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.

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