Is this it?

Even the Philadelphia bellboys don’t like the Canadiens: Habs coach Jacques Martin, head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend arrive in Philly yesterday.
Phil Carpenter, Gazette

• Habs must play relentless hockey – Red Fisher

Habs running out of miracles – Hickey

Thriving as underdogs – Stubbs

No grain of truth to Skategate, Habs say – Stubbs

A familiar bind – Zurkowsky

An exercise in tedium – Todd

Canadiens’ turn to adjust

Year of the Hawk – Damien Cox

Seventh man in Chicago – Michael Farber

• Ted Leonsis says the NHL is in better shape than the NBA


  1. kempie says:

    So by this logic, we should have just skipped these time-consuming playoffs and awarded the Stanley Cup to Washington weeks ago right?

  2. kempie says:

    As soon as I saw the word Todd in blue letters I decided I wasn’t going to click on it and read this idiot’s drivel today. I also knew, whatever he had written, it would be enough to fill up this comments section with pissed off posters. People who wonder why the Gazette publishes the guy, I’ve worked in newspaper publishing pretty much all my life and, it’s not because the guy is chasing a Pulitzer, it’s because he makes people go crazy with his outrageous bull. The end result is dozens of angry posts in the comment section, rabid emails flowing in and the phone ringing off the hook with people calling him a d-bag. So even by posting this, I’ve played into his trap. I didn’t even read the column and I wont. There’s nothing he can do to make me dislike him more than I already do. Let me guess, his “column” goes something like this: Blah blah blah Bob Gainey blah blah Price sucks blah blah it’s all luck… am I close? 

  3. Lafrich says:

    Jack Todd actually wrote an article that makes sense.

  4. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Best thing Jack Todd ever did was take a sabbatical to write his novel.


    (Please note I have not read Jack Todd’s novel.)

  5. TripleX says:

    Again.  Please indicate the parts of his column that are inaccurate, inflammatory or mentions Price?

    I take it only columnists that share your particular viewpoint are worthy of inclusion on HIO.  Do you happen to work for Fox News?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  6. Storm Man says:

    Saku played his heart out, Im with you 110 percent on that fact. But skill is what means the most on the ice, It’s sad to say but Saku does not bring to the table what Gomez does and let’s not forget the fact if Gomez was not with the team Cammy and Gio would not be here. We would be here talking about who to draft as we would not be this far in the playoffs or even had made it.

  7. B says:

    I am not going to play a game of “what if” with you. I simply posted actual stats of what I think showed a strong finish to counter your claim he can not play well at the end of the season anymore.

    BTW: In their last 5 games, Kovalev had 2 points and was a -5 while Tanguay had 2 points and was even. That does not seem like a very hot end to me.

  8. habsgod says:

    and 1 has 2 stanley cups and the other doesn’t i rest my case

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Todd waits until there’s something to complain about, so he slinks out like some of the posters around here and goes ‘ha ha ha, the team is down” sneaks in a good bit of “I was right” usually and then if the mood strikes him, tops it off with a crack at Carey Price, a kid he worshipped when Price first arrived.

    Tired of the Gazette publishing him just so the malcontents have a column they can agree with, even if he’s a two-faced jackass.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. Exit716 says:

    I think the link to Red Fisher’s story is messed up.


    This is what comes up….

    U.S. panel says Zhu Zhu hamster toys are safe

  11. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    I will enjoy the game tonight and I hope you do too!!! Saku had more heart, grit and determination that Gomez will ever provide. What Saku overcame was more than any other player had to experience in their lifetime. Habs should resigned Saku in the off season and let Plekanec walk IMO. Saku should retire in a Habs jersey even its playing 4th line minutes. Saku deserves that much from this organization and gives 110% when he steps onto the ice.

  12. TripleX says:

    I read the column, I seriously question whether any of you have.  What exactly in the column is out of line?  That the Habs were beyond dismal in game four?  That this series has none of the excitement of the last two series?  That the Habs should be congratulated for this unexpected run?  That none of the games were in doubt past the middle of the second periods?

    I read a well written and honest article.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    I remember his having a hard time keeping up in the playoffs and a lot of hard times he struggled through in earlier parts of the season. He, Kovalev and Tanguay all went hot at once at the end, just like Gomez/Gionta/Pouliot went hot for a good while earlier this year.

    I don’t think Koivu would be standing tall on his 106th game of the year right now (add in the Olympics). Koivu always tried, but he didn’t have as much to try with anymore, I wish it was a different story but it isn’t.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. shootdapuck says:

    What does that say about the paper or the people who supply the platform for this hack?

    Only show in town maybe.


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  15. ths says:

    Agreed the other big problem with Gomez is for that kind of money you need a leader Gomez is not hes happy go lucky fun guy not a guy who will inspire the team eaither on the ice or in the showers to dig deep and play for their lives


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  16. B says:

    Did you notice how tired, broken down and worn out old man Koivu finished out this season? 11 points in his last 5 games and a +6. Young stud Gomez had 3 points in his last 5 games and was a -2.

  17. Storm Man says:

    How far did Saku take the Habs in the playoffs? Saku was a good player but does not have the same skill set as Gomez. I hope you enjoy the game tonight.

  18. Say Ash says:

    But it doesn’t quite tell enough words, eh? Since you had to explain it. Meh…

    Sorry, I get cranky on elimination days. GET THAT FIRST GOAL!

  19. Habsforlife 1959 says:

     R U for real??? IMO, EX Captain Saku Koivu would have been the difference maker in these playoffs over Gomez by a country mile. Saku scored a lot of big goals for the Habs when this team was in the playoffs under his regime. Saku for PRESIDENT!!! That’s the difference between them. One could score goals and the other….U know how this story goes……The rest is history and the past.

  20. B says:

    We can’t compare playoff numbers since the Ducks did not make it, but we can compare this regular season’s numbers:

    Gomez: 78 games 12G 47A 59pts +1 .76ppg 50.8FO%
    19:56TOI/G 60PIM 30Hits 180shots 6.7shooting%

    Koivu: 71 games 19G 33A 52pts +14 .73ppg 51.5FO%
    18:34TOI/G 36PIM 59Hits 124shots 15.3shooting%

    “Miles better”? “Especially defensively”? The numbers don’t seem to back your claim. Koivu led his team in +/- while Gomez did not even make his team’s top 10. As for the playoffs, Gomez’s ppg are down and he has the 2nd worse +/- on the team. This is all without even considering his compensation.

    Gomez is a good player, not a superstar, but a good player. Kind of like Koivu.

  21. G-Man says:

    He’s a columnist, which is not a journalist at all. He writes opinion pieces. He stirs the pot, laughing all the way to the bank because he is being read by many who cannot stand his work. Every week, a few here post about how awful he is, yet they still read him or discuss him. The enemy is the beholder and not what is in the eye of same.

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Clay, five years ago I would’ve agreed with you completely, five years ago. Koivu is 35 now and let’s face it, the last half-decade was hardly any kinder on his body than any other part of his NHL career. He’s worn down and spending his entire career in Montreal, many seasons trying to prop up inferior teams and teammates took a serious toll on him. You could see it at the end of last year, how taxing the final few games of the year were on him, his spirit was willing as always, but the body couldn’t keep up with what he wanted to do.

    I will always salute Koivu, but I also acknowledge that perhaps five years ago Koivu would have fit into this team, but he physically doesn’t have it in in him anymore to take Top 6 roles on the team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Danno says:

    A picture tells a thousand words.

    Both literally and figuratively, Jacques Martin is left holding the bag…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  24. Clay4bc says:

    Gomez is not miles better – in fact, he is not even better, period. And if you include bang for the buck, Gomez is not even half the player Koivu is. And put Koivu on a team with character like this, and he would have shined.

    Look G-man…I don’t hate Gomez. As a player he is OK. What I hate is his salary, and the way it prevents us (for a long time!) from improving this team. So if you want to get childish with your “Pfffttt” crap, go ahead. Of course I would take the money. But I wouldn’t be stupid enough to trade for someone who makes that money – in a cap era no less –  unless he was a 40-50 goal scorer on a consistent basis. Gomez brings little to the table to justify that salary.

    And in this playoffs Gomez has 1 goal (ONE!!!) and only 12 points in 18 games, and has a -6 +/- rating. Not impressive at all. A 7.3 million dollar player has to produce far more than that. Koivu always did better than that in the playoffs, without fail.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Rangers won the cup this year? who got the best out of this deal my friend.????

  26. Danno says:

    Lol! We should have the Habs wear tin-foil tuques under their helmets. Maybe they won’t be waved off the faceoffs as much that way.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  27. G-Man says:

    Habs are in the semis. HAbs would NOT have gotten there with Koivu as a #1 or #2 center. Gomez is miles better, especially defensively. We don’t pay his salary, so why the hell is everyone so worked up about it. I’m sure if your boss offer ed you that kind of money, you would display the integrity that would say no. Right. Pfffttt!


  28. Dintrox says:

    yes — its a conspiracy! I changed it after the reffing in game 4 vs. the pens. boone wrote something about tin foil tuques.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  29. shootdapuck says:

    Makes you wonder what possible motivation the Gazette has for publishing Todd’s drivel week in and week out?

    Kevin Mio, Stu Cowan please tell us why or just confirm that there is some long term financial commitment which binds the paper to publish this over the hill hack and his constant whingeing?




    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  30. Clay4bc says:

    Can’t there be any middle ground? Like ditching those 3, and not trade for the grossly overpaid (especially in the cap era) Gomez? Does not having Gomez on the team mean we had to keep those 3 players?

    Showing respect to Koivu would have been nice too. I am happy with most of this team, and feel great about the character shown in this playoff run. But Gomez was a stupid trade to make.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  31. Danno says:

    Is your avatar a black cat with a tin-foil hat?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  32. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Captain Koivu was the heart & soul for many years. Definitely could have used his heart tonight. Win or lose it sure was exciting playoffs this year.

  33. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Yeah, he should have kept Tanguay, Komisarek and Kovalev instead.

  34. Dintrox says:

    The Habs will re-write history. They will be the first team that played 3 rounds of 7 games to make the cup final. It seems many have written them off already. Lots of armchair GMs and couch coaches are ready to slice and dice the team, the coaching staff, and the current GM and his special adviser. Heck they’ve started already.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  35. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Thank a million!!! Appreciate the info!!!

  36. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    The Habs played thru another injury filled season and woulda,coulda,shoulda had more points with a healthy lineup. Look at the bright side, they are still in the playoffs. The Bulldogs as well and that says a lot what the future brings to this team. Bob the builder….Yes we can……OLE…OLE….OLE…OLE…Go Habs Go!!!!

  37. Dintrox says:

    There is a list of eligible players– the clear day roster — Subban Maxwell and Pyatt are on it.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  38. harrow15 says:

    That is why each series is played best of 7. In terms of our series with Philly, the Flyers have proved to be the better team to this point in time. But in regards to our series with the Caps and Pens, both those teams had a lead in the series and failed to execute a 4th win, and thats not the Habs fault.

    -Pacquiao vs Mayweather will rock the world.

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    The best teams are determined in the position they finished the race my friend. The story will only be known when the cup is presented.

    We all have our idea’s of who might be best, but is only how they finish to make it fact.!

  40. slamtherimtim says:

    they dont want him there either

  41. Dintrox says:

    Jack Todd should stick to writing his novel and leave the sports writing alone. He rarely writes anything positive. Rips Gainey in one column and now rips the team. Go back to Nebraska Todd.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  42. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    IF the Habs loses tonight? Who is allowed to be sent down on the farm and how many?

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s obviously never examined the salary cap chart of the New York Rangers.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Nice post Dave. Especially for a fellow who knows what it is like to be down and under. You are spot on, only teams that show up in the play offs can you give full measure. We are in tough for sure.

    On the bright side, we are one of the best 3 teams in the 30 team league. Not to shabby I say.!

  45. coachdoug says:

    Good post…the cliche about “anything can happen in the playoffs” is as true as it gets…”Anything” has happened…Except for the Hawks all the predicted contenders are gone…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  46. harrow15 says:

    Point to be made clear: Washington finished 1st seed in the East and were heavy favourites for the cup. Montreal won in 7. Pittsburgh are the defending champs with a great team. Montreal won in 7. However, you cannot keep saying Habs beat ‘better’ teams in a sense of downgrading the 7th seeded Flyers. The Caps and Pens can have the best regular season ever but the only games that count are the ones played in the playoffs, and right now the Hawks and the Flyers are the best teams, and the Flyers in particular have been far better than the Caps and Pens.

    The Habs do have the right qualities (speed, skill, courage, overcome adversity) to win game 5, and if they do, win game 6 with momentum and support of the home fans, and hopefully, game 7. But the best teams are the ones who play the best in the playoffs, and against the seemingly flawless Flyers, chances seem slim than ever for the Habs.

    Still a fan no matter what the outcome of this post-season.

    -Pacquiao vs Mayweather will rock the world.

  47. Danno says:

    In these playoffs, we have beaten better teams a total of six times in do or die situations. We will do it again to the amazement of the cynics and experts.

    Habs in seven.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  48. MontrealAtheist says:

    I like your optimism and hope you’re right, but one cannot reasonably expect the Habs to win one elimination game after another until we have the Cup … Right now, it looks like beating the Caps and Pens only paved the way for an easy march into the Stanley Cup finals for Philly. (And we all know that the Flyers would have struggled much more against either the Caps or Pens.)

  49. G-Man says:

    This has been an absolutely amazing playoff run. The more so because it was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise. Team Character has exceeded beyond even the most diehard of fan’s expectations. I, for 1, have loved every gruelling heart-stopping moment and will definitely enjoy it tonight no matter the outcome.

    For all the armchair GMs and coaches out there (and there are millions of you): instead of bitching and moaning at every mistake, how about enjoying the game?

    Enough with the “rebound control” discussions and about how JM is behind the bench. Enough with the “the Habs are too small, not tough enough” bull crap. This team that Bob Gainey fashioned after getting a close up view of how losers play is deserving of respect, not the “They’re crap if they don’t win the Cup” diatribe I expect to read on this site if things don’t go well tonight.

    Tonight, let’s be fans and be hopeful. After all, this is a game 5 semi-final, not a wake.

  50. MontrealAtheist says:

    Nobody will blame the players if we don’t win the Cup … In that case we would all blame Bob Gainey for assembling this team since there is only so much that we can do with the resources at hand.

  51. Habs4ever Fan says:

    “I gotta a feelin, that tonight’s gonna be a good night, that tonights gonna be a good good night”

    Hopefully, Kirk takes over once again!



    HABS IN 7 in spite of Jacques Martin

  52. G-Man says:

    JM IS the head coach. Muller is an assistant. The team is following JM’s plan, not Muller’s.

  53. Ian Cobb says:

    Good Morning Mike.

    Just got back from a wonderful 4 days in St. Lambert.

    After the article you wrote about some of my endeavors a couple years ago, I was contacted by the Chambly County High School Alumni and was invited to attend their all year reunion, even though I had never attended a high school. It was an amazing and a very emotional three days, meeting and hugging hundreds that had passed me by from kindergarten to grade six, and knew not where I had disappeared to.

    I just wanted to thank you personally, and all the Habs Inside Out Family on here for all help and patience with me as I continue to grow with this site. Being part of this HIO community and learning how to read and write has been the most liberating experience of my life. Thank you friends!


  54. Clay4bc says:

    That’s a nice story Ian – thanks for sharing it.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  55. Danno says:

    You are an inspiration Ian. God love you.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  56. coachdoug says:

    That’s awesome Ian…great that you took your time to do that.

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  57. JF says:

    Yours is an inspiring story, Ian, and your contribution to HIO is huge.  I’ve learned a lot from you, and I appreciate your optimism and balanced assessment of our players.

  58. ths says:

    Wow. St Lambert. My old stomping grounds. That’s where I saw the 5 stanley cups as a little boy.

    All the best to you Ian what a great story I’ll have to find it. 

    Now I am on the other side of the world still watching the habs.


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  59. coachdoug says:

    Check the first link guys…wrong story…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team loves to fight with a knife at their back, we’ll see how they do tonight in their latest do-or-die game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  61. Danno says:

    This isn’t about being reasonable. If that were the case the Habs would have simply conceded to the Caps. Play like they did in game three of this series and they can take them.

    Habs in seven.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  62. coachdoug says:

    I, like all of you, have no idea what will happen tonight…I hope most of all we compete and some gas is in the tank…no more shutouts please!

    The playoffs have been very revealing and so hasn’t the regular season…with a few trades PG could have a serious Cup Contender/Regular season “solid” team on his hand next year…

    As far as coaching is concerned I would say it’s hard to knock JM for getting us this far down the road.  While I wince when I hear terms like, “managing the puck” (A euphemism for boring hockey…you manage a fast food restauraunt), he has done well with what he was given this year.  The “System” has made a splash in the post season!

    We have some UFA’s leaving and we will have some Cap space (albeit very little) to make some moves.  I’ll save my “armchair” GM moves for after the parade…

    Regardless of what happens tonight this forum continues to be awesome…especially for all of us geograpgically displaced Habs fans…Let’s try and keep it positive tonight and maybe some of that energy will channel to the Habs…if we win tonight everything will change…still a steep climb, but momentum is a strange thing

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  63. terrygain says:

    As far as coaching is concerned I would say it’s hard to knock JM for getting us this far down the road

    No it’s not. In fact if you love the Habs and want them to win it’s mandatory to knock a coach who tries to win with 3 lines and plays Bergeron on defence rather than limiting him to the PP. I did not see the 1st period of Game 4 however I understand Bergeron took a penalty and the team stopped competing after that. It’s as if the players  believe they can’t compete with that kind of coaching. As hard as it may be for some here to understand, when the whole team doesn’t compete  – as happened in the 2nd and 3rd period of Game 4 – it’s not the fault of the Kostitisyns, but the man behind the bench. 

  64. terrygain says:

    Does anyone know why Pyatt did not play in the 3rd period? 

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    Upper body injury!

  66. Ian Cobb says:

    This is by far the most fun team that we have had in Montreal for many years boys and girls. Tonight they will come out and play their best for each other and entertain us like the professionals that they are. They have as good a chance to win tonight as against the other two teams that we sent to the golf coarse.

    As long as we play at high tempo for 60 minutes and stick to the game plan, well then we are going to be alright.

    Two things are for sure, they will not make it easy on themselves, as they never do, and they will keep us on the edge of our seats until the final whistle. I would not have it any other way. What a ride they are providing for fans of hockey around the globe this year.

    And the best thing is next year we will be an even better team, mark my words and enjoy the game tonight.

  67. Danno says:

    Ian, one of the intangible benefits of this beautiful post-season run is that it will attract top-notch players to the Habs. They see that the Habs are an organization that is unlike any other franchise in the league and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  68. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Sounds good to me!




    HABS in 7 in spite of JM

  69. coachdoug says:

    I do agree that I think JM plays MAB way more than I would…No way to see all that goes on in the locker room and at practices…he must have his reasons

    As far as competing is concerned…the coach prepares, plans and motivates…players have to execute…Habs did not execute…sloppy passes coming into neutral ice…not agressive enough once they went down a goal…mistakes with the puck…

    Their are player “leaders” and there job is to do what the coach cannot do…”lead” on the ice

    This team is not loaded with the top NHL players…BG assembled an average team in my opinion…But the players have played with heart and courage and JM has figured out how to beat superior opponents…talent isn’t everything…

    I wasn’t thrilled when JM was picked as coach…I wanted Laviolette having seen his product first hand…but you have to give credit where it’s due…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    Terry, I also have been critical of Martin’s style of coaching in the past. But I must say that he and his coaching staff has brought out, the very best from this so called train wrecked club this year. I do prefer 4 lines firing, but will not be critical of him in the future.

  71. terrygain says:

    When  a team with the character and talent to defeat Washington and Pittsburgh does not even show up in 3 of 4 games against Philly they are either exhausted or unmotivated. In either case there is only one person responsible for the situation. It seems to me that after Bergeron’s penalty they collectively decided they can’t win with a coach  stupid enough to  play 47 on a regular shift on D. 

  72. G-Man says:

    Yeah, JM is so awful the Habs are in the semis. Pffffttt!

  73. Bill says:

    I think you’re giving credit to the wrong person, but you’re a nice guy, we all know that.

    The Habs got this far on Halak’s goaltending, Gill’s penalty-killing, and Cammalleri’s goal-scoring. Martin has nothing to do with that. When Halak is ordinary, or when Gill is not 100%, or when Cammalleri is shut down … the Habs lose. Martin is – at best – a non-factor.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  74. Ian Cobb says:

    Good point Dan, but my long term philosophy is grow by having the best scouting staff in the league first and foremost. And yes the odd free agent that fits.

  75. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, the lustre of the CH after this post-season run should attract more quality players, undrafted FAs, UFAs, guys who might waive their no-trade clause, players, especially those in their prime want to go with a team that offers them the best possible chance at the Cup.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    With the dump trucks of money the post-season and Subban t-shirts are pulling in for the Club, I think an investment in the scouting department is the least the team could do this summer.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  77. Clay4bc says:

    Ah…if only we had the cap space to sign these potential players. The Gomez contract kind of ties the hands a tad…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  78. kempie says:

    That contract is ugly, but it’s worth a call to Sutter in Cal, if you wanna unload him. The guy took Toskala, He unloaded Dion for used Leaf parts. He’s the new Milbury.

  79. G-Man says:

    Unexpected success, yet BG gets blamed. Change handle to something a little more appropos, like Montreal Cynic Critic.

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