Kings, Rangers score 3-1 Game 1 victories

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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stones Blues’ Alexander Steen during Game 1 action in St. Louis Saturday night.
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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick continued his stingy playoff ways Saturday night, making 28 saves in his team’s 3-1 Game 1 Western Conference semifinal opening victory in St. Louis vs. the Blues.

• In New York, the Rangers scored two third-period goals 90 seconds apart to down the Washington Capitals 3-1 in their Eastern semi opener.

On Sunday: Game 1 of New Jersey vs. the Flyers in Philadelphia, and Game 2 of the Nashville-Phoenix series.

173 Comments

  1. rhino514 says:

    I challenge anyone to whow the stats that prove Kris Kreider is a better prospect than Louis Leblanc.
    If it comes down to being about the same, of course you should go with the hometown boy. He will play his heart out for the team, and that is an intangible you cannot measure, but definitely important.

  2. H.Upmann says:

    With the summer ahead of him since clearing his stall, I hope LL is placed on some serious lifting regimen. Makes me wonder about Benny Chickenlegs when he was a Hab, did they even get him to workout?

  3. youngwun says:

    Cant wait for this philly devils ge to start. Should be interesting .Will have to see the vintage brodeur in nets with all the shots hes gonna get.

  4. The Jackal says:

    This one is another myth they talk about.

    The Big Bad Bruins (or Flyers, or whoever, but usually Bruins)That team, man, they’re intimidating. Other teams are scared of them. They win games because smaller players are afraid of their crushing hits and eager fists.

    Why you shouldn’t buy it: Okay, yeah, sure, Milan Lucic is a scary dude, and Angry Chara is the stuff of nightmares, but NHL players don’t get to be NHL players if they’re easily scared into shitty play by big, thwacky guys. In fact, smaller players have to work twice as hard as big ones to make the Show- scouts don’t get all hockey-tumescent over 5’8” the way they do over 6’4”- and a lot of that work is being able to take hits or evade hits without sacrificing effectiveness. Intimidation is undoubtedly one part of the hockey tactics toolbox, but it’s not the secret to winning, and there are lots of aggressive teams and aggressive players who’ve bigged and thwacked their way to the bottom of the standings. Saying that the big, bad team won because they’re big and bad is such a cliché that when I hear it I have serious doubts whether the speaker even watched the game.

    How it could be better: You think that game was won on force of intimidation? Show your work. This isn’t 1964 anymore, we’re not seeing games on blurry black and white screens once and never again. There is a whole internet out there full of high-definition game footage. Intimidation isn’t invisible- if the losing team was holding back or giving up on plays, there should be video evidence. After all, you saw it, didn’t you? So show the world what you’re talking about. Prove it.

  5. The Jackal says:

    Found this on The Score, maybe Grapes and co. should read it.
    The Enigmatic Russian What’s with that guy, anyway? He shows flashes of brilliance but then disappears for games at a time. If only he tried harder he’d be great, right? If only the coach could figure out how to motivate him? If only he wasn’t such a cypher, why, our second line would be a first line!

    Why you shouldn’t buy it: News flash: people from different cultures who speak different languages can be difficult to understand. Unlike Swedes and Finns, Russian players tend to struggle more with learning English and expressing themselves in Canadian hockey idioms and cliches. Consequently, especially early in their careers, they sound funny, and understandably, some of them would rather keep quiet than sound funny on TV. Canadian players who are streaky or struggling know how to talk to the cameras in a way that the viewers at home can sympathize with, and hence no matter what they do, we don’t find them mysterious. That Russian on your team who shows flashes of inconsistent talent ? He’s not ‘uncoachable’. It’s not that he ‘doesn’t want to score’. He’s just not that good. Live with it.

    How it could be better: Given how long there have been Russian players in the NHL, North Americans still know basically nothing about post-Soviet Russian hockey culture. We don’t know how Russians talk about hockey in Russian, the things they value, the cultural cliches through which they express their notions of leadership and work ethic. We know exactly how a ‘Good Canadian Boy’ is supposed to act, but we’ve got pretty much no idea how a ‘Good Russian Boy’ would behave, so we judge them according to our cultural standards and, naturally, find them lacking. The cliché of the enigmatic Russian doesn’t say anything about Russians, it says that North Americans still don’t know enough about the rest of the hockey world. Time to get on that.

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Allegorically speaking, just so that the devils (Bruins and others) dont forget who’s the eternal champ and lays out the best whoop-ass… I give you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0XUTD7QYcs&feature=related

    2012-2013 shall be our year again! Doesn’t “johnny” kinda look like Carey Price.

  7. Bripro says:

    He enters the empty hall.
    “Hello?”……
    Nothing. Empty site.
    “You can tell the Habs are out. So depressing.
    September can’t arrive soon enough!”
    With that, he shuts down and goes back to his gardening.

  8. CF says:

    Tough thinking that McDonaugh and Krieder could be/should be habs. Bob felt the pressure and was forced to take Leblanc, I saw Krieder play and knew he should have been the guy. I posted this before the draft, but knew Bob was going to pick LL based on his language. Just too big, too strong, too fast to pass up, and we did, and took Leblanc. LL has lots of heart, but the kid is just too slight and is not a great skater. However, he may fill out, but he’ll never reach Krieder’s size and stature. Too bad, just another example how picking based on Language can really hurt an organization.
    Lets hope the same mistake is not made with the GM and coach.

    Man, can’t imagine how good we could be with McD and Krieder next year. We gave it up for one run to the Conference finals, it was great, but these two guys are going to be good for 15 years.

    • Mark C says:

      Why are you blaming BG for selecting Leblanc over Krieder, when it is a known fact that Timmins (who makes the decision) ranked Leblanc higher than Krieder? Why is it fait accompli that Krieder will be a better NHLer than Leblanc? After all were talking about 20 years that have played ever little in the NHL. Leblanc is not a great skater, you’ve got to be kidding, right?

      • commandant says:

        Louis Leblanc’s skating stride is unorthodox, but the kid gets where he needs to be and gets there quick enough.

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        • Mark C says:

          I think it’s fair to call it unorthodox, but it undeniably works for him. While he doesn’t boast Krieder’s top-level speed. It looks to me that Leblanc has plus speed, agility, and quick acceleration.

          • commandant says:

            Absolutely… it might not be pretty, but it still works.

            This is hockey not figure skating… leblanc isn’t going to be the fastest kid on the ice, but he’s above average and his skating is good enough to get him where he needs to be.

            The biggest thing Leblanc has is great hockey sense. And thats gonna make him a very effective player once he bulks up a bit.

            People forget that Leblanc couldn’t bulk up at all last summer due to the shoulder surgery.

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    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah, there are so many examples of picking based on language hurting the Habs. You have AK and SK, picked because they spoke Belarusian, when we could have taken some good Canadian kids. What about Carey Price, we picked him for his ability to speak English but instead we missed out on Kopitar and his amazing Slovenian language skills.

    • Lizardking89 says:

      I agree with the philosophy that the team should NEVER draft or hire personnel based on language. If they continue to do so we’ll never win another cup. Aren’t you jumping the gun though? Krieder has only played a handful of games and LL hasn’t really developed enough to judge yet. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Ryan White; I love the kids heart and attitude,but since his “sports injury”in training camp which kept him out for most of the season,he just didn’t look the same.Hope he gets back his old self this year.

  10. frontenac1 says:

    Adamkennelly,Agreed !Staubitz is a Keeper!

  11. punkster says:

    J.J. in Turku…I wonder if you have tickets to any games and can we expect a report?

    Haven’t heard from J.J. in a while though. Hope everything is OK over there.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  12. habsfan0 says:

    If Habs hire McGuire as GM, then perhaps Hab fans can take a page out of student’s handbook and start protesting in the streets.

  13. HabFab says:

    Latest PK injury update;

    PK Subban. Lower body. He says minor. Maybe not an injury at all. Talked to media. Sutter said doc told him PK OK.

    IMO-Probably just has the runs, aka the global trots! :)

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    A quick post before first baseball (beerdrinking excuse #23) practise. I am guessing St. Louis gets a huge lift in the coming days with the hopeful return of Matt D’agostini.

    CHeers everyone, Happy Sunday no matter the religion or just enjoying a nice weekend day.

  15. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    Ryan Getzlaf’s value has probably taken a hit due to his performance this past season.

    Trading for him would be A LOT easeir now

    just sayin

    • RGM says:

      He’s in the last year of his contract and will be a UFA at the end of the season. So unless a team does the old trade & sign there’s very little value in picking him up unless it’s trade deadline time.

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  16. ZepFan2 says:

    Seems the injury bug is following us (Habs) to Switzerland. sigh

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  17. Pricey Habs says:

    Whenever we talk about the draft, it seems as though most are in agreement that we need to satisfy our center needs. With Grigorenko’s poor playoff performance, and simply not being completely sold on Galchenyuk and Forsberg, I see our draft pick being open to trade.
    One of the few trades I’d agree to/propose is J. Staal for our first rounder (maybe a few other throw-ins on each side). He’s 6’4, 220 lbs, 23 years old, has improved every year, and has been playing in the shadows of Crosby and Malkin for a few years. Pittsburgh is also going to be encountering salary problems in the near future, opening up the doors to trade one of their centers away.
    Too many centers in MTL… as much as i love the guy, plekanec becomes subject to trade (maybe get a D.P for mid-late first round).
    Have a good one guys.

    • commandant says:

      Jordan Staal is a nice 2nd line centre, but he’s done little to prove he can handle being a first liner. He had the chance last year with both Malkin and Forsberg out and scored 30 pts in 42 games. Not an upgrade offensively on what we have IMO.

      If he was named Jordan Smith instead of Staal, there wouldn’t be near as many people saying “he can become a first liner”

      Also Staal is a UFA in 2013 so you are taking a risk he won’t re-sign and be one and done with us. Even if he does re-sign, he is going to get a big raise, and be far more expensive than the #3 pick which will be on an ELC for 3 years and then RFA contracts for 4`

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      • Pricey Habs says:

        Agree with the raise coming his way next year, which can be risky, although I don’t see his contract going over 5.5 mil (potentially 6). He’s no offensive star, although he can score goals (25 in 62 games this season) and is great defensively. Give him Gionta on the wing and I think they can do some damage.
        Going back to salary… It’ll take some good work to move our salary stars* out and about, but if done properly, we can afford Stall, Price, Subban, Pacioretty & Desharnais (future contracts), and so on…

        • commandant says:

          I have no doubt he can score…. as a 60-65 pt guy.

          I’m just hoping for more than that with the 3rd overall pick. The true gamebreaker we need.

          I’d trade for Staal, but not with the 3rd overall pick.

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          • Pricey Habs says:

            I see your point. With a third overall pick we should be acquiring an offensive powerhouse. I just thought Jordan Stall to prevent me from going off into Habs Dreamland where the likes of Datsyuk, and Malkin are skating about.

  18. commandant says:

    We’ve got an American Dman today. Brady Skjei
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/04/28/nhl-draft-prospect-profile-24-brady-skjei/

    I knew the draft was deep on defence when we ranked it, but writing all these you realize just how deep it is on this position.

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    • HabFab says:

      Ben, are you guys going to do any ranking or write ups past the 1st round?

      • commandant says:

        We’re hoping to keep going, yes. I plan to keep up the pace which is near one article per day.

        However I don’t think we’ll get pas the first few guys in the third round. I have to assemble notes with Scotty and John and I’m not sure w have more than 70 or so guys.

        At some point there will be a special article instead of profile… ie I’m thinking a Mem Cup Preview, a Mock Draft, or a few other ideas as one off changes of pace.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      From Lakeville, Minnesota! Done deal!
      commandant, you may know this, who is the best defenceman to come from Minnesota aside from Ryan McDonagh?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  19. HabFab says:

    John Lu via tweeter;
    Canada’s Subban suffered a lower body injury. He says not serious, will be reevaluated tomorrow. Also says it’s a new injury.
    Sutter: Subban’s injury not serious but if necessary he’d sit out next couple of days pending MD’s report.

    • Clay says:

      He should sit out the tourney – can’t risk him being injured!
      With that said – holy sh!@ is Erik Karlsson ever miles ahead of PK. I’ve never really gotten a chance to see him play until these playoffs, but he was very impressive. I hope PK turns out to be half that good. I think he will though :)

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      • Habsolutely says:

        I like Karlsson, he’s great offensively, but he doesn’t bring any physical side to his game whatsoever. Subban has a physical side to his game that Karlsson just doesn’t have. Subban’s mean and nasty in front of the net and along the boards, and Karlsson, well, not so much.

        • Clay says:

          I agree…I mean pure skill. But I like PK a lot – and his game. Well, not so much the diving, but I think he’ll mature out of that.

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          • Habsolutely says:

            Ya, pure skill Karlsson is outta this world. Kinda Lidstrommesque.

          • L Elle says:

            So what Habs player, still wearing the jersey, do you actually like Clay? ;)

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Shoutout to Shanghai. Really like how gentlemen like you Clay add thoughtful input from a very exotic vantage point. How’s the weather?

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • Lafleurguy says:

            If Clay answers Ms. Elle with “Jaroslav Halak,” be kind and don’t bring him up to date.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • L Elle says:

            haha, nevermind Halak, I know that already.

            But Price is a “fake” cowboy and PK is a diver?

        • neumann103 says:

          +1

          I am absolutely not one of these “every defender has to be 6’4″ with a mean streak” advocates and I appreciate a “small” but talented guy with outstanding skills like Karlsson but in the key elements of keeping the puck out of your own net while playing the hard minutes I would take PK.

          Karlsson is a very good young player who no doubt will have many great seasons ahead. He may even start off with a Norris trophy this year, but he is not the Swiss Army Knife of a Shea Weber or Larry Robinson. Subban could become that guy.

          “Et le but!”

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks. Kinda want him to sit out tourney and kinda want to see him play on the world stage with other partners (adds maturity).

      Cant live in fear. So hope it’s minor as he says and he goes on to have a great tourney.

  20. Lafleurguy says:

    Chris Kreider is 6’3″, 225lbs, 21 y/o. He was chosen one pick after Louis Leblanc. Just sharing facts, no message.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Clay says:

      He’s been a real impact player so far. Great draft by the Rangers.

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      • Old Bald Bird says:

        It’s hard to compare apples and oranges. In his interview he said how he was clearly told what was expected of him, and then he was given a position in which to succeed. Habs screw around with guys by playing them paltry minutes, usually on lower lines. Habs would never play a young guy the way the Rangers are playing this guy. In fact, they would sit a guy like LL after scoring his first goal. In dunno, maybe LL was supposed to be backchecking at the time. Who can fathom the mysterious ways of the Habs?

    • HabFab says:

      Yes, but can he speak French?

    • Habsolutely says:

      Wow. Facts and no message, that’s a rarity for this place.

    • Brinkley says:

      Yes…..thought the same thing last night while watching the game.

      Trevor Timmins is (by far) not the worst scout in the NHL – nor is he the best scout in the NHL.

      Reality: Regardless of the order of selection, the best teams in the NHL have consistently drafted better than the Habs (and many other teams).

      Passing on Kreider (a big & skilled center) is only 1 example of a plethora of talent that Timmins has missed on.

      I know, I know……people will quickly point out that Timmins has selected more players that made it to the NHL than any other scout.

      If the HABS want to compete for a Cup, they have to draft QUALITY players (not just in 2007) – and NOT mostly 3rd & 4th line talent and 5th & 6th defense men!

      FLAME AWAY!

      • commandant says:

        He’s played 3 NHL games, I’m glad we’re calling him an impact player.

        Louis is 20 years old and has played half a season. And we’re calling him not a quality player and 3rd and 4th line talent?

        Can I have your crystal ball? I need the lottery numbers.

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        • Lafleurguy says:

          Have good impressions of Louis, but love the success stories of the “Hidden Gem” phenomenon. David Desharnais is our best example of this “Seabiscuit-type” success story with P.K. Subban placing a distant second.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

      • HabFab says:

        Timmins and the Habs would be crucified if they had passed on Leblanc…it is the cross all Hab fans must bare!!

        Like that play with words Clay?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Nice to read objective critique without the snarliness. I have zero animosity towards TT and even JM and PG. Our draft record has been middling at best and all the elite players in a young age group like 21 to 25 were drafted by SOMEBODY, and I feel like a bewildered Leafs fan wondering who are our experts. The Leafs by the way chose Nazim Kadri 12 picks ahead of Kreider. Good thing too, ’cause Kreider is American and Cherry would have had more fuel to add to that teeny weeny fire. Howdy Doody shoutout to Edmonton.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • commandant says:

          Our issue isn’t drafting, its been what the GMs have done with those guys after being drafted.

          Price, Subban, Patches are cornerstones and elite players in the 21 to 25 age group.

          We should also have another stud in Ryan McDonagh to add to that group.

          We also drafted top 6 talent in Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Kostitsyn, Guillaime Latendresse, Mikhail Grabovski, and have traded these guys away for nothing.

          We have another top 4 defenceman in Emelin, and traded a starting caliber goalie in Halak.

          Plus a ton of 3rd liners and bottom pairing dmen as alluded too.

          The number of prospects that Timmins has churned out, with only 1 top 5 pick, and a ton of second rounders traded away is really impressive.

          What Gainey and Gauthier did with them is not.

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      • Mark C says:

        Not going to flame away, but a bit surprised that an expert like you thinks Kreider is a centre.

      • Brinkley says:

        CLAY referred to Kreider as an impact player “SO FAR”.

        But your point is well taken.

        My point is not only passing on a player with more size & (MAYBE) more skill than Leblanc (at a position of need for the past decade or so)- but all the other drafts (beginning in 2003 – the best draft year since ’79) where Timmins has missed time after time on quality talent!

        go habs!

        • Mark C says:

          Kreider is NOT a centre. Why do you think he is?

        • commandant says:

          Every team in the NHL misses time and time again on quality talent… thats why the draft is a crap shoot.

          You can’t look at the talent that was missed to evaluate a scout, you need to look at the talent that was found and compare it to his peers. When you do that, you’ll find timmins has an outstanding record.

          You can make any scouting department look bad if you judge by hindsight.

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          • HabFab says:

            Fischer is Trevor’s only major screw up, there have been later round picks that I have questioned but by then it is little more then a roll of the dice anyhow.

  21. HabFab says:

    Stubbs with a couple of funnies on tweeter;
    - Just found the perfect T-shirt for #Habs Randy Cunneyworth yfrog.com/ny21vokj
    - Received this by email yesterday. #Canucks new logo: yfrog.com/nw1zqluj

  22. L Elle says:

    Good morning Brothers, fellow disciples. It is Sunday, worship day.

    Go Brother Price Go!

  23. HabFab says:

    John Lu tweets;
    Canada’s Subban blew up Sbisa 3.5 mins into game. Left a few mins later after suffering an undisclosed injury. Update after the game.

  24. rhino514 says:

    O.K since everybody here likes Staubitz, then ya gotta give the credit to PG for that one.

    • Strummer says:

      Give PG crediit for an insignificant acquisition.

      Staubitz ain’t THAT tough and he offers no offensive capability.

      He’s a dime a dozen player. He’s no Chris Neil in other words.

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      • adamkennelly says:

        dime a dozen eh? I’ll make this easy on you then – name 6 more players like him. it amazes me that some fans don’t realize each team needs players with varying levels of talent and skills….Staubby brings more to this team than Darche, Noki, Blunden, Weber, Diaz and frankly White…

        • rhino514 says:

          Re Staubitz, why does everyone here keep being enamoured with obtaining Guys over 220 lbs, no matter their skill levels?…OK, he has one skill; apparently, he can actually skate decently.
          I could understand it before we had Patches, Cole, Bourque (though i dont like him), and White, but the team is no longer a small team.
          And now they are clamouring for more meatheads to “complement” Staubitz? When will it stop?
          I still would rather have Cammy over Bourque 7 days a week and twice on sunday, though the former is a smurf and the latter is a hulk. Keep making the team bigger that way and next year we will draft even lower.

          P.S the team that made it to the conference finals two years ago was much smaller than the current version. I defy anyone to PROVE that you need size to win.

  25. HabFab says:

    Canada about to start an exhibition game with Switzerland. Does anyone have a link?

  26. JohnBellyful says:

    Supplicant: Highly Intelligent One, thank you for granting me this audience. My pleasure knows no bounds.
    HIO: Here’s a bound for you. You’ve got five minutes.
    Supplicant: Then I shall speak quickly. Who will be the new GM and new coach of the Canadiens.
    HIO: How the $@&%$*# should I know? I’m not a fortune teller. If I were, do you think you’d be seeing me for free?
    Supplicant: My humblest of apologies. Who will – I mean, should – the Canadiens pick in the draft?
    HIO: How the $@&%$*# should I know? Do you think I waste my precious time listening to insiders on TV and radio, poring over the latest prospect ratings posted on the Internet, reading through hundreds of tweets from self-styled pundits? There’s grass to be cut – yeah, I cut grass! – dishes to be washed, carpets to be vacuumed, meals to be made. The list goes on. You try living with a Highly Bossy One. You hardly have time for yourself. And hurry up, because she’ll be home soon.
    Supplicant: It was in ignorance that I spoke. Your forgiveness I beseech. I will stick to the present. What should the Canadiens do with Gomez?
    HIO: How the $@&%$*# should I know? If I did, do you think I’d still be here, wearing this goofy outfit? I’d be at the press conference beside Geoff Molson when he announces I’m the new general manager.
    Supplicant: [Pause] What’s two plus two? A feeble attempt at humour, Highly Intelligent One. It was a long trek here and I’m tired. One last question, if I may be permitted, and I will rid you of my presence? [HIO nods] Who is better, Price or Halak?
    HIO: How the $@&
    Supplicant: ‘%$*# should you know?’ This is great, just freaking great! I travel hundreds of miles, on train and on foot, through thunder, lightning and rain, to get answers I coulda got back home from a neighbour who’s never watched a game of hockey in his life. You call yourself Highly Intelligent One? Intelligent? How about Insufferable. Gimme a break!
    HIO: Your scorn betrays a lack of wisdom it’s taken me years to acquire. I AM the Highly Intelligent One, I am NOT the Know-It-All One. The only thing I know for certain are the limits of my knowledge. I am a seeker of a truth, not a purveyor of falsehoods and idle speculation. I will not speak about things before their time – general managers, coaches, draft picks. Price versus Halak? Let history judge when all the facts are in. That day will come.
    Your time is up now, Little One. Who’s next?
    Supplicant: How the $@&%$*# should I know?

    • HabFab says:

      Okay buddy before the Highly Bossy One gets home, go into the medicine cabinet and take your daily pills. In fact to be safe, take two of those little white ones. We hear your pain and are here for you!

      “aside whisper” does anyone know the number of Johnnies doctor or the nearest funny farm?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Brilliant, just brilliant. I think I can hear the hamsters spinning the wheel inside their cage in your head all the way here in Burlington. You must be tired now John, have a rest. I’ll do your carpets later, just save up some energy for tomorrow.

    • Cal says:

      Alas, JB doth speaketh the trutheth. How the $@&%$*# should I know? It ringseth trueth.

      HIO- heroically incompetent ones?

    • habstrinifan says:

      I see what you did there John. Very sneaky but I caught on.
      You might say I read between the lines.

      “The list goes on. You try living with a Highly Bossy One.”

      I know the way you sages deliver your wisdom. Always in riddles.
      But I caught on…. from the list MIKE BOSSY will be the new GM.

      Very clever.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Most perceptive, Poster habstrinfan. You’ve learned to read between the lines. You will go far in life. (Avoid Schenectady whenever possible.)

  27. HabFab says:

    Hab Prospects march to the Memorial Cup update;

    Holland 6+13 in 14GP – team eliminated in 4, Holland 3+4 in losses
    Tinordi 2+5 in 14GP (+11) – team advances to league final 4-0
    Beaulieu 3+9 in 13GP (+19) – team advances to league final 4-1

    Bournival 1+6 and Ellis 4+7 in 11GP were eliminated in the Q Championship play but as host team have a bye into the Memorial Cup

    • habstrinifan says:

      Tinordi is playing better and better and with more confidence. I saw only a bit but I have a friend who follows him and says . Tinordi is learning more and each day and becoming a go to player on his team.

      In fact he says his ‘growth spurt’, mentally, in the playoffs have been incredible. Friend is also known to go overboard though.

  28. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    So has Allan Walsh started the Twitter lobby to get his boy a chance to play again? Wonder how Hitchcock would handle that kind of shenanigan?

    **Full Disclosure** I’m in the camp that thinks the Habs botched the development of two very good goaltenders, but kept the right one.

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    Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    Couple Toronto guys who used to own the Argo’s just became minor owners/creditors of the Florida Panthers.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/former-argos-owners-jump-on-panthers-bandwagon/article2416660/

  30. HabFab says:

    For all the armchair GM’s, a list of potential UFA’s;
    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/scott_cullen/?id=394308

  31. HabFab says:

    Darren Dreger ” give credit to the four-man hiring committee in Montreal for doing an excellent job of keeping this process low key and hidden from public scrutiny. It’s my understanding progress in the search for a GM is being made and a final decision and subsequent announcement may be only days away.”

    Has anyone else heard of a 4 man hiring committee and if so who beside Molson and Savard?

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Kings are a very solid team, they could reak havoc on the must finish top 5 in the NHL in order to have a chance to win Cup.

    Think I am pulling for this team, despite the presence of Richards and Carter. Have to wonder if being traded has given these two young guys some Humble Pie and if perhaps was the best thing for them.

    • JF says:

      Agree about the Kings. They play a very good team game, supporting each other well all over the ice. If Quick can sustain his superb level of play, they could pull off the upset. I thought the Blues looked great for the first ten minutes, less so after that. A Final between L.A. and Philly would be interesting.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      This team struggled during the first half of the season and I really didn’t see them play all that much. But I’m with you, Gerald. This team could be the team out of the West. Carter and Richards aside.

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