Multimedia from Canadiens’ Wednesday practice

Practice

Canadiens board an afternoon flight to New York.
Andrei Markov was out early, skating fairly hard for 40 minutes.
Travis Moen missed practice because he was with his wife, who had a baby girl Wednesday morning.
Yannick Weber has a lower body injury and will not make the trip.

AUDIO of Randy Cunneyworth

Lines: Pacioretty-Desharnaid-Cole, Bourque-Eller-Leblanc, Darche-Plekanec-Diaz, Gomez with whoever feels like skating with him

• Mike Blunden is gone four to six weeks. Arthroscopic knee surgery this morning.

• Louis Leblanc is first out with a bag of pucks.

• Carey Price was out skating around and working on his shots.

666 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    Has Cammalleri played in the third at all?

    • SmartDog says:

      Think I saw him in a taxi.

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      • nunacanadien says:

        No that was Youppi, apparently Pierre Gauthier a loser since highschool, hates to be called a loser, and Youppi said it was too bad we lose sometimes in the third period…..oh well, next the gold bricks outside the habsland are also being traded as Gauthier dreamt that the bricks also called him a loser. It was Youppi with your brick that you paid for being traded to Calgary for a cowboy stetson hat to fit Gauthier’s overinflated sense of self, what a loser that Gauthier is……

  2. Chuck says:

    Here’s the video of Lucic’s stick to Kaleta’s head. The best view is at 1:38. There’s no way that he can say that he ‘had his head down and didn’t see him”, a la Miller:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvMtcNk8AQU

    • Sotxhabsfan says:

      It was a hockey play…
      Lucic never tries to hurt anybody…
      He’s already called Shanahan to say how bad he feels that Kaleta’s head got in the way of his stick while he was skating to the bench…

  3. The Jackal says:

    Pretty sure I’m stating the obvious, but habs17 is a troll. It must be my fault because I made an account on some Bruins site to troll them. Je m’excuse

    • habs17 says:

      no man im just saying that the bruins are a good team and look at the stanley cup and it will read 2011 stanley cup champions boston bruins just seems that some ppl hate the bruins so much, but deep downside they are just jelous of them ],

      the bruins are good team, i dont let that get to me like it does to some posters on there that lose it all the time about the bruins, the fact that they are good and hopefully the habs will be good will just make the rivalry even better

      I support Scott Gomez

    • Just A Guy says:

      An internet troll only exists if you choose to look at it. Kind of Like Don Cherry. Don’t bother writing into the CBC, just ignore it, change the channel or whatever. If you ever actually see a troll, know that it is only you that is seeing it, until you convince someone else to look at it.

      All you need to do is walk up to the apparition and realize it is just a twisted arrangement of sticks that played a trick on your eyes.

  4. Just A Guy says:

    Calling all arm chair GM’s… no, not for the big club, but I’ve noticed that the farm club is in position for a major retooling next season.
    See fo yo self http://capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=2

    Returning next year:
    Forwards: Nattinen, Avstin, Shultz, Berger, Lefebvre
    *It’s worth noting none of these players have done anything of value, though I suspect any of them were getting top minutes.
    Defense: Stejskal (who also didn’t do diddly)

    So, here is a list of eligible, or so I think, players that I could find in our system:
    forwards: Gallagher, Bournival and Holland
    defense: Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Pateryn

    Somewhere lost in there is Brendan Nash, I’m not sure what his contract status is (recovering from shoulder surgery I think), but with only a few players I could see returning to the farm next year, it seems its not just a major restructuring just doesn’t have to take place in the big club.
    Habs need a few picks this year ready to play in the AHL.

    I guess its also interesting to note that Montreal has no 5th or 7th round pick this year, but…. its the first time since 2007 that the habs have had a 1st and 2nd round pick in the same draft year. Go Timmins go!

  5. Timo says:

    So did Gaustad asked the Bruins where Chara was?

  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Hard Habits (aka ‘call Me Dave’), says be patient for a ‘tank’ because it will take, in His estimation, 3 seasons before the Habs will be close to being a Cup-worthy Team
    …when One looks objectively at the current Montreal Canadiens, are We that far away ?

    …We have the best PK in the NHL, …a defence with great quickness, youth, character and potential for growth with complimentary skills to integrate and compliment a fast skilled offence …probably missing a large physically dominating addition that can skate with the existing group (Tinordi ? or another burgeoning today in Our system) …must dos, though, include ridding Us of Kaberle and Campoli

    …Our offence, 5 on 5, holds Their own with most Os in the NHL with the addition of Cole …I think We can say We have 4 to 6 power-forwards that can hold Their own as a group with most other Teams (Cole, Patches, AK, Bourque, Moen and even Leblanc) …how many other teams have that depth at power-forward as We ?

    …where do We lack ? …We lack an elite dominating centre that can consistently control play and put the puck in the net, and would make what talent We have better by opening up the ice (which must be addressed best in this summer’s draft, rather than hocking Our Future for a UFA or high cost trade) …as well, We lack a truly intimidating energy 4th line, made more difficult by the season-long White injury and failure by Gauthier to sign a Kenopka-like physical and faceoff presence

    …the big difference between Our current position near the bottom of the conference and second to fourth in the conference was our putrid powerplay and lack of a real energy fourth line

    …this is NOT a 3 season project to fix ! …it is a very doable thing to fix with prescient use of this summer’s draft, and beefing-up the 4th line with size AND skill

    …to Me, that’s 3 to 4 good decisions of a credible General Manager to fix

    …as far as ‘buying out’ an unproductive Scott Gomez, …with Geoff Molson already taking a financial whack missing this season’s playoffs, I would be very surprised if He can afford the financial cost to do so

    …so, bottom-line to Me …We are only a few good moves away from a strong Team with the personnel We have …We must roll-the-dice realistically to maximize this summer’s draft …and, pray We will not be decimated next season as We were this season …and, though I think Randy Cunneyworth looks like a real Coach that will excel in this League, I doubt He will be able to deal with the language issues, and for the Montreal market, a Patrick Roy would make for ‘excitement’ and possibly even a solid Coach :)

    …so, to Hard Habits, Me dun tink 3 to 4 seasons of struggle is Our destiny

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • Richard B says:

      I agree that the team is only 3 – 4 players from being a contender…but I disagree with the problems you’ve identified.
      #1 – while we have some good prospects on D, we are missing a #1 and a #2 D. Suban may fill that eventually but not now. And Georges is a warrior but #1 D he an’t.

      #2 – Finding a legit #1 centre you describe is a tall order. Filling the position for within will take years, and finding one from outside may not be possible. They just don’t fall out of the sky.

      #3 – I love DD, but the fact that we all belive that DD is God’s gift to offensive just goes to show how bad our offensive sucks…however, most of this would be fixed by the adjustments needed on D. With the return of Markov, the addition of a bomb from the point and the evolution of Suban would fix not just the D…but also the PP and 5 on 5 production. Imagine how fustrating it is for the offensive when the breakout for 1/3 of the game consists of Gill dumping the puck off the glass to the red line. I love Gill for the PK…but otherwise when he is out there the team is just holding water hoping not to get scored on, cuz there an’t much offensive happening when he is on the ice.

      Richard B

  7. Roy93 says:

    They just onloaded Halak. Nobody knew he was avaialble. Morans, bloody morans! Can you imagine what we could have gotten if he was shopped?

  8. Roy93 says:

    Sam Gagner is for real. This guys going to be a superstar, another 2 goals tonight. I watched this kid again tonight and he’s fantastic. If and I say a big if there is a remote chance we can get this guy we should pry him out of Edmonton asap. I might be too late.

  9. habs17 says:

    as much as i hate the bruins i give them props they are stanley cup champions congrats bruins and obviousley know how to play hockey

    I support Scott Gomez

  10. Timo says:

    Watching Flames-Sharks game. Man, Sharks need a goalie. Niemmi is brutal. Did PG let other teams know before he offloaded Halak to the Blues?

  11. Bill says:

    Brad Richards: 51 games, 34 points, after being the biggest free-agent signing last summer.

    I know the Rangers are winning, but … that has to be worrisome and a little disappointing.

    I guess if Richards keeps declining the Rangers could always trade him to some desperate team for a solid winger and dynamite D prospect :P

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Timo says:

      Scott Gomez: one year, zero goals.

      • SmartDog says:

        Yeah but he’s a “good guy” don’t forget.

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        • Timo says:

          If I do, I am sure Dave Stubbs will write another article reminds us all.

          • SmartDog says:

            Gomez knows how to make friends. Seems to have a good social life. Knuckles Nilan on Team 990 yesterday said he and Gomez were friends. He said he texted Gomer and told him to play (last night) like it was his last hockey game ever. He said Gomez texted him back and said it pumped him up. Sooooo…. I didn’t notice Gomer had much of a great game. Seems like everyone’s trying to help the guy. He should go and follow BGL into charity work.

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      • Bill says:

        I think I addressed that issue in my usual subtle manner.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

      • nunacanadien says:

        Apparently he is a top 6 forward according to Geoff Molson. Anyone know where Mr. Molson got his stats from to support that notion? Scott Gomez, a top 6 forward. Ok the highest paid top 6 underachiever in the NHL perhaps, as far as I can see in Scott Gomez’s history, he has never even broken the top 100 goal scorers….interesting. If Molson thinks Gomez is a top 6 when really he is like the top 100, then that means Gauthier has set his sites on the top100 players to overpay.

  12. otter649 says:

    So Lucic went after Kaleta (probably deserved whatever he did) but once again Lucy goes after someone well below his size & wt class……

  13. rogus says:

    As bad as things are this year, they could be worse. Sure glad we didn’t sign this guy…

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=6579

  14. Chuck says:

    Did I see that right? Thornton left the Bruin bench to get into a fight and was given a game misconduct? Won’t that be an automatic 10-game suspension?

    • mb says:

      Now let me guess, there was a line change, so the play wasn’t clear enough to admit a Bruin broke a rule and therefore there can’t be any further penalty/suspension… once again?

      In theory, it should be a 10-game suspension, yes.

      • Chuck says:

        He came over the boards and IMMEDIATELY got into a fight; that was his purpose for leaving the bench. He got a 2-5-10, so yes, I’d guess that should be a 10-gamer.

        • mb says:

          I’m not watching the game, but are you saying there were already 5 players on the ice when he jumped to get in a fight? Then Shanny would have no excuse but to give him 10 games.

          • SmartDog says:

            Yah but Thornton’s “not that kind of player”.

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          • mb says:

            Of course not. Thornton is a Bruin. Bruins are saints. Whatever a Bruins’ player does is under the “hockey play” category. It’s not like the Bruins were a bunch of cheap shot artists, right?

            But I’m sure the league will say exactly what you just wrote, that he’s “not that type of player”, except there won’t be any sarcasm in their statement.

          • Chuck says:

            The whistle had gone, so I guess that they’ll deem it to be a line change.

  15. The Dude says:

    So Rick Nash is avalible ,god dam he’d look sweet in CH!He would be our first Super Star in how long? How could we do it?

  16. SmartDog says:

    And the Bruins come unglued!

    I hope this is the start of the end of Thomas.

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  17. otter649 says:

    So Blunden is gone 4-6 weeks thanks to Elias cheap shot which
    resulted in a $2500.00 fine if the hitter & hitee were reversered wonder if it would have been only a fine & no suspension ?

  18. SmartDog says:

    Unbelievable.

    Kaleta is down on his knees after a cheap shot by Chara. And Lucic skates by and nonchalantly whacks him in the HEAD with his STICK.

    I can’t WAIT for Shanahan to let Lucic off and Julien to come out saying it was an accident and “he’s not that type of player”.

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  19. punkster says:

    Great stick work by Lucic. What a gutless goon.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  20. jmsheehy19 says:

    So Thomas is against birth control… I think. Maybe. Pretty vague.
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387260

    EDIT: also just related the US government to Nazis… Maybe… He’s doing that vague thing again.

    • boing007 says:

      Too bad his mother wasn’t.

      Richard R

    • SmartDog says:

      Yah but he’s all for cap wearing, trucks, and meat.

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    • ElMcFoldo says:

      Thomas needs to STFU about his backwards political views and focus on hockey. Thankfully, people with his views are a dying breed (still too numerous and vocal for my liking though).

    • Just A Guy says:

      Honestly, the only thing Thomas is doing, other then having an opinion, is… wait..

      Ok, I can’t believe Thomas has the guts to speak his mind.. no that’s not quite right.

      How about whoever wrote that article put his name on it. I won’t hesitate for a second in identifying TSN as a mickey mouse show that only want to stir up controversy wherever they can. Case in point. This has almost as much to do with hockey as Thomas’ opinions are relevant to birth control legislation. The article is so poorly constructed that the reader, if not completely driven into a non-sequitor induced analytical slumber, is left without any revelation that Thomas might actually be saying something that makes any sense. Then again the man enthusiastically stops pucks with his head on occasion…

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        That was why I posted it. I can’t remember a worse written article/editorial/post.

        I read it, wasn’t sure if he was against or for birth control. Then re read it, and was more confused. Pretty confident he’s anti-nazi. Also, that he posts messages on Facebook. That’s about t.

  21. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQg9NuAQJl8

    …@ HabFab …since We are in the midst of turning HIO into the internet’s version of the Dick Clark Show …this one reminds Me of Guy Lafleur …one HOT night @ 3 AM on top of PVM, sweatin’ to The Twist with My Girl (later My Wife; leggy beautiful Asian with black shiny hair down to Her ankles in a see-through mini :), Guy Lafleur with His cutie, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose with their rented ladies of the night equally sweatin’ to the jive next to Us

    …Montreal, Montreal ! …HOW ??? I miss thee !!!

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  22. HabsFan82 says:

    Lines I would like to see against the islanders:

    Cole, Desh, Max-pac
    Bourque, Pleks, Kostitsyn
    Moen, Eller, Leblanc
    ????? Gomez, Darche

  23. HabinBurlington says:

    So Milbury between periods preached about the chance for Thornton to whack Leino hard and fight him. Says your down, got take your opportunities to do that. (Leino snowshowered Thomas). Now I am not saying teams shouldn’t react to their goalie getting snowed, but Milbury nevers misses a chance to preach Whack and Fight.

    EDIT: What is Boston’s record since Mr. Floppy Didn’t Go to Washington? 2 wins 3 Losses not counting tonight, hmmm would be a shame if that was a negative turning point for those lads.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Mike Milbury as Coach of the Montreal Canadiens ? = the ONLY force known to Mankind that would turn Me into a Boston Bruins’ or Tawranna Weeds’ fan :(

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • HabFab says:

      According to TSN he came out with another political quote today.
      http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387260

    • ElMcFoldo says:

      I was just on NHL.com checking out the Eastern Conference standings and noticed that all of the teams positioned from 8th to 12th (directly above the habs) have a worse goals for/goals against stat. This shows that as bad as the habs have been this year, they aren’t that far away from being a playoff team next year.

      Now don’t get me wrong, this team is toast for the year and doesn’t deserve to be in the playoff hunt this season. However, I can’t help but feel optimistic about next season. Here are my steps for future success:

      1. Bury Gomez in the minors/ Buy him out
      -With a new CBA pending, there might be a shot at buying him out sans cap penalty. Maybe we could even dump Kaberle this way. The money saved could then be spent on a rugged, stay at home Dman which despite all the talk of a first line center is the habs real biggest need at this point. Imagine how many of those blown leads we might have held onto with a steady veteran defenseman to help hold down the fort. A guy like Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Jack Johnson or even a cheaper option like Bryan Allen could make a huge difference.

      2. Fill out the 4th line with NHL caliber players who are suited to this role
      – White will be a good start here. Getting him a few capable wingers so that we have a 4th line that can take a regular shift and provide some sandpaper should be a priority. I don’t want one dimensional goons though! We need guys who can play 8-10 minutes without being a liability.

      3. Natural progression of the young guys
      -This will happen, even if no moves are made, but can be sped up if the last part of the season is handled properly. Players like Emelin, Diaz, Subban, Pacioretty, LeBlanc, Eller, Desharnais should all be playing heavy minutes from now until the end of the season. They are the future and might as well be the present, too.

      4. Keep AK
      -If we can get him for less than 4 million, we should bring him back for another couple of years. His work ethic is still a bit inconsistent, but overall I like what he brings and he seems more engaged than in previous seasons. The key will be finding him the right linemates and getting him to shoot more often. He would benefit from more PP time.

      5. Trade away what we can at the deadline:
      Campoli, Gill, Moen and maybe Kaberle (if any GM has an aneurysm), should all be dealt for the best return possible. A few picks or mid-level prospects would help beef up our less than stellar prospect pool. I think the Cammy deal was a great first step toward this goal.

      • AnimalMother says:

        - Jack Johnson would be a perfect fit. Same time line as our young core.
        -??? – White – Blunden (I’d thought A. Stewart could have filled that roll or bring up Schultz forva stint)
        – AK46….3years at 3.75 at the most or bye bye.
        – Gomez, Campoli, Gill, Weber, Darche, Moen (next year he’ll have to play 4th line and will cost at least 2M, he’s outta reach)

    • G-Man says:

      The Gooins fall. Yet another good night! :)

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=steeHbPQcV8&feature=related

    …@ HabFab …somethin’ to cope with the 2011/2012 version of Our Habs Frank, and ex-wives :)

    …Jackie Wilson …’Lonely Teardrops’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  25. Ron says:

    4-0 Buf. Going to be a real shat show in the 3rd. Buf skating hard and all over the goons late in the 2nd.

  26. SmartDog says:

    Is Gauthier still GM? Oh yeah, that’s right.. I have to wait until a coupla hours before a game for him to get fired.

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  27. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Random thought,

    Anyone remember Gregory Stewart? Anyone know where he is playing?
    Lol just wondering.

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Man, if we had a PP like Buffalo…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. oh that looks great on Chara. I know the Habs are chasing the Sabres, but I love this game. Suck It Bruins!

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  30. novahab says:

    Ok OK enough if this dressing 8 D-men and plaing them on forward. Is there no one we can bring up especially if he can fight. We need a little toughness on the forth line. Come on CC you going to wear out with the double shifting.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I think Enquist has got to be a big disappointment to management. Unless I am completly missing something, he lacks the skill to be a top 9 forward in this league and needed to add grit and physicality to his game. Didn’t happen. Not sure we have a NHL ready 4th liner in the system.

      • showey47 says:

        I’d say white is an nhl ready 4th liner. I also liked what blunden brought till he was injured. If engqvist has any hope of becoming a regular in the nhl he better learn to win draws and kill penalties. He doesn’t have top 9 potential IMHO.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Hey Showey, meant to say to you, your line about hitting golf balls in the sand trap was brilliant. I told my wife and she laughed. Enjoyed that. :)

          • HabFab says:

            +10

          • showey47 says:

            LOL,thanks.Though it hasn’t physically happened as of yet it gives you a good idea where my golf game stands.I do a golf weekend once a year with some hockey buddies. My 2 most used clubs are my ball retriever and a bottle of canadian club.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Yes Showey White is a 4th line NHL ready player.
          Shultz is a big physical player but I don’t think he’s shown he’s a NHL player as yet. Should be able to pick up z4th liners thru free agency don’t you think?

  31. BKAK72 says:

    Who do you think was/is worse in the dressing room?

    (a) GOMEZ – highest paid/no production
    (b) CAMMI – 2nd highest paid/fit freak + won’t back-check

    This one is tough…

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  32. Habfan10912 says:

    Watching Sabres vs Bruins it appears the Shanny era officiating is favoring the Bruins as much as the Daddy era did. Sabres up 2- 0. Gooning to start any minute

    • habstrinifan says:

      Better for HABS if Sabres lose!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Not sure I officially congratulated you on the Giants victory. You kind of have an NHL rematch going there, NewEngland vs State of New York.

      Found a new car yet?

      • Habfan10912 says:

        No new car yet. Guess I gotta spend sometime this weekend. I know its better for the Habs if Sabres lose but I can’t root for those Goons. Sorry Habsint

    • Psycho29 says:

      I don’t know if I can take much more of Milbury tonight…

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Turned to Wings broadcast between periods. I am with you psycho.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Oh come on, could be future Habs there! Pierre McGuire apparantly thinks Milbury is good coach, and there are people here who want McGuire for GM! Oh man I am shivering just writing this.

          • HabFab says:

            Sounds like slamming the door on your writing hand time ;)

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …I did mention PG in-passing awhile ago, only because if anything else He follows the junior talent and Europeans diligently …and can evaluate
            …as far as administratively running a franchise I have no idea Gerald
            …one of My personal wants for The Habs is They become more aggressive in management and coaching
            …now that Guy Boucher has wondered off to the beaches and sandals of West Florida, My preference is for the sea change a Patrick Roy would bring to the table, because I think He has earned His stripes coaching and management at the junior level, and He will be more productively clued-in on the best way to develop and coach young talent in the NHL
            …plus, with Roy, there will be a headline per day whether winning or losing …I am willing to give Roy a chance
            …as far as McGuire is concerned, I’m not quite as certain of his appropriateness at this time
            …but, Ya gotta admit, it should be ‘entertaining’ having Roy as Coach, and McGuire as GM …two mouths that will NEVER shut-up …the unwashed media and Boone will be ejaculating endlessly for the fodder these two will provide for meeting their deadlines :)

            Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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          • HabinBurlington says:

            Christopher, I couldn’t take a Pierre MacGuire GM just couldn’t. But your final line was very very funny.

      • slychard says:

        Br careful, if Milbury reads this he might bully your kid.

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

  33. habstrinifan says:

    I am appointing myself GM for the team for the next three days.. Thursday ,Friday Saturday. Bertuzzi the Bullish is my right hand man!

    Action#1: Call RC to my office. Give him a case of good Jamieson whisky. Tell him those 2 wins came at just the right time. Tell him that he MUST guarantee a win on ThursdaY against NYI. Pat him on the back and send him to work his magic.

    Action#2. Call up White for game in TO. Then call in knuckles Nilan for advice on getting a Blunden replacement in time for Toronto. Then tell Randy go and kick butt in Toronto.. the victory WILL COME if we go into the game with one goal… beat the crap out of them in the corners. Our PK and Carey will take care of backstopping the win.

    So a win in NYI and a win in Toronto. Bertuzzi the Bullish’s 10 in a row starts looking ….

    Action#3. Fix the wheel and springboard on the bandwagon. Call in John Bellyful to write my PG’s speech when we make the playoffs and he gives a state if the union address.

    Action#4. Make Scott Gomez an honorary sniper.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching the Detroit Powerplay looks remarkably dissimilar to our clubs Powerplay.

  35. ed lopaz says:

    the first time I saw Leblanc play was his first game in Midget AAA.

    he was entering grade 10 as a 15 year old.

    my son and I were in the neighborhood, so we went to the opening game for the Lac St Louis Lions at Dollard arena.

    Leblanc played EXACTLY like he played last night.

    he is relentless; stopping and starting, forechecking and backchecking, finishing some hits, and creating offence.

    I think he had 2 or 3 points that night – but I know he was the best player on the ice.

    he has a great mind for the game – or as my son puts it “he plays the game the right way”.

    when I joined HIO I gave several “scouting reports” about leblanc,

    and screamed into my computer for the Habs to draft him.

    they did.

    Now I have another Lac St Louis player for us to take.

    His name is Mike Matheson.

    he is ranked about 30th for the 2012 draft.

    He went to high school with my son, so I got to see him evolve into a terrific hockey player.

    He is a smooth skating d-man, great skating – like a Scott Niedermayer type of player.

    He played U18 Canada last year and he’s in the USHL today, heading to Boston College.

    When he was still 14, Boston College scouts saw him play at the Chowder Cup and thought he was 17 and eligible for University the following year – he was in grade 9 at the time.

    He is by far, hands down, not even close, the best 1994 d-man to come out of Quebec.

    He has a great work ethic, a smart kid, and a good, clean kid.

    If the Habs can get a pick at the end of the first or beginning of the 2nd round, I think they should really consider him.

    for 2013 there is another Lac St Louis player on his way, already starring for Patrick Roy in Quebec City – Anthony Duclair – but that’s for next year.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Always enjoy reading your scouting reports Ed, don’t ever stop providing them for us. I will keep that Mathesson name in my head. CHeers!

    • HabFab says:

      Your hired, he was ranked 37th today by Bob MacKenize. Love your input on the local players.

      • ed lopaz says:

        noticed that you’re out there in Halifax, Habfab.

        have you had a chance to watch Martin Frk at all??

        he’s playing for your Mooseheads of course.

        suffered a concussion and now is back putting up some pretty good numbers,

        I saw him play last year, and I was very impressed.

        he seems to have the skills to go along way at the NHL level,

        maybe even next year as an 18 year old??

        • HabFab says:

          Was living in Halifax when I joined but not for awhile. Still travel there and will be there next week but not scheduled to see a game. Will be seeing Quebec and Saint John play next week.
          He was ranked 24th today, saw him play one game but he didn’t stand out. Have checked out your Matthew Bissonnette a couple times, don’t feel a contract offer would be amiss.

          • ed lopaz says:

            Bissonnette is on fire!!

            a 6’4 centreman, 20 year old, who was never drafted.

            35 goals, 40 assists in 52 games this year in the Q.

          • slychard says:

            6 4 center never drafted? Does he skate with bricks? Why was he not given a chance?

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

          • HabFab says:

            Are you familiar with a guy named Tim Kerr?

          • slychard says:

            FLYERS. Sorry was lockrd. So why has no one called yet is my point. Especially the habs…is he too big for PG

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

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks for th heads-up re Matheson. I will be following him from now on.

    • Marc10 says:

      That’s a great assessment of the LL style of play – smart and relentless… and I have to say I have been very impressed with this kid.

      I’m not a huge fan of calling the kids up early. Especially when they’re not top line material. I’d much prefer we had the luxury of the Red Wings and bring guys along slowly into a winning environment and culture… surrounded by top level superstars. But we’re not there…

      Drafting local has to be a priority for the Habs. You want the types of players who’ll bleed for this club… because this ain’t the fricken Ducks or Coyotes or Blue Jackets. I’d hope in a couple of years we’re able to look down the lineup and see the next generation of Carbo, Roy, Momesso, Richer, Lemieux, Desjardins… mixed in with a McPhee, Nilan, Muller, Robinson, Naslund, etc.

      Is it too much to ask for? I’m not asking for the second coming of the 76 Habs, I’ll settle for the 86 to 89 crew. A great mix of scorers, muckers, grinders, big D, awesome goalie and a smattering of local kids that get it and want it.

      That philosophy should start with this draft. I want the GM to line up a club that has us on St Catherine Street in 3 years (F Sherbrooke St… we’re doing this on St Catherine.)

      Keep those posts coming. Living on the other side of the world, I rely on guys like you to keep me in the loop:-)

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    This is a concern.

    Apparently the buyer of Schwartz’s is the guy who owns Baton Rouge (Rene Angelil is also involved).

    One of the nice things about Schwartz’s is that there is only one. It isn’t a franchise.

    Franchises (like Baton Rouge) are soulless corporate affairs. In a way they are the antithesis of what makes Montreal great.

    Angelil, as everyone knows, manages another soulless Quebec franchise.

    Are they planning to franchise Schwartz’s?

    I don’t want to be around when JD_ hears about this.


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

    • SmartDog says:

      Yet another sacred experience heading for destruction.

      BTW, did you hear they’ve cloned Celine?

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • twocents says:

      I don’t need to wait for a report to assume that. Of course people like that will franchise and otherwise destroy Schwartz’s.

      Schwartz’s as we know it is dead.

      I guess be happy we got to experience it in it’s glory. Good thing I brought me daughter’s by last summer too.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …if I was still a citizen of the great Sodom & Gommorah of Canada I would hear Ya M. ‘stache …but I have been dregging Vancouver for decades lookin’ for a decent Montreal Smoke Meat sandwiche, with kosher pickle, perfect fries and a cherry Coke
      …franchise away M. Angelil !!!

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

    • HabFab says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Schwartz’s about 30 years back stick an outlet or two into a couple of the larger Mall’s food courts?

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Don’t know but at present there is only one.


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

      • The Jackal says:

        If they can replicate the experience/product, what is wrong with that? What differs would be the location, but if the food is just as good – if they use the same recipe/preparation, it still maintains the essence of it. What’s wrong with a franchise?

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          In theory nothing.

          But it’s like asking what is wrong with selling the NHL to a group of American businessmen and their lawyer. Next thing you know there is a team in Phoenix and you can get sued for saying “Go Habs Go”.

          Wherever the lawyers and accountants take over, beauty dies.

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

          • The Jackal says:

            Yeah true… but as long as they keep the essence of it and don’t change it then it isn’t that bad a thing IMO.

      • Psycho29 says:

        I honestly don’t remember that, but it could be.
        I know Magnan’s tried to open a couple of other restaurants, but it didn’t work out so well….

    • Le Jadester says:

      I hear ya HFS72
      But I do get the Schwartz’s Montreal Smoked meat from Costco in that vacuum sealed package and its pretty good.
      I know I’m a bit of sellout to do that…..but it makes feel better for some reason instead of just getting some fake smoked meat at a local deli.

      Although I do visit the place every time I’m in my favourite city.

      I kinda wish they had one here in London Ontario so I could go there before every Habs game for good luck ?

      But ya, I know, it wouldn’t be the same ?

      Habs, OLE !

      PS – the cheesecake is my favourite !

    • Propwash says:

      When in doubt, Smoked Meat Pete’s.

      _____________________________
      Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Oh this is the worst news.

      I know nothing lasts forever, not even Scott Gomez’s contract, but losing Schwartz’s is terrible.

      Even though I live in LA and can rarely go there, just knowing that people are climbing over snow drifts and choosing counter or table and drawing on their place mats and asking each other “Didn’t Leonard Cohen have a house near here?” gives me great comfort.

      Or maybe I’m just getting old.

      I’m going to play my hockey game now, I’m going to wear my Schwartz’s cap to the rink and dedicate the game to the shrine of nitrates and warm company.

      There is no joy in Mudville.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        We don’t know for a fact they will wreck it.

        The guy who owns it now only bought it in 1999.


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

  37. Propwash says:

    Paloosh called up.

    _____________________________
    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  38. habstrinifan says:

    Re Blunden News!

    Havent read the posts yet but while Blunden is recuperating from knee surgery I think HABS should bring up another big robust body to fill his place. I know we are getting White back but Blunden brought a bigger physicality. And the team is beginning to take on a ‘dont mess with us’ identity and we SHOULD NOT fall back.

    Even if it will be an extra body I prefer having that person in the line up (with White) and sitting a Campoli etc. To those who say why bring up an unskilled goon, think of the situation with Blunden who came up as a big body and because of ice time etc had become a very useful player.

    Heck I would even sit Gomez for keeping a Blunden like player in the line-up. I think it adds to the other players’ confidence level.

    • HabFab says:

      White could beat Blunden in a fight 4 out of 5 times. Have been impressed with what Blunden has brought to the team but White even though smaller, can outfight and out score Blunden.

      • piper says:

        I think that would actually be a pretty good scrap, I’d say 50/50.
        I like both those guys but Whitey’s not that tough either.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Blunden has been in 2 NHL fights and got his but kicked in both. A couple Bruins’ players asked him to go earlier in the year and he ran for his life.

          The Habs 4th line has been a joke for several years.

          Hopefully the fix it by next season and not by picking up useless spare parts like Blunden and Nokelainen.

          • piper says:

            Yea, I hear what your sayin but Blunden was at least running around a bit out there. Couldn’t back it up against the heavies but atleast throwing some hits.

    • piper says:

      Agreed, give Schultz a few games and see what he’s got.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        He’s got nothing, they already tried.

        • piper says:

          when was he called up? I missed that.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            He played a few pre-season games and did not look good.

            i like your way of thinking Piper and believe me I’ve hoped that Conboy or Blunden or Schultz could give us some sort of presence on the bottom lines but I think if we’re ever going to do the right thing and ice a scary 4th line we’ll have to do so by signing a UFA or two.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            He got his ass handed to him in the Outdoor game against Marlies.

          • piper says:

            I’ll say it again, shoulda got Stewart.
            I just can’t stand watching the team get pushed around and then laughed at, not only by the other team but by the commentators and play by play guys.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @Piper, i had a pipe dream last summer our 4th line was going to be Moen/Konopka/White. No Heavyweights, but 3 guys who each can be effective. Konopka not the best skater, but grit and faceoffs, White/Moen we know what they offer.

            I am not interested in a goon, but if they can play hockey, the tougher the better.

          • piper says:

            HIB, I was hoping for Knopka too. Pretty good on faceoffs too.
            Oh well….water under the bridge, just like Stewart.

          • HabFab says:

            Hear hear, I’m not interested in acquiring a fighter.
            Very much interested in a hockey player who can fight!!

          • piper says:

            I still think there’s a place for a really good fighter just as long as he can keep up skating. It does help.

          • powdered toastmann says:

            I wouldn’t hold my breath (even with the “newly enlightened” goat/mgmnt team.

            Totally in denial last spring/summer even after the “Boston follies/MaxPac games” or debacles and with a number of inexpensive and effective 4th liners available. Goats response?…Envquist etc etc.

            These guys seemed to be only people on the planet that didn’t see the glaring lineup deficiencies (other than a few delusional debbies) and evidently weren’t bothered in the least while seeing the Habs pushed around and laughed @ by players/broadcasters alike.

            A loser/leopard can’t change his spots. Really don’t think Habs current management could identify a truly effectively tough 4th liner if they saw one (can play hockey/play with an edge/fight). White would be a good piece of the puzzle but can’t do it all himself. Personally, I don’t think Schultz or Conboy can do it…agree that our best bet (at least for now) is through free agency/trade.


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