Multimedia: Gionta returns to Habs practice, not ready to play yet

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Brian Gionta’s skates at his locker at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. No, this photo is not actual size (though Gio does wear 3 1/2s).

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The Canadiens practised in Brossard Tuesday morning, preparing for Wednesday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The big news: captain Brian Gionta, who has missed the past 10 games with a groin injury, practised with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, and he wasn’t wearing a non-contact jersey. But Gionta said after practice he’s not ready to return Wednesday. It’s day to day as he increases the tempo of his practising.

Video below of Gionta and P.K. Subban, who didn’t have a rematch with sparring partner Tomas Plekanec after Monday’s tussle.

Follow Stubbs here on Twitter for updates of practice as they happened and for other Habs news throughout the day.

Scott Gomez and Ryan White skated on the second sheet. No sign of Andrei Markov. And no word on the return status of any of the three.

710 Comments

  1. Steven says:

    Upon reading all the recent comments about trading Subban, I say I have to agree.

    I know some of you think that it would be an incredibly silly thing to do, but look at it this way. Considering his extraordinary potential, he went from only an 80 overall in NHL 11 to an 83 overall in NHL 12!!! If that’s not a bust, I don’t know what is. Trade him now while his value is high(Gomez goes for Semin and a first rounder in NHL 12, so imagine what Subban could bring!)

    On the same note, get rid of Gallagher, Bournival and Beaulieu. Someone must’ve made a mistake putting them on the World Juniors team because NHL 12 says they have no Potential stats, so that’s probably more than true in real life.

    Not all hope is lost, though! I think if the Habs trade Subban for Crosby and Malkin, then Gallagher, Bournival and Bealieu for Stamkos and St. Louis, the Habs will do just fine.

    Also trade Gionta while we’re at it. He’s apparently overrated or something. ANYONE CAN SCORE 28 THEN 29.

  2. montreal ace says:

    Thought the refs did a good job during the game, and were not a factor in the outcome. The skill level of these young kids is very high, and if not for weight and strength issues, they would be going concerns in the NHL even at their young age. It really is a shame, that because of head hunting and fighting, lots of high skill players will never see the NHL.

  3. HabsinLA says:

    Gallagher, he’s going to be something special. Anyone can score the 6th goal against Slovakia or Denmark but to be down 6-2 and have the compete level to keep going to the net and will your team back (1G 2A) is something special. I thought he was easily the best player on both sides in those last 10 minutes.

    • theox_8 says:

      Yea and for a smaller guy he seems pretty strong and doesnt get pushed around a whole lot. He does lift weights regularly, I think he new that with a smaller frame he would have to make up for it with strength and speed.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I don’t think he can pull this stuff in the NHL though. It’s tough for a small guy to make the transition.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I’m with you HabsinLA. I love his compete level. He gets right in front of the goalie and is strong on the boards. He looks like a stronger, feistier more skilled DD type to me. As impressive, he was a regular on the PK as well. I’m not so sure about Beaulieu or Bournival after the tournament, but it is a pretty small sample size.

  4. boonie says:

    Sad when Barry Melrose is smarter than Bob Gainey…

    In the summer of 2009, Glen Sather traded Scott Gomez and stuff to Montreal for salary relief, Chris Higgins and a 20-year-old defenseman named Ryan McDonagh. Sather used that salary relief to sign Gaborik to a five-year contract worth an even $7.5 millon a year. Why didn’t Bob Gainey just sign Gaborik?

    Gaborik, and his otherworldly acceleration, turns 30 on Valentine’s Day and has a great chance for his first 50-goal season.

    • savethepuck says:

      Probably a good chance Gaborik didn’t want to come to Montreal like a lot of players in the NHL.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Mattyleg says:

        Hahaha!!
        You really think that players ‘don’t want to come to Montreal’.
        That is rich.
        There is nothing that you can suggest (even “TAXES”, because the super-wealthy are taxed more or less at the same level everywhere in NA.) that could support such a ridiculous and proposterous statement like that.

        …but I’m sure you’ll try.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Habsolutely says:

          wanna know why players don’t want to come to Montreal? because a player can sign in Montreal and score 28 goals his first season, and 29 goals his next season, then get a groin injury that screws around with his third season and he has to listen to all the idiot hab fans talk about how he should be traded. no player wants to play for a team with ignorant braindead fans.

        • Jim Edson says:

          Your total ignorance of international tax laws is blatant!

          Someone earning 3-4 mill in the US will owe a minimum 25% less taxes than the same person in Canada. The difference will be even greater if living in states with no state taxes:Texas, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Alaska (wonder why Gomez keeps residence there?).

          Compounded if that person purchases a residence with a mortgage as interest is tax deductable.

          That doesn’t even mention PST plus GST on everything you buy which is what now 14.975% in Quebec? Compared to 8% in Texas. 9% in Arizona, 7.5% in Florida.

          Buy a house and pay 14.975% on that cost???

          It all adds up and up and up!

          Why do the Habs have to overpay UFA’s pretty obvious!
          ———————————————————————-
          What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

          In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

          They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

          ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

          • boonie says:

            At a federal level, you’re right.

            But, depending on the state and district, the income taxes are incredibly similar. I pay almost the exact same percentages in NY (Manhattan) as I did in Toronto.

            Property taxes, GST/PST, etc. factor in. So does quality of life. A dollar buys a lot more real estate in Montreal than NY and don’t get me started on groceries.

          • Jim Edson says:

            Boonie and when you go and purchase an automobile, a 60 inch TV, a set of golf clubs, a gallon of gasoline or just about anything except maple syrup how much further does your dollar go in the US?

            Manhattan is not the norm in the US much like Tokyo is not the norm in Asia.

            Think about Dallas, Miami, Tampa,San Jose, LA, Phoenix, Columbus, Boston, Philly and the relative cost of living vs Canada.

            Bang for the buck?

            ———————————————————————-
            What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

            In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

            They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

            ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

          • boonie says:

            Apologies for this being out of position, but HIO wouldn’t let me reply to your comment below.

            You’re right. NY is not like other places players might sign. I`ve lived in suburban Philly and the tax rates change almost every mile. Dollars go a lot farther for minor items outside NY (groceries, etc.). Like most people these days, I shop for my major purchases like a TV online to get the best price.

            Canadian prices skew higher and the retail-level taxes up (t)here can be a lot higher.

            Of course, you have to buy a lot of TVs to eat into a Brad Richards type of contract :-)

            I almost moved to Montreal a few years back, the folks wondered why a non-Montreal native would leave NY for Montreal. They (and some of them are/were Hab executives) underestimated the draw of Montreal. Strange.

          • Jim Edson says:

            Boonie,

            When you have a roomful of beancounters evaluating every facet of a 30 million dollar contract 1% makes them jump, 5% makes them scream and 10% points the direction.

            Ya you have to buy a bunch of TV’s on a Brad Richards contract but how many Ferrari’s, G-5 Jets or Diamonds for the missus?

            As an ex-Montrealer the smoked meat easily beats NY pastrami!

            Peace Out!

            ———————————————————————-
            What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

            In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

            They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

            ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

      • Rad says:

        It’s a myth that players don’t want to come to Montreal. On the contrary, most players I’ve heard or read on the subject say Montreal is one of their favorite places to play hockey.

        • Trisomy 21 says:

          That doesn’t mean they want to live there.

          • Jim Edson says:

            Exactly!

            ———————————————————————-
            What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

            In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

            They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

            ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • otter649 says:

      Nice of you to bring up that news – I’m sure people here are unaware that happened…….

      • theox_8 says:

        Wait a second, scott gomez plays on Montreal??? Well I wasnt aware…. Koivu is still the captain right ?

      • boonie says:

        Just happened to read it looking at Sugar Bowl stats… sorry. The relevance (to me anyway) was how out of touch our GMs are with the nuances of salary-capped league.

        Even if Gainey didn’t like Gabornik, or Gabby didn’t want to play for us, trading assets to pick up a toxic that few (if any) other teams would touch is a mistake.

        It was a mistake then. It’s a mistake now (Kaberle).

        I have tremendous respect for Mr. Gainey as player, captain, leader, human being and Cup winning executive in a PRE-CAP era. He’s done. His handed-picked successor, Mr. Gauthier, has similar limitations without my respect (not that he or anyone else should care about that) as a former player, captain or winner. These two guys picked a coach whose best days were coaching a powerhouse to underwhelming results in a different era. These two guys built a team out of synch with current NHL winners.

        We need executives who embrace the culture, history, traditions, ethos and, yes, langauage (I say this as an unilingual English-speaking Canadian, living in NY) who can evaluate talent, knows how to build a winner for the current NHL and understands the intricacies of asset management. If one person doesn’t possess all these skills, then they surround themselves with winners who excel in those areas.

        Ken Dryden comes to mind. His background, skills, character, accomplishments in various roles say more than I could. His record with the Leafs is underappreciated at HIO — playoffs during his tenure, no playoffs in the seasons leading up to his arrival or since.

        Mark Messier (sorry, sounds French, but isn’t) is a winner, groomed by Sather (a winner long ago, but I won’t count it because I don’t count Gainey’s) for management. Willed teams to wins and I expect nothing less from him for a team he might manage.

        I am sure there are others, many of which have been debated here.

        We need new leadership that blend our rich history with our potential. We don’t have them right now. All the folks at HIO, passionate about the Habs in our own unique ways, deserve no less.

    • Habsolutely says:

      “Why didn’t Bob Gainey just sign Gaborik?”

      because thats not how free agency works, the player gets offers from teams and he decides who he wants to sign with. you make it sound like Gainey had some magical power to sign any UFA he wanted. You obviously don’t know SQUAT about hockey.

      • theox_8 says:

        well leaf fans certainly think that any big name or anyone for that matter will sign there. I just had to take a shot at leaf fans, thats the best I have so far as they are way above us in the standings.. ugh :-(

  5. Lafrich says:

    The problem with team Canada is that they don’t have a number one big center ;)

  6. savethepuck says:

    Have to feel for the Canadian kids. Had every bounce go against them to go down 3-1, then let the frustration get the better of them to go down 6-1. Valiantly came back to 6-5 with nearly 5 minutes left, I was sure they’d get another one for sure. A couple of posts and close calls but just couldn’t tie it up. Feel bad for Beaulieu that the play he gave up on on the delayed penalty ends up being the winning goal but how would anyone know that.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  7. LL-not the hockey player says:

    Back to our Habs tomorrow. They’ll score 4 goals in the 3rd too. ;)

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Russia/Canada …nothing like it !

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

  9. ooder says:

    wow… what a game!
    i sure hope Russia does not fall asleep like this against Sweden
    ——————
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  10. montreal ace says:

    Exciting finish, hats off to the boys for not giving up

  11. slapshot777 says:

    So the people who are going to blame Beaulieu, get a life. This is a team game and Canada wasn’t ready to play that desperation game at the start and it cost them. Too bad, but like they say them the breaks.

  12. theox_8 says:

    what a game, havent seen a game like that in ages!! They almost did it.

  13. HardHabits says:

    That was respectable. Kudos to Russia. Very talented team. Canada lost their composure early and found their game a little too late.

    Sweden versus Russia should be a doozy.

  14. showey47 says:

    great comeback attempt guys,hopefully beaulieu learned a valuable lesson about not quitting on a play.

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Too bad, but they made it exciting at least.
    Now to drink a bottle of whiskey and hope I can get to sleep.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. boonie says:

    Valiant comeback. Sad ending.

  17. Captain aHab says:

    Lesson number 1 for Beaulieu….never give up on a play….

  18. jo_maka says:

    And this one will be on Beaulieu……too bad
    _________________________________
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  19. Mattyleg says:

    post.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. HardHabits says:

    I don’t mind eating my words about Gallagher.

  21. SlovakHab says:

    Good that Belieau stopped skating on that Russia’s 6th goal..
    NOT!

  22. Mattyleg says:

    Sonofa…
    I was tired and ready for bed 20mins ago.
    Now I’m shaking like a leaf, and don’t think I’ll ever sleep again.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. Captain aHab says:

    Russians don’t seem to have much left in the tank….

  24. Psycho29 says:

    Wowwww…..What a finish this will be!!

  25. The Dude says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. theox_8 says:

    yeah gallagher sucks man !!

  27. slapshot777 says:

    Do you believe this, what a game. Go Canada Go!!!!!!!

  28. Remi says:

    Gentlemen, we have a game on our hands.

  29. Captain aHab says:

    Jesus H. Christ…..

  30. HardHabits says:

    The telling story in these World Junior Championships is the 5 players the Habs have in their system that played were marginal at best.

    Gallagher had the best showing of the lot.

    Stats after the preliminary round:

    GALLAGHER Brendan F 2G 1A 3PTS 8PIM +4
    TINORDI Jarred D 1G 1A 2PTS 6PIM +6
    PRIBYL Daniel F 0G 1A 1PTS 0PIM +1
    BEAULIEU Nathan D 0G 1A 1PTS 16PIM 0
    BOURNIVAL Michael F 0G 1A 1PTS 0PIM -1

    So the Habs have a bunch of 3rd and 4th liners in the system. Meaning they will no doubt need to try and put together their top lines via free agency.

    Here’s hoping I am wrong.

  31. Duracell3 says:

    Did Russia already take their timeout?

  32. Captain aHab says:

    Now you just know the refs are gonna be looking to make up for the non call on the breakaway.

  33. Mattyleg says:

    Uhhhhhhh….

    is anybody else watching this…?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. slapshot777 says:

    Gallagher,making his presence known now.

  35. Duracell3 says:

    I think we just got away with the most obvious trip of all time.

  36. showey47 says:

    If that 6th russian goal where beaulieu stopped skating on the backcheck turns out to be the winner for russia…

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …uber-premature …but wouldn’t it be ‘dougie’ if We come-back ?

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

  38. price365 says:

    I have a feeling we’ll salvage a win tomorrow night

  39. Captain aHab says:

    Well looks like they ight try to make a game of it.

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …do ya wanna dougie ???

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

  41. Captain aHab says:

    Comeback. ;-O

  42. theox_8 says:

    As disastorous as this game is going , I am liking what I see from gallagher, little guy is wirey !!

  43. Duracell3 says:

    So, Gallagher is an idiot. At least he tries though and tries to spark and to his credit has been all game. What happened to the dofus with the “It’s Canada’s Game” sign I wonder?

  44. Remi says:

    Sorry to say guys, Gallagher has been an absolute non-factor in the IIHF tournament. Do NOT get all the hype about him.

  45. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …of course, this makes any future debates with Our very own Hurtful Habits (aka, call Me Dave !) on the virtues of Our Habs ‘tanking’ rather difficult to defend …no ??? :)
    …shoot, there must be 5 or 6 Russians in this year’s draft that should make Our lustful Habby hockey-hormones spurt in over-drive

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

  46. 6-1..

    I still prefer Team Canada over the Habs.. at least they don’t take a 2-0 lead, excite us only to make us feel so heartbroken in the end.

  47. Captain aHab says:

    Nightmare.

  48. Captain aHab says:

    That PP looks like the Habs’…..lotsa shots from the boards…where is the vaunted Canadian jam?

  49. Captain aHab says:

    Must score.

  50. HardHabits says:

    Having the game off is often disadvantageous.

  51. Mattyleg says:

    Man, those Russians are making us work our butts off for every inch of space in their zone.
    Great d-zone work by them.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. Captain aHab says:

    How many clean shots have the Canadians taken from the slot?

  53. Habsbill24 says:

    Poll for Habs fans. Who was a bigger waste? Scott Gomez or Sergei Samsonov?

  54. Habsrule1 says:

    even the Habs don’t get beat this bad…much.
    Sorry for the Habs talk, but we all know I’m one of the Habs eternal optimists, but I don’t know if this is good or bad:
    I don’t think anyone on this site can name 4 games where the Habs were badly outplayed this whols season. This, with Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez, and PK & Plekanec (to a lesser extent) all playing below expectations.
    This team should be doing way better than they are.
    Does this mean we just need some tweaks and not a full blow up? Does it mean we need to assume that Gionta, Cammalleri and Gomez have had their best days and we should ship them off/buy them out/whatever (ok, the answer is easy for Gomez)?
    Personally, I believe the former is the answer. Get rid of Gomez and his cap hit, along with Gill (who I’ll miss) and reconfigure the 4th line (bye Darche). Show confidence in Cammalleri & Gionta. Sign PK & Price and build from there with our new core. If this means a couple so-so seasons to allow the younger guys like Eller & Leblanc to improve, then so be it (assuming LL doesn’t just go back to Hamilton for all or most of next season, and if he does, get someone else with the money saved on Gomez & Gill).

    Very simplistic, but this team is not as bad as it looks, imo.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  55. mike3131 says:

    What an abomination! We’re letting our frustration get the best of us now. Hell I can stop these weak shots from 50 feet away! And these are potential NHL stars… perhaps the KHL WILL have better hockey players than the NHL one day at this rate. At 4-1, even 5-1, with the lineup we have, we can still comeback. If the Russians did it last year, there’s no reason why we can’t do it this year! So embarrassing!

  56. ooder says:

    wow.. well this is anti-climatic.
    i was deffinately expecting a better game out of Canada.
    Russia with injured players, after playing a huge game the night before and Canada just keeps taking shots from the outside

    ——————
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  57. Bill says:

    Um, give the Russians credit? Our historic rival has an amazing and dominant team this year. The Canadians are giving it everything they’ve got, but they’re just not able to keep up. Russian goalie has been hot too. Tough one for our kids but they’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.

  58. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wow, the coach really needs to reel in his players and the fans need to relax and understand the rules of the game.

  59. HardHabits says:

    Getting schooled.

    Team Canada needs to get their heads together between periods. Don’t allow any more. Get the next one early. Get another. Use the momentum.

    Who am I kidding.

    Outclassed.

  60. solomio says:

    Watching Team Canada turn into the Bruins and the Canadian fans turn into oafs, throwing debris onto the ice. Nice.

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  61. RetroMikey says:

    We need a new Captain for this team.
    If I had to pick, it would be Gorges for now.
    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Mattyleg says:

      Still on that old horse?
      Why do we need a new captain again?
      Is it because of what Gionta says to the media?
      I don’t remember your ‘reasoning’.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • RetroMikey says:

        We need a Canadian born Captain to guide us the next 3 years of misery on this weak club of ours, and Josh would be the man to face the music in front of the media and the fans.

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

        • Mattyleg says:

          Hahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!
          We need a Canadian-born captain to please the racists and Don Cherry!

          Ohhhhh… that’s too rich.
          You couldn’t have done yourself a better disservice if you tried.
          Whooboy.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • showey47 says:

            I like gorges,he will probably be our next captain IMHO. RM’s comment to make him captain now because he is canadian is just stupid.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Totally.
            JG would make a very good captain, I think.
            But his Canadianness has nothing to do with it, as you say.
            I love how people think that what the players show to the media is a good demonstration of what they’re like in the dressing-room.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • RetroMikey says:

            Gorges would be a much better Captain than Gionta or Markov. He know how to face the media under pressure.
            Besides if the club is looking for a French speaking Coach, I see no reason why they cannot follow suit in finding a Canadian-born Captain for our club than a guy who has been invisible all season and an Assistant Captain who is in the same situation who will never play for us like he has in the past.

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

          • Habsolutely says:

            what this team needs is to rid itself of moronic fans like you.

    • Habsolutely says:

      Gionta has more integrity and class in his pinky than you have in your whole body.

  62. habs-fan-84 says:

    I don’t like the officiating, especially in a game like this.

    • Psycho29 says:

      I think the officiating has been great. They are calling everything as it should.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I find them a little whistle-happy.
        For both teams. They should let them play a bit more, considering the importance of the game.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • HardHabits says:

          The IIHF calls it as it sees them. Not in a manner to sway the results. Anything otherwise skews them. Hence the infamous make-up call we see so often in the NHL. Refs should call everything. The IIHF is light years ahead of the neanderthals in the NHL.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Yeah, I guess.
            Check out what Kerry Fraser says about that.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HardHabits says:

            Listen to what Torts said after the outdoor game against the Caps. You have seen Habs games this season and past. Tim Peel. Chris Lee. Make-up calls exist regardless what KF says.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Did you read the article?
            I guess not, so I’ll sum it up for you:
            He says they exist, and that every referee does it, but it’s not right.
            I was agreeing with you.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

  63. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Lost amidst the World Juniors disaster tonight is the fact that the Habs are in an even deeper hole after tonight’s results.

    6. Ottawa 40GP 20-15-5 45 pts
    7. Washington 38 GP 21-15-2 44 pts
    8. NJ 38 GP 21-15-2 44 pts
    9. Winnipeg 38 GP 19-14-5 43 pts
    10. Toronto 39 GP 19-15-5 43 pts
    11. Buffalo 39 GP 18-17-4 40 pts
    12. Tampa 38 GP 17-18-3 37 pts
    13. MONTREAL 39 GP 14-18-7 35 pts
    14. NYI 37 GP 14-17-6 34 pts
    15. Carolina 41 GP 13-21-7 33 pts

    Looks like we’re done people. I don’t see how anyone in their right mind could honestly say we still have a shot at the playoffs. 9 points out of 8th. 5 teams to jump over. The only team we have more wins and less GP than is the last-place Hurricanes.

    Sell, sell, sell. Build for next year. Anything else is irrational.

    • JIMVINNY says:

      As Dave would say – YUUUUUUUUUUP.

    • Bill says:

      Habs don’t even have to tank to get a good pick, lol. Grigorenko or Yakupov? I love Yakupov’s wheels and hands, but the Habs could use a guy like Grigorenko more.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        I honestly don’t think we will have a chance to draft either of them unless we absolutely nosedive in the second half. Otherwise, we would have to trade up or hope that other teams get scared off by the Russian factor. Personally, I would prefer Grigorenko, because I think we need more big, skilled players.

        I think we will probably be deciding between Filip Forsberg and Alex Galchenyuk, which isn’t bad at all either.

  64. price365 says:

    Russians are doing a fine job – if our Habs could only play like that


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