomenal and we didn’t use him correctly. 0 points in 4 games, nothing heard again
      Happened with Ryder, Moore, everyone.

      • Bill says:

        Points come and points go. Most players are “streaky” to some extent. Guys who score consistently (Cole) are less common, and yeah, thus more valuable.

        But I still say AK46 was and is a very useful hockey player. I’ve always been on his side on this board – years – and I can’t see my mind changing. Wherever he plays next year he’ll be in a top-six role and he WILL put up 25 goals and over 100 hits.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • TomNickle says:

          Completely agree. One season not having scored 20 goals and it was shortened due to injury. He hits, he’s creative, he uses his size effectively by protecting the puck and he’s good in the room.

          A second round pick in return for a top 15 pick who is an excellent player was a terrible trade. Another pendulum swing in that career of Pierre Gauthier.

  36. HardHabits says:

    C’mon people. Where’s that fighting rah-rah spirit. Let’s see those line combos. Don’t forget to include in those combos all the great new signings and traded for players the Habs will acquire.

    Meanwhile I’ll revving up the Tank™ for next season.

  37. The Dude says:

    With Roy as coach Gauthier will be in the HOT seat or a CHOKE hold,lol….like it, Bring on Patrick Roy!

    • HardHabits says:

      If Roy becomes coach I’d love to see Gainey try to fire him for sitting Price.

      That being said Gainey has to go before the Habs can begin their renewal.

  38. PeterD says:

    Brendan Gallagher…from Friday March 16th 2012…just love this kids compete and skill level..look forward to seeing him advance over the next year or two.

    http://youtu.be/2WHDbIlSzXc

  39. Hobie Hansen says:

    The heart in me would love to see Roy behind the bench but the brain, what’s left of it, thinks otherwise.

    It’s not a cliche or a cop-out when people say that a rookie coach can’t succeed in Montreal. Just like Brian Burke didn’t throw his AHL coach behind the bench in Toronto, Montreal should follow the same guideline. Roy has coached in the CHL but I’d still be worried from the get go.

    I’m in no mood for a mediocre team with a circus like environment surrounding it and wasting three more seasons.

    • Bripro says:

      Partial re-post:

      I’m convinced G Molson wants to ice a champion team.
      Maybe it’s just taken this long for him to get a feel for what is needed for this team.
      Personally, I don’t think that it’s Saint Patrick. We all know his character, and I would rather remember him for what he represented while he played here, than tarnish that, as Gainey did, by butting heads with the stigma that is the Montreal Canadiens.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      My thoughts exactly, Hobes. This team needs a real hockey-man behind the bench. Roy perpetuates the circus IMO. From what I have heard on radio and whatnot, Roy is a figurehead and his assistants do the coaching in QC. He was a great goalie and one of my idols growing up, doesn’t make him an NHL coach.

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  40. FanCritic says:

    Couldn’t care less about this year. it’s all but over. so there’s talk about Roy coaching next year. if they don’t fix the mess we have right now. Roy will just be a number. a coach is as good as what the GM puts on the ice for him. Roy could take this team right now and you’d see no difference. as a matter of fact the fiery attitude he’s gonna bring, they’d probably quit on him. give him good players and I think he’ll be one of the best. one good french player on each line would be a good start. I wanna see the flying frenchmen again like we had in the pass. That’s why I’m a Montreal Canadiens Fan….

    • naweed235 says:

      So you think a Hab’s line up with more french players is a guarantee to success?
      WOW… It’s because of none sense like this that this organization will always have a handicap… Where other teams will hire the best man available for the job, Montreal will be looking into french speaking personel…
      Sad really

  41. HardHabits says:

    The Habs are 4 lines, 3 defensive pairings, 2 goal-tenders, a new coach, a new GM and a new owner away from contending.

    Apart from that they are close.

    They’ll probably keep everybody and fire Trevor Timmins for making them all look bad.

  42. Dr.Rex says:

    IT would be interesting to find out how many of the players have already booked a plane flight home in the days following the season finale. This would be a great indication of how much the players actually care about the remaining games.

    Chances aer RC has alrady made plans to travel home the morning after the Leafs game.

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    If indeed the Roy rumour is true, chances are RC will find out very soon if he hasn’t already.

    That would leave him to coach the remaining games in an even more useless environment than he had previously.

    Whether or not RC is a good coach, he has been treated like crap, in my opinion. Which is too bad.

    • shiram says:

      I do feel for him, but not enough to want him back next year.
      There’s just no clear-cut candidate for the HC spot.

      RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

    • Bripro says:

      He has shown his rookie status at times this year, but indeed, he deserves more respect than the Canadiens’ organization has shown.
      Given his work ethic in Ottawa, I have no doubt that he’s trying his absolute hardest.
      The problem is if the players pout their way through the final 12 games or so, then it will reflect on him, and I’m afraid his pro career might be over.

    • Propwash says:

      Always gotta have a fallguy…..Gomez is injured so suivant next.

      _____________________________
      Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • Cal says:

      I don’t believe Molson lacks that much class. This is another internet rumour that’s been generated to draw interest back to the Habs and all the radio and tv that goes with it. The focus this time of year is usually on which team the Habs might face and their chances. Instead, it’s bs rumours.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I did premise my statement by saying “if” this is true.

        • Cal says:

          True, but wouldn’t we rather licking our chops over the playoffs? ;)

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Absolutely, sucks to not be looking forward to playoffs. Hopefully the organization has learned a great deal from this year.

          • Bripro says:

            They don’t seem to be learning much. It’s been a while.
            Give George Gillet credit for one thing, aside from his entertainment ingenuity,
            he put the Habs back on the world stage and showed class in the process.
            But as soon as he left, it might be purely coincidental, there seemed to be a change in direction, in philosophy.
            I’m convinced G Molson wants to ice a champion team.
            Maybe it’s just taken this long for him to get a feel for what is needed for this team.
            Personally, I don’t think that it’s Saint Patrick. We all know his character, and I would rather remember him for what he represented while he played here, than tarnish that, as Gainey did, by butting heads with the stigma that is the Montreal Canadiens.

  44. Say Ash says:

    Darche got me wondering what’s the oldest a guy’s ever been signed to their first one-way contract? Anybody know?

  45. rhino514 says:

    More evidence that, though it´s tough to figure out what more to do, they have to keep trying to bring down concussions.
    All of a sudden we have Darche, Gomez, and Moen out with concussions.
    The odds are against us that next year it will only happen to fourth line players, or Gomez, who is no longer a key player for us. It will happen to one of our star players, and this team can´t afford to have key guys out for extended periods of time.
    And though I don´t subsribe to the view that only a “big” team wins, I do tend to see that smallish players tend to get hurt more often and for longer periods. Luckily, we aren´t as small as we used to be. But if Pleks or DD go down for an extended period, it will really hurt.

    Not to ignore the real human side of this issue. Repeated concussions put an athlete´s future quality of life seriously in danger.

  46. P-Habby says:

    I believe this is the link for the Roy becoming coach story that generated all the discussion on tsn 990 this morning and it is in French:

    http://www.danslescoulisses.com/site/sources/dlc/2516-qui-sera-le-dg-derriere-patrick-roy.html

  47. joeybarrie says:

    Radulov coming back to Nashville….
    The guy leaves for better conditions, not loving Nashville.
    SK had 0 goals in the playoffs last year.
    AK has 19 points in 41 playoff games.
    I don’t see these new additions (SK excluded) as being the great opportunity people are thinking they will be.
    But you gotta like the anticipation of what happens.

    • Cal says:

      Poile is going for it this season because of the imminent departure of Weber, and perhaps, Suter.
      If Rinne doesn’t deliver, they will be gone in 1 round and the K bros will be laughing about it over a few cold ones back home.

      • Cardiac says:

        Reminds me of the two Russian players from The Goon laughing it up while skating to the bench after being on the ice for a goal against their team.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        - Jerry Maguire

  48. shiram says:

    Enforcers work, according to DD.
    He feels 6’8″ now that White is on the team.

    http://fr-ca.actualites.yahoo.com/lnh-canadien-lhomme-qui-fait-grandir-desharnais-180248686–spt.html

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  49. P-Habby says:

    I scrolled down and didn’t see anything, so I apologize if this has been mentioned, but on tsn 990 they spent the last two hours citing a report from two sources, that Molson asked Roy to be the next head coach and he agreed…for whatever it’s worth…

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Compare Roy’s credentials to guys like Hitchcock, Bylsma, Mike Murphy, Quenneville, Trott. The only way it could work with King Patrick is if he is surrounded with assistants who have expertise in the technical aspects of coaching. It would be M. Tremblay vers. 2012.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • jon514 says:

      Any links anywhere? Can’t seem to find this on google news.

      I also want to add that, Cunneyworth has 12 years of professional coaching experience where Roy has a handful of year in the minors. That being said, I’ve learned from experience never to hold St. Patrick to the standards of normal people, he’s an exceptional person.

      “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

    • Bill says:

      I can’t believe the Habs would hire a coach with no pro-coaching experience, much less one with the negative history Roy has with the Habs (he literally quit on the team), and much more so less one with Roy’s well-known temper/anger problems.

      So I’m not going to worry about this.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Bripro says:

        I’m not certain who quit on whom, especially who you consider his “coach” was at the time, but you’re bang on in terms of temper and personality.

        • Cal says:

          Both Tremblay and Roy’s egos got in the way. Houle should have told Roy to go home and cool off for a couple days. Instead, stupidity ruled the day and the Habs for almost a decade later.

          • Bripro says:

            +1

          • slychard says:

            Whenever Houle comes up I think of Dryden’s less then complimentary description of the man in his book The game.

            +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
            Kiss my hAbSS!!!

          • LafleurGuy says:

            slychard, Dryden didn’t slag Houle. It’s not in Dryden’s nature. Rather, he characterized Houle as super humble young man with poor boy roots. Dryden even took the high road in portraying the Philthy Flyers, far different than Robinson’s Minister for the Defence.

      • Lizardking89 says:

        He didn’t quit on the team at all. Tremblay and Houle are the ones to blame for that entire fiasco. Tremblay left the greatest goalie in the world in for 9 goals to teach him a lesson. Who the fuck does he think he is? Tremblay was a scrub compared to Roy and had no business doing that. He didn’t quit on the team at all the dysfunctional Habs organization quit on him.

        • Cal says:

          He didn’t. Shutt, an assistant at the time, took some of the blame. He said that Tremblay asked if he should pull Roy and Shutt felt the Habs still had a shot. Shutt was dead wrong. In the end, though, it’s all semantics. Roy left and was happy to.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      I have no issues if he is the next head coach.

    • Malreg says:

      Was it Marinaro that said it?

      If so, don’t count on it.

      And if they hire a coach before picking a new GM, it means that Gauthier is staying. Every GM likes to hire their own coach, so they wouldn’t pick a coach before hiring a new GM.

      • P-Habby says:

        I started listening when The Intermission was on with Marinaro and Tieman, then Tieman took over the discussion on his own show – but they were citing a specific source on the net, it wasn’t just Marinaro saying it – not that one should believe everything on the Internet or what Tony Marinaro says of course…

    • HabFab says:

      Have reservations concerning Patrick but after watching his team play a couple of times came to this conculsion. He must be pretty good because they as individual players are not. And he keeps them ranked in the top ten nationally. He also possesses the highest winning percentage during his tenure.

    • Cal says:

      The problem is the media no longer has “sources.” That’s why the media never has a clue as to what is going on. That’s why they want PG gone more than anything. They like leakers and BG and PG have cut that nonsense off.

    • Jon L says:

      I say bring it on. I have no idea if he’d do well or not, but it would be nice to have someone show some emotion behind the bench, maybe tear Chris Lee a new one every now and then. I’d prefer someone with experience and a history of winning, but since he “has to be french”, that might be a short list. When it comes down to it, I’m more worried about who’s playing than who’s coaching.
      At least it will be interesting.

  50. shiram says:

    Darche wants to play :http://fr-ca.actualites.yahoo.com/lnh-canadien-darche-veut-revenir-171419538–spt.html

    he’s training to try and play games this season.
    He had concussion like symptons, they thought it might have been an in-ear infection, but when that was fixed, he still felt different.
    He never got a concussion diagnosis though.

    He’s hoping to play in MTL next season.

    Flyers picked up goalie Sebastien Caron from waivers, he was playing in Europe. He won’t play this season or in the playoffs.

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  51. The Dude says:

    Ever since numb-nuts traded Halak this team has lost its soul and spirit and the belief that anything is possible….that’s what that Tender did for us and is now doing for 1st place St Lou! And now look at us….man ,if it wasn’t for Cole there would be less than nuthing! I would not of wanted the Rocket to have witnessed this debacle of a season and probably the next!

  52. 24 Cups says:

    It’s official – Radulov has been cleared to play for Nashville. He may suit up as early as Thursday night and play on a line with AK46.

    http://www.dobberhockey.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4500:alexander-radulov-cleared-to-play-in-nhl&catid=19:nhl-deals&Itemid=117

    • HabinBurlington says:

      This is the year for Nashville to make some noise in the playoffs and make some money for the owner. Very interesting, that is another big contract they will have to try and sign this summer.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Funny how Marty Turco is ineligible for the playoffs, but Radulov has the green light.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I like Nashville as a team: since they’re on a budget, their team has mostly relied on drafting and developing their own players and they’re quite good at it. It seems as if they’re almost too good since they develop great D-men then might have to trade them away because they can’t afford what other teams can pay (not sure if that’s how Hamhuis went to Vancouver).

      They also have a good coach and system in place, and they play as a team and while overall they could use more offense, it is still a pretty balanced team. And even though they don’t goon it up like the Bruins, they’re by no means a soft team – they can stick up for themselves if they need to, but don’t, in general, rough up other teams.

  53. Bripro says:

    I’ve been home-renovating for 2 weeks now, and haven’t been on much.
    But it doesn’t look like I missed much.
    Wow…I would have to think this site will be cricket-ville come May.
    The tank will be complete, the Habs still suffering from a lack of focus/vision/identity/(fill in the blank).
    I can’t wait until October, and we’re only March.
    Good thing I have no life…but a fridge full of beer!!!

  54. krob1000 says:

    Manning a Bronco…

  55. HabinBurlington says:

    No fight at practise today, so I can’t see the Habs making TSN till Wednesday.

  56. New says:

    The stages of hockey fan reality checks:
    - Denial. It is just a bad camp, Oct, and Nov, they always play bad at the start of the year, in Dec, in Jan, if only Markov was here. We’ll be better and I see us taking 16 of a possible 8 points on the road.
    - Anger. JM is an idiot! Gauthier is an idiot! Gainey conspired with Dallas to sink us. Cunnyworth is an idiot! The usher is an idiot! The broadcasters are idiots! Youppie is an idiot! ( actually that one may be valid as far as mascots go. Youppie lost one team already)
    - Bargaining. If only Riberio, Ryder, the Wiz, Halak, Souray, Kostitsyn, were here we’d be ok. Ignore my previous posts about trading them. If only we kept Spac instead of Kaberle. If we can trade our fourth liner for a power forward we’d be set. Hey I just noticed if we had won more of those games we lost we would be right in this!
    - Depression. They have to tank. Leave the net open. I wish I never bought that Halak sweater. Price can’t stop anything. The guys are so-o-o good it must be Kaberle’s fault. I hope someone cleans that goon’s face even if they lose. Oh no! They won. They can’t even lose right. (Disassociation is complete)
    - Acceptance. Did you see that soccer game? Wow it has been great out, solar flares do mean something. Hockey? It is what it is. That Karlssen kid is pretty good. Wish the Habs had a guy like Neil. Horton out of Boston is a big deal. Nashville is going for it. The Canadiens had an off year, they’ll be back stronger next year, as long as my package stays within 10% I guess I’ll renew.

    Youppie needs to go.
    Cut it.

  57. habfan53 says:

    It’s been a quiet day so I thought I would do a little research.
    Including and since Toe Blake Montreal has had 17 head coaches (not counting Gainey twice). Of the 17 only 5 had previous NHL experience ; Scotty, Boom Boom, Bob Berry, Demers and JM.
    Of the “Rookies” 4 have won Stanley Cups Blake, Ruel, McNeil and Perron. for 10 CUPS.
    Of the experienced only Scotty and Jacques Demers have won the CUP (6) .
    Of the 12 newbies 7 coached again in the NHL McNeil, Perron, Lemaire, Burns, Vigneault, Therrien and Julien with Lemaire, Burns and Julien winning the Stanley Cup and Vigneault and Therrien going to the FINALS.
    Blake, Ruel, Geoffrion, Demers, Tremblay, Carbonneau and Martin have not had head coaching NHL jobs again.
    After leaving Montreal Lemaire, Burns and Vigneault have gone on to win Coach of the Year,
    Of the “rookie” coaches after Bowman Pat Burns 60.93% and Jean Perron 58.75% have the best winning percentage.

    None of this means much It was just something to look up

    to paraphrase Nixon: If the Bruins do it, it is not illegal

  58. Strummer says:

    This has been pointed out I’m sure earlier,
    but look at our goal differential of -12.

    It isn’t bad compared to a number of teams ahead of us in the standings
    Fla 83 pts -17
    Wash 78 pts -12
    Wpg 76 pts -11
    Buf 76 pts -24

    Cgy 81 pts -17

    With a few bounces, S/O goals/saves and 3rd period leads preserved we could be in this.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  59. FanCritic says:

    what can you expect from a team with a two man 2nd line a weak 3rd line and no 4th line. I think they did pretty darn good. our top 5 deserve a lot of credit. Cole, DD, Max-Pac, Pleks and Gionta. the rest, belong elsewhere if you want a winner in Montreal and I think molson’s owe that to the fans that pay their way. they will not be happy with this type of team 2012-2013 so Mr. Molson your off season starts now….

  60. naweed235 says:

    I typed this as a response below but for some reason it is not showing up… anyways:
    I think the loss of Gio and Moen was probably the biggest blow…
    I gotta say when I compare our current team with what we had 2 yrs ago when we made that playoff run I see Vanilla… Back then, there seemed to be alotta leadership with guys like Metropolit and Moore and a certain “swagger” with Halak, Lapierre and MAB’s canon blast… Heck even Cammaleri and Gomez were still in the honey moon faze and lead the way…
    Today? I see alotta wimps in Eller, Bourque, Nokkelinen, Diaz, Weber, Kaberle, Darche and the rest of the call ups that came up and down like Enquist, Palushaj, etc. These guys, although each valuable in their own way, can simply not all be part of the same team…
    That’s why I think a few key pieces need to be brought in this summer in order to geter’ going again…
    my suggestions:

    -Do what ever it takes to sign Parise
    -Try to bring Evgeni Artyukhin from the KHL and give him a deal to keep him happy
    -Sign Bryan Allen and Paul Gaustad
    -If possible trade Eller, our 1st pick, (one of Tinordi or Beaulieu) for Eric Staal or Kopitar (If they want Pleky then so be it)
    -Resign Moen and Darche
    -Burry/Trade Gomez and Kaberle

    Parise – Staal OR Kopitar – Gionta
    Cole – DD – MaxPac
    Bourque – Eller OR Pleks – Moen
    White – Gaustad – Artyukhin
    Darche

    Markov – Emelin
    Gorges – PK
    Allen – Diaz
    St-Denis

    You manage to do all that and you got yourself a contender
    I know all this is probably easier said than done but in the same time very much possible…one can dream right?

    • mrhabby says:

      have you heard of the salary cap??

    • kyrest says:

      Yea, just a couple of things; 1. Carolina and LA wouldn’t trade either of their top players and especially not for Eller+ a 1st, I’d imagine it would take at least another 2 key pieces to make that deal go through (1 Very Good prospect + High (1st, high 2nd) pick. 2nd- I don’t believe that Eller, Weber, Diaz, Darche or Noko are “wimps” (Jury is out until next year on Bourque, Kaberle just sucks) I think Eller has a nice amount of grit to his game he just needs to add muscle, Weber wants out, Darche was injured, Diaz is new to the NHL so we’ll wait and see but he’s an offensive player so I doubt he’ll be ever used in an overly physical manner and Noko is just not an NHL caliber player.
      There is obviously a need for a 1st line caliber player on this team and everyone seems to think it’s going to be easy to get one but the reality is these players don’t grow on trees. The only hope of getting one is by A. Draft, Develop and wait or B. Trade. Seeing as we’re going to fit into the 3-5 draft seed our options up front are (according to ISS) GRIGORENKO (Think Victor Kozlov +), F. Forsberg (Think Alfie 2.0) or GALCHENYUK (the good Hossa). Who knows who get’s picked 1-2-3 at the draft this year and honestly even if it’s a D-man the habs should go after the best talent available, you draft first based on Talent and 2nd on needs.
      Ideally on the trade/free agent front i agree that Gaustad would be a stud on our 3rd or 4th line, but the price would be pretty rich for his talent level, Parise is going to sign wherever Suter will sign apparently so that probably rules out MTL. For a good price i think Jochen Hecht could be snatched out of Buffalo (he’s been injured all year but is a great 3rd line center), McClement for a 4th liner would probably be a good, reliable, cheap option. Jiri Hudler, Ponikarovsky or Brad Boyes would be excellent reasonably priced additions to bolster the lack of offense. There are a number of solid 4th Line guys the Habs could go after as well (Asham, Burish, Parros, Winchester, Kenopka)
      The Canadiens most definitely need a Top 4 shutdown D (Ideally, Stuart, Jackman, Grossman and if you like to dream, Suter) and Defensive depth for which I would think Y. Weber will be traded
      I would think Weber will be moved, potentially I could see Gionta also moving, just because of the extra cap needed and Gomez will be bought out, as for Kaberle I think we’ll see him manning our blueline next year (unless we have a miracle trade). The only other thing I would like to suggest out of the Dreams category would be moving Plekanec, A 2nd-3rd Line talent and a 2nd rounder, even 2 2nd rounders for Duchene. He’s having an off-year because of injuries but he can play and he could develop into an elite player
      But realistically the Habs are going to be;
      Patches-DD-Cole
      Hudler-Plekanec-2nd or 3rd Overall 2012 Pick or Gionta
      Bourque-Eller-Leblanc
      White-McClement-Parros/Burish

      Markov-Emelin
      Gorges-Subban
      Diaz-Jackman
      St-Denis

      I would also trade Budaj and get an older mentor type guy to come in

      Price
      Vokoun (back to the future)

      Coach: Jon Cooper
      GM: Pierre McGuire :) hehe or more likely Julien Brisebois

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    Injuries to key players definitely has a huge impact on teams, and especially a team like the current Habs who lack in depth. (Hopefully not the case 2 years down the road)

    Look at the Bruins run to the cup last year, and the only significant injury was Nathan Horton in the Cup Finals.

    This year without Horton for extended time, without Rich Peverley for extended time and now Rask out for 4-6 weeks, this team looks far different than last year with virtually identical roster.

    Pittsburgh is now getting they’re players back and are a force to be reckoned with. Healthiest teams heading into playoffs generally are the most successful.

    • Cardiac says:

      Makes you wonder what kind of team Philly would be with Pronger.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      - Jerry Maguire

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Absolutely, his loss to Philly is similar to us without Markov. I don’t like Pronger but he is so effective when out there.

        Kind of weired Karma, that Holmgren basically picked Pronger as his horse, got rid of Richards/Carter and now his prized stud seems gone for good.

        Agree, Philly would be right there with Pittsburgh as co favourites. Although Bryzgalov seems to be in quite a groove. Could be the first time in a while Philly goes into playoffs with good goaltending.

  62. HabinBurlington says:

    Draw whatever you want from these stats:
    James Wisniewski 45gp 5 goals 19 assits 35pim -17
    5 more years at 5.5 with no movement and limited no trade clause
    Tomas Kaberle 41gp 3 goals 19 assists 10pim -7
    2 more years at 4.25 zero trade clauses.

    • Malreg says:

      But we got rid of Wisniewski, doesn’t that mean he’s a superstar now?!

    • Strummer says:

      I never understood the Kaberle smears on here.
      After all we gave up 38 year old Spacek!

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I am not a big fan of his, having watched him here in Toronto for so many years. Having said that, if we can find another big tough dman to pair him with next year, he can be useful and will become trade bait next year.

        But Spacek’s best days were long behind him we all saw that last year in playoffs.

        If Kaberle is not tradeable, then this deal gets ugly, but I think Markov being back will help “Showcase” (just for you Matty!) Kaberle in a better light next year and turn him into something trade value wise.

      • thorandresson says:

        Couldn’t agree with you more, and to re-inforce your point, notice how Spacek wasn’t worth anything at the deadline…

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I think the smears cause come cause we have too many soft and bad D already…. he really doesn’t fit with our current roster. Weber, Diaz, Kabby on the same team = not so great defense
        I will admit I am not a Kabby fan but as a 7th d man he isn’t that bad cause he can help the powerplay.
        I also think people didn’t understand why with Markov coming back would you pick up Kabby who has another two years on his deal.
        We need some more physical shutdown D guys.

        “Like Canadian Hip hop..check us out http://www.groovecontrolmusic.com

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Agree Kooch, if our D lineup was PK/Gorges, Markov/Emelin, Kaberle/OBrien (for example) suddenly we are complete different team and Kaberle is fine back there.

          But having Kabs, Diaz, Campoli, Weber, St. Denis just does not cut it.

          • Bripro says:

            I like St Denis.
            They should put a mask of St Denis on Kaberle or Can’tpoli, and send one (or both) of them back to Hamilton in his place.

          • habstrinifan says:

            Or Kaberle/Woywitka whom we had.

  63. Cardiac says:

    On a different note, did anyone catch the Team 990 float yesterday? I was dared to heckle Marinaro if we saw him and we did…

    You see, my voice is quite deep and loud and projects very well. So when he came into my line of vision, I yelled “You sucks Marinaro! Your scoops are full of s***!” Needless to say, he heard me loud and clear and when he shot a glance over at me, I gave him one of those toothy grins with a big thumb up.

    Too bad was bro was too hysterical with laughter to get a picture because it was truly Kodak moment…

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    - Jerry Maguire

  64. Feraco says:

    Guys not in the line up: Moen, Darche, Gomez, Gionta.

    Players in place for them: Geoffrion, Noki, Leblanc, Staubiz, Palushaj / combo of them.

    Would we be that much of a better team with all of the players currently out?

    • shiram says:

      Yes.

      RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

    • Mattyleg says:

      We would’ve been a much better team with all the players on our roster healthy from day one of the season.
      Gorges was out for the first bunch of games.
      Markov out.
      Cammy was out.
      AK was out.
      Gionta was/is out.
      Moen, etc etc etc etc…

      It’s crazy. The only two players that actually kept us out of last place this season were Plekanec and Price, and we’ve seen how overworking them has paid off for them.

      I’ve been saaaaved!!
      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • The Dude says:

        We still SUCK …Get over it!

      • jon514 says:

        Every team has injuries to top 6 forwards and top 4 D. The difference is a team like Pittsburgh can lose Crosby, Malkin and Staal and STILL collect 67% of the points on the table.

        “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

        • shiram says:

          Habs have been the worst hit with the injury bug this season, spending so many games under the cap limit because they simply did not have enough NHL caliber player un-injured.
          Penguins cannot say that.

          RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

          • jon514 says:

            Hi all thanks for the replies. I don’t disagree that we’ve lost more man-games to injury, but I think our play when down a few key guys has been worse than some other teams in the league.

            Those moments are tests… and our guys have been tested and found wanting all season long. I don’t know if it’s motivation, leadership, talent, or some combination of all of those, but I do believe that with Dan Bylsma behing the bench, we would have seen “a little more blood” from this “orange” of a season.

            “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          That is why Pittsburgh is a favourite to win the Cup. Perhaps the deepest lineup in the NHL, a tribute to the previous tanking done by the team and the current management expertise of Ray Shero. He has done a masterful job keeping that team together under the cap all the while adding pieces like James Neal.

          • Cal says:

            LeTang and Crosby are iffy. Either of those two go down again their Cup hopes will be toast. Other than those question marks, they should now be the favourites to get the Cup.

        • Mattyleg says:

          When the Habs finish in last place as many times as the Penguins and rack up that many draft picks, then you can compare the two.

          Until then, you can compare the Habs to the Flames, who are struggling to land a playoff berth, and who did marginally better than us with similarly high man-games lost to injury.

          This whole ‘every team has injuries’ argument doesn’t fly if you look at the teams which have finished high and which have finished low over the past few seasons. Teams badly hit with injury finish low. Teams with few injuries finish high.

          Kinda makes sense, don’t you think?

          I’ve been saaaaved!!
          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          The Penguins tanked really badly for, what, 4-5 years? Staal, Malkin, Crosby and Fleury are all very high picks. Plus, on top of tanking badly, they tanked in 2005 with Crosby as the first overall. Just tanking that single year would have made a huge impact for any team, but the Penguins stocked up on top of that.

          Combine the tanking with a good GM who can get pieces like Neal and you’ve got a very deep team.

          The Habs on the other hand have been hit worse by injuries to key players with faaaar less depth on the team – enough to be a season killer. In fact, scratch that, pretty much every single regular player on the roster has been injured at one point or another with many key members missing long periods of time. No team in the NHL can claim as much depth as the Penguins – it’s an unfair comparison.

    • naweed235 says:

      I think the loss of Gio and Moen was probably the biggest blow…
      I gotta say when I compare our current team with what we had 2 yrs ago when we made that playoff run I see Vanilla… Back then, there seemed to be alotta leadership with guys like Metropolit and Moore and a certain “swagger” with Halak, Lapierre and MAB’s canon blast… Heck even Cammaleri and Gomez were still in the honey moon faze and lead the way…
      Today? I see alotta wimps in Eller, Bourque, Nokkelinen, Diaz, Weber, Kaberle, Darche and the rest of the call ups that came up and down like Enquist, Palushaj, etc. These guys, although each valuable in their own way, can simply not all be part of the same team…
      That’s why I think a few key pieces need to be brought in this summer in order to geter’ going again…
      my suggestions:

      -Do what ever it takes to sign Parise
      -Try to bring Evgeni Artyukhin from the KHL and give him a deal to keep him happy
      -Sign Bryan Allen and Paul Gaustad
      -If possible trade Eller, our 1st pick, (one of Tinordi or Beaulieu) for Eric Staal or Kopitar (If they want Pleky then so be it)
      -Resign Moen and Darche
      -Burry/Trade Gomez and Kaberle

      Parise – Staal OR Kopitar – Gionta
      Cole – DD – MaxPac
      Bourque – Eller OR Pleks – Moen
      White – Gaustad – Artyukhin
      Darche

      Markov – Emelin
      Gorges – PK
      Allen – Diaz
      St-Denis

      You manage to do all that and you got yourself a contender
      I know all this is probably easier said than done but in the same time very much possible…one can dream right?

    • Shane1313 says:

      The biggest one is Gionta, we’re missing a top 6 forward and he can help big time.

  65. Mattyleg says:

    Happy Monday Morning Fellow Madmen!

    Craaaaaazy weather. What’s up with that?
    Driving under the Jacques Cartier Bridge on Saturday morning, was amazed to see it disappear into the fog like some kind of magical dream-bridge… incredible.

    The term ‘showcasing’ was used below.
    This concept sounds to me like a fan-fantasy.
    Like when we were supposedly ‘showcasing’ Gomez.
    This, I take it, is supposed to mean that we are playing Gomez so that he looks good to other GMs who would be interested in trading for him.
    Herein lies my problem with ‘showcasing’. Are we supposed to believe that other GMs are so blind and forgetful that a few games with a few goals or assists is going to make them consider taking someone whose track record over the past few years is extremely poor?
    Even for a player who is only so-so, a good few games is not going to make a GM re-evaluate him.

    As I said, ‘showcasing’ sounds like a bit of a fan-fantasy to me.
    Like we’d like to believe that an underperforming player who nets a few goals will get us a 2nd round pick instead of the 4th we expected before he scored a few and ‘improved his value’.

    This ties in with the ‘his value is going up/down with every game he plays’ fallacy. This may be kind of true of rookies/sophomores, because their value hasn’t been determined yet, but with players who have been in the league for a while, their overall value doesn’t change on a game-to-game basis. Their value is pretty much constant. Just because a player goes on a scoring tear doesn’t mean that will carry over to his new team.

    And GMs know this.

    I’ve been saaaaved!!
    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. HabinBurlington says:

    Here is an interesting read in the Toronto Star, comparing the Leafs organization to Columbus. I think we are a little better off…

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/article/1148346–toronto-maple-leafs-columbus-blue-jackets-in-dead-heat

    • Cardiac says:

      Only a Hogtown rag that is The Toronto Star could still have delusions of grandeur that Nash would wave his NTC to go to the Leafs…

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      - Jerry Maguire

  67. anotherhab says:

    No mention of Moen?

  68. HabinBurlington says:

    I wonder how one sustains an upper body injury while your girlfriend has a baby? I am going with my first instincts and saying he passed out in delivery room, falling down and suffering a concussion.

  69. The Jackal says:

    Anyone know why Blake is being told to keep his chin up? Is he upset at his performance or is the coach just telling him to keep working hard?

    • shiram says:

      Probably because he did not play the last game.
      Keep your chin up, work hard and you’ll succeed, that kind of stuff i’m guessing.

      RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  70. arcosenate says:

    Lines at practice: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole, Bourque-Plekanec-Eller, Leblanc-White-Blunden, Staubitz/Geoffrion-Nokelainen-Geoffrion

    This lineup scares the hell out of one person: their coach.

  71. shiram says:

    I don’t mind Eller playing with Plekanec for now, it’s an upgrade on at least one of his previous wingers, and Eller can maybe better see how an established NHL center plays.
    So that’s a top 6, but looking at the rest is quite pathetic.
    Geoffrion is awesome, he plays on both sides od Nokelainen!

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

  72. habs-hampton says:

    So why do they keep playing Campoli? If they are showcasing him, its not working, his value drops evey game. I want to see what St. Denis can do playing on a regular basis. Campoli will not be back, so why bother (unless they are tanking)?

  73. boing007 says:

    Darche? Should have kept MaxLap and Chris Higgins. At least they can shoot straight.

    Richard R

  74. remi_10069 says:

    oh thank god Darche is back. That should solve all of our problems

    pipes

  75. Cardiac says:

    Most likely considering some of these terms play in the same division as the others they are fighting with.

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    - Jerry Maguire

  76. Bripro says:

    I’d love to be a fly in the corner.

  77. Sean Bonjovi says:

    PG tried to trade his rights, but nobody wanted him because he sucks.

    “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
    - Sean Bonjovi

  78. punkster says:

    He’s still behind the “blistering” pace he set with the Habs.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  79. Stev.R says:

    OMG guys!!! Pouliot has 2 goals tonight. He probably has like a 100 goals now this year and he’s good at back checking and hitting and passing and the penalty kill and he’s really fast now and everybody wants him because he is so gooooooooood. Why did we let a guy go for nothing when nobody wanted him after he played like shit all year? We could have had Crosby or at the very least Stamkos and a 1st. Jesus why ain’t I the GM???? It’s so obvious you give away people like they’re objects and expect whatever you want in return.

  80. Bill says:

    Hahahaha yeah he was a bigggg loss. You must be kidding?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  81. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah but I saw him score 2 goals tonight for Boston, doesn’t that make him almost as good as Stamkos?

  82. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Pouliot sucks harder in Boston than he did in Montreal

    “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
    - Sean Bonjovi

  83. otter649 says:

    Habs have a problem scoring goals & The Leafs have a problem preventing them……

  84. saskhabfan says:

    Nothing wrong with martin? Jesus man.Did you enjoy seeing emelin sitting in the pressbox and eller getting 8 minutes a game under martin? Martin is brutal.You can thank him for getting guys like sk and dags wanting out of town. Its highly unlikely you will see him behind an nhl bench ever again.

  85. HabinBurlington says:

    So therefore the team should just simply offer contracts to every UFA every season, in case they get good?

  86. Bill says:

    … Has anyone on this site ever said they missed Pouliot??

    EDIT: sorry, I get it now.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  87. Les Canayens says:

    Scoring 2 in a 7-0 game, AND against the Leafs?

  88. boing007 says:

    Hooray to that! Never wanted him here in the first place.
    It was bad enough seeing behind the bench on a rare HNIC broadcast. It was worse when he was there every night as coach of the Habs.
    Richard R

  89. HabinBurlington says:

    You compared Koivu to Pouliot, there is zero comparison. I missed the generalist point about UFAs, also the team did trade two UFA’s this year to avoid that.

  90. punkster says:

    Wait, we let go Lucic, Chara, Bergeron and Thomas…and Kane, Buyfuglien, Hossa…Zetterberg, Datsyuk?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  91. Bill says:

    Your theme is valid in a sense, but it isn’t the best example!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  92. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree! Even in our beatdown, we made a game of it.

  93. punkster says:

    Hey, I don’t think there’ll be much along the lines of astute and valued thoughts around here for a couple of weeks. Pretty much a rehash of everything we’ve rehashed all year long and most of it a rehash of last year’s rehash.

    In the mean time…Hurrah for Roy!!!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  94. habsfan0 says:

    Joe Bowen sounded like he was in pain calling all those Boston goals..

  95. showey47 says:

    hey,isn’t konopka a ufa this summer?

  96. punkster says:

    Whoa…holy pugilistic karma, Batman…sign him now…DO IT PG!!!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  97. HabFab says:

    Where were you on the weekend? Boone was dissing your home boys big time dude.

  98. Kooch7800 says:

    He is but if we keep staubitz we don’t need him

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  99. showey47 says:

    LOL,what did i miss?

  100. HabFab says:

    Went looking but couldn’t find it for exact quote so ” harder to understand then someone from Sudbury talking” or close to that. You moon walkers can’t get no respect :)


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