In other news …

Photo of Professor Muller by John Mahoney of The Gazette

The Canadiens development camp got into full swing in Brossard yesterday.
Oh, Boston stomped the Canucks.

Nathan Horton is out of the hospital, but he has a concussion and is done for the series, as is Aaron Rome, who gets a four-game suspension.

Max Pacioretty Tweets: Mixed feelings on everything… just glad horton is ok and hope to see this type of consistency down the road

Pat Hickey on Randy Cunneyworth

Leblanc disappointed

Marc Antoine Godin on Danny Kristo

Fall of Rome led to Canucks collapse

Rome deserves suspension

Did the hit hand the Cup to Boston?

Three Vancouver no-shows so far in the playoffs

• Scott Burnside: Supporting cast showed up for Boston

François Gagnon Tweets a good question: Hey #Bruinsfans how can you ask for a suspension in this matter and gave Zdeno Chara an ovation for his hit on Max Pacioretty in March?

And Damien Cox: Rome could get zero games. He could get 20. They could suspend Horton for delay-of-game. I have no idea.

Video: Rome has felt the pain, courtesy of the other Pyatt:


  1. B915 says:

    Hab fans = cry babies

  2. frozengolf says:

    It is clear to me that the league wants the Bruins to win very badly. If you look back on all the favorable decisions they’ve received over the last year, from the non-suspension of Chara, the non- suspension Ference for his one finger salute, the Horton water squirting incident (which got Tortorella a suspension last year) and now the Rome suspension, the league really wants the cup to stay in the U.S. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s true. The fans in Canada will always be there, but U.S. fans are fickle, at best. They need to justify that 2 billion dollar TV. contract, and what a way to start it off but with an original 6 American team winning it all. Bettman and his cronies are doing there best to make that happen.

  3. Gindan69 says:

    Surprised it was only 4 games? Well don’t be. Consider this:

    Dr Rechi examined Horton extensively and gave him the all clear but told him to stay down in case they can get a suspension out of this. He also advised Horton to NOT go see any movies during his embellishment vacation.

    Furthermore Jack Edwards told Horton that all the teams have a designated diver and the Bruins were suffering as a result. He suggested that Horton take a nice long leisurely dive to draw a major. He assured Horton that he would not call him a diver, faker or yell “get up, get up”.

  4. JohnBellyful says:

    Yo, Punkie, just got back from the meeting — council agreed to pay-as-you-go toilets in the arena — and clicked on your link. Aced it, dude. From now on, whenever I hear Claude Provost’s name mentioned — four, five times a week — I’ll immediately start humming “Me and My Lord and My Hot Rod Ford”.
    (Wonder if Bobby Hull hums “Me and My Shadow”?)

  5. Mr. Biter says:

    It seems we have lots of Broons trools visiting this site but one must remember only about 1 in 10 can count past 10 and about the same amount can read. One should feel pity for them as they have no where else to go and vent about one of their “clean playing Broons got hurt”. A moment of silence then a big FU to them all. Boston a city where it takes 16 years to build a highway to their airport and it still in not finished.

    Mr. Biter

    • shootdapuck says:

      Your stats seem far too optimistic.

      Remember these same Goon Fans will be glued to MME reruns until next season.

      Most including Jack Edwards still can’t tell the difference despite the cage!

      … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

      Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  6. aemarchand11 says:

    What a bunch of crap. This system is a damned joke. The hit was beautiful and just happened to hurt him. What would happen if Scott Stevens played now a days? He would be labeled as a dirty player instead of one of the best hitters in the game.

    How many hits are commited more then 1 second after the puck is moved?? Even last night!

    Murphy is a disgrace, as was Campbell. Shanahan had nothing to do with this decision so it was reported (I think). But the NHL has to change, you cant have a player ran into a stanchion without a suspension and then this.


    “I have a different constitution. I have a different brain; I have a different heart; I got tiger blood, man.” – Charlie Sheen.

  7. Curtis O Habs says:

    I am assuming Horton has more than a fractured neck and a severe concussion.

  8. shootdapuck says:

    Frontier justice is alive and well in the NHL.

    The NHL is run just like the small town in an old western movie.

    The local rich rancher has the corrupt mayor, the sheriff and his deputy in his back pocket doing all his dirty work. The local townsfolk have given up resisting.

    Any wish is their command.

    What’s the solution? Gunfight at the OK Corral?

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  9. EricInStL says:

    The NHL makes FIFA look clean….

  10. Thurston says:

    The NHL is a garbage league run by garbage people handing out garbage decisions.
    Simple as that.

  11. LL says:

    Actually without any side commentaries about what’s right or wrong in this case. (Chara/Max, Campbell/Murphy etc…);

    Rome Kamikazed Horton. Not a bad trade off for the Canucks. 😉

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the faster Campbell and Murphy are out as NHL Kangaroo Courtiers, the faster the NHL will regain it’s credibility
    …there have been too many to count outrageous mishandling of discipline over the past few years it is redundant to list them …but, this one on Rome is almost up there with Patches, except in this case it was punitive overkill
    …AND, it seems, it’s ALWAYS the Bruins the benefactor
    …one or two games makes sense …but 4 ? …based on precedent this season …outrageous is only word appropriate in My opinion

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  13. Sal says:

    TSN apologists saying all the things the NHL wants them to say. McKenzie usually has it right, he’s a sell out now too. McGreggor an ASS!!!! Murphy consults Brian Burke…WHAT!!! NHL a JOKE!! Not one so-called hockey journalists will take this on…the game is officially a US product…it’s over folkes!

    Sal from the Hammer

    • G-Man says:

      McKenzie lost me on the Chara incident. The pro-Boston bias on this station and the CBC is nothing short of disgusting.
      Why do they hire old Boston goons as analysts?
      Do they have incriminating photos?

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    This league is one big joke starting with the person responsible for destroying a fine game, Gary Buttman. Rome gets a four game suspension while Chara gets zippo. Lu(shit) throws a punch to the back of Burrows head while he was down and gets nothing. This league can go straight to H E double hockey sticks.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  15. Sharks9 says:

    Here’s an interview with Mike Murphy about his decision

    He says that the only thing that made him give out this suspension was the lateness of the hit. “It was almost a second late” Chara’s hit was 2 seconds late idiot…

    25 before 14

  16. slychard says:

    Gerry H you are so off, so stupid, so… (I’m not gonna go any further but) how can you say Paccioretty… ok, Max saw Chara coming ‘perhaps’ yet did he know Chara’s intentions to decapitate him? The play was well over by the time Chara INTENTIONALLY drove Max’s head into the sanction with his elbow. … Awwww I’m just waisting time and energy. Horton to Paccioretty ratio of BRUTALLITY does not compare. Rome was a ‘hockey play’ situation. Chara’s was an obvious vendetta from a goon play.

    • Jonson says:

      get over it, he didnt want to decapitate him. it was an accident. if you think he really wanted to hurt him that badly than you have issues. should he have let up? no doubt but that play happen’s often yet it only becomes an issue when it happens to one of our players. if you you tube Gainey that exact hit will show up. same with the JOhnson hit on Smyth. No one says a word about that but when it happens to montreal than you want to involve the police and change the rules. its embarrassing how silly montreal fans get. i LOve the canadiens but im not stuck in a canadiens Bubble. Its HOCKEY!!!! it happens

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        Say what you will, you’re entitled to your opinion. Chara deliberately targeted Max Pac and had full intentions of hurting him. History between those two had a lot to do with the hit. In my opinion, justice was served with Horton getting smacked which I believe was a clean hit. Bruins suck and the NHL swallows.

        “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

      • D Mex says:

        Next time you’re in from Phoenix, let us know so we can all get together and brief you on the game of h o c k e y.
        Or, you can wait and make the move to Québec City with your team next summer. Meanwhile, remember to use sunblock when you go outside …

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

      • MathRocks says:

        Chara’s hit was 100% intentional. It was late, just like the Rome check, and it resulted in injury. I am tired of the NHL being inconsistent with their rulings. I am completely dumbfounded. Maybe things will be different with Shanahan, but I doubt it.

        Was at Rogers Arena last night for the game. The Canucks deserve some praise for opening up the arena for charity and really making it like a game atmosphere.

      • slychard says:

        OK Jonson Ill take you on on this. No, OBVIOUSLY, Chara did not want to DECAPITATE Paccioretty. Once the play (or deed) was done you could see the regret in his demeanor, actions, composure. He is human (I’ll give him that) and he’s, in my humble opinion, been acting quite sedated and drawn back since the incident. YES (and you cannot deny this) YES!Chara’s had it in for Pac since the overtime goal winner ‘slight’ shove that sent him to a hellish place in his feeble mind. As i heard on the habs beat writers section, a quote i beleive came from our beloved Boone…(should I be misstaken on the source then I most humbly digress) The quote goes– ‘The slight shove Pac made after his game winning goal was TANTAMOUNT to raping a goat in Chara’s country….Quite a classic line in my opinion. So we were all in on the ‘joke’ we were all in on the setup. we were all aware on the oncoming revenge, one way or the other, we just didn’t expect a revenge of this magnitude…neither did Chara. Chara WANTED to hurt him, wanted to show him not to show him up in public again, wanted to show him he’s the boss, the master. The brute. The bruin. The classless act that is the organization. Think Jonson. Think as a human. THINK for Christ sake!

        Although wide open and fixed to a point the eyes did not register…

  17. slychard says:

    Who and what type of player to draft in the first round for the habs??? Hummm, does Shanahan have a son in this years draft?

  18. Habshire says:

    Not hockey but Canada vs U.S.A tonight in Gold Cup Soccer.

    I bring it up because of today’s general theme and Canada fits right in with getting screwed. Check out the last minute of the last game 4 years ago.

  19. AntoineSabourin says:

    A typical leaf fan had this to say over at TSN

    “Wow if Gauthier can keep this team a play off team having to add 10-12 players with 24 mil I will be the first to sing his praises. But I just don’t see how the team can get better, I can’t see any of their prospects (other then possibly Yemlin) being ready to make an impact, and that’s what they need to have happen. If I was a Hab fan I’d be worried, the Cupboard isn’t as stocked as it needs to be and not enough cap space to improve, I’d be very surprised if this team makes the post season. As a Leaf fan its going to be great to see the Leafs ahead of the Habs in the standings but sad not to see the Habs in the post season, cuz I gotta admit that those Habs are sure entertaining in the post season. Well best of luck and I hope we Leaf fans aren’t too cruel over the next few years.”

  20. So in the development camp pic, is Muller saying., “When we review these drills at rookie camp in September….I won’t be here!” ?????


    Eyes on The Prize! and on Twitter

  21. Everlasting1 says:

    Nice tradeoff – Horton for Rome. Horton hears a KA-POW! Payback for the goonery, particularly the after-the-final whistle-losing-open-season-headhunting ways. Would have preferred Marchand or Lucic getting their bells richly deserving.

    ” That the Sons of God saw the daughters of man, that they were fair and took them wives all of which they chose.” – Genesis 6:2

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

  22. JayBee says:

    I have no sympathy for the Bruins and their fans. Hope Horton makes a full recovery and is back on the ice soon, but as far as the Bruins and fans…they deserve this. The way the reacted to the Max/Chara incident. They deserve this.

    NHL is a complete joke and I hope there’s a house cleaning. Murphy and King should be removed.

  23. NightRyder says:

    Folks out here in Vancouver are also a little pissed about the consultation with Brian Burke. A glory-seeking guy with a potential axe to grind against his former team, on the precipice of winning the Stanley Cup with some of his former players, would be perfectly impartial, wouldn’t he?

    Someone should request copies of the e-mails and/or phone records between Murphy and Colin Campbell in the aftermath of this stuff, too. That could be pretty explosive if they found there was significant contact.

    The league is such a farce.

    Question: is Lucic really a hunchback or is he smuggling Bettman around the ice on his back?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Burke also has a conflict of interest with Boston. His draft pick in the next draft depends on how well Boston do in the playoffs.

      But more generally how can the league ask the president of another team for advice on a suspension?

      It beggars belief.

      • NightRyder says:

        Nothing that comes out of the league office surprises me.

        Murphy talking to Burke isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, given Burke’s former role with the league. Publicly admitting he did it makes him a moron unworthy of anything other than adjusting Bettman’s toupee.

  24. neumann103 says:

    To quote Boston fans (and their enablers in Daddy Campbell’s NHL office) following Chara’s late, well out of the play, 20 seconds left in the period dump in head crushing of Max Pacioretty into the support stanchion “It’s a hockey play. It’s a hockey play. It’s a hockey play.” No it isn’t. And that is such a stuupid meaningless comment.

    This looks like a game or two to me. Four games is a little steep. You have to send some kind of message to discourage this but I don’t think it was intentionally trying to hurt Horton. I didn’t think Chara was trying to hurt MaxPac but at least a game was required just to establish players responsibility to control themselves.

    “Et le but!”

  25. OneTimer says:

    You know, I read a lot of Bruins’ fans’ comments on other message boards…

    Just for once, I’d like to see one of them say that Chara’s hit on Pacioretty and Rome’s on Horton are either BOTH clean, or BOTH dirty and suspendable.

    But to insist that Chara’s was a “strong hockey play”, and that Rome’s was a heinous suspendable act worthy of four (!) SCF games…that drives me nuts. What a f’in retarded fanbase. Pardon my language.

  26. Bugs says:

    Philly in the Final last year, Boston this year, the world’s gone officially nuts and I want no part of it. I mean, who’s next in the Final, Toranna???
    Teeterin on the edge over here. If that happens.., if TORANNA makes it… I’m out. You understand? Out of it. Forever.
    L’go back to lacrosse. Where we all belong, actually. National sport and all, but I divest.
    Point is, all one can do at this point is find zen and hope cooler hockey gods prevail and make things right. Like they’ve done for Toranna.

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

  27. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wanna know just how messed up the NHL is??? According to Elliot Friedman, Murphy consulted with Brian Burke on the Rome suspension, because of his experience in suspending Claude Lemieux in 1996. Burke was fired by the Canucks and this clown consults with him on how long to suspend a Canuck player?????? Man, just when you thought the NHL couldn’t get any more sad and pathetic.

  28. HardHabits says:

    NHL is a scam, a ponzi scheme, and a racket. To win one has to be Machiavellian.

  29. LL says:

    Seems like Boston has a “Get Out of Jail Free Card.”

  30. Sharks9 says:

    TSN posted their off-season game plan for the Habs

    25 before 14

  31. Habfan10912 says:

    This is NHL Bettman and gang have created. The league is already void of some of its best skilled players (see Crosby and Sevard among others). Soon the league will be filled with 3rd and 4th line players looking to hit first and play with skill an afterthought. Cherry and the rest of the goons carrying Bettmans charge can blame it on the equipment all they want but the culture created mind you by this Bruin team is to take out the opposition which is directly responsible for this mess. The hockey we all love may be gone forever. I hope not.

  32. PrimeTime says:

    Fans are fickle. Listening to the crowd when Horton was nailed all you hear is boo’s. Imagine if it was Chara hitting Burrows……don’t you think all you hear would be cheers?? With that in mind the opinions of the fans mean absolutely dick……they have no basis of fact. The NHL is trying to get this right cuz they know it needs to be corrected. If todays decision is a step toward that means then it was solid. The “Campbell” or “Jacobs” factor is just bs smokescreen from the ignorants.

  33. JohnBellyful says:

    Let me be blunt: Someone in the HIO community has offended God/Yahweh/Vishnu/Deva/Allah/Oprah. How else to explain our loathsome enemies humiliating those whom we are ready to embrace for smiting the Unclean. Step forward, sinner, and plead for forgiveness from the hockey gods.
    (And, if necessary, sacrifice a body part).

    • billylove says:

      Would a little pinkie suffice?

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Aha! So you’re the one!
        Billy, Billy, Billy, how could you do this to us? And for what? A stuffed Marchand rat toy? A Dr. Recchi physical? An autographed stanchion from Chara?
        I’m just too upset now to deal with it. I’ll leave it to the others to mete out your punishment.
        A four-post suspension?

  34. billylove says:

    Athletes are bigger and faster. Collisions now happen with ever increasing force. The human body is not capable of absorbing the sheer impact of high speed hits, legal or otherwise. The NHL wants to have the best of all possible worlds to attract more paying customers. They want to keep hitting in the game but don’t want to offend those who feel it’s becoming too violent. The result; the NHL talks tough but issues inconsistent, unfair decisions. The league needs make up it’s damn mind. Sure, fans have a right to be angry with the league but players should be ready to revolt! They are being subjected to career (life) threatening hits while the NHL issues decisions that penalize some, not others and creates nothing but confusion. Shameful!

  35. 24 Cups says:

    Not sure why Alfie didn’t have surgery at the end of the season.

    BTW, Tiger Woods states he will not be able to play in the US Open.

  36. Shiloh says:

    While both drew major penalties and a game misconduct, the Rome hit was nowhere near as savage as the Chara hit on MaxPac. This league is a joke.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      We all know the NHL is ruled by little minds, but Ralph Waldo Emerson could never accuse them of a foolish consistency, especially when it comes to disciplinary action. Foolish yes, consistent no.
      As I said months ago, what the league needs is a committee of five to determine the appropriate punishment: three retired players (one from the immedate past, and two from the previous 10 years), along with a medical person and a person with a legal background.

  37. Hoegarden says:

    Time to get Murphy and Shanahan out of there…..and bring in Scott Stevens, a HOF member who knows what the meaning of “on time, late, semi-late,” is when it comes to nailing someone. He’ll make the right call ! All kidding aside, the NHL will continue to be a joke, especially south of the 49th, when it comes to handling issues such a head shots. How about just tossing a die in the air and call whatever comes up.

  38. higginrs says:

    I think we all saw this coming for Rome. The league did nothing about Chara because it clearly favors Boston and the league suspends Rome to ensure Boston’s advantage. It’s a joke, but who said justice was blind in the NHL. I think a suspension was in order in both the Pacioretty incident and the Horton incident – late hits, resulting in injury.

    • Chuck says:

      I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the league clearly favours Boston, but when the league’s head disciplinarian has a son that plays for the Bruins, they’re just asking for conspiracy theorists to connect the dots.

      • EricInStL says:

        spot on

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Its not conspiracy theorist, is people with the perception to notice patterns…

        Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, which is the same as being in denial after several hard facts…

      • _Habsoloutly_ says:

        Dude. Cambell was CAUGHT sending emails to refs about specific calls made against his son. Are we clear? Emails trying to get a ref fired for calling penalties on his little baby boy. It’s not a conspiracy theory made up by crazy habs fans, it has been documented in a court of law. The guy is dirty.

  39. Rob says:

    I am lacking the technical ability, but i think it would be a great idea if someone, who is more well versed in video editing than I am, would create a video comprising all the incidents involving Bruins players that went unpunished, spliced with similar incidents involving other team that received suspensions and the length of those suspensions. I’m sure people on this board would help find the youtube clips, but someone would have to do a good and professional job of putting it all together. Any takers?

    The Montreal Canadiens: sporting the best AND worst fans since 1909!

  40. I believe the NHL onyl suspended Rome for two reasons.
    1. Aaron Rome a 6th or 7th defensemen which means he won’t be used as much as lets say Chara who is a top d-man and is needed.
    2.It’s the Stanley Cup Finals not the regular season.
    I do believe though that this four game suspension is complete bogas because Chara got the exact same call on ice : 5:00 Interference and Game misconduct, then as it turns out Chara gets no suspension and Rome gets a four gamer. NHL has to be consistent with their calls they just can’t be making up crap saying that His elbow or shoulder made contact with the head…so does many other hits.
    Here is a comparison:
    Raffi Torres on Seabrook = nothing – compared – easily 4 or more.
    Ference on Halpern = Nothing – copmpared – easily 4 or more.
    Chara on Pacioretty = Nothing – compared – easily 4 or more.
    Lucic on Spacek = Nothing – compared – easily 4 or more.

    Habsnation is still standing.

  41. Ian Cobb says:

    The reason that we do not have enforcement players is because the league assured the teams that under the new rules, the referees would control the game by strict enforcement, and eliminate dirty play.

    The game has become much faster and free wheeling under these new rules. The only part of the game that has not kept pace in my opinion has been the refereeing. They have to be better!

    My opinion remains the same, any contact above the shoulders, intentional or not is 5 minutes in the box minimum and is reviewable by the league.

    Any injury caused to the head, 1st offence 6 games minimum, right up to 25 games. 2nd offence up to one year. 3rd offence, find another job.!

    • Chuck says:

      I agree with you, Ian. The league should spell it out–in the rules–exactly what type of suspension a player should receive under a given set of circumstances.

      If they can make a player responsible for any damage done by his stick, intentional or not, then thay can do the same for their shoulders, elbows, knees, or whatever. The ONLY way that reckless play and headshots will be eliminated from the game will be for them to be legislated out.

  42. Habshire says:

    If Boston wins the Cup I think Colin Campbell and Mike Murphy should skate around the rink with the cup and be part of the team photo. It’s only fitting.

  43. habsfaninboston says:

    So Rome’s past clean record didn’t factor into Murphy’s decision.

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think the best yardstick to judge the Rome hit is the hit by Jamie McGinn on Rome in these playoffs.

    It was similarly dangerous, resulted in concussion, and occurred during the playoffs. McGinn received a 5 min penalty and was tossed from the game.

    Suspension? Zero games.

    • EricInStL says:

      McGinn should have gotten 2 to 4. Hit in the back. That’s the inconsistency of the NHL. It’s very frustrating to say the least.

      • Chuck says:

        And not just inconsistency in when/if suspensions are handed out, but also in the league’s reasoning. To say that Horton’s injury was a factor in the the suspension flies in the face of every ruling that hasn’t resulted in a suspension, even when a player has been injured.

  45. mrhabby says: much crying over these hits. thing is it goes both ways. the nucks have dished out some nasty hits and laps and alex b have been just god awful dirty.
    Rome should have been given more games into next year if NHL really wanted to make a statement but oh no.
    i hate this pac’s/chara comparison gettin tired.
    Bruins may be gaining the emotional edge.
    get this series over so we can enjoy more importnat things like..summer and all attractions.

  46. Were is justice? Justice have been served. Double standard indeed and fixed to a tee when it comes to a Bruins player being injuried as a result of a late hit. Zdeno Chara should have recieved a suspension for an interference IMHO on Mac Pacioretty.

    Chara has a clean record and is not that type of player to hurt an opposing player. BULLSH*T!!! What about the hit on Spacek by Lucic? Does that deserve a suspension? Ference elbow to the head of Halpern while the play was gone the other way. INTERFERENCE ALL THE WAY!!!! No suspension and not even looked at by the league officals or mentioned.

    Look at the games Habs and Bruins played during the season. Marchand hit on Wisniski on a icing call. No suspension. Campbell using an elbow pad to the face off Pyatt. No suspension. The list goes on.

    Habs should go out and signed these UFA’s; Brad Winchester (Ana), Michael Rupp (Pit) and Steve MacInytre (Edm). These guys will serve The Bruins JUSTICE and could be signed under 2.5 M. That’s a mean 4th line of 721 lbs and are all 6′ 5″ tall.

    Rome deserved the game and that should have been enough. Horton had his head down and the blow was when his head hit the ice. Enough said. Go Habs Go!!!!!

  47. Ian Cobb says:


    I received two letters pertaining to our Annual Hockey Inside Out Fan Weekend Summit. One from Anna Gainey thanking us for our donation of $1200 again this past year to the Gainey Children’s Foundation. Hockey Inside Out Hab Fans have now raised over $5000 in total for this charity. We are a very generous group!

    I also received a letter from Reg Houle thanking us for our continued support. And that he will see us all at next years Summit

    And below I received a letter reminding us that the dates for our next years Summit will be out at the end of July. I will pick the best dates that gives us a game Friday at Hurley’s and Saturday at the Bell Center.
    (give me your suggestions, early in the season or later ?)

    So pay attention to the site so you do not miss out on 2012 Summit tickets that have to be paid and ordered well in advance.
    Some disappointed HIO people missed out on tickets last year because they were on summer vacation when we collected for the tickets and ordered them.

    I will repost this a few more times so more people will be informed.

    Dear Mr. Cobb,

    On behalf of the entire Canadiens organization, I would like to thank you for your support during this past hockey season. Gathering a group of fans for a game at the Bell Centre requires a lot of time on the part of the group organizer. To that end, your involvement is greatly appreciated.

    Though our playoff run was unfortunately too short, it was nevertheless exciting from start to finish. Pierre Gauthier and his team are already planning for next season and we feel we can build on a solid core of promising young players and talented veterans.

    At the end of July, we will forward to you the official home game calendar for the 2011-12 season and all the details regarding group sales and our ice rental programs. The information will also be available at the same time on our Web site,

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a great summer – I’m looking forward to seeing you in September. Until then, please do not hesitate to communicate with me or our group sales team.

    Pierre Constant
    Director, Group Sales
    Club de hockey Canadien

  48. habsguru says:

    the were 30 frames from the time the puck was moved, to the time of the hit. that = 1 second in real time. if team corruption (Bettman/Campble etc.) could even skate, the couldn’t put on the brakes in 1 second. Can’t wait for the punishment to come down on Dr. Rechi and Lucic for the finger gate mockery last night. oh, wait…. Claude J won’t do squat. like all in Boston…. all talk.

  49. EricInStL says:

    Amazing Montreal fanboys have become Boston Bruins fan. Paranoid, foaming at the mouth and unreasonable.

    Look Chara should have gotten 10 games minimum. It was reckless and it was intent to injure.

    That being said, look around EVERY player gets their cheap shots in. Yes Boston crosschecks, face washes and slash at every occasion (Lucic, Marchand, etc etc) and be honest, Bieksa, Kesler, Torres etc do the same thing. Just because the Canadiens don’t do it doesn’t mean the rest of the league have to be puss!es like the Canadiens. Just draft some toughness or trade for it. Keep drafting midgets and no matter how talented they might be, you will be pushed around. Lok at how Kesler stands up to Chara and how he was crosschecking the hell out of Seidenberg.

    So stop whining, and just hope we draft some size or at least some toughness to at least get over the hump. You sound like little school girls.

    • TomNickle says:

      You’re missing the point of the entire debate. Cammalleri – 2 games, Lapierre – 4 games.

      Lucic – 0 games, Chara – 0 games, Boychuck – 0 games.

      I could go on and on. This isn’t toughness. This is a team receiving preferential treatment from a league that is in place to govern 30 teams, not 29.

      • EricInStL says:

        Of course they got preferential treatment with the Chara non-decision. Just let it go and get ready for the draft. What ticks me is the fact that Vancouver is as dirty. But nobody says anything. There are teams out there. Look I dislike Boston but not enough to ruin my day. But the dubious decisions are hard to miss and hopefully Shanahan will do something about it.

        • Chuck says:

          Why should we ‘let it go’? The inconsistencies of how the league hands out punishment is a big part of the NHL that needs to be addressed, just as we wouldn’t ‘let it go’ in regards to head shots and reckless play following Pacioretty’s injury.

          • EricInStL says:

            Don’t let go of the fact that the NHL is known for inconsistencies. But enough with whining about the Bruins. They like other teams are a product of the problem which was created by Colin Campbell, lets see what Shanahan does. Thats more like it.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      100% correct sir! Kesler is awesome!

      But the Bruins do get away with complete murder.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      The difference between Bostons toughness and Canucks brand of toughness is that the Canucks don’t cry about things when the game doesn’t go their way. Boston does. All the time. Even Montreal that is supposedly a weak team with no toughness doesn’t ever whine to the media or make excuses for lost games. Our players do stick up for each other and we more than hold our own in fights and games.

      The Habs have heart and most of all they have class on and off the ice and that is what makes them tough. Adding some extra size will only serve to accentuate that.

      • EricInStL says:

        Their GM was certainly whining about the officials during the Hawks series…. And lots of Torres hits are borderline charges.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Montreal has a couple players who are tough for their size but overall they are the least tough out of all 30 teams in the league.

        I saw tha Conboy and Shultz are in the development camp but didn’t Conboy look brutal during his callups last season and didn’t Shultz have the worst season in Bulldogs history?

        Hopefully they will have improved come training camp!

  50. TomNickle says:

    The not so funny irony in all of this is that the NHL is run by lawyers who have the outcomes of their cases decided by precedent 99.9% of the time.

  51. Chuck says:

    I’ve just been reading some of the comments about the suspension on the NESN board. It’s amazing how the opinion changes when the shoe is on the other foot.

    • EricInStL says:

      It’s NESN did you seriously think otherwise ? Look at the comments over here. 90% against the suspension and 100% for the injury….

  52. PeterD says:

    For all us rapid Habs fans…the other day I had the following stoke of logic that clearly supports and approves my strong desire to cheer of the Canucks at this time of the season…let me know what you think.

    “As a life long Montreal Canadiens fan, I think it is legitimate that I can be a Canucks fan for the remainder of this season, since the definition for “Canuck” is American slang for “French Canadian”, which means that since the Montreal “Canadiens” is French for “Canadian”…I figure, basically the “Canucks” are just the left coasts version of the Montreal “Canadiens”…and afterall, their coach is a former Habs coach, their goalie is from Montreal and two of the players are former Habs (Lapierre and Higgins)…so GO Habs GO…I mean Go Canucks Go! Somehow the logic here works for me…until the start of next season anyway 🙂

  53. joeybarrie says:

    Trying to stay away from Chara’s hit as an example because of it’s direct bearing on the Habs. This decision is still INSANE.
    December 19th blindside hit to the head of Vernon Fiddler, 2 game suspension for Matt Martin.
    November 5th Blindside hit to the head of David Perron, 2 game suspension for Joe Thornton.
    *March 15th 2010 Alex Ovechkin suspended 2 games after his 2nd offense and 3rd misconduct of the season for boarding Brian Campbell.

    The League has become a joke for these type of inconsistencies. Sometimes you gotta look where your skating, especially when your trying to gain the opponents zone. Not a good hit at all, but not worthy of 4 games. From what I can see its his first suspension…

    • secretdragonfly says:

      I believe you are correct that he hasn’t been suspended before, however, it was his third game misconduct of the season. Regardless, it’s a ridiculous decision and totally inconsistent with some of the nonsense that has gone unnoticed and unpunished by the NHL.

  54. TomNickle says:

    Horton got out of the hospital today. It’s despicable how much the Bruins’ medical staff exaggerated the extent of his injury.

  55. PeterD says:

    Truly unbelievable the Hypocracy of the Bruins…they almost kill Patches and they come out and say he may have be “embellishing” the injury.

    Yet Horton who is a really goon out there gets his bell rung and Julien and the rest are whining about how the league has to protect their players.

    Come on it’s sick how corrupt this league is…No suspension for Chara because it is a clean “hockey” play..he didn’t even have the puck…but Rome gets 4 games for a late hit…

    I hate to see any player get seriously hurt, but level the crimes and punishment…knocking a guy unconscious is the same whether it is determined to be a clean “hockey” play of a blind side hit.

  56. scrowe21 says:

    Dunno if it has been posted but here is an article on Tinordi and Steve Spinell from camp.

  57. TomNickle says:

    If the Bruins win this Stanley Cup, I will treat it like the Lightning’s Cup victory in 04-05. That is to say that I will treat it as a year where no NHL team won the Cup. Gelinas scored the clinching goal and Calgary had a Cup ripped out from underneath them. In this case, the NHL has been more vital to the success of the Bruins than many of their players, coaching staff and management. Lucic, Chara, Horton, Ference, Boychuck, Marchand, Recchi. All have committed acts deserving multiple game suspensions, some of these players in more than once case, and some have had their suspensions rescinded by their big brother the NHL. As long as I’ve been alive there has not been such an obvious favourtism toward one team in any professional sports organization.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Its pretty surprising that the Calgary non-cup isn’t talked about more often.

      The Flames are seriously the cup winners from that year but TB has their name on the cup!

      Imagine that happened to the Canadiens lol!!!

  58. Gerry H says:

    I’m not sure why anyone would be surprised or put off by this suspension. The Rome hit on Horton was precisely the kind of hit the BOG identified with the new head shot rule (hit to the head from the blind side), aggravated by being late and possibly by Rome having left his feet.

    As much as I agree that Chara should not have escaped supplementary discipline for his hit on MaxPac, that really has no bearing on this call, which was a no-brainer. The Chara hit was reckless and arguably showed intent to injure, but was not a clear-cut example of the “head shot” problem.

      • Gerry H says:

        If you watched the play, you couldn’t say that MaxPac was blindsided. He knew Chara was there. Also, he was not hit so much as rubbed out.

        I’m not saying Chara should have escaped supplementary punishment. The point is merely that the Rome hit was a textbook example of the issue the NHL Board of Governors identified as being “the problem,” while the Chara incident, despite being AT LEAST as dangerous, was a bit more of a one-off situation.

        • TomNickle says:

          You clearly did not look at the picture he gave you a link for. Forearm to face to stanchion. When a player shoves your face into the glass, that’s not a rubout.

        • kazmojo says:

          What BS. Are you Colin Campbell’s defense attorney??

        • geo_habsgo says:

          Look, I definitely see your point and its a valid one but when the NHL releases a statement on the verdict saying that what they took into account was the lateness of the hit and the severity of the injury it reeks of favouritism. From the NHL standpoint it seems that they did not see it as a textbook play that they are trying to avoid. For that reason, the logic that they used to determine the punishment is extremely faulty and is a slap to the face of other players and teams that have gone through similar incidences all season long.

        • Chuck says:

          Rome made contact with the FRONT of Horton’s shoulder, so it’s tough to argue that it was the type of blndside hit that the league has claimed it’s trying to eliminate. Was there also contact with the head? Sure looked like it, but the main reason Horton got tagged was because he was looking the other way. Completely suspendable because of the contact with the head, but that’s about it.

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    When Ovechkin gets suspended 4 games in the NHL playoffs, or Crosby actually takes an unsportsmanlike Conduct in the playoffs, we will know something has actually changed.

    I am not convinced until I see an elite player serve the sentence one of his 4th-line teammates that we may actually be seeing a culture change.

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

  60. Jocko says:

    This decision is beyond sanity!! I loved Shanny aas a player, but good luck with this mess!!! I bleed les bleu, blanc, et rouge, and I can honestly say that even if I did not, I would think this ruling is beyond comprehension! The penalties given to Rome and Chara were exactly the same and Chara used his forearm to direct pac’s head. The two actions were vicious and have no place in hockey. However, the Bruins continue to get away with stuff others get suspensions for. Pathetic. I do hope Mr. Geoff Molson writes a letter to the NHL asking them to explain the reasoning in the judgements!

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  61. PeterStone says:

    maybe if they called the playoffs like they call the regular season, they wouldnt have the type of game they had yesterday. For instance, Paille killing a penalty motors down the ice and hits someone ( forget who ) behind the ‘Nucks net. In my book thats called charging. Thomas takes a shot at Sedin … Lucic punches Burrows after the play … Chara AND Recchi try to choke Lapierre … last game Peverly 2 handed Bieska.

    Sorry I dont feel bad for Horton … b’s and horton got what was comin’

  62. HardHabits says:

    Fun facts:

    No team that wasn’t at least top 10 over-all has ever won a Cup since the Conference format was introduced (15 of the 17 were top 5).

    The Habs have had one top 10 finish (3rd over-all) since the Conference format was introduced.

    Size and Grit. Tank for Glory. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

    • punkster says:

      Well you certainly have that last instruction down pat 😉

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Get the Apaches in the air, we’ve got some tank-killing to do.

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

    • Gerry H says:

      HH, your point about the standings seems a little overplayed. Top five to top ten represents about a 5-6 point difference in an 82 game schedule (with those ridiculous 3-point games). Likewise top ten to top fifteen. It doesn’t take too many funny bounces to generate that kind of margin.

      On the whole, sure: size and grit add to a team’s prospects. But I wouldn’t describe either Pittsburgh or Detroit as particularly big or gritty, yet they have certainly been elite teams in recent years.

      Simple formulas don’t offer much insight into the challenges that GM’s face in the post-lockout NHL.

      • HardHabits says:

        Home ice advantage.

        Pittsburgh and Detroit are bigger and grittier than the Habs.

        I don’t make the stats I just report them.

        • HabsFan2 says:

          Yet Pittsburgh went out first round. 😯

          Report that!

          R.I.P. – K.C. – Jan.28, 1993 – May 19, 2011

          • HardHabits says:

            7 grittier and bigger teams than the Habs also lost round 1.

          • HabsFan2 says:

            @ HH

            “7 grittier and bigger teams than the Habs also lost round 1.”

            How can that be? I mean, they have grit and all. 😛

            Also, didn’t the Pens have home ice advantage? 😯

            R.I.P. – K.C. – Jan.28, 1993 – May 19, 2011

          • HardHabits says:

            Yes Mr. Spock.

          • HabsFan2 says:

            I’ll take the Dr. Spock reply as you, being just as stunned as I, at those teams (all with grit and size) being eliminated in the first round.

            R.I.P. – K.C. – Jan.28, 1993 – May 19, 2011

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