Jaro is back … for a visit

Jaroslav Halak will be at the Fairview shopping centre in suburban Pointe Claire this Saturday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Jaro will be autographing 8×10 photos (in his Blues jersey?) for $20, with all proceeds to the Ste. Justine children’s hospital.

Speaking of signatures, do you suppose Carey Price will have signed by the time Jaro is greeted by his adoring fans?

And any suggestion that agent Allan “Let’s See What I Can Tweet to F— With Price’s Head” Walsh arranged this show to embarrass the Canadiens is purely paranoid speculation.

Sam Gagner re-ups for two years with the Oilers, and Lee Stempniak stays in Phoenix.

From Allan Muir’s mailbag in SI:

Sergei Kostitsyn in Nashville: bargain of the offseason or disaster in the making?
— Helen Stakitch, Tenn

Look, when the adjective most commonly associated with a player is “enigmatic,” it’s probably best to put your head between your knees and prepare for a rough landing. No one denies that Kostitsyn has the talent to be a productive second-line forward in the NHL. He has the skill set to chip in 20 goals and 60 points if he puts his mind to it. But what evidence is there that he will?

Some will point to his no-risk contract (one year, $550,000). If he was in it for the fat stacks, he could have piled up a lot more rubles in the KHL, so maybe he’s serious about getting his head right. And I’ve learned never to underestimate what Barry Trotz can accomplish. If there are five coaches capable of getting Kostitsyn to focus, Trotz is one of ’em.

Hey, I like the signing. A team that needed an offensive injection at a bargain price took a chance and slapped a sweater on a player who fits the bill. But the best predictor of future behavior is past action…and we’ve all seen plenty of Kostitsyn’s selfish, mercurial play. If I had to bet, I’d put money on him wearing a different jersey after the end of this deal.


  1. Bill J says:

    WTF are you talking about ?

    The more I see you post the more I read your name as being

    nonocanadien… (IE idiotcanadien in English)


  2. nunacanadien says:

    That’s enough from the neo-nazi Price fans.  Trying to re-write history by sadly posting stats which have little bearing on the real truth, that being Price lost games he should have won, and Halak won games he knew he had to.  Last year’s playoffs all but showed that Halak’s game is better now than Price’s.

  3. nunacanadien says:

    I guess we all have short memories.  Wasn’t it Roy who posted a Stanley Cup win in spite of having a very lacklustre defense and a lacklustre offense on the whole.  Like the current Habs, we had small defense compared to the other guys.  But hey, if Halak wins more than Price, of course Martin played Halak.  I am sorry for all you Price fans that Price sucked so badly he played very little last year.

  4. nunacanadien says:

    Are ya talking about Price here?  It seems as if you are.

  5. nunacanadien says:

    This whole Halak thing started the year Price went 4 up and 4 down, remember?  Halak filled in for most of the year that year, earning many wins, and then Gainey had to play Price and Montreal’s position tumbled under Price and we ended up in 8th spot thanks to Price losing record, which Halak’s agent quite rightly was right on the stats, Price had a whole bunch of losses in a row, a slump.  All Halak’s agent did was defend his player, as the world was wondering why Montreal after posting a decent season ending record under Halak, would not play Halak during the playoff series against the Bruins.  Instead Gainey chose to play Price who was probably still a bit stiff from being hurt and not back into shape yet.  On top of this was the dismal Allstar game, which did not help Price at all.  So really, Price is a victim of coaching, but also a victim of not stopping shots.

  6. Bill J says:


    Yeah because supporting a Sports team is the EXACT same thing as the NAZIS…

    How many accounts do you have Tony ?


  7. gloveside says:

    Let me tell you about another group of guys that demanded complete and blind loyalty such as you espouse. They were called NAZIS. Demanding an unthinking, uncontesting rabble, willing to plunk their money down….NO WAIT that’s the Scientologists.

    Either way, blind alligence isn’t real fandom, it’s Leaf Nation.

  8. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    dude, shut the f*ck up.

  9. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Another funny note, all I posted was; Halak who?

  10. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Thanks, who knew 2 words could bring out this much posters together. Oh wait, we’re Habs fans! Of course they’re still people who respect what Halak was and is still as a player and to what he’d done with our Habs but I tend to move on and support our team this coming season. I’m getting back on to Price’s bandwagon, if you want to think about it before you hop on, might as well just bash Leaf fans while you’re at it. No one’s bashing Halak. I’ll cheer for Price to succeed and if he doesn’t this season, I’ll wait next season, and the season after that, as long as he’s a Hab, not just him, every Hab player because one thing we learned against the Philly series is the whole team needs to produce, not just on our goaltender. We got beaten by Leighton if you wanna look at it “Single handedly”.



    And Halak who?

  11. Bill J says:

    “Next one” comparisons will never stop, they’ve been around for over 30 years & that’s just from my own personal experience of watching Hockey.

    There has already been 2-3 Gretzky “next ones”

    several Orr “next ones” including one who wears the CH these days.

    Howe’s … 😉

    MANY, MANY Dryden &/or Roy next ones…


    Do I agree with the Price next ones ? Yes & No, however more in the sense I believe he will be the next “great goalie” in a long line of superstar goalies to wear the CH.

    Only Price and his teammates can “write their history” and determine who Price will be…

    At 23, IMO, it is FAR too early to throw in the towel on him.  Borderline insanity to dump on him…

  12. Storm Man says:

    How about you tell me what a real fan is Tony.





    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  13. adam76 says:

    no – but how many players ae doing rodeo, how about motorcross?  bullfighting?

  14. observer says:

    so if a fan was disparaging the entire leafs team constantly but suddenly the gm gauthier of the habs who they had deemed competant decides that leafs team is better than the team habs fans adored they’d just change their opinion in a new york minute? which means either they were completely wrong with their thinking or gauthier was wrong, but since it doesnt matter how bad the moves gauthier or gainey makes simplistic fans simply praise and worship these old men of yesterday and now praise the ex-leafs team who hadnt won in 43 years. no that is not a real fan of any team.

  15. saskhabfan says:

    Gee,no BABES on that list, not surprised. It explains alot.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    Absolutely. I just get frustrated when people anoint him the next Roy or Dryden when he hasn’t earned it.

    Does he have talent to be great? IMO yes, certainly.

    Has he been horribly handled by coaches and management who should have known better? IMO yes.

    And now he has all the pressure in the world on him when it was so unnecessary.

    Does he have his head on straight? That is the unanswerable question.

    I hope he comes out of the gate on fire. I’ll donate a Price jersey to charity if he’s in the top 5 goalies in the league at Christmas. I’m serious.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  17. saskhabfan says:

    Do you think the rest of the players in the league do nothing then train and sleep? Clueless much?


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  18. saskhabfan says:

    How do you know what his training regime is. Like a fat loser like yourself would even know what a training regime looks like. Halak apparently enjoys racing cars. Is that traditional off season training?


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  19. saskhabfan says:

    You would know. Along with the rest of your dutch rudder club.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  20. saskhabfan says:

    How can a goalie win a game all by himself? Being by himself would mean not having players in front of him. So what you are saying is if the caps had ovy,semin,backstrom,green and schultz on the ice and only halak was on the ice for the habs montreal will still win? Since thats what winning by yourself actually means. Wow,the “halak before the habs”lovers are a real dumb bunch.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  21. saskhabfan says:

    Halak will already be down because as soon as someone big comes withing 3 feet of him he gets rattled and falls.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  22. New says:

    Halak is a little goalie who played a little bit with the Habs before his agent got into a bashing contest with his team mates, throwing a wrench into a team that was weathering an injury storm pretty well until that point. The Habs then showcased the guy and got a fairly decent return of a couple players who may play in the NHL.  Halak had a big following of enthusiastic family members who will hopefully follow him to his new team, the St Louis Blues who are roughly 14.6 million under the cap through astute management. He will be dividing the duties with Ty Conklin who has virtually identical stats but will be paid a third and will be a UFA next year, while they wait on Jake Allen (see WJC 2010). Should be in the KHL 2012/13.

    Surprised no one remembered him. Odd. Pale little man, played a lot like Hackett,  kept his hair short. No? Oh well. How soon they forget.

  23. Storm Man says:


    I have a feeling you need to lay off the coffee. I cheer for the team that would be all 20 players that wear the jersey. I wish the Molson bros would do what the yankees do. No names on the back of the jerseys AS NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE TEAM. Your hate for Price is something to behold.





    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  24. volcano62 says:

    HAHAHAHA…….I had to get that out. SOOOOOOOOOOO what you’re trying to say is that Price would have eliminated those teams? Wake up and smell the coffee.



    Go Habs Go!

  25. Storm Man says:





    When you are signing something and charging 20 dollers per photo, licensing laws do come into play. One poster on here said the photos he is going to be signing are with him in a Blues jersey so that clears up the matter. 






    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  26. LA Loyalist says:

    I like the idea of everyone scoring the posts. We could have a referee icon or something and tot them up. Whatcha think?


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  27. LA Loyalist says:

    this is another reason why all the turmoil and change on the team in the past couple years isn’t great, even if it was necessary (another argument I won’t bring up here).

    in the old days (ha!) one of the veterans would have had a word with a kid (or a rookie would know who to go to.

    I’m sure Koivu, Muller, Carbo, Gainey… back into the mist have handled things like that many times, quietly no muss, no fuss. 

    Who is price close to on the team that he respects? I mean he just turned 23. He doesn’t know a lot of the subtleties and it’s not fair to expect him to.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  28. Storm Man says:


    I would take sometime and look at what you type before you post. In your words ” A goalie can win A game if he gives up fewer goals than the other goalie” As for grade one math you must have missed all your math classes as you need players to put the puck in the net for your team to win game last time I looked you don’t win game’s 0-0. Thank you for playing BTW I played Div 1 football. I will leave the softball up to you to enjoy.





     PS. One game is not a series.

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  29. LA Loyalist says:

    Because it’s for charity it probably doesn’t matter.

    I was at an event with some NHL guys this summer and the guys (from a number of teams) were signing (for free, granted) pretty much anything from backpacks to scraps of paper (for kids)

    One NHL guy who was just changing teams over the summer had a dog’s breakfast of bits and pieces from different teams on, it was actually funny.

    I’ve always wondered what happens logistically when guys heavily involved in community charities change teams. I know the box at the bell center was taken over by another player (or more) when a player left (forgive me for not remembering the names) so maybe the guys just work it out themselves.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    It’s only Monday and all you can bring is insults?

    Actually in hockey a goalie can win a game by himself if he gives up fewer goals than the other goalie.

    Sure it helps if his guys backcheck and his defence helps out. But often goalies save their team’s butts when his out guys completely futz out.

    I won’t insult you by suggesting you refer back to grade 1 math, but just for the record 1-0 equals win

    thank you for playing (girl’s softball, probably) sorry but I’m sick of that dumb argument being used to slam Halak or any other goalie, for that matter.


  31. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Singlehandedly? Was he between the pipes of those games?





    I still don’t know why some people say Halak singlehandedly defeated those 2 teams, how could he without teamwork? If he singlehandedly did, doesn’t he not belong a in teamwork enviroment? And Halak who?

  32. Storm Man says:

    Tony yes I would. I cheer for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club.










    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  33. ZepFan2 says:

    Don’t forget all those goals he scored. Awesome!

    Remember when he was selected as all 3 stars every night!?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  34. Storm Man says:

    I guess you never played at a high level in sports. If you did you know it takes a team to win games.











    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  35. volcano62 says:



    Go Habs Go!

  36. volcano62 says:

    it actually makes him sound worse than a tool….




    Go Habs Go!

  37. volcano62 says:



    Go Habs Go!

  38. volcano62 says:

    The same Halak that single handedly defeated the #1 team in the east and the defending stanley cup champions. THAT GUY!



    Go Habs Go!

  39. LA Loyalist says:

    I’m a capable enough horseman (I’ve owned a fairly expensive horse) to know that they are ALL mercurial and moody and even experienced guys have to be careful.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  40. Tag says:

    “do you know for a fact Price is not doing a traditional training regime? To quote you in a post below, the burden of proof is on you”.


    We’re not talking about a court of law, but the court of public opinion. The “burden of proof” is on the guy who wants to improve his bad image. 

  41. Tag says:

    Maybe…until he loses one, then he’s back to square one.

    Without addressing how he’s perceived by the public, he’d need to be top 5 in terms of regular season stats and lead the Habs to a cup appearance to completely reverse his image, in my opinion, which is highly unrealistic.

    Better to just do some charity work and make public his training regimen… 🙂

  42. habstrinifan says:

    Good explanation of his PR problem.


  43. habstrinifan says:

    He’s signing blue’s jerseys.

  44. nunacanadien says:

    The Montreal media for manufacturing a star out of a loser like Carey Price.

  45. Tag says:

    I agree Habstrinifan…I’ve been feeling bad for Carey Price myself. 

    Price is in dire need of some good PR advice/guidance. For the record, I support Price and hope he does really well. That being said, the public’s perception of him (whether this is accurate or not is irrelevant – it’s how he is perceived) is generally pretty bad and not just for the  “tinfoil hat, evil monkey in the bedroom closet” crowd …

    The result of this “bad image” is tons of extra pressure placed on a kid who already is carrying tons of pressure.

    So if he doesn’t start the season 5-0 (or whatever you think will reverse this bad image), he’ll be the scapegoat that much quicker.

    If I’m Price’s agent, I make sure Price’s signing is announced by the end of this week. I’m also calling in a favor with a journalist I trust and putting out a “Carey’s Off Season Training Regimen” piece. The only image the public has of Price this summer is one of him on a horse. Bad PR…..

  46. nunacanadien says:

    Carey will be good?  He’s had 3 years to do that already.  He’s like S Kosty in a different package.  Only diff is Carey doesn’t tell Bob to f*ck himself for playing Carey when Carey knows he’s not ready (remember the playoffs version 1, slightly more embarrasing than playoffs version 2 where you had Halak to save Price.  This compared to S. Kosty who told Bob to f*ck off for not using him enough.  I bet if S Kosty did that to the fans, he’d be gone just like that.

    There are many teams stuck with a salary cap but you don’t see them throwing the good goalie away in return for no goalies (Dan Ellis and Ramo)….

  47. Storm Man says:

    Guess your drunk again.







    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  48. adam76 says:




  49. adam76 says:

    No – what he does in the off season is not his business if it effects the team.  The average NHL goalie plays for 6 years, during that time – your first and only goal is to your team – all 365 days a year.  Want to ride a horse, do it after you retire at the age of 31.


    Agree 100% on the visor.

  50. Bugs says:


    A 5-0 start will overcome it.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not really, what he does in the off-season is his business and he’s obviously a capable enough horseman to handle himself.

    Much more annoyed when I see some of these players play the whole season without wearing a simple piece of safety equipment called a visor that could save their eyesight from sticks and pucks.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. Mark C says:

    “Instead of doing a traditional training regime,” do you know for a fact Price is not doing a traditional training regime? To quote you in a post below, the burden of proof is on you.

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    +1 for the Battlestar Galactica reference, -10 for being a self-righteous know it all who pretends he knows what Price has been doing every moment of the offseason. You have no idea what his training regimen has been anymore than what Hala’s has been.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

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