HIO special section

In Thursday’s Gazette, we published our latest Hockey Inside/Out special section. In it, we look at Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern, former NHL defenceman Ray Bourque, Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin, Canadiens former enforcer Chris Nilan and much more.

Here is what you can read in today’s section:

Erudite Halpern took long road to NHL: Hickey

Bruins rookie patterns game after Yzerman: Mio

Family time hard to come by for Habs: Hickey

Fans can put the CH in Christmas: Boone

Bourque reached seventh heaven: Fisher

Nilan reshaped enforcer’s role: Ian MacDonald

Magical New Year’s eve at the Forum: Stephanie Myles

Artist draws on his hockey passion: Stubbs

Brash rookie know no other way: Wayne Scanlan

NHL has no place for cogent quotes: Cam Cole

Knock-offs kayo retailers: Don Butler


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    Welcome to Gary’s world. where the ultimate Stanley Cup final would be Florida or Nashville against Phoenix or San Jose.


  2. LA Loyalist says:

    I had an epiphany, why we so often disagree — 

    If you are right 95% of the time the other 3% will take care of 

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Langenbrunner is the ideal selection for the Canadiens to add a piece IMO, he has serious championship experience and Olympic credentials. Still leaves room on the cap for the Habs to add someone else at the deadline if need be as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  4. jrshabs1 says:

     What game were you watching my soft Hab brother? Take the flowers out your hair. The boy’s played scared for the entire 1st period. P.K. should have fought Carcillo during the 1st shift..but didn’t. That fight could have silenced his critics and the Flyers but he wouldn’t fight. NHL is a man’s league my soft Hab brother when you grow into a man you will figure that out. Xenophobia is a big word but doesn’t apply in this case since I know what European players bring to the table and toughness is not on the menu. Oh and bud, I was watching the rested Habs lose to a team that played the night before and yes they looked soft and timid in the 1st period.



    Go Habs Go!!

  5. punkster says:

    Cam Cole. Doing his standard suck and blow at the same time schtick. In my view Cole and others are blowing this whole PK thing way out of proportion to the actual situation. On the one hand PK has attitude, style and je ne sais quoi. I don’t want him to ever change that. However, the other hand is simply that the kid is a rookie, making rookie mistakes and getting rookie treatment. That’s the aspect those who are upset with his treatment seem to avoid when discussing this issue. He’ll be fine because he’s smart and talented. He’ll learn how to play solid D, minimize the bonehead errors, shoot accurately without the telegraphed big windup and utilize his speed and magic moves to make a difference for the team. Until then he’ll have growing pains that only coaching, mentoring, TOI and discipline will resolve.

    He’s a rookie. Stuff happens.

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    the problem is once you’ve dropped the bombs, where do you go? It’s like threatening your kids and never following through on your threats. Or blue comedy, yeah, we know those words. Ha Ha. Now what?

    It does not impress me because it means you’ve painted yourself into a corner and it loses all impact with repetition. Whatchall think?


    too small, too soft, too intangible

  7. Mattyleg says:


    ‘Scared’? I don’t know what game you were watching, bud.

    We’re physical and we don’t run away.

    And nice xenophobia with the ‘soft Euro’ comment.

    Get back into your shack, redneck.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. Mattyleg says:

    We played well last night, overall, it’s just that the Flyers are on FIRE.

    Took advantage of every mistake we made, and capitlaized.

    I still think that one aspect of our game that we have to work on is possession in the opposing team’s zone. This is why our PP is so dreadful, and which is why we aren’t dominating the way we could.

    What we’re playing right now is run-and-gun hockey, which has its perks, but against a team like Philthy, they’ll make us pay.

    Last night was a good example: we seemed to play at times like it was a road-game – getting breaks into the zone, getting a shot or two, then bustin’ a$s back to our own end. We play like that a lot, and try to do it on the PP too, which is why it’s not as effective as it could be.

    We need someone to step up and be the puck-possession guy in-zone. Gomez just skates as soon as he gets the puck, so he’s no good… any thoughts?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Timo says:

    But you liked it at first, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. punkster says:

    My ex-wife used to do that, which is why she’s my ex-wife.

  11. habs03 says:

    lol, how did the Canadiens play scared last night, people explain. Look at the Det, what toughness do they have, what big C do they have, they have Dats,Zet,Flip down the middle, all 5’11 of shorter playing in the western confernce which is full of teams with big C, and tough guys. Toughness isn’t the reason we lost the last 3 games.

  12. habs03 says:

    if you take a step back and look at the season a whole itโ€™s been really good. Every team goes on a losing streak, but what has been frustrating is the way we have lost, in Det with all the penalties, no one showing up in the first period in Tor, and those mistakes on D that cost us the game last night. if we can just win the next 2 games we’ll be fine for the 7 straight road games. In regards to P.K. stupid mistakes he has been making but its part of the process, people need to take it easy on him, but they also need to understand if JM think he needs to sit out a game or two itโ€™s for the best interest of the team and PK. Also people need to stop with these none sense bashing of JM, he is one of the top 10 coaches in the league in my opinion, and people like to credit Kirk for many things but never Martin. And for those who say JM ruins young players, I like to point to Havlat, Hossa, Afly, all those guys were gifted offensively but JM made them so well on both sides of the rink, look at who he developed Meszaros who was suppose to be horrible on the back end. And then there is Spezza, who’s state went up the roof when JM left, yet he is still costing his team games because of dump mistakes. All in all, this is my rant on people that need to realize, the team is going in the right direction, we got the right people in the right places, making good decisions for the most part

  13. Timo says:

    Mine just used to kick us in the a$$ or smack over the head, following by some more profanity. At some point it lost its charm though.

  14. Kooch7800 says:

    Man, want to see something scary…..look at at the East standings.  We are in 3rd place and 2 points out of 8th.  This is going to be a dog fight for the rest of the season

  15. shiram says:

    Boyd sent down to Hamilton, as per RDS.

    I didnt get to watch the game last night, only saw the second and third on canadiens express, and the Habs didnt look bad on there, but from the comments i gather on here, they didnt play all that well either.

    Still i’m glad we saw some offence from the Gomez line, and the comments seem positive about MaxPac.

    Longest losing streak this season, and highest goal total allowed as well, so this loss does hurt. The standings are also getting tight, and that get on the fans nerve.

    I’m wondering right now, what do we need most? Is it a quaterback to replace Markov, or that gritty physical forward? Both hot commodities in the league and likely to be pricey, and i dont see how or who in the farm could really take on these roles. And it brings the question of where those players would play, obviously we want a top 6 forward, but now with MaxPac the available places are getting harder to come by. Right now my scapegoat would be Ak46, if he could be traded for a consistent physical player with an offensive upside, that would be great.

    I dont see how David Desharnais could crack the nhl level this year unless one of our center gets injured. And we already picked the best D from the farm as well.

    Also i got to wonder about Gionta last night, he leads the team on shot on goals, by a wide margin, 35 shots over Cammy who is second, and yet his goal total is on pace with our other scoring forwards.

  16. Storm Man says:

    It is how men talk with men…. I still think my head coach from football in the states has a trade mark in swearing ๐Ÿ˜‰ or maybe it was chronic. I told him once that I did not understand English and he made me do wind sprints. That was my puke and rally day.

  17. Malreg says:

    Martin is definitely the same.

    At the Canadiens LRF Coaching Day in 2009, we were allowed to watch the Canadiens practice.  One of the drills wasn’t being executed properly, and in front of about 400 minor hockey coaches at the Bell Centre, Martin blew the whistle and started to yell out “That’s not the F**KING drill!  This is the F**CKING drill” then explained it again.

  18. mike g says:

    The Devils apparently have put David Clarkson and Colin White on the trade market…

    And possibly Langenbrunner too. I’d put an offer for Jamie and maybe even Clarkson, it’s just too bad David is overpaid. Maybe Ryan White could do the same job as him but for a fraction of the cost, I’m not sure.

    But if Langenbrunner is available, he’s one of the perfect fits, IMO, for Pleks and Cammy.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  19. Timo says:

    Really? I think it is rather a norm for coaches to have potty mouths. I remember mine – no wonder I can swear pretty well myself. If one thing I’ve learn from my coach it was the swearing.

  20. jrshabs1 says:

     Maybe Nilan will come out retirement and bring some toughness back to the Canadiens. Was almost sick to my stomach lastnight watching the small timid Canadiens play scared during the 1st period. JM’s I hate tough guys approach doesn’t win championships. It won’t get any easier tonight with the Bruins in town. When will the message get through? Habs have lost 3 in a row now and the last 2 were pathetic..the leafs started to get physical and the Habs had no answer..loss!! Philly..they must laugh at the Canadiens and so they should..btw loss! I was emabrassed on Saturday as should the rest of you when Clarke McCarthur of all people drops Spacek like a stone and nobody even came to the soft Euro’s aid. For God’s sake PG do something..change the formula!



    Go Habs Go!!

  21. Storm Man says:

    He must had been having a bad day:)… great work by HBO to do this looking forward to the next part. I liked the fact with the Pens players on the plane playing PSPs that was funny and talking trash about who was the best.

  22. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Yes, I watched it. I was surprised myself at how much profanity is spewed by their head coach.

  23. Storm Man says:

    Did anyone watch the HBO’s 24/7? Boudreau likes dropping the fbomb. I wonder if Lord Martin talks like that?.

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