Hockey weather

Snow, and plenty of it, has fallen on Montreal.

Rush hour will be a nightmare this morning, but it’s a safe bet 21,273 will make it to the Bell Centre tonight.

“Team-first mentality” key for Canadiens

Is Subban-Weber this season’s Halak-Price?

• Pat Hickey on rising salary cap

* Canadiens up to third in ESPN power rankings

How the team uses video

• Eric Duhatschek on the greatness of Sidney Crosby

Your pre-game laugh: Donald Trump’s hair



  1. Duracell3 says:

    It’s not unlikely that Weber and SUbban could be both full time next year if they let Gil and Hammer go, have to fit both of them in at times, I wouldn’t be too worried.

  2. Duracell3 says:

    I only have vision in 1 eye, so, I don’t really know what it looks like….

  3. LA Loyalist says:

    My favorite gag when Yank parents ask me about hockey in Canada, is to tell them we leave our gear in the trunk all winter and as it’s frozen it doesn’t smell. Yeah we have to put it on cold but hey, we’re used to it. I tell them that we wash it every spring. They get a little pale, especially the moms. 

    P.S. Just in case, I’m sure your son has “The Sweater” by Roch Carrier? I’ve given copies to every kid in hockey I know down here.

    What a sweet image of doing the national anthem.

    Have a great party!

  4. RetroMikey says:

    Just remember


    Once you have these 3 key ingredients, then you can step it up the next level of playing in the NHL.

    I’d rather see Weber and Subban develop a whole season in Hamilton and be confident they can do some damage come spring in the playoffs in Montreal.

    That is, if they develop under Cunneyworth and not rushed into playing in Montreal now where they are still inexprerienced playing at a much faster level in the NHL.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  5. RetroMikey says:

    No comment, ask Boone or others in the media to ask what teammates think of Subban and his mouth and post it here.

    They won’t.


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  6. ZepFan2 says:

    Looks like it’s not happening everywhere due to bedbugs…

    Teddy-bear toss banned


    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  7. notbigbird says:

    Naw. It’s not really. But a player is either going to get very serious about a questions like that or become flippant. The latter choice is the easiest — probably because he can’t really learn too very much while watching.

  8. ctony says:

    A couple of people pointed out that Gomez might be a attractive pick up to help teams reach the floor.  I think we could go a step further and structure more contracts with (big) drops in outer year salaries.  We would be everyone favourite  trading partner and pick up some value along the way.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Sometimes I still hear “Brass Bonanza” playing in my head.

    I remember wishing (against my real wishes!) that the Whalers would score just once in the game so I could hear that song played over the PA!

    They must’ve been one of the first to do that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Omit says:


    Do you really have to ask that question?

  11. tophab says:

    mikey did you make up that dressing room stuff?

  12. tophab says:

    mikey did you make up that dressing room stuff?

  13. badbalance says:

    Kovy chemistry or not, he can score against the Flyers in the playoffs..

  14. smiler2729 says:

    They lost their soul when the Whale left town for Carolina… I still hate the Hurricanes mostly for that reason.

  15. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, Peter Puck! He was more on Sunday afternoon NBC hockey to teach Americans about offside and icing, but yeah, thanks for reminding me. That and Showdown.

    The little guy’s got the DVD memorized.

    We’re having a Christmas party here Saturday (snow forecast: 5-10 cm Friday, 1-3 cm Saturday, 5-10 cm Sunday), there’ll be a lot of Leaf sweaters here so me and my Habs’ stuff will raise a Creemore lager to ya after the anthem (the little guy makes everybody stand up during the anthems, and then he sways like a hockey player with a hand on his heart)…

    I lived in Ft. Lauderdale for 3 years… the endless summer thing can get monotonous, I actually missed the change of seasons especially autumn and winter. I feel for you in L.A., hopefully the hockey lets you get closer to home every time you step in the arena (that arena smell!)

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Amazing how two games as a scratch went from Subban being our rookie phenom to being this Sean Avery type who no one wants to be around isn’t it folks? All these ‘incidents’ being highlighted as this highly disruptive defencemen when all summer it was about ‘how great Subban fits in here’.

    Well except Mikey, who thinks PK and Weber need to be in Hamilton so the Bulldogs can win more often.


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

  17. Julie H says:

    -Twocents: I agree. We all have our favorties, but the majority of us cheer or the success of the TEAM

    -Mattyleg: I wish there was a limit on how long you can hold onto season tickets. Especially the suits. It’s really awful.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    DGB Explains the latest technology for watching hockey.


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

  19. twocents says:

    That’s pathetic. It amazes me how many people don’t understand this is a team game. People who are fans of a player over the team just don’t get it.

  20. J Haul says:

    I don’t understand the excessive Subban focus and exaggerated hypothesis’ on him not playing a couple of games (not just here, but all over the media as well). I mean, I love the kid myself, but this seems like really a non-factor. The coach sat a rookie and gave another rookie a try in the open spot. This happens all the time, throughout the league.

    I doubt it’s an “attitude adjustment” or a “punishment”. The coach has already said as much, so perhaps people should take that at face value and let the coach do his thing. He felt the need to change his lineup and the results were favourable, so he stuck with it. Sounds pretty basic to me. People just love to sensationalize a “story”.

  21. Mattyleg says:

    Aha! Fantastic! Let them!

    It’ll free up some season tickets for real fans who want them.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. Mattyleg says:

    “”I don’t think this is a gimmick,” said HNIC’s Kelly Hrudey, who will be working the 3D broadcast.”

    Neither do I, Kelly! It’s the furthest thing from a gimick I can think, of as a matter of fact.

    Great article. I agree with it wholeheartedly.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. habs001 says:

    last 10 games we are 6-3-1…next 12 games will not be easy but 7-4-1 would not be bad… we do not need to finish first overall.. i dont think we need to pick up a player right now and i believe better quality rental players will be available in feb/march…right now there are only 2 teams that i am not sure we can beat in a 7 game series (detroit and flyers)….i believe based on the nhl landscape(this years cup winner will not go down as a super elite team) we are 3 players away from being a stanley cup favourite..a tough puck moving d, a top six forward and a bottom six forward that has some scoring ability…

  24. LA Loyalist says:

    Smiler you forgot “Peter Puck” during the intermission (buy the DVD for your kid for Xmas), my 7 year old loves it. Nothing like a frozen tennis ball. 

    Here in LA I certainly miss the snow, though not driving in it. The funniest thing at the rink here (my son is in LA Kings program) is me being in a t-shirt and the American parents are all in hoodies and parkas, some of the mom’s wear gloves, they think the rink is cold. 

    Orangeville is a nice town. Hoist a Creemore draft and cheer the Habs. Thanks for the memories.

  25. Julie H says:

    I’m listening to the Team 990. Sorry, I just re-read my post and it totally did not make clear sense. Habs fans who are seaon ticket holders are threatening to give their tickets back in exchange for money if JM doesn’t start playing PK again.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  26. Julie H says:

    3D make me ill for some reason.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wouldn’t actually, but the regulars here knows my feelings about Mike Richards and players with his brand of ‘hockey’. I don’t like him, never will and wouldn’t welcome him to the Habs.

    Amazing how the Commentariat knows more about how the team functions internally than the writers with all their arrogance and that much-vaunted ‘access to the tea, seriously, what the hell do they know? JM wants a defencemen who doesn’t make a ridiculous high-risk play when the team is holding a lead or makes bad plays in OT.



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

  28. matraque says:

    Thank you…

    I like PK and this will only help him out…

    I remember last year, i mentioned the thing between Markov and Price (that was reported by some media) and everything told me to shut up… Guess it was true.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  29. twocents says:

    What are you referring to? I am not following. Who is? What tickets? Why? 

  30. ctony says:

    The example assumed a $6m/year player (should have said so).  I think this would survive the league’s cap laws.  Specially if the term were prior to the player turning 35.  

    It would make an interesting case for an RFA like AK… More on that later, gotta run.

  31. N.B.habs fan says:

    Great clip,should happen more often and at all rinks.

  32. RetroMikey says:

    Sure they do!  But reporters will not tell you unless you know someone!


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  33. matraque says:

    Explain to me how it’s a stupid question…


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  34. RetroMikey says:

    Excellent comment matraque.

    If Subban is going to make it in the NHL, first priority is to work on his defensive game and secondly, he has to zip his mouth, this ain’t the NBA.

    If not, he’s going to make more enemies among his teammates and his peers.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  35. LA Loyalist says:

    Great idea, fun, classy, memorable. And I’m sure the bears like it, too.

  36. Say Ash says:

    A total gimmick, indeed. The technology has a long way to go. For anybody interested, here’s a great rant by Roger Ebert earlier this year on “Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)”

  37. badbalance says:

    The Caps are still high up in the conference and winning games. Seems like they lost a lot this season but looking at their record they still strong.

  38. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Does anyone else think that the cap going up could be VERY good for the Habs?

    Obviously, extra cap space is always good, and that will help us add some beef to our forwards as well as re-sign/re-tool our defense corps.

    Another positive aspect is the fact that the cap floor also goes up, which means teams who struggled to get to that floor this year will be in even more trouble next year. Those teams might look to Scott Gomez as a way of reaching that floor without having to pay the actual cap hit amount, since his salary decreases significantly in the next couple of seasons. If Eller continues to progress, it is possible we would get rid of Gomez next year or the year after.

    Before people get all worked up, let me just say that I have no problem with Gomez being on our team for the time being. He’s a valuable player when things are clicking. However, I don’t think he will play out his contract here. And I think Eller’s development will push the team to make a move with Gomez. I still think the Islanders will be the team to pick him up. They will have many quality young players, but will be lacking leadership. Gomez could help them groom some of their young forwards and help them with their cap situation.

  39. Mattyleg says:

    I was in the Insurance Capital of the World on July 4 this year.

    I was passing through, and it was a ghost-town. Completely deserted.

    I felt like I was waiting for the zombie apocalypse.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  40. smiler2729 says:

    You get snow in Hartford, doncha?

    I grew up in Montreal, winter days were either skating on the city’s public outdoor rinks (complete with boards, nets and lights in the bigger parks) or playing good ol’ road hockey with a cold wet frozen hairy tennis ball on a street where there was about an inch or so of snow packed down to make for excellent sliding while stickhandling with your toothpick of a blade… Then when the sun went down, you watched Bugs Bunny on CBC at 5pm for an hour, ate supper, put on your Habs sweater and sat through Beachcombers or Tommy Hunter until Hockey Night in Canada at 8pm… Next morning after the Habs creamed the Blues or Seals or whoever, Sunday was spent re-enacting that stuff on the road or park ice…

    Yeah… those were the days. I’m 46 now, living in the snowy part of Ontario where I still play hockey every weekend and every Saturday’s spent dedicated to getting my 6 year old pumped for the Habs game, not that he needs any help, he’s a Cammalleri freak.

    The snow sure does help get ya in the frame of mind, I can’t imagine being an NHLer in Florida or Phoenix. Here in Orangeville, we’ve had a snowsquall off Georgian Bay parked nearby since Friday, we’ve got about 10 cm but 25 mins. east of here, Alliston’s had 81 cm (2.5 ft.)

  41. badbalance says:

    Show me those people, I’d buy them.

  42. notbigbird says:

    Reporters who have access to the dressing room and the players don’t seem to know this.

  43. notbigbird says:

    A stupid question deserves a stupid answer.

  44. badbalance says:

    The thing is, we can’t scratch our best goal scorer. We can always replace a rookie D with another hard working one that deserves his shot. At least we have Weber showcased for when we will need to move him, if we will move him at all.

  45. Mattyleg says:

    Return their season tickets why?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. RetroMikey says:

    Seems like every player  moans in the NHL including our Habs.

    But I’ll take Mike Richards on my team in a heartbeat, so would you if he were available.

    As for your last statement about Subban, BS.

    Martin is a very qualified and experienced coach from his head coaching days in the 80’s with St. Louis.

    Subban has stirred the pot in the dressing room and many teammates will not tolerate a rookie yip yapping in the room or on the ice including the coach.

    Bravo Martin!  We need team players on this team not “hotdogs” who want to be in the limelight.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  47. Mattyleg says:

    Just a note on 24’s 3D post below:

    Am I the only one that finds 3D generally poor and somewhat nauseating?

    …much like Coach’s Corner, really… A perfect fit for the CBC!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. Julie H says:

    You have no idea. 25cm since last night and it’s expected to keep on coming.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  49. Julie H says:

    People are threatening to return their season tickets apparently. This is getting just a LITTLE rediculous.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  50. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    I’m pretty sure most people are cursing the weather this morning here in Montreal.

  51. Nahlsy says:

    Here’s what I’ll be doing tonight. The local Jr (OHL) hockey team started a tradition several years ago that a few other cities have since picked up on as well. Each year around this time they have a Teddy Bear Toss game. All the fans are asked to bring teddy bears to the game and after the first goal by the home team, we all throw them on the ice. Then the game is stopped for awhile, the bears are cleaned up and donated to various charitable organizations around the area so less fortunate kids can have a teddy bear for Christmas.

    Over the years we’ve collected almost 70,000 teddy bears now and we’re hoping to break our own individual record by getting at least 7,000 this year. I’m personally bringing a garbage bag full of bears that I’ve bought and/or have had friends and family donate to me to throw on the ice for them.

    That’s a clip from the 2008 Teddy Bear game, picked up with Akeson on a breakaway right before he scored the opener. Gotta love it!


  52. badbalance says:

    And you had to put up with the Hartford Failures. Use to stream the games there. You can always feel like you’re in Montreal.

  53. C3P1 says:

    caps fans are becoming canadiens fans…they lose 3 games in a row and its “FIRE EVERYBODY” lol but I agree they are playing like absolute garbage right now


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  54. C3P1 says:

    can I just say, that this is what made me fall in love with the canadiens from a young age.  you folks have the greatest winter/hockey city in the world, and while I am stuck in grimy hartford, you all get to wake up to snow and a hockey game tonight…I just hope I get to call montreal home at least once in my life


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  55. matraque says:

    That is what i’m saying…

    PK just made it easier for JM.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  56. notbigbird says:

    Then, you need to think less. 🙂

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jacques Martin is a veteran coach, he doesn’t need excuses to bench one of his rookies. He does it and that’s it. His team is winning and he can do what he likes.


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

  58. matraque says:

    Media: PK, what did you learned from the press box

    PK: there’s not a lot of people in the stands…

    Explain that to me…

    Yeah, it was a “joke”…

    JM probably blew a gasket when he heard that….


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  59. matraque says:

    PK is not benched because of on ice mistakes…

    Those mistakes just gave JM a reason to send him in the press box.

    Say what you want guys…..

    Nothing is wrong with the hockey player.  I think he just needs to shut up.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  60. jimmy shaker says:

    IF it only takes a 3rd rounder, I’d do it!  I think the past is the past and Kovy will be a different player.  Sure he might still struggle, but I don’t think he was a bad teammate or bad in the dressing room……He could help out the PP for sure and always elevated his game when the second season came a callin.  I’m saying take a chance on him only for the right price (3rd rounder) or use the Marky money and go after a big name cheese if there is anyone out there for the taking. 



  61. Rudy says:

    I was at the Caps-Leafs game last night, complete meltdown. Boudreau has to go IMO.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  62. smiler2729 says:

    I loved Kovalev while he was here and turned a blind eye to his many games “off”… but I think that boat has sailed. I don’t know about the chemistry problems in the Carbo years but I like the mix they got going now and wouldn’t want to risk bumming that out with a potential enigma showing up.

  63. SmartDog says:

    As long as it’s not in smellorama.  I don’t want the stink of the Leafs in my living room.


  64. SmartDog says:

    Respectfully, take your own advice: never go full retard.


  65. joshua94k says:

    Thankfully Coach’s Corner will not be in 3D. That segment is not filmed in the ACC. It is filmed in the CBC studio in Toronto.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  66. jimmy shaker says:

    Subban in and Laps out….7D with Picard playing with Subban and Weber taking alternate shifts with Hammer and Spacek.  That was easy….and a showcase for Kovalev……hopefully he stinks tonight and Murray will get rid of him for a 3rd rounder and he comes in here and moves along side of Pleks and A.Kosty, with Gio/Gomer/Cammy seeing what they can do if kept together for 5 games or so without being tinkered with…..and if that doesn’t work put Eller in place of Gomez and watch that line take off!


  67. smiler2729 says:

    So Subban has found himself at the beginning of his version of The Price Treatment… sigh, the media, the fans and the spotlight getting on him when they should just chill and be patient.

    Maybe he needs to go through it as part of becoming a Montreal Canadien as Carey did, as Lafleur did in his first three years.

    Many ‘gifted’ prospects in the past didn’t and got themselves sent packing to greener pastures where they shone.

  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    A little while before this, Richards was moaning about a penalty call against his team when they were playing the Penguins. Richards was just being a typical Flyer, whining after a loss because he couldn’t take it like a man because there’s no maturity in that team of self-entitled bullies.

    Subban was sat because the team’s two OT losses this season were very much to blame for his play and Martin wants to curb his high-risk play when the team holds the lead.


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

  69. matraque says:

    The more i think about it, the more Mike Richards is starting to make sense…

    Is PK answering to the vets of the team?  Does he have an attitude problem?  No one really knows… Sure, he’s ok on the ice, but he must fit in.  The TEAM does not have to adapt to PK… PK needs to adapt to the team.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  70. 24 Cups says:

    You would still have to deal with the cap hit.  Which in your example, would be 6M a season.  I also believe that the new restrictions that were implemented this summer (the Kovalchuk factor) would come into play.

  71. TommyB says:

    That’s cool, 24.  But….the game is in Toronto, isn’t it?  How great does 3D look in black and white?

  72. 24 Cups says:

    Saturday’s Montreal vs Toronto game to be shown in 3D.

  73. ctony says:

    A Canadian perspective on the rising salary cap:

    League revenues are rising due in no small part to the
    strength of the Canadian dollar and endemic support for hockey up north.  History tells us that the long term natural
    level for the loonie is around 1.10 to 1.20, not virtually parity. 

    What happens if the C dollar drops in value?  Two things, the cap will almost certainly go
    down- a lot.  Teams like Calgary,
    Edmonton, and Ottawa would drag league earnings. 

    So, how could thoughtful Canadian teams hedge the current strength
    and artificially create incentives to move players off their roster regardless
    of then-prevailing currency levels?

    They sign players (even relatively young players) to
    contracts with big upfront signing bonus and limited pay the other years.  Let’s say, something like $15m, $1.5m, $1.5m for
    a three year deal.  The player gets a
    boatload of cash up front, paid by the Canadian team when the C$ is strong and
    mitigate their US exposure if the Canadian dollar sinks.


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