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With Josh Gorges signed, Pierre Gauthier might as well go fishing.
It’s going to be a quiet six weeks.
Maybe seven.

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    I like this site but right now it seems like it’s been invaded by teeny boppers. Who’s your favorite this who’s your favorite that?
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    2- pot or Hash
    3-blonde or brunette
    4-In the morning or in the shower
    5-Fairmount bagels or St. Viateur
    6-Schwartz or Schwartz
    7-Prostate exam or Hernia exam
    8-Leafs or Bruins
    9-Chom 97.7 or Chit 96
    10-HIO or ?

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

    • HardHabits says:

      1- Martinis
      2- Vaporizer
      3- Menage a trois
      4- Morning showers
      5- with Lox and Cream Cheese
      6- Smoked meat
      7- A cute nurse
      8- Truculent goons
      9- 99.9 The Buzz
      10- IMHHO

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Fairmont bagels? Please, that’s like saying Chateau Piss du Chat or Chateau Latour.

    • 24moreCups says:

      1- Gin or Vodka – Whiskey & beer.
      2- pot or Hash – Both
      3-blonde or brunette – Love em’ all throw in a red head to.
      4-In the morning or in the shower – Afternoon Delight
      5-Fairmount bagels or St. Viateur – St. Viateaur
      6-Schwartz or Schwartz – Dunns, The Main, Schwartz in no order.
      7-Prostate exam or Hernia exam – Liquid lunch, no exam.
      8-Leafs or Bruins – Habs, what kind of question is that? So many other teams I rather chose.
      9-Chom 97.7 or Chit 96 – Chom sucks…
      10-HIO or ? Youtube or Mook Life.

      Cheers.

    • JayBee says:

      It was a slow day, relax, scrappy.

    • longbow says:

      1. Gin or Vodka – Grand Marnier or Benedictine
      2. Pot or Hash – Not any more.Puts me to sleep
      3. Blonde or Brunette – Can’t tell with the lights out
      4. Morning or shower – Can’t tell with the lights out
      5. Fairmont or St Viateur – St Viateur. Surprised you need to ask
      6. Schwartz or Schwartz – Um,I’ll say Schwartz
      7. Prostate or Hernia exam – Neither thank you
      8. leafs or bruins – Leafs and Bruins
      9. CHOM or CHIT – In a city like Montreal that knows and appreciates good music why is the radio in this city so crappy ?
      10. HIO or – Google Video

      “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

  5. HardHabits says:

    One of the reasons why we have never been visited by extra-terrestrials is the theory that civilizations destroy themselves before they achieve interstellar travel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox

    • HabFab says:

      Thanks HH! I always wondered about that ;)

      7 more weeks of Aliens and Zombies and line combinations and Gomez and missing this player or that player or their idiots or geniuses or WGAF (does not represent Winnipeg Grenadier Air Farce)….ahhhh!!!

    • Everlasting1 says:

      According to the prophet Gene Roddenberry, we’re on our way..to boldly go where no man has killed before.

      You shall be assimilated into the Borg collective. Your designation will be 0 of 9. Ah, progress.

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      “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • HardHabits says:

        Yes. Because in your world fiction is reality.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          Fiction is unrealized science. Now get back to the collective and wait further instructions hehe

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          “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • HardHabits says:

            Fiction is any form of narrative which deals, in part or in whole, with events that are not factual, but rather imaginary and invented by its author.

            Like your comments.

        • ZepFan2 says:

          Now don’t be knocking Star Trek.

          Those starship communicators look a lot like cell phones from about 5 years ago.

          Also a transporter is just around the corner…

          http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/breakthrough-brings-star-trek-teleport-a-step-closer-451673.html

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          • HardHabits says:

            Sending data is not sending matter, let alone sending living organisms. Science fiction has foreshadowed many scientific inventions but we are nowhere near to the teleportation of objects let alone figuring out a way to travel to other star systems.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Pft. Teleportation, anti-gravity, space travel. The ancients saw it all.

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            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • ZepFan2 says:

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            Does not c o m…

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  6. dhenry1234 says:

    MONTREAL – When Pierre Gauthier signed Josh Gorges to a one-year contract on Friday, he locked up a lot more than just another defenseman.

    A heart and soul player who would do anything for his teammates, Gorges made no secret of his desire to stay in Montreal when he became a restricted free agent this summer. The only thing that would have made the 26-year-old blue-liner happier than signing on for another season with the Habs would be the guarantee of calling Montreal home for years to come.

    A true warrior
    “I don’t want to say that I’m not happy with the way things are because I’m extremely happy with the fact that I got a great deal done and I get to come back and play for Montreal,” explained Gorges via conference call from his home in Kelowna, BC. “But I wanted to sign long term – I want to be in Montreal, I want to play in Montreal and I want to win a Cup in Montreal.

    “The biggest thing was never about money or anything like that, it was more about the length of the contract,” he added. “We were trying to fight to get a few more years on the table, but I’m happy we were able to avoid arbitration because I think both sides didn’t want to go to arbitration and I’ve said that from the start. I don’t think that’s a good way to do business so I’m glad we could avoid that and get the deal done just between two sides. This is an opportunity for me to have a big year and for the team to have a big year and we’ll go from there.”

    Having missed the second half of last season after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery in December, Gorges understands the team’s decision to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to his performance with his new ligament.

    “It took me a little while but I finally understood where they were coming from with the fact that I just came back from a major knee surgery and there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed,” offered Gorges, who had been playing with the torn ACL for the past seven years before finally going under the knife. “From the team’s standpoint and from a business standpoint they wanted to make sure that my knee was at 100% and that I was playing at before if not ahead of that before they committed long term.”

    Coming back better than ever shouldn’t be a problem for Gorges, who previously held the team’s Iron Man streak after appearing in 150 consecutive games in his five seasons with the Canadiens. Having spent the last four months on the ice perfecting his stride and in the gym getting ready for a seventh NHL campaign, the veteran defenseman has never felt better.

    “My knee feels great,” he stressed. “It’s been a long road, but I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been to the point where my trainer here has actually told us to pull back on some of the weights and work on a little more footwork, agility and on-ice stuff trying to perfect that.

    “It’s kind of been my MO coming out of Junior having to prove myself each year and this year is no different,” continued Gorges, who has developed into a premier shut-down defenseman despite being undrafted and overlooked by all 30 NHL teams just eight years ago. “I just have to show up to camp in the best shape possible and have a good start and we’ll go from there.”

    Already itching for the puck to drop on the 2011-12 season, Gorges knows he’s not the only one who will be out to prove something come September.

    “We have a great core group of guys who want to win for the Montreal Canadiens, but we also want to win for each other,” he shared. “When you have a room as tight as we do and guys who want to that for each other, that’s going to push us to new heights that I don’t think we’ve seen to this point – and we’re just going to keep getting better as we go.”

    Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.

  7. JayBee says:

    Something a little different…

    1. Your favorite current Hab
    2. Your favorite ACTIVE former Hab (ie: Saku, Higgins, Max, etc)
    3. Favorite Hab growing up as a kid
    4. Fondest Habs memory
    5. Worst Habs memory
    6. Last time you cried that was Hab related
    7. Last time you attended a Habs game
    8. Most hated rival player
    9. If you could spend the day with any current player, who would it be?
    10. If you could spend the day with any past player, who would it be?

    • 1. Price or Subban
      2. Koivu
      3. Patrick Roy
      4. 1993
      5. The trade…
      6. Koivu’s return from cancer
      7. 1-0 loss against Buffalo this year
      8. Marchand
      9. Subban
      10. St. Patrick

    • Bripro says:

      1. Plekanec
      2. Saku
      3. Cournoyer
      4. It’s sort of a habs issue….attending the National Hockey School in Ste Anne de Bellevue being taught by Cournoyer, Lemaire and Robinson.
      5. That’s a tough one. There’s Chara on Max, Saku receiving the stick in the eye, or Zednick’s clothesline by McLaren.
      6. Too long ago.
      7. This year, the last game the Penguins were in town.
      8. Toss up between Chara and Hextall
      9. Gomez. He could cover the tab.
      10. Mario Lemieux

    • davelecave says:

      1. Plekanec
      2. Koivu
      3. Roy
      4. I was in the 5th row of Game 7 vs. Boston in Round 1 of the 2008 playoffs. That, or Kovalev taking it to Tucker.
      5. The ensuing riot…
      6. Koivu’s comeback
      7. 7-2 win vs. Carolina this year. Markov’s last game of the year…
      8. Gregory Campbell
      9. Subban
      10. The Great One

    • harpman says:

      1. Gionta
      2. Koivu
      3. Beliveau
      4. 1965 4-0 vs Hawks to win the Cup
      5. 69-70 season missed playoffs with 92 points and lost 10-2 (if IO remember correctly) on the final night of the season.
      6. Roy trade
      7. Oct 1998 vs Detroit
      8. Chara
      9. Gionta
      10. Beliveau

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      1. PK
      2. They’re all dead to me. Just kidding.
      3. Guy Guy Guy
      4. Guy Lafleur’s tying goal, followed by Yvon Lambert’s OT winner.
      5. First time we lost to the Bruins in the playoffs. I think it was in 1988?
      6. Never cried about hockey – are you kidding?
      7. Two years ago.
      8. I really think Zdeno Chara is vile. He meant to hurt Max.
      9. None probably.
      10. SK74!

    • JD_ says:

      1. Peter Budaj, cause he can make time for me.
      2. Scr00 all the active former Habs. They left the team so they’re scum! Ya hear me? SCUM!
      3. I though Larry Robinson handled the awkward challenges of adolescence quite effectively. Don’t know much about his earlier years.
      4. Chantin’ the Ole song whilst gettin’ laid.
      5. Sufferin’ the immediate repercussions of chantin’ the Ole song whilst gettin’ laid.
      6. Right after sufferin’ the immediate repercussions of chantin’ the Ole song whilst gettin’ laid.
      7. If the beer prices go any higher, yes.
      8. All those scumbag active former Habs.
      9. Peter Budaj, what with all that free time he has.
      10. Mario Tremblay, Patrick Roy, Mathieu Schneider, and a big heapin’ bowl o’ amphetamines.

      • Bripro says:

        LMAO…I’ll tell you what, I can’t offer you any uppers or downers, but I’ll roll you a good one, and we can laugh at all of the wives’ reactions over “chanting’ the Ole song whilst getting’ laid”…That’s classic.

    • Steven says:

      1. Gionta or Price
      2. Koivu by a long shot
      3. Koivu, but that’s probably because I’m not old enough to remember any of the legends :S
      4. The great run last year
      5. The Pacioretty incident
      6. I didn’t cry, but I was in a pretty bad mood when the Flyers took us out when we were first in the Conference.
      7. The last game I attended was the preseason game against Detroit where Price made that killer save.
      8. Marchand for sure.
      9. PK Subban
      10. Lafleur

    • Tremblant Habs Fan says:

      1. PK
      2. Frankie B
      3. Nilan
      4. 1986 Cup
      5. The beatdown in Beantown last season
      6. I don’t know what it is but I usually get chocked watching the ceremonies(except for Roy’s jersey ceremony)
      7. Last season vs Boston, ‘Chara/Patches incident’.
      8. Lucic
      9. PK
      10. Nilan

    • Max_a_million says:

      I like this
      1. PK
      2. Komisarek (every on here would have left for more money too)
      3. LaFleur then Roy as a teen
      4. 86 playoffs
      5. Losing in Overtime game 7 against the Bruins with my son, or sitting in the Reds enjoying a Bruins beat down in game 4 with my son and having it unravel right in front of my eyes.
      6. Koivu returns live or taped of the Rocket long ovation
      7. Game 4 against the Bruins
      8. Chara now
      9. PK
      10. Roy

      • JayBee says:

        I like Komi too. Wish he never left, to tell you the truth. It’s crazy though, the guy was lined up to be the next captain. They asked him to come behind the bench and everything. And he went to the leafs for a few extra bucks. That really disappointed me.

    • JayBee says:

      1. PK
      2. Saku
      3. Roy…….then Muller
      4. Cup win in 93.
      5. Roy’s last game
      6. When Koivu came back from cancer, I got wattery eyed. I cried like a baby in the early 90s when the Bruins would knock out the Habs.
      7. Roy’s# retirement
      8. Neely and it’s not even close
      9. PK
      10. Patty Roy, Muller, Plante, Richard. I couldn’t pick one.

    • Nine1one says:

      1. Andrei Kostitsyn
      2. Saku Koivu
      3. Andrei Kostitsyn/Saku
      4. Don’t have a lot, didn’t really start following til mid last year :( but probably beating the snot out of everyone for years on NHL 03 with them :P
      5. Pacioretty – Chara
      6. IDK
      7. Never :(
      8. Chara/Cooke
      9. Andrei or Eller
      10. Too hard.

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      This is a great question!

      1. Subban – he wasn’t my favourite, but that one timer in Game 7 sealed his place in my heart.
      2. Lapierre – if only for his “here, bite my finger” routine. His grin is so infuriating that you gotta love him.
      3. I was a huge Larry Robinson fan – I even had one of those Habs watches from Woolco with Robinson’s number and “signature” on it.
      4. The first time I saw a game live, 4 years ago.
      5. Losing to the Flyers in 1987 in the ECF. I remember watching that one at home with a client of my father’s from Philadelphia. He was ribbing me mercilessly, forgetting that I was 9 years old, when Montreal finally lost, I cried :)
      6. Oddly enough, I’ve teared up since. At the aforementioned 1st game live – all these memories of watching games with my recently departed pops came flooding back as the Habs took the ice.
      7. The Return of Koivu last year.
      8. I used to HATE Cam Neely with a burning passion – he was too damn good to be a Bruin! Lately, I loathe Marchand (naturally) and Phaneuf (he’s not nearly as good as I’m constantly being told in this media market)
      9. Hal Gill – I think he’d be hilarious
      10. That’s easy, Jean Beliveau.

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      1. PK or Ryan White.
      2. Ryder.
      3. Mike Keane/Shayne Corson/Pat Roy.
      4. ’93 Cup/First time in MTL 2002.
      5. Mike Keane and Pat Roy trade.
      6. I almost always tear up a little watching the anthem in the playoffs, so just before game 7 against Boston this spring.
      7. March 2002.
      8. Eric Staal.
      9. Ryan White, he looks like he’d tip back a few bottles.
      10. Shayne Corson, again with the drinking.
      ____________________________________________________
      They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

    • savethepuck says:

      1. Carey ( for the last 4 years )
      2. Kovalev
      3. The Flower and Dryden
      4. The 70′s teams, can’t pick 1 memory
      5. OT goal in game 7 April 2011
      6. Men don’t cry
      7. October 2007
      8. Chara tookover top spot Feb. 2011
      9. Scott Gomez ( think he’s hilarious and would like to talk about how he bounced back in the 1011-12 season)
      10. Patrick Roy

      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

    • Chris79 says:

      Hi JayBee
      1. Carey Price.
      2. Chris Higgins.
      3. Stephan Lebeau, Mike Keane, Chris Nilan
      4. 100th Anniversary ceremony..and 93 Run.
      5. Richard Zednik hit.
      6. 93 Stanley Cup Win the final seconds of the Game.
      7. Wow..!! years. lol.
      8. Cam Neely ..of all time.. because he is still able to stir it up with us. Now would have to be Benoit Pouliot. lol. and that little Puke whats his face…Marchand
      9. Ryan White
      10. Chris Nilan

    • lukas-joshua says:

      1. Cammalleri
      2. Souray
      3. Kirk Muller / Patrick Roy
      4. Watching my first live Habs game 09 in Edmonton
      5. The Patrick Roy trade
      6. My first live habs game
      7. Last year also in Edmonton
      8. Any Bruin
      9. Cammalleri
      10. Muller

    • VancouverHab says:

      1. Travis Moen
      2. Saku
      3. Jean Beliveau
      4. Receiving an elegantly-written and phrased card from Mr. Beliveau in response to a letter when I was eleven years old.
      5. The entirety of the Houle-Trembley years.
      6. The standing ovation for Saku’s return from cancer.
      7. Last season in the 4-1 win over the Canucks.
      8. Bar none, Todd Bertuzzi.
      9. Scott Gomez.
      10. Mr. Beliveau, for the fulfilment of a dream.

    • GrimJim says:

      1. Whenever I pick someone they go in the crapper
      2. Saku
      3. Dryden, Beliveau, Cornoyeur, Robinson
      4 Taking my Dad to a game at the Forum for his birthday
      5. I was sure MAxPAc was dead on the ice
      6. First Summit game with the centennial opening (I’m a suck, I admit it)
      7. Last year’s summit
      8. Who are we playing next?
      9. Gomez
      10. Dryden

    • LA Loyalist says:

      thank you.

      1. dance card is open
      2. Saku
      3. Dryden
      4. Roy
      5. Roy
      6. Roy – and when Patches didn’t move.
      7. Kings/Habs, Ducks/Habs 2009/10
      8. Chara/Lucy
      9. PK would probably be a riot.
      10. Gainey, so I could hear him explain himself.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …1: at the moment Carey Price & PK; tied
      …2: Koivu
      …3: tough, so many; Jacques Plante (all time); very close behind, Rocket, Pocket Rocket, Big Bird, Ferguson and The Flower (as a bi-polar goalie I used # 16)
      …4: tough, so many; Danny Gallivan’s & Dick Irvin’s voices; Don Cherry’s brain-cramp May 10, 1979 and Guy Lafleurs goal; Canadiens/Red Army 3-3 tie; Robinson’s beat-down of Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz; and Saku’s return
      …5: Irving Grundman’s replacement of Sam Pollack as Our GM; Gretzki’s Edmonton Oilers defeat of Our Canadiens; at which time I realized this was the end of Our Golden-era; Patrick Roy trade to Colorado
      …6: Maurice Richard, passing of the torches from ex-Captains to present Captains ceremony; and, return of Saku
      …7: said May 10, 1979 (My base was Montreal, but My travel and overseas business made it difficult to see live games, yet I have watched My Habs on TV from Saudi Arabia to Jakarta)
      …8: Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz, close behind Eddie Shack and Derek Sanderson
      …9: would like to eat a Moishes Montreal Smoke Meat with Carey and talk nothing but rodeo
      …10: go fishing with Jacques Plante and talk nothing but knitting tuques and a goaltender’s view of existentialism

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

    • longbow says:

      1. Plekanec
      2. Koivu
      3. Cournoyer
      4. 1976-77 – 60W 8L 12T
      5. Seeing them lose to the Leafs in 1967
      6. Koivu return from cancer
      7. this season vs Atlanta
      8. Marchand
      9. Plekanec
      10. Beliveau

      “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

    • Andrew65 says:

      1. Pleks
      2. Saku
      3. Cournoyer, then the Flower
      4. Way too many to pick one!
      5. Losing game 4 in April is still fresh in mind.
      6. Lots of tears welling up over the years, usually pride related. Sak’s return from illness still ranks.
      7. Season opener agains the Sens in 2006. My one and only time at the Bell Centre. I live in Victoria now.
      8. Chara. Richards and Marchand not far behind.
      9. Dunno. Maybe Georges.
      10. Mr. Beliveau.

  8. JohnBellyful says:

    Things to do until training camp opens:

    – Do a research paper on The System. Do not use stick figure diagrams.

    – Write a script for a sitcom starring the lovable but zany characters at HIO and submit to the CBC. Do not use stick figures in stage directions.

    – Learn French. (Or how to speak English with zee French accent.) You never know when a coaching opportunity might open up.

    – Rearrange furniture in rec room to provide easier transit this winter for wife serving you beer. Make allowances for wider passage if wife uses walker.

    – Create Word Search of all 30 of your favourite Habs all-time.

    – Catch the pre-preseason spirit. Men: grow a beard. Ladies: don’t shave armpits.

    – Self-publish book on how badly screwed up are the Canadiens and what needs to be done to restore their former glory. Bibliography should provide dates and threads of HIO posts.

    – Translate the national anthem into Vulcan (in case they return).

    – Send a letter to the Canadiens saying you’ve been told by your doctor that you will die within a year unless there’s some kind of miracle – like Montreal winning the Cup in 2012. Include stick figure showing your current state of health.

    – Get a full-scale Canadiens logo tattoo. Front and back. Save money by doing front tattoo yourself.
    Add banner underneath: Stanley Cup champions 2011-12. C’mon, show some faith, why dontcha’.

    – And for gawd’s sakes, come up with a better inspirational song than Ole!Ole!Ole! Even a CHant would do: Mon-Tree-All BOOM! Mon-Tree-All BOOM! Oh-Dee-Doo-Dah-Day!

    “You’re travelling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: Hockey Inside/Out”

  9. cuzzie says:

    All this alien talk, feels like someone is trying to promote the movie, Cowboys and Aliens starring Tony Romo and Jerry Jones.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  10. Jeez, I stop commenting on HIO for a couple days and we’re talking about aliens and evolution? I’m guessing E1 is to blame?

  11. Chrisadiens says:

    Anyone know if there’s an HIO android app in the works? The mobile version of HIO isn’t that great for posting. I really don’t want to buy an Iphone, but if it means I get an HIO app, I will.

    Sorry for the non-hockey related question, but I figured with all the “alien” talk going on, it was safe to ask now.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Bripro says:

      I’ve tried posting on my iPhone ( no I didn’t pay for it….father’s day gift ) and it doesn’t format very well either. It’s a headache to try and surf the comments back and forth (or up and down, depending on whether I’ve been drinking or not).

  12. NDGhabsfan says:

    Well it seems Gomez’s isn’t the only salary we should be annoyed or exhausted by:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/bettmans-salary-tops-75-million/article2108823/

    From failing hands…

    • Bripro says:

      That’s one dollar for every arrogant comment Buttman comes out with.

    • Feraco says:

      Does it say that it recorded Revenues AND expenses at 83 million? Essentially making 0 profit.

      I find it hard to believe that the NHL made $0 in profit for that quarter.

      But thats what you get with high paid accountants!

  13. HardHabits says:

    I love how E1 condescends to people telling them to stick to what they know. Then he goes on about aliens building Pyramids like as if all the proof he needs is the ramblings of another book selling chariot of the gods charlatan.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      I thought you would. Only after one mocks me or another like-minded.
      I think some theories hold more water, oh dry one.

      ——————————————————————-
      “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • NDGhabsfan says:

      If you’re at all interested there is a fair bit of research into Egypt’s strange history. I’m not saying aliens I’m just saying we don’t know. The origin and age of the Sphinx alone is enough to raise questions. Sorry for interjecting into someone else’s discussion, I’m just a huge dork and interested as hell in this stuff.

      From failing hands…

      • BJ says:

        I suggested this book earlier way down the posts. If you want a well researched book try: Slave Species of god by Michael Tellinger.

        • NDGhabsfan says:

          Giza Death Star by Joseph Farrel isn’t bad either. Best all encompassing meditation so far is Professor Carmen Boulter’s tv series The Pyramid Code, all of which is on youtube.

          From failing hands…

          • BJ says:

            Thanks for the info, I’ll look into it.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Episode 2 – High Level Technology of the Pyramid Code is very comprehensive.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • HardHabits says:

        Archaeologists are excavating a site of a civilization that is thought to be 12,000 years old. Pre-history means that. The time before writing. There was much going on that we don’t know about.

        What we do know is this. There was no intervention from either god(s) or aliens. We stand alone with our creative genius.

        What a piece of work is a man,
        how noble in reason,
        how infinite in faculty,
        in form and moving how express and admirable,
        in action how like an angel,
        in apprehension how like a god,
        the beauty of the world,
        the paragon of animals.

  14. On the subject of aliens, can you guys who are in touch with them ask them about getting us a big tough, 50 goal scoring center who can beat the snot out of Chara and Lucic at the same time.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, let’s do some predictions:

    1. How many points will the Habs stack up this season?
    2. Who gets a call from Hamilton this season when injuries do strike (It’s unavoidable people, it’s hockey)
    3. Who, if anyone will score 30 goals this season?
    4. How will the goaltending workload be split?
    5. Who’s likely going to be enjoying a good Bell Centre steamed hot dog the most from the press box as the season goes on?

    Prospect predictions:
    1. Which prospect will rule the field this season?
    2. Which prospect will break out?
    3. Who will slump?
    4. Who can make their country’s World Junior team?
    5. Who is going to get prematurely put in a Habs jersey by overzealous fans?

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      1. Montreal will add to their win total by a couple and be right around the 100pt mark.
      2. Montreal will get beat up by Boston, again, and somebody like Conboy or one of the questionable tough guys they signed over the summer will be called up.
      3. Gionta, Cammalleri or Pacioretty all have a chance at 30.
      4. Price will play 65-70 games. That hogwash of him being tired is just that…hogwash.
      5. Spacek should never get a shift and eat dogs all season from the box.

      Prospects….

      Don’t have enough time at work to go though the list…

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Tough Guy? Must have altzimers as I don’t know of any “tough Guy” signed for the 2011-12 season. Please tell me who/he/they are.

        Mr. Biter

        • TorontoHabsFan says:

          I find it highly unlikely that anyone who has ever known someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s would make such a lazy, inaccurate, and offensive joke.

          Maybe you should reconsider your comments about how ugly the left is?

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Sorry if the “Altzimers” reference offended you (and I have had clients and friends who have and do have it and it is a terrible affliction), however I guess i’m not “politically correct” and it still stands as a joke (the comment not the disease).
            To TorontohabsFan , you and I are going to probably have some interesting discussions in the future. To bad I can’t reply to your last post.

            Mr. Biter

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            It has nothing to do with being politically correct or not – it has to do with not being a clod.

            Nobody in the world should ever think to themselves “heh, I forgot something…why I must have that forgettin’ disease! What’s it called? Old-timers or something? Hey! That would be a funny joke! I should pretend I have Old-Timer’s disease ’cause I forgot something! I’m hilarious!”

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Mr. Biter I call bull on your friends and clients who have it. Why don’t you educate yourself, do some research, and maybe start by spelling the cursed disease’s name properly. You’re on the internet, use Google if you’re not sure, for cripe’s sake. I suspect this was a lazy attempt at humour and now that you’re called out you’re backpedaling.

            ———————————
            For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • LA Loyalist says:

            The left what?

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Mike Blunden is the person I was thinking of and remember I used the word “questionable” in my statement. I think he might have a chance at starting the season centering the 4th line. Could be wrong though.

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      1. 104 pts – 4 more wins than last year (the return of Markov and Gorges should offset what likely will be a small backslide on Price’s part. Cole should be a big improvement over Pouliot on the Top 6 and should increase scoring).

      2. Forward call-ups – Engqvist if it’s a defensive role that’s needed, Palushaj if it’s offensive.
      Defense call-ups – Nash or Diaz

      3. Cammalleri will top 30 goals, and Gionta will come close (28 or so)

      4. Price will start 60 games and Budaj will start 22.

      5. This is a tough call – If a veteran UFA is signed then I’d say Darche and White will be eating the most hotdogs. On defence, barring injuries, I’d say that Weber and Yemelin will be splitting popcorn duty.

      • Bripro says:

        That sounds about right. Except, I think Gionta will reach 30 and so will Max. As for Price, you can be sure that JM will rely on his stamina. He’ll play another 70 games or so.

        • TorontoHabsFan says:

          I’m really quite nervous about Pacioretty. I so want him to be the budding superstar that we saw last season, but I worry that he might play more like the guy that was demoted the season before last.

          I think Price’s workload will be lessened, mostly because I think that Budaj will be better than Auld. I continue to believe that Price played so many games last season because Martin wasn’t confident in Auld’s abilities.

          • Bripro says:

            A friend of mine is an Orthopedist (he went to school longer than I did) and he assures me, given the nature and location of the injury, that PHYSICALLY, he will be 100%. The concern will be his mental state. Will he be gun-shy?
            As for Budaj, he stats were’ as impressive as Ault’s. I’m still confused about the Habs choosing not to re-sign him.
            But JM will do like every coach did in Jersey…ride the goalie’s coat tails.

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            I think Budaj’s numbers were low because 1) He was playing behind a pretty atrocious defence and 2) Colorado inexplicably doesn’t have a goalie coach.

            I really do feel like he’ll flourish into a very good backup here – and will parlay this contract into a starting job somewhere in 2 years time.

            Re: Pacioretty – I too worry that he’ll be gun-shy.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            As much as i hate to reply to you again today I’m more worried about Markov than Max.

            Mr. Biter

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      1. 101 points (3rd seed)
      2. Raffi Diaz. Markov will break his hand on Marchand’s face on Nov. 21st.
      3. Only Cammalleri. Six more guys score over 20.
      4. 60/20
      5. Ryan White.

      tighter definition of “prospect” please.

      “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
      - Sean Bonjovi

    • 1) 103 points
      2) Palushaj
      3) Gio or Patches (Cole will be close with around 26)
      4) 62-20
      5) Gomez

      Prospects

      1) LeBlanc
      2) Gabriel Dumont
      3) Dany Masse
      4) LeBlanc
      5) Ryan Russell

    • Chrisadiens says:

      1. 106 good for 2nd in the conference. Boston will finish behind Buffalo for third in the division. Gonna be hard to win without “Daddy”.
      2. I’m gonna say Enqvist, in case Eller misses the first few games.
      3. Take it to the bank. Cammy will score 30+
      4. My gut says Carey likes the workload and we’ll see him start around the same amount of games.
      5. Hopefully Spacek.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • savethepuck says:

      1. 105 to 110
      2. Palushaj, Enqvist( may start the season), Diaz and maybe Trotter
      3. Cammy and Gio, both may have a power forward for entire season
      4. 65 Carey/17 Budaj
      5. Whoever our 13th forward will be.

      1. Lars Eller
      2. Lars Eller
      3. Don’t like to think negative
      4. Tinordi, Beaulieu, Bournival*(think he’s still eligible)
      5. Jared Tinordi
      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

    • Feraco says:

      1) 96 points
      2) Trotter
      3) Cole
      4) Depends on how the season is going. 80% Carey = 62 games
      5) Emelin

      Prospects:

      1) Ramo, is he still a prospect?
      2) Diaz!
      3) Avtsin
      4) Tinordi
      5) Leblanc

    • mr92243 says:

      1. Finish with 103 points, two points ahead of Boston to win the division.

      2. The usual suspects along with Brock Trotter.

      3. Brock Trotter….. in Hamilton. haha Cammy and Gio

      4. Price starts 65

      5. Hopefully Bob Gainey for such wonderful deals as slapping Koivu in the face so we could “go in a new direction and bring in that slug Gomez (for three times the money so he could have worse stats than Saku in pretty much every statistical category…. including hits….. not that I’m bitter or anything).

      Prospects:
      1. I’m guessing PK doesn’t count any more. I’m hoping that Eller continues to round out and improve.

      2. DD, what a wonderfully inspiring story that would be. :)

      3. Ryan White (sorry)

      4. Excellent question

      5. Chara. Oops, I thought the question said, “Who will habs fans turn into a human pinata.”

      Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Koivu has the benefit of playing behind Ryan Getzlaf and having a guy like Teemu Selanne on his wing in ANA. I loved Koivu when he was here but he’s gotten older and his injuries have made him less than what he was. He is not up to doing the hard minutes like he used to MTL.

        - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • LA Loyalist says:

          That is true enough, 09, but even so Koivu would have been more effective than Gomez the past 2 years. And we’d have another strong player with the extra $4 or $5 million. No one is complaining about Koivu in Anaheim, he takes lots of big face-offs and is out for the last minutes of periods and games all the time. Of course he’s winding it down. Hopefully Selanne will play one more year. If Hiller is ok than Ducks will be very good this year. I’m not hearing any rumors, except the fact that they didn’t keep Emery, who played well, leads me to think Hiller is ok.

    • Talik Sanis says:

      1) 102.
      2) Baring a surprise performance and depending on the type of player injured, Palushaj or Enqvist.
      3) None of our players will break thirty goals.
      4) Roughly 65-17 in favour of Price. If he proves to be competent with a full time goal-tending coach, I would like Budaj to get more starts, but I don’t think that is likely.
      5) Ryan White. I still think we’ll be bringing in an experienced forward. Darch/ unsigned 4th line vet will take White’s place.

      1) Beaulieu. Leblanc won’t be up to par due to injury and Tinordi is, well, Tinordi. Gallagher will be as dominant as ever, but WHL scoring doesn’t overly impress me, nor does Gallagher’s skating. These hold him back from the top.

      2) Despite what I said about him, Tinordi may be the one to break out. He showed some real signs of improvement late last year. Maybe he can start dominating and controlling the play at his level. I can’t see anyone else breaking out, unless we’re talking about prospects who have already made the NHL.

      3) Leblanc. I feel that he’s going to be out of it for a while due to his injury. He’ll need time to recover and adjust to the AHL.

      4) Pribyl is pretty much a lock. Gallagher has an advantage, and it is his spot to lose. Similarly, Beaulieu is very likely to make the team. Again, his spot to lose. It is possible that Bournival and Tinordi may make it. It depends heavily on their seasons and the team that is being put together. A focus on, or need for, grit and defensive ability may see them play.

      5) Leblanc, poor season or not. No offence, but he’s French. I’ve spoken with some misguided people who argue that he’s NHL ready now.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Isn’t Tinordi still pretty green (big, yeah, but green) and Leblanc is not ready. Let’s not rush these guys and let them dominate on the farm first.

        • Talik Sanis says:

          I apologize for the extraordinarily late reply (if you even get this). I believe that you’ve misinterpreted my post; it’s my fault for not being more clear. Tinordi is, indeed, green. That was what I meant when I said that “Tinordi is Tinordi” when speaking about our top prospect. However, he did show some late season moments of brilliance; it is on that fact that I base my hope that he may have a break out year in the OHL. It will not be a break out year in terms of offence, but, perhaps, in his ability to control play and slow things down.

          I said Leblanc will be “prematurely put in a Habs jersey by overzealous fans.” I mocked them for doing this, having earlier stated that Leblanc will struggle at the AHL level. I didn’t mean to imply that he was ready for the NHL (nor did I, in my opinion), far from it. His first language and place of birth, however, will have some “misguided” fans calling for him to make the team. As I said, I’ve spoken with some who have already done exactly that.

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    As much as I hate the winter, more and more every year, I actually said to myself yesterday that I wish the summer was over so training camp would start.
    I think hockey beats out the warm weather?
    If it wasn’t for hockey, hockey pools and beer at the pub during the season…I think Canada would be slowly disappearing in my rearview mirror.

  17. Neutral says:

    unless there’s surprises at training camp, Palushaj should be the player to complete the 4th line…

  18. Bripro says:

    Hey HabFanSince72.
    I was googling it while you answered me.
    Sondheim and Bernstein.
    I feel so inadequate…so old, and dumb.
    Thanks for today’s lesson.
    I think I’ll limit my comments to hockey. A safer bet.

  19. RGM says:

    In sad news, Jack Layton was diagnosed today with a second cancer. One may not care for his political stripe, one may very much respect him, but I think we can all agree that cancer is a vile merciless bastard.

    During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      Here’s hoping for a quick recovery for Mr Layton.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Sure but if it was the Prime Minister, GW Bush or Sarah Palin, a lot of folks wouldn’t see it that way. Because those on the left are just so darn compassionate, after all. However, here’s to his rapid and complete recovery.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        “Sure but if it was the Prime Minister,…, a lot of folks wouldn’t see it that way.”
        Change “a lot” to “at least some” and I’d say that’s a fair statement.

        “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
        - Sean Bonjovi

        • Mr. Biter says:

          I really don’t like “Taliban JacK” but do wish him well and a compleate recovery, having said that I agree totally with Thomas Le Fan that if it the Harper, Bush or Palin the left would be dancing on tables with glee.

          Mr. Biter

          • Doubt it. In fact the people rejoicing if someone like Palin or Bachmann went down to illness or accident would most likely be serious conservatives who actually have their s*** together and have been embarrassed by mainstream conservatism for the last 11 years.

      • Highly doubt the majority of statements would be any different no matter who got cancer in the political arena. Neither group is entirely compassionate or ruthless.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Yes Ed Schultz and Chris Mathews comments about Ms. Palin were so cheerful that it got them both fired from MSNBC. Find me comments from any paper or a Fox T.V. host wishing cancer on Obama or any left wing poltiician. They may not like them but I’ve never heard that even from Glen Beck who BTW is very religious.
          To below comment it was a “labor/left wing youth camp”, but regardless no one has the right to go and kill 85 youths from either left or right beliefs and whatever the harshest punishment should go to the KooK who did the Bombing and shooting.
          Also the “Nazi” comment came from one of the world’s most outstanding newspapers “Al Jazeera” so I highly don’t think Beck said anything like that.
          This sucks, it seems I can’t reply back to anyone. Andrew, If you ever have listened to Beck on the radio, which i have, he has never called for the “taking up of arms” so listen to the show don’t listen to CNn or MSNBC who put his comments ( and any right wing commentators) out of context.I agree Pat and Jerry are Yahoo’s however what are your thoughts about Rev. Wright?
          To Toronto Hab Fan, can’t reply to you as there is no reply icon on your posts below.

          Mr. Biter

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            Glenn Beck just said that the teenagers murdered in Norway were attending a Nazi Youth-like camp.

            Not so sure you should be going there for examples of right wing compassion.

          • Really? There’s audio all over the place of Beck calling for Americans to take up arms and stage a revolution on his radio show. He’s also stated many times that Obama should be killed. Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson are both famous for rejoicing in the deaths of people after natural disasters and other such events. If you’d really like to go on a “who’s more evil” rant, you’re not going to come out looking very good.

            I’m also unclear as to the point of you saying Beck “is very religious”. Is this supposed to mean that down deep he’s a good guy? Because usually when someone is “very religious” to the same fervor as Glen Beck is, they’re preaching hate of everyone who doesn’t think like they do, kind of like Beck does.

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            You know, you can keep replying – like I’m doing here. Your reply won’t indent is all.

            Oh Glenn Beck most certainly did say the innocent victims in Norway were like Nazi Youth.

            “As the thing started to unfold, and then there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth or whatever — I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”

            http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/star-spangled-staggers/2011/07/youth-camp-norway-disturbing

    • 24moreCups says:

      Hope he has a good and quick recovery, I actually like Jack Layton

  20. BJ says:

    For Un Canadien errant. To follow up on the Sumerian thing (thanks for your spellcheck). By the way I don’t mind constructive replies but if you can’t help belittling ideas that may be out of your grasp I guess thats also OK. Here is a link that may help validate the 12 strands of DNA perspective (hopefully a Scientific American will meet your criteria) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-junk-dna-and-what

    • G-Man says:

      The article mentions the possibility that these so-called “junk” DNA strands may have a use, after all. This undermines the “aliens” argument with a natural DNA function.

    • Bill J says:

      Are you being serious ?

      You’re looking for constructive replies, on a hockey site. About a topic, that not one human being can validate as being absolute truth (aliens didn’t give us the full 12 strands of DNA to live by)

      Really ?

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      That Scientific American article’s been discredited dude.

      “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
      - Sean Bonjovi

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      double post

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      BJ, this is the same kind of misapplication of far-reaching scientific principles that the Nouveau Quantum Physics crowd use to validate pop-psychology like ‘The Secret’ and other bunk.

      Face it, if you’re a proponent of some thesis that Sumerians writing secret texts documented that small-g gods miscoded our DNA with poor binary-strand DNA as opposed to the more deluxe 12 strand DNA, you’re either a crackpot or a charlatan. Being constructive doesn’t mean sugar-coating the facts, and being open-minded doesn’t mean being credulous.

      If you’re selling snake oil, get used to being tarred and feathered.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Are you a Sumerologist? Studied the sumerian/assyrian/akkadian texts that predate and which the bible is based on? Not to mention is more complete. Yes, the unedited original source was written in cuneiform. Get cracking.

        ——————————————————————-
        “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • LA Loyalist says:

          How do you like the Jets new Cuneiform?

          • GenerationYHabs says:

            +1 .. Laughed a little to loud at that one at work.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            I am in the Printing/Marketing/ Smatza trade and have nothing but respect for our Armed Forces but the new logos for the Jets does nothing for me. The Moose and Thrashers logo were better designed for their respective teams as well and there would have been non hockey fans who would buy some of their products just cause they were “cool” logos. That is not gonna happen and even though lots are going to be sold I don’t see someone coming thru Winnipeg and saying “I’ve got to have one of those caps/shirts”. Sorry, but “Graphics” sell these days and the logo’s are very bland. Having said that at least they’re not the old Vancouver Uniforms. They were brutall.

            Mr. Biter

        • huge_polar_bear says:

          No but I studied some molecular biology and have a wife finishing her PhD in developmental biology and the 12 stranded thing has me scratching my head… not in a hmm that’s intersting kind of way, more in a really? someone has proposed this as a theory? kind of way.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            How about the theory of humans as a bio-engineered product of homo erectus and alien dna? Or are mythological tales written on ancient clay tablets in a forgotten language too far fetched?

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Junk DNA is double-stranded. No 12 strands there.

      By the way you still haven’t told us the greatest secret in the history of the world.

      And if it isn’t “how to pick up women” then it isn’t the greatest secret in the history of the world.

      • Bill J says:

        The biggest secret?

        It’s that BJ has wasted 40 years of his life researching how aliens didn’t give us the full package when they cloned us.

        BTW, how does one research things that do not exist ? Isn’t that called fiction? Or in this case science fiction.

        And people wonder why they get flamed in here sometimes! Yeesh!

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    When I first saw the logo theme chosen by the Jets I actually wondered if they didn’t have Don Cherry in mind when they chose it.

    OK so they flubbed the logo, but the theme song writes itself doesn’t it? Given the possibility it will be difficult to attract free agents to the Peg, I suggest:

    When you’re a Jet,
    You’re a Jet all the way
    From your first cigarette
    To your last dyin’ day.

    When you’re a Jet,
    If the spit hits the fan,
    You got brothers around,
    You’re a family man!

    You’re never alone,
    You’re never disconnected!
    You’re home with your own:
    When company’s expected,
    You’re well protected!

    Then you are set
    With a capital J,
    Which you’ll never forget
    Till they cart you away.
    When you’re a Jet,
    You stay a Jet!

  22. HardHabits says:

    As much as there exists the probability that life exists on other planets there’s an even more scary assumption; what if we are the only planet in the whole universe with sentient life? That is also a possibility.

    What is certain is there is no sentient life at HIO.

  23. HalifaxHabs says:

    woooooohoooooooo… NFL & NFLPA have agreed on a deal. It may be a quiet 6 weeks on the horizon for the Habs, but the NFL will be utter insanity for the next 2 weeks as they squeeze 4 months of off-season business into 2 weeks.

    this might not be hockey related, but it is amazing news for all sports/footbal fans!!!

    • savethepuck says:

      I was getting worried about what I was going to be doing on Sundays this fall, glad the dispute is over.

      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      As Bart Scott would say:

      “CAN’T WAIT!”

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Willy says:

      When i heard about it earlier i was very happy, best news of the day. Hopefully the Buffalo Bills can keep the momentum they had at the end of last season and come close to 8-8 this year. Also time to watch FA closely and make some plans for fantasy football.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Willy, I’m a fan of the Chargers, so I want to apologize in advance for Sean Merriman.

        Also, any chance we get a fantasy league going here at HIO?

        ———————————
        For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • Willy says:

          I’ll always remember the stupid “lights out” dance that he made famous when he was roided as hell. While i still hold out hope he can produce this year, i am not counting on it. It’s the Bills offense that has me excited this year. Fitz, Stevie J, Spiller, Freddie Jackson and the young WR’s are a nice start to rebuilding the offense.

          If someone starts a fantasy league here on HIO definitely count me in!

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            His body has changed so much since he stopped ‘roiding, he used to look like a Master of the Universe, now he’s just some guy I wouldn’t talk smack to at the bar. I think the only others who have changed as much physically are baseball players like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

            Let’s check back in for Fantasy Football in a couple of weeks, after FA. I like CBS SPortsline’s draft system and 12 team leagues. I don’t mind being commissioner unless someone else really wants it.

            ———————————
            For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  24. Bugs says:

    Right. Saw Capitaine Américano last night. Very light-hearted. Very safe. Hit all the right notes as it touched all its reference points.
    Great war-bonds propagandizing bit.
    Wonderful evolution of costume.
    Nice color palette. Beautiful set design.
    Ok casting. Preferred Evans as Human Torch myself, but he fits into Rogers’ boots nicely.
    Lovely melancholy ending.
    Two things stand out though: 1) the action is surprisingly NON-STOP. I couldn’t believe it. A GREAT decision far as I was concerned. Second he comes out of that Stark Tube (or whatever it was), it’s ALL action (apart the war-bond bit of course), more punches thrown and shields tossed than you can shake a cosmic cube at.
    And 2…) Hugo Weaving is friggin INCREDIBLE!!! He RULES as Red Skull in a manner I never thought possible. I mean, honestly, what kind of bad guy is a RED SKULL??? But the sunovagun pulled it off. He was angry, plotting and cruel to such a degree, I wish to be put on record as saying he was the BEST Marvel character I’ve ever seen on screen.
    And that ACCENT was just….just beautifully Nazi German-inflected; oh, he was so good…
    So uh…that’s it. Enjoy.
    (Edit) Oh, and Joe Johnston’s best film too. In fact, this movie is everything The Rockateer (and Sky Captain World of Tomorrow for that matter) should’ve been, not that the previous was bad to begin with…

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Hugo Weaving is a rock-solid choice for villain casting, saw it on opening night and really enjoyed it. I find in comic book films for marvel, they’re often better at casting the villain than anything else.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Captain America was a regular read for me while growing up, but it was in the Capitaine América format.

      Question for comic book fiends: a lot of the comic books were translated into French, I remember Fantastic Four, Conan, Iron Man, but a lot weren’t. Was that a function of the DC and Marvel Comics competition? Just curious.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Aaron13 says:

      To Bugs:

      Here are your options. Which one are you?

      Too much formaldehyde

      Too much LSD from Dr. Penfield at the Allan

      Too many beer and bong sessions

      Born defective

      A forcept birth

      A dominating parent

    • Aaron13 says:

      Here are your options. Which one are you?

      Too much formaldehyde

      Too much LSD from Dr. Penfield at the Allan

      Too many beer and bong sessions

      Born defective

      A forcept birth

      A dominating parent

  25. JD_ says:

    * ZOMFG, Josh Jorges and the Habs are in full meltdown! Who here also thinks PG faked Jorges’ injury so he could lowball him? My sources are tellin’ me that durin’ negotiations, PG had that puck-dented Jorges helmet on his desk and repeatedly tapped his fingers on it while glarin’ at Kevin Epp in a yer-client-is-damaged-goods kinda way.

    * In readin’ about Gary Bettman’s comp, I noticed his MLB counterpart, Bud Selig, hauls in almost $20M per annum. Assumin’ Selly puts in a solid ten-hour day, 300 days per year, his meter is runnin’ at $6K-$7K per hour. To paraphrase the evil Victor Maitland from Beverly Hills Cop, that would be a neat trick.

    * Likely to be the best soap opera for the upcomin’ season? The Kovy II – DeBoer Saga. Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends?

    * If Spacecake has a 7th consecutive plus season, he will be the 4th active D-man to do so. Focusin’ on the positive.

    * Yashin’s $2.2M annual cap hit for the Islanders still has four years to go? Really? Sweet Jeebus in a wetsuit, the guy hasn’t played in the NHL since 2007. The moron who signed him to the deal should do the right thing and ensure that, upon his passin’, his brain is donated to science. In the not-too-distant future, when human genetic engineerin’ is in full swing and scientists have successfully employed the resultin’ data to fully eradicate this mental scourge from DNA samples, a plaque could be put up somewhere to thank the dolt. Or maybe just a l’il bronze statue of a shoe.

    * Speakin’ of CBC mouthbreathers, it appears that Dan Chestnut loves the new Jets logo. “Yeah, I would have liked to have seen a lot more plaid and red roses,” Chestnut notes, “But, yeah, it’s good. Real good.”

    * Like the A/C units plugged into Hydro-Quebec’s grid, Burkie sux a whole lot.

  26. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    I really wanted to like the Jets logo… I mean the image is clean and well put together but it looks like it belongs on an Air Force uniform and just reeks of military propaganda…

    Like a big ‘Uncle Harper needs YOU’ sign…

    And the Jet just isn’t, I dunno, ANGRY enough…

    As for Josh’s contract… At first I was really shocked at the package if I’m honest, but then realized that this is just a little of history repeating itself. It’s a cautious deal – one recognizing that there are likely some large contracts looming, that there’s some emergency funding still in the tank, and a standard pre-UFA approach to a guy who isn’t a #1 or 2 kinda player. I’d say for the Habs it’s pretty astute and healthy. And whatever – JG accepted it, so I guess my opinion is pretty much moot.

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  27. TorontoHabsFan says:

    This is the second time H I/O has said that Montreal’s roster is set/there’s no more business to be completed before training camp…

    A quick peek at Capgeek shows Montreal with 12 forwards – one short of the usual 13 forwards that most teams carry. By my rudimentary math skills, Gauthier still has one more piece of business to complete before the season begins.

    The question is – will he promote from Hamilton (and if so, who?) or is there a remaining UFA on the scrapheap that he should try and sign?

    What say you. good gentlemen and gentlewomen of H I/O? Who would be your choice for AHL call-up and who would be a helpful UFA?

    • Cardiac says:

      Whoever looks the best at training camp?

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      - Jerry Maguire

    • OneTimer says:

      Enqvist for 13th forward? Palushaj? /shrug

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We had a thread on Nikolay Zherdev yesterday, and I was wondering if this would be a no brainer at 1.5 M, but then another poster pointed out his spousal rage incident, so now I don’t think there are any interesting UFA’s out there. Let’s promote a young kid from Hamilton.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        I read on SI.com* that NYR might be buying out Wolski’s contract in order to make room for Callahan. If that’s the case he’s likely to sign a much lower contract than his current $3.8m/yr. Would Wolski at $2m be worth it? He’s never really fulfilled his promise – but it’s there.

        *the Truth and Rumours section…so take it for what it’s worth

      • harpman says:

        Also Zherdev would drive the coaching staff nuts. I would rather to make chances with Drury. I am all for a kid from the Bulldogs stepping in.

        • Bripro says:

          I’m with you on that Harpman. I suggested Zherdev last week, right here on HIO, and someone pointed out that he’s another SK72. So I think I’d rather deal with a gentleman like Drury as well. Or Palushaj seemed to do OK last year, and with another year under his belt, who knows?….

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yeah, we discussed Mr. Zherdev to death yesterday, you can look up the thread. I learned something.

        ———————————
        For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I know nothing about Zherdev, but we need to be careful about rushing to judgment on “spousal rage” charges. My wife is a criminal attorney who just managed to exonerate totally a guy who’s facts looked really bad, but the wife’s story fell apart under scrutiny.

        So you never know. If someone is convicted, of course, or has a history, that’s of course a concern, but let’s remember “innocent until proven guilty”.

        • Bripro says:

          Your wife’s an attorney? Poor you. The writing’s on the wall for you, isn’t it? The only think worse would be her being a cook after a nasty argument. I’d check my food…. have my dog taste-test it.

    • Mats Naslund says:

      I agree with you. The idea that the roster is “set” is premature. There are enough bodies to fill a lineup (if we use Enqvist as the 4th line centre, but that doesn’t at all mean that the roster is complete.

      Jeff Halpern is a great example of a recent late-summer UFA who was added and played a key role on the club. Everyone thought the Habs were set last season when PG added him.

      I also wouldn’t discount the possibility of a trade that could land either a stay at home defender with size or the 4th line centre. A team like the Sabres is going to have to do something to clear substantial cap space. A draft pick could land you a guy like Shaone Morrisonn or Jordan Leopold or Brad Boyes. There may be other teams who are forced to make similar decisions, and because Gauthier has $5M in space to work with – he could make a trade using a pick or AHLer to snag someone on the cheap.

      • Bripro says:

        The habs are already pretty deep at D. I don’t think they’ll look at Morrison or Leopold. As for Boyes, signing him ranks up there with AK for siging a player who either will or won’t show up. Very talented, but last year he had quite the funk. Maybe not “à la Gomez”, but a slump none the less.

    • Mike Boone says:

      The 13th forward will emerge at camp. Probably either Palushaj or Engqvist.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        You sound pretty confident, did Gauthier say as much or is this your best guess?

        • Bill J says:

          How could Gauthier predict the future ?

          Thus, it’s a best guess.

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            Well Gauthier could have said (in an interview or Press Conference) something along the lines of “we have no plans on signing any of the remaining Unrestricted Free Agents, we plan on filling out our forward corps at training camp with one of our players currently playing in Hamilton”.

            It’s entirely possible he said something like this, and I missed it – I must admit, I don’t listen to every press conference or interview given by Habs management. So I asked a person whose job includes listening to every interview/press conference if I had in fact missed such a statement or if his assertion was more a personal assumption.

          • Bill J says:

            Well no press conference happened, and even if it did. There’s 2 months left before the season starts.

            So much could happen between now and then still.

          • cuzzie says:

            Vegetarians can smell it in the air.

            Stay Thirsty My Friends!

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          The Ancient Sumerians prophesied it.

      • G-Man says:

        The way this thread is going, I’d look for the 13th Tribe to show up at camp…..

  28. OneTimer says:

    The THN article’s question for Montreal is weak.

  29. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS:
    1. Is Gorges short term contract a bad sign? Or just a sign the two sides agreed to make an easy 1-year deal while they test the leg, with both sides hoping to see that all is good?
    2. Should Price be laying off the horsing around for the sake of his spine, neck, head, arms, legs? Does the team have the right to at least suggest this to him and to his agent?
    3. How many fish do you think Scott Gomez caught this summer? More or less than 7?
    4. I’m sorry for this. I really WANT to like it but is it just me or does the Jets logo instantly become the suckiest in the whole NHL?
    5. Who will be the biggest positive surprise out of training camp this year?
    SD

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      1. It’s summer – who cares?

      2. Yes he should.

      3. Nine.

      4. BJs, Wild, Canes and Preds are worse.

      5. Double Dee.

    • Rugger says:

      1. no and yes
      2. up to him, if so shoulda put it in the contract and raised the $ to compensate for what he is being asked to give up.
      3. it’s Alaska, way more.
      4. no, but bottom 5
      5. Eller by being ready to go.

    • G-Man says:

      1. Knee testing season. 2. Let Price be. He did this last off-season and had a pretty good year. Let him be. 3. Har-har- this Gomez obsession will border on the dangerous if you start stalking him, you know. 4. The logo is fine. When the Ducks and Carolina and Ottawa change theirs, let me know. 5. Yemelin (when he dons a toutou after practice and figure skates for an hour.)

    • BJ says:

      1. No. With Markov a potential invalid the risk for long term was too high to take a risk on two players.
      2. Yes. But he needs to keep happy and unwind from NHL season pressure and thats his way.
      3. On his own 3 but he helped out on quite a few others.
      4. Its not the suckiest but something is missing
      5. Benoit Pouliot (as he will be out of our training camp). Hopefully Yemelin or Diaz.

    • 123456 says:

      1) bad sign to me – i think the one year deal illustrates the team is not convinced he will be top 4 Dman.

      2) Price should know he needs to control what he does. But you have to let the players be themselves so I vote he can do what he wants.

      3) More than 7

      4) I like it – I’d like to see all the haters post a picture of what they think the logo shoudl look like.

      5) PB – backup goalie will impress a lot

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        4) Should have been a picture of the Sabre Jet, with more rounded and cooler outline, instead of the F-18. Not a hater, but we’re allowed to critique.

        ———————————
        For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • LA Loyalist says:

          Are the Jets referencing the Arrow (showing my age?) or just the general RCAF history? It doesn’t look like the Arrow which had a unique profile.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            It’s a straight-up CF-18, the jet the CAF uses. Nothing wrong with it, except it’s too pointy for the logo. I can see it, and I’m no aesthete or anything. The snubnosed Saber Jet would have been way cooler, and would have had a retro Rocketeer feel to it.

            ———————————
            For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Chris79 says:

      Hi SmartDog
      1. you answered your Question..
      2. If it helps him to perform like he did last year.. sure go ahead and chase after that Calf. lol.
      3. Prolly caught so many to feed his whole Community..
      4. Winnipeg thing i guess
      5. Ryan *The Beast* White

    • Cardiac says:

      1. Yes, the worst thing that could have happened is locking up an injured player long term (hello Rick DiPietro!)

      2. If they sign him long-term and for the money he wants next summer, it should be a clause in the contract. Protect your investment!

      3. More than seven. However, after catching them, he threw them back in the water and paddled off in the opposite direction. sound familiar?

      4. It’s bad, but so is the Canucks…

      5. It will be interesting to see Pacioretty’s presence.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      - Jerry Maguire

    • Flex Aarnell says:

      1. At first I thought it was. But, in hindsight, I believe both parties are happy. The habs get him for cheap this year and Gorges can still cash in on his upcoming UFA years (in mtl or elsewhere)

      2. No way. Price is a cowboy. Cowboys ride horses. They guy has probably the most stressful job in the NHL. This is a great way for him to release some of that stress while still staying in shape.

      3. Gomez has trouble getting his own boat into the areas where you can land some fish, but he really makes anyone that fishes with him a better angler.

      4. Who gives a crap about the Jets logo? I know I don’t.

      5. I hope it is Alexei Yemelin (or is it Emelin now?) or Raphael Diaz. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a much improved Palushaj, as well.

    • The Dude says:

      1: Reality
      2:no
      3:7
      4: Maple Leafs logo is the worst,lol
      5: this one is easy… David Deharnais!

    • RGM says:

      1. It’s not my preference. I don’t know if it portends to a future in which Gorges is no longer a Montreal Canadiens, or if it’s just a “show me” deal with assurances made that efforts will be made to re-sign him next summer.
      2. No. The team has spoken with him about it which is why he only does the team roping events and not any of the crazier stuff.
      3. Let’s go with 6 fish, but one was really timely and will make people forget about the lack of production for a week or so.
      4. Not by a country mile, so it’s just you.
      5. Scott Gomez, who by then will have gone on a late-summer tear and caught 35 fish and helped his buddies catch 50 more, will light up Habs training camp.

      During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

      • SmartDog says:

        I hope your right about #5.
        About #4, I’m more right than you are – at least judging by the other comments. Sadly, most people seem to agree it’s one of the worst (though not the worst). It looks very corporate. Not at all interesting. Sad.

        • RGM says:

          Yeah and supposedly 22 million Iraqis voted “Yes” to Saddam a month before the war. The number of adherents to an idea is not evidence of its rightness, and if it were I could just claim that merchandise has been flying off the shelves all weekend so I’m more right than you are. :p and a nyah-nyah-nyaaaaah-nyah! LOL

          During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

    • RetroMikey says:

      1. No, not for me that is. Gorges can be replaced and will be traded in the future.
      2. He should stick to polo, ask Larry Robinson for advice than the team. (we all know what happened to Larry).
      3. Should be less than 7, which tells us the less fish he grabs, the less point production Gomer will have this season.
      4. Totally sucks.
      5. Budaj.

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

    • habsrules2 says:

      smartdog.
      1. It is a good signing, they want to see how he reacts coming back from the injury, if he produces and stays healthy, I think they will sign him to an extension and more money, I have a feeling, that they both agreed to that.

      2. I think I read something last year, that the Canadiens allow Price to do only the calf roping, since he stays on his horse, he is not allowed to do anything else.

      3. Probably more than 7, but hope he caught the ‘score more goals` bug

      4. I kinda like the new logo.

      5. I think Tinordi will again turn some heads (but don’t rush him)

    • Talik Sanis says:

      1) No, its not a bad sign. I imagine that Gorges would have preferred a longer term at higher salary, but I doubt there is any real animosity between him and management due to their playing it safe with a one year deal.

      2) Yes. He should cut back, but, as I understand it, he already has. I’ve heard that he participates in fewer events now than he did before. Also, management may express their concern, but should not press the issue.

      4) No. Its probably in the top twenty. When you put it next to some of the really idiotic logos out there, it appears competent. I would rather wear the Jet’s logo than the logos of the Senators, Jackets, Predators, Wild, Coyotes, Panthers, Sharks, Penguins and Canucks. In my opinion, those look rather goofy, while the Jets logo isn’t all that bad.

      5) Alexei Yemelin.

    • christophor says:

      Gomez doesn’t catch fish himself. He sets up others to do so.

      Edit: oops, looks like I’m beating a dead horse.

    • krob1000 says:

      1. perfect sign
      2. some heavy duty NHL stars and prospects here in Kingston are playing ball hockey ..so this is less dangerous IMO.
      3. Under, but he is the only reason Cammi and Gio are fishing you know.
      4. I don’t mind the logo….wish they had just used the old one but oh well….
      5. Brock Trotter

    • savethepuck says:

      1. Doesn’t concern me. They will work out a new deal after the new CBA and a year of playing on a good leg.
      2. No. He’s not being thrown from broncs or bulls, he’s only calf roping. It’s a harmless hobby.
      3. ?
      4. The organization is recognizing the historical significance of the Air Force in the Winnipeg community. Being from a military background, I have no provlem with the Air Force insignia.
      5. Carey Price not getting booed? Seriously, it will be the guy who wins the 13th forward spot, whoever that is.
      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  30. SmartDog says:

    GORGES CONTRACT WINNER
    Stev.R
    July 22
    2.5m. 3years

    Got the day and number right, was 2 years off the term. Pretty good! Send me your address and I will send your prize!
    SD

  31. Cardiac says:

    And here all this time, I thought PG was Gainey Light (or Gainey Light Lime, depending on your personal taste). But the man knows his stuff. He brought in a grittier, consistent winger and a better backup without breaking the bank. Barring any major injuries, I think he’s sitting on that $5 million in cap space with anticipation on re-signing PK and Price.

    Your thoughts.

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    - Jerry Maguire

    • Bill J says:

      My thoughts ? Why use a negative statement on BG when you’re praising PG ?

      Why not just give praise to PG without the negative tone ?

      Otherwise I agree, PG has done some good work. :)

      • Cardiac says:

        Where and in what tone did I did I berate BG? I’ve met the man several times and he is a pure gentleman.

        All I was saying was when PG was hired, I thought of him as the poor-man’s BG… hence the Bob Gainey Light comment.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        - Jerry Maguire

        • Bill J says:

          When you said “here I thought PG is BG light, but then imply how wrong you where cuz PG knows his stuff”. Implying that BG does not know his stuff.

          Obviously by your reply, that was not the intended meaning.

    • JayBee says:

      I personally don’t get how you sit on $5M cap space if you’re serious about winning a cup when holes are still apparent. Should be interesting watching us play in our own zone cuz we can’t win a faceoff.

      • Flex Aarnell says:

        Not so sure he is “sitting on it”, we still have a while until training camp. I suspect at least a portion of it to be used in a pre-christmas trade once the holes on our team become a bit more evident. I think our real faceoff problem is that we have no solid faceoff guys in our top six. It was painful watching us lose all those offensive zone faceoffs last year, at times.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        My guess: we have space for a rental if and when the need arises.

    • joeybarrie says:

      I thought that when you extend a player, the cap hit doesn’t kick in until the start of said contract…
      It would make no sense to me to waste this seasons cap space to sign a current player to an extension when he can do it after the season and keep that cap space to use this season.
      But I am pretty sure when you extend it only kicks in for the next season.

      There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  32. HabFanSince72 says:

    Interesting show on the History channel the other day.

    It was called something like “Human Ingenuity or Aliens?” The premise was to revisit inventions through the ages and ask whether they were really invented by humans or by aliens.

    This one episode had to do with the History Channel’s favourite era: the Third Reich. Among the topics discussed: was the V2 rocket an alien invention? was Martin Borman an alien and did he escape at the end of the war by using time travel? more generally, did aliens teach Nazis the techniques of time travel and warping of the space-time continuum? (I am not making this up.)

    They dressed up a few paranoid schizophrenics in shirt and tie, placed them in academic looking offices, and had them give plausible justifications for the above theories.

    Next week: did aliens help the Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Shouldn’t the History Channel lose its licence to broadcast with the schlock it puts out? I remember when they applied for their licence, they said they would deepen Canadians’ knowledge of their history. I think last time I tuned them in they were playing “Space Cowboys”.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        They have the same relationship to history as the Food channel has to cooking.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Which reminds me of the great Onion headline, where President Bush saw the movie and the next day tripled NASA’s funding.

        ———————————
        For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        Their movies in history series is pretty hilarious – as long as the movie is set sometime in the past it’s good to go, regardless of how inaccurate it is.

        But the history channel has NOTHING on the The Learning Channel – which has gone from showing week-long documentaries on the Mongols to “world’s fattest baby”

    • G-Man says:

      These “Ancient Aliens” shows are pretty much the funniest thing on tv right now. The assumptions they make are nothing short of hilarious. The panel’s disrespect of human intelligence is tempered by the fact that I realize that that these are all con men trying to sell their schtick in the form of books.
      However, they do follow this rule: People will believe anything because they fear it is true.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Like the longheld assumption that the pyramids were tombs, with zero evidence? You admitting that the ancient egyptians were more advanced than today’s architectural engineers?
        ——————————————————————-
        “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • HardHabits says:

          The Egyptians had cheaper labour and yes they built the Pyramids without any extra-terrestrial assistance.

          • G-Man says:

            I guess finding sarcophogi with mummies inside isn’t proof enough for some.
            EDIT- @Everlasting

            You are not going to change my mind that you are one of the biggest fools on this site, spouting your nonsense. The disrespecting of man’s intelligence that is done by people of your ilk for their own financial profit is sickening. You and Erik Van Moronikin can keep selling books with no logic and DVDS with no proof of anything save a great imagination.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            I’d like to see you haul stone blocks all day in barefoot. You wouldn’t last till lunchtime.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Yea, mummies in the Valley Of The Kings, not in pyramids fool.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Change your mind about something you have not studied and have no knowledge of? One needs to at least be somewhat educated on a subject before giving an opinion/theory. Even with limited knowledge one can apply some common sense and rationality.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • G-Man says:

          I just love it when the “alien conspiracy group” comes out with their “advanced” culture schtick. Look, they were advanced enough to do this or they simply would not have. Believing aliens did it (did the Egyptians import slaves?) is just par for the “man is too stupid to have done anything like this” crowd.
          Galileo, Einstein and Mozart must be spinning in their graves.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            You’re devoid of any knowledge regarding ancient civilizations and the significance of pyramids and other ancient sites. Stick to what you know.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • BJ says:

      HabsFanSince72. If you are interested in this kind of subject matter get this book: Slave Species of god by Michael Tellinger. I have researched this kind of information for over 40 years and its the best one out there by far so far. Also I was producer of a film called Fastwalkers. Check out the trailer at http://www.fastwalkers.com

      • G-Man says:

        Make a few bucks on falsehoods and speculation, have you? Congrats!

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        That Fastwalkers trailer is a bit of a tease, BJ.

        It repeatedly claims to reveal the “biggest secret in the history of the world”, but it looks like one has to buy the DVD to learn what it is.

        • BJ says:

          Ancient Summarian texts clearly show that our genetic cloners were gods with a small g. Unfortunately they manufactured us with 2 strands of DNA rather than the 12 they operate on. Operating on two strands seriously limit our sensory capacity (a bit like a horse with blinders). What we are able to see is a very narrow band of information (a bit like the old Forum pre 1967 renovations when you had to sit behind pillars, you didn’t see the whole picture).

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            If the Summarians knew about DNA then Watson and Crick’s Nobel prize is as undeserved as the most recent Stanley Cup.

            I say: rescind both of them!

          • huge_polar_bear says:

            I am scared to ask, but here goes…
            So on a genetic level how do extra DNA strand translate to extra sensory perception. DNA is just code it’s the same structure in flies, horses, sea urchins etc… so did those gods of yours also clone the entire world’s living beings or is it just a big coincidence?

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            You friggin’ joke, you misspelled Sumerian. I guess you read a lot of those ‘Ancient Texts’ eh?

            Congratulations with that 12 strand DNA junk, you might be able to convince 36 people that it’s true: the OJ jury, the Casey Anthony jury, and the Turcotte jury. You could try with my mom, she’s relatively unschooled in these matters, but I trust that she would nod and pretend to understand, but clutch her purse tighter to her body.

            ———————————
            For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • GrimJim says:

            @UCE
            “clutch her purse tighter to her body.”
            LOLmfao

        • G-Man says:

          The “biggest secret” is how they make money off this stuff.

          -EDIT- @BJ- Touché! :)

          • BJ says:

            The real “biggest secret” is how did Gomez end up making 7+M scoring 7 goals a year. I can guarantee that our film is a lot better value.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            You need to get past that cynicism of yours. It’s ignorant to accuse these prominent scientists/historians/archeologists of doing it for the money. These authors really believe in their work. That’s the bottom line.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            I’m fairly sure that no prominent historian believes Martin Borman was an alien who escaped capture by time-traveling through the space-time continuum.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            The History channel will polarize you or have you believe in nothing after they are done with you.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • huge_polar_bear says:

            @Everlasting1

            I am sure that they are only “prominent” in their own minds. It’s insulting to to scientists and to historians and archeologists to put these people in the same sentence. These 3 disciplines deal in factual evidence based studies/findings. I say prove it one way or the other and I will beleive it, but just because we cannot explain something does not mean it was done by aliens…

          • Everlasting1 says:

            @ Bear
            Phds qualify one to write about their respected field of study. Insulting to the dogmatic mainstream institutes that have no answers? I hope so.

            ——————————————————————-
            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • neumann103 says:

      Don’t try to tell me that Chara is not one of those Men In Black aliens about to go all rubbery and change into something truly horrifying.

      Zap him , Tommy Lee! Zap that giant alien mofo!

      “Et le but!”

      • HabFab says:

        Chara was in Men in Black, he played some alien ambassador who got killed by the cockroach in human skin while eating perogies!! Remember??

        Although why Brad Marchand would do that to his Captain and fellow Alien escapes me??????????

  33. Mattyleg says:

    I think it’s a shame that the Jets didn’t try to incorporate the city name or the team name into the design. I know that they have both of them written, but I like when letters are incorporated into logos. Like the CH, the Boston B, the Philly P, and the best of all, the H and W of the Whalers, with the tail. That logo was genius.

    ‘Course nowadays, it would be a whale with a cartoon ‘angry face’. God, I hate those ‘angry’ animals. Angry penguin. Angry bear. Angry buffalo. Etc, eugh.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Angry Chara.

      the most loathsome of the lot.

    • christophor says:

      …angry panther, angry sabre-tooth, angry centurion, angry coyote, angry shark, angry orca. Dang, I think that lightning bolt even looks angry. But at least the blackhawk is friendly-looking. Things would’ve gotten ugly otherwise.

    • Sakus Evil Twin says:

      How do teh Habs make the C angrier, I wonder.
      Although I kinda like the idea of a grimacing “C”

      No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  34. christophor says:

    Prediction time.

    Assuming this is a 2-horse race (if you don’t think so, speak up), who takes the Northeast?

    (a) Boston
    (b) Montreal

    If you feel bold:
    # of points?
    Head-to-head record?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I haven’t been following hockey developments closely but I do recall reading the following about the other teams in the Northeast.

      1. Buffalo has a wealthy new owner and they broke the bank on a bunch of new players. Not sure who they are.

      2. This is Toronto’s year. I read that somewhere.

      3. Ottawa will remain a laughingstock.

      • christophor says:

        I think Buffalo might do well; they’re in the playoff picture. However, they’re not as interesting to people around here as the Bruins. Anyways, you have to admit that Montreal and Boston are the front runners.

        Toronto’s year, ha! I actually hope they squeeze into the playoffs. That or miss out by goal differential.

      • 24moreCups says:

        Every year is Toronto’s “year” lol

    • G-Man says:

      Habs will finish with…..(drum roll)….. 104 points, good for 1st in the East.
      Montreal will go 4-2 vs the Gooins, whose record will fall to that of a team scrambling to make the playoffs when Thomas does his usual swoon after a good season. Chara, decapitated by a fan during his 1st visit to Montreal in the fall, will stand only 6 ft. with his skates on. Marchand will be beaten to within an inch of his life…by a Bell Centre usherette after trying to grope her saying, “I feel like it.” CJ will complete his transformation into Jabba the Hut by scheduling surgery in the early Spring of 2012.
      Remember, these are only predictions. I may be wrong. ;)

    • gauver says:

      I hate to say it but Boston takes the NE with Montreal and Buffalo also making the playoffs from that division.

      • neumann103 says:

        Ding ding ding we have a winner.

        I will add that Montreal will finish behind Boston but ahead of Buffalo, although they will win the regular season series against the Broons and lose it against the Sabres.

        “Et le but!”

  35. jimmy shaker says:

    It’s been a couple of days now since josh put the pen to the paper…….and still no response from him or his camp. It only takes a few minutes for any media to get a hold of this guy and ask him some questions on the deal, the knee, the upcoming season etc. I think his silence speaks volumes and doesn’t bode well come next july 1st!

    Shaker

  36. joeybarrie says:

    On Josh Gorges.
    Its true that it is very difficult to estimate his worth in dollars.
    He is a leader, and a guy who goes out and kills himself for his team. He does his job very well, and his particular job is very very important to the style that this team plays.
    Just because people want him to be locked up in Montreal for 3-4 years at 3 million does not mean he is the second coming of Orr, nor do people think that.
    But all too often, people get stuck with hard stats and directly attribute that with their value. No one want to short change Price cause he doesn’t score. So why are people similarly naive when estimating Gorges’ worth?
    Gorges upsides:
    -Hits alot
    -Blocks alot of shots
    -Our number 1 PK player
    -Top 4 D minutes
    -Young and plays with heart every night
    -A leader in the dressing room
    -Solid and very effective in his role
    -Stands up for his teammates every time
    Try to keep in mind the average cap number for a player in the NHL is about 3 million. Now do you consider him one of your better players? Does he deserve above or below the average players salary?
    Personally, I would like to see him 3 million or under. But there might be a team out there who will Burke up his contract and give him 4 million per… I just hope he isn’t komi minded and stays with us.
    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I think what would be most instructive is to compare Mr. Gorges’ salary to the median salary as opposed to the average salary. The handful of Kovalchuk and Luongo contracts skew the average upwards. If the average salary is 3 million, I suspect the median is closer to two.

      If anyone has that info and can supply it that would be great. A quick trip on Google and I still can’t find current numbers.

      ———————————
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • joeybarrie says:

        So I figure that there are 20 players playing real minutes in any given game.
        20 times the 30 teams in the league is 600. Average Cap number for the 250th to 300th player in the league is between 2 and 2.8.

        But in the end facts are facts. To me if you have 64 million to spend on 22 players your average is 2.9 million per player.

        I think Gorges has a strong case. Number one PK minutes on a top 5 PK team. Should be making at least the average. But common sense does not dictate, and players like Markov, PK, Price, Pleks, and Cammi are few and far between.
        That being said, on an 82 game season, Gorges would have been 6th in blocked shots, and 2nd (to Hal Gill) in PK time on ice per game… In the league.

        There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

        • neumann103 says:

          I think what Un Canadien Errant was saying is that median is going to be a much better benchmark for establishing the “above or below the bar” type analysis than average.

          A few $7M players and a bunch of $1M players can seriously mess with average.

          Average for the Habs is about $2.8M and Median is about $2.25.

          If you look at Habs defenders, Average is a bit above $2.4M and median is $2.25.

          Josh Gorges makes $2.5. Seems about right.

          Edit: The comparable situation for Average vs Median in everyday life is home prices. Average can easily get skewed by the $5M million dollar homes. That does not really say much about what is an affordable home for a middle class family.

          “Et le but!”

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        There’s a distinction to be made between average and median. If you say we should pay him more than the ‘average’ player, that’s fine, but the average player on the Canadiens doesn’t make 3 M. The eleventh highest salary on the Canadiens payroll (the midpoint) is 2.25 M. Interestingly, Mr. Gorges’ salary is the next one up from that at 2.5 M.

        ———————————
        For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • GrimJim says:

          Median compensation for the league is $1.5 million. Source: NHLPA compensation charts (cut and pasted into Excel spreadsheet, 699 players reported, Max $12 mil, min $525,000)

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Thanks Grim Jim, my efforts on Excel were really rough, I couldn’t use the sort feature with the numbers from Capgeek, had to do many manual manipulations.

            ———————————
            For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  37. centre hice says:

    I hope that PG is patient with the 5 mil cap space.

    We have a fairly decent team as is. Wait for the right opportunity to acquire the type of player that we really need.

    • kempie says:

      Agree, give it at least training camp and 20 games to see what we’ve got, what obvious needs there are, injuries too, then start looking. If things go well & the team stays healthy to the trade deadline, all that $$ can go towards a couple of premiere rentals for a hard push. The D still concerns me a little. The lack of an obvious top 4 is a little scary. I guess 79 & 76 can just play 40 minutes. Or Emelin will show that he really is a beast, Gorges, Gill, Spotcheck & Weber will become inexplicably awesome and nobody gets injured. Might not be too crazy to throw $600k at a guy like Mara, just to keep around. Better than Picard, Sopel etc.

  38. Timo says:

    With the job that he’s done he might as well had gone fishing right after game 7 loss.

    • cuzzie says:

      Probably doesn’t fish. He’s one of these grass eaters.

      Stay Thirsty My Friends!

    • joeybarrie says:

      Who says he didn’t…. Wouldn’t be tough to sign the deals he did from the lake….
      But of course that it a good sign. He addressed exactly what we needed, as usual.
      Big tough top 2 line player.
      I really like the team we have put together.
      A good GM doesn’t have to make a huge amount of changes every season. He knows our team is a competitor, and we have the tools to go to the Finals… Its up to the players, coaches and fate to win there…
      In my estimation again we are a top 5 team in the East, and I think maybe more…
      There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

      • JayBee says:

        I somwhat agree, but I don’t think this team is built to actually win a cup. I think it’s built to compete for a couple rounds. There are some areas that need to be addressed (I don’t like the lack of grit on the bottom 6) but the team isn’t bad. Seems like it’s baby steps with the Goat…but at least it’s in the right direction.

        • joeybarrie says:

          I just don’t see how a team that came within one overtime goal of beating the current Cup champs, and a team that went to the Conf finals can be considered a team that is built to hopefully make it past the first or second round… Especially when we keep strengthening our positions. I also don’t see how the players on our bottom 6 are considered to have a lack of grit…
          White, Darche, Moen… All GRIT players…
          AK and Eller both have size.
          DD is relentless…

          There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

          • JayBee says:

            That means absolutely nothing. They lost in the 1st round. Who’s to say they would have beaten 2 other teams to reach the finals? Games are not won and lost on paper.

            There is not enough grit and nastyness on the bottom 6 IMO…

          • awesomerino says:

            If Eller is indeed good to go by training camp, as he allegedly told a Danish paper, then I absolutely love our 3rd line of AK/Eller/DD. Wonderful combination of size, speed, grit, and skill.

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …oops

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Jets’ logo is lame on many levels.

    The logos are actually quite nice, but that’s because the RCAF logos are themselves very stylish.

    But for the Jets to almost exactly copy an existing logo irrespective of its provenance is lame in itself. Not to mention the pandering to what they perceive as an upswing in militarism in Stephen-Harper land.

    Whatever your take on any given war or the military in general, war is serious business. Hockey is a game.

    ( Unless that grey design superimposed on the main logo is one of those famous Winnipeg mosquitoes and not an F18, in which case never mind.)

    • V says:

      If you look over the right shoulder of PG in the photo above, you will see a logo that likely started out looking pretty bland (a C with a H in it) and has become iconic over 100 years of history and success.

      IMO, let’s cut this Winnipeg logo some slack until we have the chance to infuse it wiith some meaning.

  41. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …oops

  42. savethepuck says:

    Nobody seems to be making any comments on the respect Carey is getting from DobberHockey. 2nd best pick for a fantasy pool and #1 ranked goalie in his top 75 is impressive to me. Nice to know people outside of Habsland know what we got.

    “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  43. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on Josh Gorges new contract

    …I’m a sentimentalist, yet I identify ‘value’ when before Me …Josh is a ‘heart & soul’ player with intangibles …that at 26 years old deserved more than 2.5 M

    …in this era of ‘the Cap’, which I hate for it’s mercenary nature, yet respect it’s effect it has to spread the talent more evenly in the NHL …it was a very good deal for the Montreal Canadiens …at least on the accountant’s speadsheet

    …yet, though good for the accountant and PG’s cap-flexibility, a low-balled Josh Gorges may not have the same ‘desire’ to want to get back into the game after almost being decapitated by his next puck to the head

    …I actually believe, though, Josh Gorges is bigger than that, and it’s not his nature to allow his unfulfilling negotiations to change His game

    …but ‘things’ like this tend to have a subconcious effect on an individual and even His friends on the team

    …at this point We know zero what to expect from Emelin or Diaz …in Josh, and even Roman We ‘knew’

    …I remain optimistic, yet I won’t be surprised if Our D will be an adventure this season

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

    • JayBee says:

      How does he deserve more than $2.5M. List some comparables please.

      This is a business, Gorges got a very nice raise after being inured half the year. You’d think the guy was the 2nd coming of Bobby Orr the way some people are talking about him.

      Yes, he has heart….so do many other players on the team.

      • slamtherimtim says:

        2nd coming of bobby orr , LOL, i want what their smoking

      • HalifaxHabs says:

        Agree JB, and I don’t think there is any anomosity over this deal, otherwise Gorges never would have signed and we’d be on our way to arbitration.

        He got his salary doubled after only playing 36 games last year, and didn’t give up any of his UFA years.

        He has a year to prove he is completely healthy and back to the same level. At some point, either during the year, or at the end of the year the Habs will have to decide if he is worth what he will be asking for as a UFA. If he stays great, if not, good luck in the future.

        Also, if it any point(and they may already know), if the Habs know they can’t retain him after this season, he could be a valuable piece in a trade.

    • BeeGee says:

      I really like Gorges. What I don’t like is having him playing top 4 minutes considering the other dmen in that group. I’d be fine with it were we to add a legitimate #3 that is big and mean, but as it stands I’m glad we didn’t sign him for 3 years and 9M. I feel that would have limited our options in setting up a balanced top 4… Time will tell if this was the right move.

  44. Haligonian-Hab says:

    The new Jets logo is alright.. but all these new logos and jerseys that pop up all the time just make me happier to know that the CH will always be the CH and will be on the front of a red jersey with a white-lined blue stripe across the front.

    (our third, fourth, fifth, … , twentieth jerseys can suck it)

  45. Zenhabs93 says:

    Seems to me too much a coincidence that the Jets Logo prominently features a jet fighter juxtaposed with the maple leaf when the conservative government lied to Canadians faces on the true cost of a fleet of new fleet of fighter planes but still somehow smear-campaigned his way into getting re elected. I know its the name of the team but personally I will always think of that ridiculous and absurd expenditure when I see the new Jets logo. But regardless I hope the Winnipeg team does well. anyway

  46. Captain aHab says:

    The shirt in the photo at the top of the Jets logo article looks like a pyjama. I don’t necessarily mind the logo (really it’s far better than the Isles Captain Highliner one) but that use of it is hideous.

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Larry Brooks, New York Post: ” The NHL apparently will test more shallow goal cages at the annual Research and Development camp next month in an attempt to create more offense behind the net and more wrap-around tries, but is that a worthy objective?

    Seems that more wrap-around tries and more crowding the net only will increase the amount of contact with goaltenders, an increasing problem. Seriously, when did it become a legal play to knock down the goaltender in an attempt to score a goal and why does the league tolerate it, much less encourage it ?”

    …as an ex-goalie and a long-time fan, I ask this question to Myself everytime I see the constant uncalled contact in the blue

    …in My day, I handled it by trying to crack the bastiches ankle with My goalie stick or traumatize his potential to have children

    …whenever I see Carey get knocked around and no calls or see a Hab do nothing about it while watching a game ? …I yell “…go for the nuts Carey …GO for the nuts !!!”

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

  48. slamtherimtim says:

    looks like georges got what he deseved , if these young guys like emilin and diaz play well , i dont think georges will be back , he is pricing himself out of a job here , with the cap space left i hop PG picks someone up in the first month who turns it around , but keeping the space until the trade deadline may be a mistake , i assume he will want his team set early as possible in the season

  49. centre hice says:

    The Jets’ logo looks like the old Canadair logo. It looks like the logo for an aircraft company.

    Seems like they thought it was necessary to have the Canadian maple leaf. I don’t know why they had to force the maple leaf into the logo. None of the other Canadian teams feel the need to do that. (I
    know……..Toronto IS the Maple Leafs, but the leaf is blue and it doesn’t have the appearance of the Canadian flag)

  50. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Winnipeg Jets logo: you would think a corporately sophisticated fella like Thompson, one of the world’s mega-billionaires would say to his partners, copping the Royal Canadian Airforce’s insignia as an NHL logo maybe is a tad naive

    …can’t wait for the kerfluffle when one of the Jets’ enforcers goes into Washington DC and concusses Ovechkin ‘unintentionally’ into a stanchion or Bruce Boudreau’s belly

    …I can see the silos now being turned from pointing at Tehran, Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow and recalibrated towards little ol’ Winnipeg

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

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    I feel bad for Nathan Mackinnon and Sidney Crosby to have to put up with these comparisons. The biggest nonsense about the prospect beat and such is having to hear about the “Next Yzerman” that is in every draft class or how guys who were born in the same place and went to the same minor hockey programs are linked by destiny to be identical.

    Mackinnon could be the next big-time prospect in 2013, but I’m much more interested in the tale of Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov for 2012, the best Russian draft prospects since Ovechkin and Malkin went 1-2 in 2004.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Im looking at Luca Ciampini, a homegrown MTL native who’s about to play his second season in the Q with the Halifax Mooseheads.

      Know anything about this kid? I know a couple of years ago he was being touted as a possible top 5 overall in 2012 but I’m not sure where he stands now.

      • HalifaxHabs says:

        I’ll be watching Luca very closely this year. I’m a season ticket holder.

        Last year, he showed some flashes, but had some injury issues as well. He has good size, and good finish. With all the young talent the Moose have this year, and him with an extra year of experience under his belt, I’ll be looking for big things from Luca.

        Anytime you want an update after the season starts, just post on here and I’ll let you know what I see first hand.

        ps: in terms of being a top 5 overall this year, he is nowhere near that status right now… but all it takes is a breakout year to change that in a hurry.

        • geo_habsgo says:

          That’s awesome! Nice knowing we have someone on here who can keep an eye on his development. The last time I saw him play was during his high school days. Even as a high school senior watching him play on the junior teams you could see how little he was being challenged. He absolutely dominated Lasalle and high school minor hockey. Hopefully his career pans out and doesn’t turn into another Esposito fiasco.

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            His combination of size, the way he looks for open space, and his quick release, gives me high hopes for his potential. I’ll keep you posted.

            Hopefully he has the drive!!!

  52. Habitant in Surrey says:

    CBC News: Surrey mayor thrown from horse

    “Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts was airlifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C., after injuring her spine in a horseback riding accident.

    Watts fractured two vertebrae after being thrown from her horse on Saturday.

    Laura Ballance, a spokesperson for the mayor, said on Sunday that Watts is in stable condition in hospital.

    Doctors are performing a series of tests to determine the severity of her spinal injury, but not much more is known at this time.

    I think that at this point we are just waiting for more details and information and then we will let people know as soon as we have it,” Ballance said.

    Watts had been on a weekend vacation with her husband and two daughters at a friend’s cabin.”

    …now, I know most of yews dun’t follow the goin’s-on in the burb of Vancouver, called Surrey …so, based on sum of yews lack of erudition, I taut sum of yews may tink Kamloops maybe is right-round da bend frum Kalowna, BC …where Carey’s bestest friend Josh lives …and which lovely town hosts one heck of a neat rodeo…and yews maybe puttin’ 2 + 2 to make 31, as par for the course in HIO …so just postin’ to make certain yews nut tinking dis was our cummin season goin’ to Hell in a hand-basket

    …DISCLAIMER: dis story has NUTTIN to do with Our wunderkind Cary Price …and is being used by Moi for malicious sensationalism ONLY !

    …now, dun’t yawl feel much better ?

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

  53. G-Man says:

    With a depleted lineup and with Cammy and Gomez (moreso) having off years, the Habs scored 1 goal less than 09/10.
    There is no point in scoring 300 goals if you give up 400, is there, or would that be more entertaining?

  54. Un Canadien errant says:

    I think that this is a big part of the long-term success of the team, holding the league accountable for its refereeing. If I’m Mr. Gauthier, I have a couple of AV guys going over each game’s footage and catching all the penalties which weren’t called, on both sides. In my mind’s eye, every time an infraction is called a 2 or 5 minute is added to the game’s tally, pinball machine style, complete with sound effects. The video guys also pour over other games and highlight inconsistencies.

    These video documents are provided to the league with frequent phone calls and visits to the offices in New York to drive home the message. The league won’t cave, but you can pressure it and deviate it slowly from its present course, kind of like a tugboat working on a huge freighter. At least it counteracts the barrage of misinformation and cretinism from the Philadelphia-Boston-Toronto Axis of Evil.

    Working behind the scenes is key, but the threat of staged leaks us always hanging, as is the nuclear option of releasing these videos to the public openly.

    Best part of our plan is that this lobbying effort is pushing the game in the right direction. Second-best part is that the Canadiens can afford this, have the resources and footage available for every game with multiple angles, and it doesn’t count against the cap, so you’re essentially improving your team for free.

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    For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  55. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well, Shiloh, ol’ buddy, at least You clued-in that My intentionally-misspelled drivel was intententionally-misspelled !

    …I’m sure if You got that, the rest will come soon :)

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


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