Video from practice

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The Canadiens were on the ice at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brossard.
Then the team boarded an early-afternoon charter flight to Boston.
The Bruins – a team as good or better than the mighty St. Louis Blues – await.

Therapy day for Carey Price and Max Pacioretty.

Brian Gionta’s upper-body injury will be evaluated. The captain is not making the trip to Boston.

Scott Gomez is skating and will make the trip.

Yannick Weber worked on power-play drills and will return to the lineup against the Bruins

442 Comments

  1. podbay says:

    I do not agree with those who are consistently dissing Brian Gionta. He is a good, respected player and has solidly committed himself and his family to the Habs. He never slacks off. Now that he’s injured and out indefinitely, I feel absolutely awful for him. His frustration cannot be overemphasized. The makeup of the team is not his fault; he didn’t shape the team, management did.

    • Habtastic says:

      Fully agree. As you said, I feel awful for him given how much you know he wants to help, has to stay out injured, plays two games, better each one then rando injury. Man was he upset when he left the ice. I also think he is one of the guys who is part of the solution. Hasn’t sunk in yet just how screwed we are now that we’ve lost him for good this season. The hope for this season was barely hanging on until that happened.

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  2. MacHabFan says:

    It is so easy to manage the Habs from the couch on the day after a game. Hats off to those who must struggle with all these challenges.

  3. habsperspective says:

    The idea of getting another player, moving an existing player is over, and dead. How many players have come and gone in Montreal. Many.

    And the result is still the same. They come here, and for the most part there careers finish. I think its time to face the fact Montreal is a terrible place to play. The endless scrutiny, and jargon.

    Thats why some players have flatout refused to come here. Regardless of compensation.

    No player inside of this world will ever flourish here. Its impossible. They get mentally burned out.

    The fans, this site, media, ex-players. Have all unrealistic expectations. The history is to rich, and unfortunately its result is an ego-maniacal complex on all levels.

    No individual, or team could ever succeed in that type of pressure. Not unless they were all on Zoloft, and isolated from every nuance. Or none of them spoke english or french. Including the coach.

    Just sayin…

    • kenzie420 says:

      This is by far the best comment I have ever read on this site and the last one I think I will ever read

      When times get tough, just remember, at least I’m not a leafs fan!! go habs go

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Gionta gone for the season.

    • kenzie420 says:

      How does it feel to start and run this site to have it littered with the most unintelligent comments. Can you post the video of what Cammy actually said to clear up the hate?

  5. kenzie420 says:

    LISTEN TO WHAT CAMMY SAID ON TSNS WEBSITE, DAMN FRENCH MEDIA MAKING CRAP UP, WHAT HE SAID WAS NOTHING CLOSE TO WHAT WAS WRITTEN. FILTER THE TRUTH FROM THE LIES RETARDS

  6. HabFab says:

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=384805

    Gagnon’s explaining article in English to TSN.

  7. MacHabFan says:

    The big-bucks-long-term contracts make too many players lazy. Time to shorten the term and change to ‘production’ based compensation. And develop a test for the ‘I Hate To Lose Gene’. And then pigs will fly!

    • J_P says:

      I totally agree, so why do the stupid owners keep signing players to these types of deals?

      Look at Ovechkin, signs a lifetime deal and his production declines every season. Look at Drew Doughty. Doughty made himself rich on a good rookie season and a good sophmore season.

      This is all the owners fault. Even a hard salary cap wasnt able to protect them from their own stupidity.

      • likehoy says:

        NHLPA is laughing… they only care if they get paid and they’re getting paid

        – If the NHL was the Wizard of Oz, Cammalleri would be the Cowardly Lion.

  8. 24moreCups says:

    Montreal Canadiens announce Brian Gionta under went surgery to repair a torn bicep, he will be out indefinitely.

    According to CTV news

  9. LL says:

    RDS, not to be taken seriously. One of the job requirements to work there, is to make sh1t up. Sorry meant to say conjecture.

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    NHL Candidates for Penalty-Free Buyouts.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 8 December 2011 08:51 Written by Lyle Richardson Thursday, 8 December 2011 08:51

    If the NHL has another “penalty-free” buyout period in their next CBA, several players with hefty contracts could become buyout candidates.

    Several NHL teams currently have players under expensive lengthy contracts which have proven to be either a gross overpayment, or could prove difficult to carry on the books in the future.

    Some fans and rumor bloggers have dreamed up trade scenarios for teams to rid themselves of these contracts, which in today’s salary cap world have more basis in wishful thinking than reality.

    Buyouts could be an options, but under the current buyout formula (for players 25 and older, two-thirds the remaing value, spread over twice the remaining term), one which would haunt a team for years, as well as remain a drain (albeit a lesser one) upon a payroll.

    Burying the contract in the minors can be impossible if the player has a “no-movement” clause in their contract. For those who don’t, demotion would remove the cap hit from the books, but the team still pays their salaries while in the minors. While a team like the NY Rangers doesn’t bat an eye burying a multi-million dollar defenseman in the minors, most teams are keen to have that much money riding the buses with their farm team.

    Still, it’s possible the next NHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) could rectify the situation.

    At the outset of the current CBA, there was a one-week period (July 23-29, 2005) where a contract buyout wouldn’t count against salary cap.

    It stands to reason some NHL team owners and their general managers could push for a penalty-free buyout period to allow them to clear current bad contracts from their books.

    WE CAN ONLY PRAY THIS HAPPENS!!!!!!

  11. The Jackal says:

    Gerry I don’t know but he can beat you senseless with just one arm anyway so don’t get too excited.

  12. JUST ME says:

    What is the problem with those french reporters ? The anglo/franco debate died as it should have and now they are trying something else?

    Not to protect Cammi and his awfull season but once he is gone those same reporters will complaint that Montreal players have no guts,no spine and are mere messengers for the owners… Just don`t get it…

  13. 5 bucks says we can’t more than a second rounder for Cammalleri. I wonder where they’ll move him?

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    • J_P says:

      Ill take a 2nd rounder and $6M of cap space for cammy any day of the week.

      Cap space and draft picks are basically the two most valuable commodities in the league today. If your cap is maxxed out and you arent getting good production, you’re stuck.

      At least if we had that $6 million of cap space, there’s some room to make moves.

    • Phil C says:

      Ottawa got a 1st rounder and a conditional 2nd or 3rd rounder last year for Fisher. I think Montreal would need a deal like that to justify giving up a top six forward with two years left on his contract, even if he’s struggling. Some GMs overpay at the deadline. Despite his slump, scorers are streaky, so it would not surprise me to see a team take a chance on Cammy, say a team like LA or Minnesota who are lacking scoring but fighting for a playoff spot. Assuming his no-trade clause does not come into play.

      • J_P says:

        Yeah but fisher is a great player, with a fair cap hit, who plays both ends of the ice. Fisher plays his role to perfection. Cammy is a scorer who isnt scoring. Its a gamble for a rival GM to take on that salary and pray that a change of scenery is all he needs to get the magic back.

  14. Rad says:

    Sounds like Cammalleri might soon be out of Montreal. Possible destinations? Just guessing, but Carolina, Florida, Winnipeg, Anaheim, Dallas, Nashville, and Minnesota, all could have an interest.

  15. HabFab says:

    Update from Marinaro on Markov in case not reported;

    “Speaking of injuries, Habs defenceman Andrei Markov continues his rehabilitation on his right knee. Markov is set to return in early February, barring another setback of course.

    Interestingly, Markov is training under the supervision of former Habs strength and conditioning coach Scott Livingston.

    Also Gionta has been grounded for at least the next 3 games.”

  16. kenzie420 says:

    Why does nobody stick up for Cammy, He is an elite player when he is on his game. I know his stats thus far have been bad to say the least but when a team is struggling everyone struggles(except Cole).
    Everyone on here wants to trade every player when they are in a slump. This is retarded. I kinda get why everyone hates on Habs fans, because most of you would throw your grandma under the bus if she did something to piss you off. My point is why the hell would anyone want to sign here, there is the retarded french english hate BS to deal not to mention the vicious media and know it all fans who litter the web with retarded comments. I feel bad for Cammy and well most of the guys that don the infamous red white and blue sweater. Where is the faith? where is the loyalty?, where is the respect?. Lets pull our heads out of are A$$e$ and Lose with dignity. We know how good most of these players on OUR team can be. CUT THEM SOME SLACK!

    Pist off loyal Habs fan

    • nickster13 says:

      Youre way off, i would never throw my grandma under the bus.

      We can rag on Cammi and its fully deserved because he is making 6 million dollars per year to compete, score goals, and make our team better. If you want the money, you gotta be ready to bring it every night and play your role. Its frickin hockey, players get payed millions to play a game we have to pay for when we play. I hardly think a little adversity and fans hating on them a little is unjustified.
      I wont publicly slag anyone or insult their personality or looks, or something like that, but i think its very fair to say Cammi sucks right now, and we are entitled to voice our opinions about that i believe.
      would you pay 100,000 for a 2001 honda civic that only decides to work sometimes? I think not!

      • G-Man says:

        Every player, including Gretzky, Lemieux, Beliveau, etc has years in their long careers when things don’t go the way they want. Their pay makes no difference.

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        • likehoy says:

          you can’t compare cammalleri to those players. That’s just unfair for Gretz, Lemieux and co cause they’ll never live up to what Cammalleri brings to the game.

          – If the NHL was the Wizard of Oz, Cammalleri would be the Cowardly Lion.

        • kenzie420 says:

          Good on ya Gman! Well said

          When times get tough, just remember, at least I’m not a leafs fan!! go habs go

        • J_P says:

          Did you just relate cammalleri to gretzky, lemieux, and beliveau? I hate to be rude, because I generally like your posts, but that statement was completely asinine.

          • G-Man says:

            The point is that no matter how good a player is, they still have seasons that are forgettable.

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      • kenzie420 says:

        if you paid 100 000 for a honda civic that works forever you should be shot, aim some of the hate at the people giving players these retarded contracts. Look who he plays with look at the System change. He is not what the press is making him out to be. I know what the kid is able to do when he is on his game, I noticed your Eller picture did you have that all year or did you put that up after a 5 point game. Were you one of the guys the said the Halak deal was bad, now you embrace it? If not good for you Im not talking about you then, but if you dont get what I am saying then read what people write on this site.

        When times get tough, just remember, at least I’m not a leafs fan!! go habs go

    • 24moreCups says:

      Yeah and booing him or any one else won’t help much, I understand people paid good money to watch the and are upset but booing doesn’t help much.

      • J_P says:

        Totally agree with you there, but he got a free pass for a good while before everyone turned on him. He should almost feel flattered that it actually took the fans THIS long to turn on him lol

    • likehoy says:

      sorry but Cammy’s “elite” game has come so few and far that I don’t think we can say he’s an elite player. If you’re an elite player, you’re an elite player for 82 games and then some.. otherwise you’re just a good player.

      – If the NHL was the Wizard of Oz, Cammalleri would be the Cowardly Lion.

    • badbalance says:

      When Cammy throws comments like that around, there is no faith or respect. If he would actually admit to not playing well and not indirectly point fingers at the team and say nothing is wrong with his game and blame the coach for lack of ice time, I would still have faith in him… I “HAD” faith in Cammy before he said those comments. He is the highest paid player on the team to bury open nets that he misses lately, Last year Cammy had 17 goals or something like that. Not enough for a player that gets payed so much. AK gets paid 2 times less and is playing twice as good as Cammy. The fact that he has his head up his ***, and so full of **** is the reason why I lost my respect for him. Thank god we never gave him captaincy….

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am with you! I heard Cammy’s remarks on TSN990.. still have to get full text, but I knew that he would be dumped on here. And yes we are unfairly har don our players. We often act a sif there is not one error or bad play committed by any players we are playing against.

    • J_P says:

      Excuse me, the habs gave cammalleri $30 million dollars to score goals and play with heart, both of which he isnt doing. He isnt living up to his part of the bargain. Hockey players should feel extremely lucky that this isnt the NFL and we cant just cut them at any time.

  17. G-Man says:

    Making K2 or Everest out of a player’s comment? Especially when he is his own harshest critic?
    HIO never ceases to amaze. Or befuddle.

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