HIO show is now live with Jacques Demers as special guest

Jacques Demers, the last coach to lead the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1993, is the guest on our second Hockey Inside/Out show that is now available on hockeyinsideout.com/show or by clicking on the “H Show” link to the right.

Demers, who is now a senator in Ottawa, joined Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan and columnist Dave Stubbs for a discussion looking back at that championship team and he also comments on the current Habs.

Demers talks about the great mix of francophone and anglophone players on that 1993 team and the important role character played on that squad. And he recalls telling the players before that season started that they were going to “shock the hockey world.”

They certainly did, winning 10 straight overtime games en route to the championship, and Demers shares some of his personal memories from that special night at the Forum when the Canadiens hoisted the Cup for the 24th time in franchise history.

A special thanks to all the HIO fans from across North America who emailed in their questions for Demers. The winner of the HIO gift bag is Chris Barnes of Winnipeg for sending in the following question, which Demers answers on the show:

“At what moment in the 1993 playoff run did it hit you that the team was going to win it all? For me it was when (Paul) DiPietro completed the hat trick to finish off the Nords in the first round.”

Chris Nilan was the special guest on the first episode of the HIO show. Look for the third episode in mid-April.

The Canadiens practised Monday in Brossard as they prepare for back-to-back games Tuesday in Pittsburgh and Wednesday in Boston.

Carey Price will get the start in net on Tuesday against the Penguins in a game that will be a ”huge challenge for us,” coach Michel Therrien said.

“Right now this is the hottest team in the NHL,” Therrien said of the Penguins, who have won 12 games in a row.  

Rene Bourque, who has been out with a concussion, hasn’t skated since last Thursday when the Canadiens were on Long Island, N.Y.

“He doesn’t progress like we were hoping,” Therrien said. “So that’s the frustrating part with a consussion.”  

The other players not travelling with the Canadiens to Pittsburgh are Raphael Diaz, who is also out with a concussion, Ryan White (lower-body injury) and Brandon Prust, who suffered a first-grade separation of his left shoulder on March 9 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prust skated on his own on Monday with Pierre Allard, the Canadiens’ strength and conditioning coach.

“It’s coming along,” Prust said. “We’re getting there.

“We’re just making sure it’s going to be 100 per cent when … I get back. It’s not 100 per cent yet, but it’s getting close.”

Jeff Halpern, claimed off waivers Saturday from the New York Rangers, practised with his new teammates for the first time Monday.

The lines at practice were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Galchenyuk-Eller-Armstrong; Moen-Halpern-Dumont; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher. Blunden was the odd man out.

Defence pairings were: Gorges-Subban; Markov-Emelin; Tinordi-Bouillon; Weber-Kaberle.

927 Comments

  1. Oh, I forgot Blunden. My bad!

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • christophor says:

      No, you were right to forget him. Blunden’s worth hanging on to?

      The opinion of one Michael Blunden on these boards has lessened my faith in humanity.

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Some of the posts below are a bit much. Only one person that I know of has risen from the dead you guys.
    A hockey organization does not go from the dead to winning the cup in 6 months.
    We have cleaned house and changed philosophy from top to bottom in just a few short months. Our players are playing like they enjoy the game again. Fans are excited watching this new transition to winning hockey again.
    We are working towards being a long term contender every year, not selling the store inventory to obtain one or two players that might make a difference this year and be gone the next.
    Even if we get to the second round this year, it will have been a fantastic transition and the best year to watch our team play this game for many many years.
    We will also know that our young players will be even better in following years.
    This is the first time in about 30 years that I have had this tremendous faith and expectations in our organization. Even though we had a great year or two with Demers here, to give us a short taste of winning hockey again.

    No matter how far we go this year, the long term dream of a quality product is now real and wonderful to watch grow each week.
    Forget about all this trading our youth for a quick fix.! Build through the draft and develop for long term winning hockey.!

    Ian

    • +1

      Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • Marc10 says:

      ‘Only one person that I know of has risen from the dead you guys….’

      Michel Therrien?

    • Agree 100%.

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

    • Kooch7800 says:

      The new leadership has done a great job so far. I would agree though that this team needs to be a contender for a long period of time and I think they are headed down that road. We have great centre’s currently and our D will be amazing in the next year or so with a stud goalie.

      We may be a littler further ahead than one would believe. I think we will see a strong team again next year as the kids will have that much more experience

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • krob1000 says:

      I have to completely disagree with you Ian….opportunity does not come knocking often. There is noone suggesting “mortgaging the future or stunting long term development”. The team currently has a surplus of players at nearly every position and a very deep prospect pool. The team also has 2 extra picks in the second round this season.
      The fact that the teams star players are all affordable in Montreal, the depth, the fact the team has good health (do not underestimate this one) are all reasons to bolster the team.
      The fact the team is pretty deep in most positions asnd is basically playing right now without Prust, Bourque and Diaz makes a case that those alone will be valuable additions but those guys were a big part of what got the team to where they are in the standings. The teams biggest need is some muscle on the back end and perhaps Tinordi is satisfactory but playoff hockey is very different.
      Iw ould not trade for the sake of trading…but if an opportunity presents itself it is 100 percent the managements duty to improve things right now. Hoarding prospects and palyers just leads to players being unhappy, underutilized and wanting out of the organization.
      This season is as good of a chance as any the team will have….you have to improve wherever you can.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        We spend millions of dollars on a scouting and developing staff each year to draft and develop the best possible. Then the real work starts, in developing them which takes years my friend. You do not dump them overboard for a quick fix at the expense of shortsightedness..

        • krob1000 says:

          or…. you do not look into the future ignoring the present or life and opportunity pass you by…
          The team is deep and will be a consistent playoff team for years…
          There are 30 teams vying for the cup every year…ANY year you are in the top 7 or 8 teams in the conversation you have to be serious. The days of building dynasties are long gone….30 teams!!
          THe team can easily afford to part with a d prospect, one or een 2 second round picks ore even a 3rd, Kristo is not signed and an option.
          We have no idea what will happen moving forward but we know we are good today…so you go for it….IF the opportunity is worth it.
          I would not have paid 2 picks for Douglas Murray….I do think the value for Morrow was reasonable for a character guy like that.

    • arcosenate says:

      Not having the Expos around kills me this time of the year, it really sucks not being able to really care about a baseball team. The Jays have never filled the void, never will. I wish them success I just don’t have my heart in it like the Expos.

  3. Habs are much better with Prust and better with Ryder (despite my affinity for Cole when he was skating and crashing). We are worse without Bork, Bork, Bork, certainly without Prust, with PK being restricted and an easy target for the zebras and without Diaz. If we bring back Weber to skate, that’s a sign of how we AREN’T deep. He is the biggest hole in what was our Swiss cheese defense last year. Whatever Diaz ate while playing in Schweiz this year, he should give to Weber. Even Kaberle is a step-up! At least he can assist. So adding Halpern… Meh! Scorers?
    Max – hot and cold
    Gally – Hope he isn’t taken out soon at 5’8″ he’s an easy target
    Chucky – He’ll find his stride, just not this year
    Pleks – He’s our best all around player and always dangerous, just not always on the puck
    Ryder – no checking, good hands and always dangerous
    DD – diminutive, doesn’t fight like Gally, lucky to have the contract (sorry DD fans, I’m torn with this ones heart vs. size/skill-set)
    PK – wish he would be set free to skate, always dangerous
    Markov – his resurgence is over, 33 plus, bad knees coming into play
    Eller – Hot and cold, needs to get in dirty areas
    Gorges doesn’t score and is overrated on skill. OK, so maybe he’s great in the room. We have other cheerleaders, don’t need a bunch in the room.
    Gionta – Good, not stellar. Hot and cold, not a constant threat (from opponents view)

    Other than that? Nothin’ folks. Gorges doesn’t score (‘cept for one game surprise). Armstrong? His two game streak is over. Moen? Dead wood. White? Years to develop, even then to a middling forward that can fight, but isn’t too smart on positioning with marginal hands. Frankie? Solid defense, too small and won’t be scoring. Tinordi? Good for call up, but needs to fill out and build skills. Not offensive threat.
    That’s 16 players folks. The rest are injured or irrelevant (Halpern, Kaberle, Bork, Bork, Bork out, Diaz out, Weber yech! Prust out). Not a cup team yet.

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yep.
      We suck.
      We’re sucking all the way to the top of our division.

      Boo us!!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I really don’t get the caged PK talk….PK is playing the BEST he has ever played in the NHL. I much prefer this version of PK than the one from the first half of the last two seasons.

      He is a great player and he is playing well under MT

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  4. Habitforming says:

    As a team poised in a 4th OA position, MB needs to do something to try and put us over the top now. I’m not saying trade the future for the right now, but he should be looking at filling the holes we have for a deep run.
    A coach like Therrien (emotional etc) is great when the players buy into the system but eventually it starts to wear thin on some guys and you end up losing the room (torts, Ruff, Carbo, Vigneault etc etc). Since it is having a huge impact now…. the time is now to run with it. The Pens load up on what they think will work every season, and they are no worse off for it. It doesn’t always turn out as they plan, but they are trying.

    • Marc10 says:

      There just isn’t much out there. We need a big D to clear the front of the net. Not much out there I’m afraid and it’s costly.

      Depth up front. Ryan Clowe is having an awful year and looks injured. Jagr? I’m back and fourth on that one, but I believe MB wouldn’t do it. Not in his plan.

      I just wouldn’t expect much. They’ll go with their team mostly intact… especially if they compete in these next couple of games.

    • wildwilly says:

      You have seen the asking prices… If it means giving up two second-rounders for a seventh defenseman, I’d prefer to stand pat and stick with what we have. The Pens have the luxury of (at least) two major stars that fell into their laps on draft day. In addition, they are well-stocked with prospects.

      The Canadiens are a work in progress but not ready for a deep cup run. And that is ok.

  5. shiram says:

    Ahh man, Chris Lee is one of the refs for tonight’s game.

  6. Sportfan says:

    I really hope Travis Moen wakes up a bit, because with out Prust we need him to make some noise!

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  7. Marc10 says:

    Will we finally see Travis Moen? He was awesome in his contract year, but so far he’s been MIA.

    • arcosenate says:

      I hope we see Ryane Clowe, Moen just hasn’t been there this year, much like Erik Cole, it’s too bad because I do like him, he just ain’t bringin’ it though.

      • Marc10 says:

        The Cole analogy is a good one. Did those guys just kick back and take the kids to school during the lockout because they didn’t just didn’t look ready or willing (still don’t)

        Ryan Clowe might be another lockout casualty. He’s been weak as…

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I think Clowe has been battling an injury all year cause that guy isn’t a coaster. Yes, I am aware he is off now with a shoulder injury but I would bet he has had it all season

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I was under the impression he most definitely was and is a Coaster, East Coaster no less. :)

    • shiram says:

      Guy can’t look as good playing with Armstong and Blunden compared to when Jacques Martin had him playing with Pleky.

      • Marc10 says:

        Hmmm… He certainly hasn’t had that opportunity much this year. He was bumped up a line a few times, but didn’t get Pleky for long…

        Still… I’d love for him to do something with Bourque and Prust out of the lineup.

  8. Bash says:

    Certainly we miss the “big bodies” of Bourque and Prust and Diaz would help the PP but there are many positives emerging. The most notable is Lars Eller.

    Is he ready to make another leap? We have witnessed a few brain cramps but his strength on the puck is dominant. Will he be the guy to take it to the net in these two crucial games?

    Galchenyuk is playing like a kid in a man’s game. Wait!! He is a kid in a man’s game. But this kid has wheels and great hands. What will it take to see him play with the passion that we need from him right now? Will he respond? I would love to see him really pissed off!

    Subban can almost single handedly dictate the outcome of a game!

    Price can single handedly change dictate the outcome of a game!

    I have not even mentioned Pacioretty, Gallager, Markov, Ryder and Gionta.

    Listen Up people! No gloom and doom here!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Firstly, Danny Briere 2 more seasons at 6.5 million per. No Thanks, Secondly, is that taking Briere from Philly helps their cap situation, no reason for us to be helping those Philistines!

  10. So her is my realistic prediction for this years Habs. We make the playoffs in 7th position as we slide with injuries, lack of scoring and spotty defense/goalie positioning on a good overall team (I kept that in mind). Ottawa overtakes us and Toronto is in 8th place.
    We lose in the first round after 6 games and nobody need be ashamed of that performance, although the first place run leaves a bitter taste in our mouths and we come back stronger next year, but still missing the same pieces. C’est la vie mes amis! I wish it were different, but this squad now, just doesn’t inspire like they did earlier in this shortened season.

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      4th looks realistic imho. Would you say the team is better with Prust or without?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Marc10 says:

      We’ll be in the conversation. The team is still playing well… just not scoring against Buffalo.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Not to go medeival upon your post, but as much as I may have some concerns that the team as currently constituted can maintain its pace, only a total collapse will keep the Habs out of the top 6.

      NJ is in 7th, has played two more games than us, is 8 points back and lost Kovalchuck for 2-4 weeks i.e at least 8 games.

      So assuming we lost the next two and have 15 games left each. If we go 6 and 9, NJ has to go 10 and 5 … and they still lose the ROW tiebraker.

      So, really, do you think we will go 6 and 11 the rest of the year and a Kovalchukless NJ with aging goaltenders wil go 10 – 4 -1 ?

      Probably not.

      Toronto is in 6th … they are 7 points behind … and have played 2 more games … so as above, if we go 6 and 11 and they go 10 – 5 … don’t think it is going to happen.

      if our injuries meant that we were getting massively outplayed I would be a bit concerned but that isn’t the case.

      A few bounces, some tighter PK work and we are very much in the hunt for 1st or 2nd.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Phil C says:

      The chances of the Habs sliding all the way to 7th is very, very remote. It would require both Toronto and New Jersey to make up an 8 point deficit in their 15 remaining games. At worst, they will slide to 5th. Most likely they will finish fourth.

      Even while losing to Buffalo, they gave up 18 and 21 shots. They are still playing good hockey so there is no reason to think they can’t at least play .500% hockey for the rest of the season. That would leave them with 62 points. Ottawa would have to go 11-4 for the rest of the season to catch them. Possible, but tough.

      If they finish fourth, they most likely play Ottawa. This is a team they outshot 45-32 and 45-24 the last two times they played, dominating both games. Anything can happen in the playoffs, but I like Montreal’s chances. If they get past the first round, anything can happen.

    • New says:

      Probably be able to coast into the 4-6 slot if they get 40% of the points available. (They can get 50% by losing every game in overtime.)

    • Being cautiously optimistic here… barring injuries, we’ve got a very realistic chance of finishing 5th or above.

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

  11. Sportfan says:

    NBC and the NHL would be really happy if two of these teams Ducks,Kings,Blackhawks and maybe even the Wild met in the Western Final and if Pittsburg played anyone of them in the Stanley cup final would be a huge boost in ratings. Pens vs. Hawks would make the NHL wet themselves and its possible too.

    Frankly i’d laugh if it was Vancouver vs. Jets, Sens, or Habs

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  12. Ozmodiar says:

    I think Dreger inadvertently started the Briere rumour.

    I heard him use a “Briere to Montreal” hypothetical scenario when talking about a possible CBA loop hole. At the time, I thought “uh-oh, here come the rumours”.

  13. Ah Loonie, ever the optimist! Have to echo Skeptical and Trini. Looks like the resurgent Bork, Bork, Bork will be out indefinitely (big body, went to the net like Boone said this year), the revelation in Diaz at the beginning of this shortened season also is out indefinitely and as for Prust, he will be softer. I know from many shoulder injuries to myself and friends and you just know Boston and the Penguins won’t shy away at hitting his shoulders WHEN we get into the playoffs.
    That is the good news. We are very likely in the playoffs this year, which is a far cry from last year, but the reality of this team is coming clear after the two losses to Buffalo. We can’t forget the stats of the last two playoff years. Lot’s of shots are irrelevant, it is the quality of those shots that determine who wins and our last game in Buffalo said it all.
    -We don’t have the big bodies
    -We don’t have the power forwards that will threaten continuously
    -We don’t have lights out goaltending right now (sorry Price fans, good just won’t do against the ‘Guins and Booins)
    -We have too many weak bodies in the line-up, Halpern is hardly a goals scorer and is there just for the PK
    -We have a weaker defense with PK being called for skating, Markov can’t take the 20 plus minutes a game and who rushes out? Dropping and chasing won’t win in the corners people.

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    • Cal says:

      “and as for Prust, he will be softer”
      You know this because you are his trainer?

    • I would not use Buffalo as an example.

      1. Miller outworked us.
      2. Montreal had more chances then they did but in both games were off that night.

      Why is it that fans base their teams vs the Sabres but don’t look at how well they were the remainder of the month?

      So the Habs had two unlucky nights, bah that doesn’t make the Sabres great. Look at Buffalo’s March, they were horrible but for two games vs the Habs decided to play (not outplay) hockey.

      Shane Oliver
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  14. Ian Cobb says:

    Great show with Demers guys, thanks!

    Now you need to do some shows with Henri, Yvon, big Jean, if he is able to get there, Talbot, Roy, and any of the older players that we never see or hear about anymore.

  15. Chris says:

    Because I keep seeing Iginla’s name coming up on various forums,
    he did agree to waive his no-movement clause. Unfortunately for Habs fans, we’re not on his list of contenders. Only four teams are in the running (at least as of the moment): Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

    I’m actually hoping he goes to Boston. The price would be sky-high, and the Bruins are way too deep in prospects and young talent for my liking. An Iginla rental would lighten that load considerably.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have thought the same, that if he goes to Boston they will get their prospect pool skewed down somewhat. However, in my pipedream of Iginla going to Boston, he gets a high ankle sprain immediately upon donning the spoked wheel of death uniform. Thus allowing him to return to the NHL the following season in a different coloured uniform, with no residual damage done to this fine player.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Luckily, Bruins’ powerplay is pop-gun-like as is their scoring in general. Cap limits luckily have them playing past-prime-pandolfo, and the incomparable Jordan Caron. Paille (Nelson?Daniel?) is under-rated. They looked like they were toying with the Leafs last night. And when Rask let in 2 goals on 4 shots, no boo-ing. Unlike us against Miller, the Bruins were determined to tie it up, like us against Enroth (PK’s highstick game).

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • shiram says:

      Bruins are not big deadline spenders though, the only big deadline deal they made in recent history is for Kaberle, I believe.
      I have a hard time thinking they’ll bite on Iginla if the price is what was reported.

  16. habs-fan-84 says:

    Battle between first and second place tonigh! Should be a good one.

    GO HABS GO

    • Sportfan says:

      Better be a good one or this forum will be screaming for trades and players to be sent down etc.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

      • I’m looking for trades now. They is absolutely no way Bourque comes back playing as good as he was (which was average to good).

        If the organization is happy with the success of being near the top then I suppose they won’t go for it this year, but all the pieces are inline for a run at the cup.

        1. Boston tough remaining schedule.
        2. Pittsburgh and their mix of new players, and injuries.
        3. Teams below them look weak (less those nasty Sens)
        4. Canadiens scoring up.

        Release the Subban and we are good to go!

        Two minor trades.

        1. Bring in one shut down defenseman just like Pitts did. ( I think they overpaid).
        2. Bring in one solid forward. No superstar just someone who can fill in in case the boys don’t get healthy.

        That’s pretty easy and you don’t lose assets like some here are talking about.

        Shane Oliver
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  17. ed says:

    How do you define a “good coach”?
    1) wins vs losses (playoff success? Stanley Cup victories?)
    2) getting more out of a team than the “experts” thought possible
    3) respect from players; a “players” coach vs a “Lombardi”, tough love approach
    4) professional demeanor vs “fiery” or aggressive approach

    • Loonie says:

      None of the above.

      5) Longevity

      Any professional caliber coach can light a fire under some rear ends for a season or two. But the guys on an even keel who can manage a team that produces consistently excellent results over a significant period of time are the guys at the top in my opinion.

      • Cal says:

        Barry Trotz?

        Actually, this is where many NHL owners are short-sighted. The GM and head coach tandem (and surrounding support cast) have to be in place for 4 years before the GMs draft picks and trades transform the team into the kind they want. Almost none of them get he chance. Dale Tallon’s Blackhawks won the Cup, not Stan Bowman’s.

        • Loonie says:

          It depends on the group of players inevitably. A change in voice is needed at some point.

          One of the good things about starting with Martin and transitioning to Therrien is that Martin developed some of the players on this team at the NHL level but wasn’t exactly notorious for his players elevating their play. Make the move to Therrien and some guys bring their play to a level they didn’t with Martin because Therrien demands that guys play over their heads.

          My opinion.

        • I loved what Nashville did. Built a great defensive core around two offensive d-men. Drafted an amazing goalie, and then drafted hard working players who juts want to succeed. Lastly their coach made the team play his system…..which I hate because they are not fun to watch, aka NJ.

          EDIT- now that they lost some pieces is Trotz still a good coach? I believe so, but it will be he that gets the ax next year if they continue to fall.

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      • ed says:

        “significant period of time”, there are not too many who can survive the ebbs and flows – whether they are good coaches are not.

        Some excellent coaches are never given a chance, regardless of their abilities.
        Some coaches last longer but never win. Is that a good result?

        • Loonie says:

          I think a good coach more importantly than anything else adapts to their personnel and gets the most out of what they have. More often than not those coaches survive the peaks and valleys.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Tending towards the left of this scale:

      Jacques Lemaire ———————– Barry Melrose

    • I think looking at MacLean answers your question.

      Listening to Demers yesterday told me he was a good coach.

      Scotty Bowman in his own way was a good coach but you have to wonder if I coached the 70′s Canadiens, would I be a good coach.

      I have not supported Therrien, I just can’t get past how horrible he was in Montreal, and I can’t get past his time in Pittsburgh. I am starting to support him more and more everyday and if this team can continue to be successful with the the three inured players I would say Therrien did a good job. The shots against are down, and our scoring is up.

      Way too many answers I suppose.

      Looking for a big pick me up game after that ridiculous loss on Saturday.

      Shane Oliver
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    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think all those tangibles are “measuring sticks” Ed, along with the reality of being a good fit for a team. Claude Julien is a perfect fit for Boston, as he gets to make ridiculous claims and the Bruin fans just eat it up. Lindy Ruff in Buffalo for so many years personified the town, hard working, blue collar etc…

  18. habstrinifan says:

    OK I am gonna post this and run and hide

    If Prust/Diaz/Bourque are injured or does not return at the same (unusually high based on track record) level that thay had been at…

    and ..MTL stands pat
    and..

    If Ottawa makes the playoff and Spezza comes back I ..
    I would consider Ottawa a bigger threat than the HABS to make some noise. I would see the only area in which we would be for sure better’ than Ottawa is in goal

    They have a better captain.
    They have a better Neal type player,
    With Spezza they will have a better no1 threat (to set up or score)
    and they probably have a better coach.

    In any other area they are not far behind us (except maybe a P.K comparison.. but then P.K reined in to be ‘steady’ in our system so no advantage there really).

    • Loonie says:

      I think Cinderella’s chariot will turn into a pumpkin shortly

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s a possibility. Their goaltending has been awesome and really that’s been the difference. They’ve stolen games they had no business being in.

      The other side of that coin is that we get our guys back and roll into playoff mode with 4 lines firing.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Brian Murray is a grand-master. I think they have depth at every position although they should not cast kids in enforcer roles (Dzuirzinski, take note fans of young Tinordi). Silfverberg is like Patrick Kane in a shootout. Zibanejad is a gem. Sorry Mavid for all these compliments to the Sens, unless a recent purple haze has you now liking the Sens. :-)

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  19. Lafleurguy says:

    Know Your Bruins File :-)

    Milan Lucic finally scored his 5th goal.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  20. Bogie Man says:

    We have way too many perimeter players now, without Prust and Bourque we do alot of fancy fast skating and puck handling but not scoring goals because we cannot get to the opposing net. Now I hear we are after Briere another puck handling perimeter player. Mark my words, we will NOT game unless we get someone to the net a regular basis. I know we all like Max Pac but he needs to get more dirty, so does Galchenyuk. These players have size and hands but shooting puck from outside the perimeter is not going to fool any NHL goalie 99% of the time. We need big bodies in front of the net willing to battle. I do not like the style of hockey we seeing from this team so far. There is no battle in front of their goal, there is no drive to the net for rebounds. We move the puck well but as Eller clearly displayed in the last game when you have the puck you need a seam to the net and if you do not have a seam you need to make one! Prediction is we get hammered tonight against the penguins. They are not afraid to get dirty and they have fast puck handling forwards.

    • Kfourn says:

      “Now I hear we are after Briere another puck handling perimeter player”

      Where did you hear this, Eklund? Briere is out with a concussion and will likely not be traded by the trade deadline.

      _______________________________________________________
      Well, he’s kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace “accidentally” with “repeatedly” and replace “dog” with “son.”

      “It’s sad when our rookies have no NHL experience before they jump up to the NHL.” – nunacanadien

      • Cal says:

        Rumours have online validity you know. I mean, come on!
        Briere is injured. Why the bleep would we trade for him now after he spurned us (subltle Semin reference)?

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    Carolina have fallen out of the playoffs with 5 straight defeats.

    Is Muller a good coach? He was a good assistant coach but is he a good head coach?

    • Loonie says:

      No Ward and not a very good group on defense. Looks like he’s making the most out of what he has.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        And some questioned the timing of DD’s long-term contract. Odd time to give a potentially toxic contract* to Seminar. I’m not referring to you personally, L.

        “May you live in interesting times.”
        *seeluongobriancampbellmikhailgrabovskialeshemskyetc.**
        **pleaseaddilyabryzgalovtothelist

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Yes, just like Guy Boucher, Muller is an awesome HC!!

      How did we let these guys go?????

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I have Cam Ward in my pool. Just when he started to get going…out with a knee injury…ouch.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Marc10 says:

      I expected more from Skinner, Stall and Co… But yeah, no goalie. No chance… Just ask Guy.

    • Phil C says:

      I don’t think winning and losing is always the best judge of whether or not a coach is good. As Don Cherry said, it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.

      You have to look at each situation. With Guy Boucher, it wasn’t just that they were losing, they were saying on the radio that Yzerman wanted a more defensively conservative system, while Boucher’s system was riskier defensively. Falling down 4-0 early in back-to-back games was probably the last straw for Yzerman. They also said that Boucher had lost the room with his veterans like St. Louis because he was being too rigid on how he wanted them to play.

      With Muller, I think he had been over-achieving with a group of young defenseman. Along with Ward, their top defenseman Faulk is now injured as well, so it does not look good for the Hurricanes to make the playoffs.

      It goes to show how important experience is in coaching at the NHL level. Boucher is a hockey genius and has all the tools to succeed, but you are only as good as your worst mistake. Butting heads with the GM and being too rigid with your star players are two fatal errors. That’s why I’m glad Bergevin hired an experienced coach.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Faulk has missed some time and he is very underrated – plays huge minutes, makes great decisions, and he is the proverbial straw right now

      .http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=7843

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  22. Lafleurguy says:

    Should MT use Jeff Halpern tonight?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I was wondering if Pittsburgh’s salary cap allocation makes them more inclined to get rentals every year. If most of your cap is allocated to few players, this obviously leaves less for others. The only way then to add a quality player is to wait near the deadline where the cap hit is manageable. Does this make sense (haven’t had my coffee yet)? Anyway, LeBrun said on TSN that the Pens are going for it because they know they will be in tough with the cap dropping the next couple of years. If they win the Cup, maybe they will deal Malkin (like Staal) and reboot quickly? Must be fun to be a Pens fan…not as much as a Habs fan however.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • 24 Cups says:

      I think that Pittsburgh sees this as their “Chicago” window of opportunity whereby they can load up past the cap ceiling for a Cup run and then worry about cutbacks next season.

      I think it’s a great move.

      • Loonie says:

        Especially at a time when other teams are allegedly hesitant to make moves.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        The Chicago cup…good analogy.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Stan Bowman, Marc Bergevin, and others of their management did a masterful job of cap management after their 2010 Cup win. Unloaded a huge Brian Campbell contract on Florida, out-foxed Brian Burke in getting Stahlberg for a moderately expensive Versteeg, let Niemi walk. Repelled a raid attempt by Detroit to sign RFA Hjamarlsson. Still retained elite players for less money than Ovechkin/Crosby/Malkin/Getzlaf/Perry.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I was cursing when PG/BG did nothing to acquire Ladd or Buff…especially Ladd. Imagine Ladd on this team today…

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • 24 Cups says:

            Ladd – 27 years old, 2 Cup rings, 6’3″, 4.4M cap hit for three more years. Traded for a no-name Russian and a 2nd rounder. We could have given up our 1st rounder.

            Ladd/Eller/Gallagher > what a line that would be!

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Forgot about Buff McDuff. What a great player.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Sportfan says:

      Send Malkin our way :P If they have to do that haha, but frankly I see them trying their best to keep malkin.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  24. habstrinifan says:

    Heard on radio a rumour…and I repeat a rumour… that HABS are going to get Daniel Briere and that he has agreed to be traded here.

    If HABS go out and get Daniele Briere… that’s it for me. I am gonna take up a new sport.

  25. 24 Cups says:

    Faith, my beloved golden, wanted me to post this short video.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=236170989852903

  26. 24 Cups says:

    I still can’t believe that Carolina gave Semin 35M. It will be interesting to track his next five years against MaxPac who is signed for 4.5M, not 7M a season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE

    • Lafleurguy says:

      That’s the market price for seminars these days.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Marc10 says:

      Good comparison. It already looks pretty bad even though Semin is having a solid season for the Canes.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Semin was dogged as the TinMan in Washington because of his impassive face and seeming lack of effort – in actuallity, he is one of the top 2 way forwards in the game.

      Amazing how perception becomes reality for fans but not GMs – I heard Rutherford in an interview in the fall say that they paid 7 million for Semin because there were similar offers.

      Obviously he passed the audition …

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  27. Skeptical says:

    I hate to say it but I gotta say it. Pittsburgh wins tonight and Boston tomorrow night. we could pick up points in OT or SO. Saturday back on the winning track again.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Living up to your name this morning, eh? :) I’d be happy with 2 points. Every time I start to doubt this team they come back with a huge effort. Maybe they will do it again.

    • Marc10 says:

      We’ll be fine. I believe in this team.

    • Habitforming says:

      The Pens have a few new bodies to learn thier system and get into a groove. Murray has been brutal this year so it would be a good time to exploit him for a few goals and the win. The Broons are in coast mode and could be beaten if they don’t put the normal effort into this one.

      Then again, the games are back to back with travel and both the Pens and Broons will be waiting and rested.

    • New says:

      Predicting games is pretty tough, a series easier. If the Habs are spiraling down? If the Pens are pumped because they are on a mission? But if I was a betting man I’d say that Bou and Crosby are not a good mix for the Habs so if they can keep away from that matchup they might have a chance. Both games will be coaches games, unless Crosby or Chara decides otherwise. A real test for Therrien who hasn’t faced adversity yet this season.

  28. Habfan10912 says:

    Ending the Drought. Mitchell takes a look at Canada’s team chances for a cup.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/26/ending-the-drought-a-canadian-cup-champ-east/

    • Lafleurguy says:

      If Malkin’s injury is worse than first suspected, big loss for them. Did you notice in your scanning of injury reports that Ryan Clowe is out with a shoulder injury?

      Different topic, and not NASCAR, but Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe beat out Helio Castroneves to win an Indy Car race. First Canadian win in auto racing since 2007 when Paul Tracy won an Indy Car race. Oakville is where rich Burlingtonians are put out to pasture, and also hometown to Kevin Bieksa.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good Morning Jim, this is the 2nd time now that Stevie Y is picking a coach from AHL who has no experience in the NHL as a head coach.

      I wonder if the call was made to Lindy and he may have said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

      He is in a position to pick his team. Imagine if Philadelphia or NYR have a vacancy this summer, both rosters are set up much better for Lindy’s future success.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Morning Gerald. Yes sir. I would have thought he would have went with a NHL experience coach. Maybe Lindy did say no. Never thought of that. Cooper is highly thought of in coaching circles but so was Guy, eh?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Mornin’ G. Did you catch the lacrosse background Jon Cooper has? Ruff is a solid coach but his career highlight may remain the “No Goal” speech to the Buffalo crowd after losing the 1999 Stanley Cup final.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Morning Andrew, no didn’t realize he had a lacrosse background. He does have plenty of AHL success, wish him well, but with the new league alignment next season, not too much success. ;-)

        • 24 Cups says:

          I think Cooper is better suited for Tampa while Ruff might be better off with a contender. One of Ruff’s problems is that his Sabres weren’t a great possession team.

          Tampa has some big cap issues so it might be best to have Cooper tough it out with all the kids he developed in Norfolk the past few years. Lindback’s high ankle sprain means that Tampa has little chance of bouncing back this even if Scottie Bowman was the coach.

          Yzerman is in a tight spot right now.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Maybe the price too… of a coach like Ruff.

    • Cal says:

      Morning, Jim. No playoff success in many years of coaching may have made Stevie Y’s mind up. That, and having to keep paying Boucher in a cash poor franchise.

    • Strummer says:

      Stevie Y doesn’t want anyone smarter than him working for him.

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

  29. Lafleurguy says:

    Ray Shero is implementing a sound playoff preparation strategy. Building depth. Marc Bergevin has been doing this all along. The wild gamble in the off-season of 2009 by Bob Gainey is still having a ripple effect, and the ripple is still a large wave in size. Very interesting that Mike Camalleri’s salary next season is 7 million although the cap hit remains 6 million. Looks like Gauthier boondoggled Feaster with that contract. Monsieur Bergevin, we need more depth.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Andrew! I kind of like MrNax’s theory below. With a pile of top draft picks in the coming draft there is an opportunity to build that depth you speak of and potentially set this organization up for many winning seasons in a row. Not a bad way of thinking, huh?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Greetings Jim! Naxguy has a valid point, but the Impatient Fan Syndrome (not to be confused with IBS) cannot visualize victory parades in 2014 and beyond. “I know what I want, and I want it now….”
        H.A.N.D.* bud.

        “May you live in interesting times.”
        *haveaniceday

  30. 24 Cups says:

    The cliché that any team can win the Cup aside (Tampa and Carolina), it would appear that six teams have a legit shot at the Cup this year. Three are solid contenders while three more need to have a few stars align to help improve their chances. There is only five weeks left in the season so injuries may play a significant role for each team.

    Boston – Kelly, McQuaid (no trades)
    Chicago – Sharp (no trades)
    Pittsburgh – Malkin, Letang (Morrow, Murray)

    Anaheim – no injuries (Steckel, Davorak)
    LA – Greene, Mitchell (no trades)
    Montreal – Prust, Diaz, Bourque (no trades)

    Longshot – Minnesota – no injuries (no trades)

    Who could significantly change the landscape? Iginla. I can’t see him going to Montréal or Anaheim but I wouldn’t count out Pittsburgh just yet.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Maybe Malkin is having as much trouble as Bourque in recovering, which makes Pittsburgh less of a front-runner, although they are one of the “strong four.”

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • 24 Cups says:

        The other element that comes into play is goaltending. And by that I mean the way guys are playing right now this season. In that regard the top three would be Chicago, Boston and Anaheim although lack of playoff experience would be an issue for all three teams.

        Pittsburgh, Montreal and LA all have guys who have been there but are not excelling at the present moment.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Pierre Lebrun continues to say Pittsburgh is not done. Perhaps we shouldn’t underestimate the allure of re-uniting Canadian Gold Medal winners from Vancouver. Sidney just picked up his buddy Morrow from that team, I still wouldn’t be surprised if Shero finds a way to add Iginla to that team.

    • JF says:

      You could add Ottawa as another long shot. Despite their injuries, they keep winning. And Spezza will be back soon.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Incredible.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Jane – I thought about Ottawa, I mean they are the real story in the NHL these days. I’m just not sure if they can survive two series with Boston and Pittsburgh. Maclean has to be coach of the year.

        Vancouver is in tough without Malhotra, Kesler and Booth. that’s a lot of size and depth to be missing up front. I also can’t see them getting past Chicago.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          They also have a 2 and 1/2 week road trip ahead of them with the womens hockey championship about to begin in Ottawa. Will they finally struggle?

        • JF says:

          Someone else might take out one of Boston or Pittsburgh; then Ottawa would only have to get by one of them. Fleury is playing well right now, but I could see goaltending being a weakness for the Penguins. As for Boston, it’s difficult to find a weakness there. They don’t score a lot, but playoff games tend to be low-scoring. But one of the Cup favourites is nearly always an early upset.

          I think what surprises me the most about Ottawa is that their goaltending continues to be solid, yet they have two rookies in goal. Neither Lehner nor Bishop has yet gone through a stretch of sub-par play.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t think we can count Vancouver out just yet. I am not sure what their injury status is, but perhaps they can still snooker someone into taking Luongo and bring back a center.

    • Cal says:

      Hi Steve.
      If it isn’t going to be Montreal riding the wave to the Cup this season (as likely as Plekanec not wearing his turtleneck), I am liking Chicago. 2 strong goalies (both having an excellent year thus far.)

      • 24 Cups says:

        It’s kind of strange that Pittsburgh’s biggest question mark is the goalie that they took first overall all those years ago. Fleury’s best hope is to get a hot streak going in the first two rounds against inferior opposition. I think he let in something like 26 goals in 6 games last year against Philly.

        • Cal says:

          The whole team melts down against them, led by Crosby. He has to ignore Philly’s goon tactics and lead by example. Last season, the whole team was terrible against them.

  31. MrNax says:

    I’m not sure that MB is thinking that this is the year to make a push. With such a deep draft year before us, picks are very valuable! Make the right picks to start building a dynasty or a perennial contender à la Red Wings. Let the boys show what they can do this year and add pieces in the off season or at next year’s deadline.

  32. Bogie Man says:

    Here is my BIG concern. Since Prust and Bourque are out we have alot of perimeter type players with the exception of a 5’8″ piston by the name of Gallagher. Now Penguins are building for a Stanley cup run by adding Morrow and what are we doing twittling our thumbs and waiting for what I have no idea. I love MB however I am very concern about the lack of movement on some of these key players. We could have used a Morrow. We have alot of fast hard forechecking players right now but what we do need is a few that can crash the net and cause havoc. Galchenyuk, Moen and Max Pac need to take on this role because they have the potential size to help us in that way. It is not their style of hockey though but without this net presence we will not beat the Pens nor the Bruins this week and we will slowly make our way to the bottom of the top 8. If MB wants to go for the cup this year, he has got to add some net crashers if not we will continue to lose and barely make the playoff and go out in the first round. MB tell us what you want? Is this year with the heart we have and the speed we going to be wasted as only a year to rebuild?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I agree with this post. In the Buffalo game, Miller gave up some nice rebounds but the Habs had no one in front to take advantage of it. I’d love to see Max Pac become more a net presence. I think he has to now.

  33. Stevie.Ray says:

    Good news! Kadri is an RFA this summer and will be looking for a big raise. Once he gets his cheque, he’ll bust like all the other Leafs and take a chunk of the salary cap with him.

  34. H.Upmann says:

    I love trolling around, but this is the stupidest tagine I’ve ever read on here:

    AG27 is the NEW AK27.
    The “Gally” Line: Galchenyuk, Gallagher and the “Gallows”

    Lmao wow….

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    I just had a depressing thought. In two years or so, inevitably, the NHL will expand by two more teams. Phoenix, like Andrea on “The Walking Dead”, just won’t die. Gary Bettman will insist on implanting a franchise in Seattle and another in Portland or Las Vegas or Mexico City or Caracas. He may grudgingly decide to move the Florida Panthers to Québec to quell a Canadian fan rebellion, but definitely, he’s going to put two new NHL teams in the West. Because that’s what the game needs, is 46 more of the most talented AHL’ers hooking and holding on to Sidney Crosby for dear life, and slashing and cross-checking Pavel Datsyuk to make sure he’s tough enough for Don Cherry’s assent.

    So yeah, two expansion teams in a couple of years, which means an expansion draft. Right when the Canadiens roster and farm system will be bursting at the seams with young talent. We’re going to get plundered back to the Stone Age.

    Great timing. Not a chance that this could have happened when Andreas Dackell and Patrick Traverse were on our roster and could have been had for the asking. No sir.

    • Clay says:

      “Because that’s what the game needs, is 46 more of the most talented AHL’ers hooking and holding on to Sidney Crosby for dear life”. Haha :D , very well said Normand! I couldn’t agree more.
      As for the upcoming expansion draft, at least we have Blunden, and maybe that explains the Halpern pickup. We just have to plan ahead, and make sure we have a few marginal players available. Yet another test of our GM’s mettle. :)

      __________________________
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  36. anotherhab says:

    Wonder what Tiger said to Arnie to make them laugh so much?

    Maybe something like it’s the new blond in my life!

    or Things were going downhill until I met Vonn!

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …insane, $ 7 million x 5 years (35$m) for Alexander Semin

    …$ 7 m for an 8 goal forward ? …there must be uncounted 8 goal forwards on teams around the NHL lickin’ their lips

    …ok, 18 assists for total of 30 points, so far

    …but, give Me a break, he plays with Eric F. Stall !!! …and, just wait until Kovalev’s inner moods appear in Semin once the ink is dry

    …I mean, even if he scores 20 to 25 goals,$ 7 million buckaroos make absolutely a travesty of the point of the lock-out and the diminished salary cap

    …I don’t know, Rutherford is an accomplished GM, but I’ll have to see Semin ‘earning’ this kind of lucre before I believe it …sheesh !

    …does not make any sense to Me

  38. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Is it just me or does Dave Stubbs look like he is about to be interviewed by Mean Gene Okerlund before his steel cage match in the picture above? Game face maybe?

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  39. Skeptical says:

    That stupid shoot out ruins hockey as far as I’m concerned. A good game in Toronto tonight. Both teams were even till it was time for the phony shoot out. Two players got lucky and Boston wins.

    If you can’t solve it in overtime. Than it should be over. Each team gets a point.

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ROW = garbage

    …anyway You cut it, the extra third point is a dishonor of the game

    …You win OR You lose

    …You win = 2 points …You freaken LOSE = 0 points

  41. jols101 says:

    Sens win again. They are only 3 points behind us and the bruins but have played 2 more games. Still, unbelievable considering their injuries.

  42. jols101 says:

    Habs cling to 2nd place in the East by virtue of more ROW.

    • mark-ID says:

      sorry what is ROW stand for?

      I thought B’s would get first because they have more wins?

      Do we have more regulation time wins?

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  43. HardHabits says:

    Article on Danny Kristo. Could the Habs be thinking of signing him sooner than later?

  44. hockeyRAT says:

    REMINDER

    EPISODE 4 – March 31, 2013 – 7:00 PM EST (TSN)

    EPISODE 5 – April 14, 2013 – 7:00 PM EST (TSN)

    EPISODE 6 – April 28, 2013 – 7:00 PM EST (TSN)

    EPISODE 7 – May 20, 2013 – 7:30 PM EST (TSN)we habs still be playing?

  45. HardHabits says:

    So apparently its 5-2 Boston because they out chanced Toronto 24-11.

  46. hockeyRAT says:

    Im not liking what Im hearing in Rene Bork…..

  47. Adidess says:

    Another freaking 3-pt game between these two goonish bunch. Not even watching, but feeling my stomach turning!

  48. Stevie.Ray says:

    I say it every year, and every year I am right: Trade Deadline day is the MOST anti climactic day of the year, every year.

    People get there hopes up and almost always nothing happens (especially in MTL).

    Last year Kostitsyn got traded and that was the biggest TDD in recent memory for the Habs.

    I’m expecting at the most, MTL makes a trade for a depth dman, maybe.

    Roster changes will be made this summer. This is not our year to go all in for the cup. We have a bright future, and should work toward it.

  49. frontenac1 says:

    2-2 LA vs Hawks in 2nd

  50. frontenac1 says:

    Phaneuf vs The Rat?! Pathetic pussies!

  51. Danno says:

    They better not split three points

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  52. frontenac1 says:

    Bergeron. 2-2. And 2-1 LA vs Hawks in 2nd.

  53. mdp2011 says:

    F$&k!!!!!! Lets go Leafs!!!!

    Edit: I feel cheap and dirty, I need a shower.

  54. HabinBurlington says:

    Tampa announces their AHL Coach Jon Cooper is now the new Head Coach of Lightning.

    Second time Yzerman has gone to AHL to find his coach. In a twisted way was hoping JM might get the job.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=419104

    • kempie says:

      I was thinking about that too. Ya know, I’ve come to view him as an excellent coach for a terrible team or a team with lots of holes, but a terrible coach for a good team.

      I think he would have done pretty well in Tampa.

  55. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    The RDS guys seem to quite like the Bruins. They are the opposite of HNIC – they aren’t anti-Leaf, they just don’t seem to take them seriously.
    It’s hard to watch the Leafs and Bruins. I feel negative.

  56. frontenac1 says:

    Forget TSN. Bruins game is on RDS.

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …bean der, dun dat :)

    …although, I wouldn’t make a habit of it :)

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Chicago has Toews/Kane
    Anaheim has Getzlaf/Perry
    Pittsburgh has Crosby/Malkin
    Boston has ….Lucic/Seguin or maybe Bergeron
    Montreal has Plekanec/Max

    Seems the top teams have that dynamic duo who are just pure offence. Hopefully Galchenyuk develops, but seems we just lack that top end scorer/point getter presently.

    Like our team, like the direction, just not sure we are quite there yet. Would love to be proven wrong.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …exactly, that’s the difference between Us and dem to go out and sell the Farm

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I think Lucic and Seguin are not even close to the Hawks, Ducks and Pens duos you mentioned.

      That’s the plan for the Habs though with Galchenyuk. Once Galchenyuk matures into that high flying 1st line centerman we’re all counting on, he and Pacioretty could give some of those duo’s a run for their money.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I agree, to me those other three teams have the best duos, having said that Chicago has Hossa to add to that list along with Sharp. L.A. Kings have Kopitar/Carter/Richards/Brown. I think we will soon be there, but not quite yet.

    • NL Hab says:

      Your exactly right. We haven’t had that dynamic duo for quite some time now. I do believe Galchenyuk will turn out to be a superstar. I would love to see us add that superstar winger so they can light things up for years to come. All the duos mentioned above were drafted by there respective teams. Maybe we will get lucky in the 1st round of this years draft. It is supposed to be a deep draft so who knows.

      Et Le But

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      What is crazy is that the Anaheim duo were drafted in the same draft 19 and 28th overall…brilliant. What Chicago and Pittsburgh did was not rocket science. BTW seems Anaheim pulled another double robbery in 2010 with Cam Fowler at 12 and Emerson Etem at 29. Both are contributing already.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  59. 24 Cups says:

    35M a season for 5 forwards. More than half their cap space. I hope Carolina knows what it’s doing.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      31.725 million per season on capgeek, but still a whack of money. Add Ward in net and you are at 38 million for 6 players. Very talented group though.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Gerald – You’re right. I think I also threw in Jokinen’s salary which would make it around 35M for six players.

        I’m just not sure I would want to give a guy like Semin all that coin based on his lackadaisical past. A bit too much like Kovalev and Yashin to suit me.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I agree, putting big bucks into the Staal brothers and Skinner seems fine but Semin is a question mark. They lack that top level defenceman instead in my opinion.

    • ebk says:

      to further your post, they have $51m, tied up in ten players. That leaves $13m to fill out roster. Their depth will absolutely suck. Not that the

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching Leafs/Bruins game, Phaneuf = Odd man breakaway the other direction.

  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …GO WEEDS GO !!!

    …for doze dat tot dey’ve hoid everyfring :)

  62. NL Hab says:

    Does anyone know if Moen is playing injured? He just doesn’t look the same this year.

    Et Le But

  63. frontenac1 says:

    @HNS….Pfffttt! Been there Done that.

  64. NL Hab says:

    So at what cost do we try and keep up with the Pens and Bruins. I have a funny feeling that as we speak, the Bruins are going hard after Iginla and they will land him. Boston has tremendous minor league depth, draft picks and loads of cap space. Plus, with the moves that the Pens have made over the past 2 days, I think they will send the league a message by trading for Iginla that they are not messing around.

    So then where does that leave us? We do have a lot of draft picks to use as bait and our defence in the minor and junor league levels has been pretty solid and guys can be moved at the right price. We could include Kristo in a deal as it seems like he may test free agency this summer. However, I think with 2 Second rounders (2014 Conditional) for a stay at home type D-Man in Douglas Murray, the bar has been set way too high for us.

    There is no way in hell I give 2, 2nd rounders for a guy like Murray. So if he gets that kind of price tag, how much does Ryane Clowe’s price cost. 1st rounder and prospect? I think Bergevin is in a real tough spot here, because the fan base and media will be telling him to try and match the moves that the other big players will be doing come April 3rd.

    I think we make very small moves at the deadline. No one expected us to be in this position, and lets be realistic, Pittsburgh and Boston have some superior teams right now. We are holding our own and playing a great team game, however, there is no way we can match there fire power. Lets add some depth for this playoff run and see how our young guys respond in the postseason.

    Et Le But

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      The bruins have tons of minor league depth? Spooner, Kochachlev, Subban, Camara…. Maybe Jared Knight. Isn’t that about it if you don’t count Hamilton as he has graduated. Also, a lot of their prospects are small which is interesting. E end of the big bad bruins.

      I can’t wait for Boston to trade away at least two of those prospects for Iginla.

      • NL Hab says:

        Yes, they are some very good prospects that you have mentioned. Add Carter Camper and Max Suave. I watched both of those guys play this year. Very impressive players. They are better forwards then what we have in Hamilton by a country mile.

        Et Le But

  65. Danno says:

    Ugly Lucy scores :-(

    Leafs 2 Bruins 1

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  66. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    After reading that Halpren doughnut story, I’m suddenly starving…thanks Mr. Stubbs…I miss Krispy Kreme… :???:

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  67. Boomer says:

    Excellent show again Mr Cowen and Mr Stubbs. Keep ‘em coming!
    Personally I would love if one of the “special” guests was the ‘ol Boone Dog!

    Cheers

  68. Danno says:

    Time for the Bruins to unleash some goonery on the Leafs!

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  69. LizardKing1967 says:

    Mr. Cowan,
    thank you for the video on the 93′ Habs. Just wactched it and it brought tears to my eyes.
    What glorious memories!
    I’m sitting here drying my keyboard as I write this.
    SO many great memories of that playoff year, but none better than Desjardins’ hat trick.

    Thanks again Stu.
    Maybe we can create some more good ones this year

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  70. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, Leafs breakaway Kulemin undressed Rask, Kadri with an assist. Bruins will be apoplectic if they lose 2 in a row to Leafs!


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