Bourque a healthy scratch for Habs vs. Leafs on Hockey Day in Canada

Saturday is Hockey Day in Canada and what better way to celebrate than a game between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The Canadiens held an optional skate Saturday morning in Toronto with 16 players taking part, including Lars Eller, who missed Friday’s practice because of the flu.

“I will play tonight with Pleky and Gio,” Eller told reporters after practice about his linemates Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, who celebrates his 35th birthday Saturday.

“It doesn’t matter whether I play centre or on the wing, I just try my best to help Plekanec and Gionta,” added Eller, who will play left wing against the Leafs. “I’ve played with Plekanec in the past, not in long stretches, but it’s not something totally foreign to me. As a winger, there’s more forechecking involved. You get to use your size along the boards to set up your centreman and get pucks to the net.”

Coach Michel Therrien confirmed after practice that forward Joonas Nattinen, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, will be in the lineup and that Rene Bourque will be a healthy scratch. In 36 games this season, Bourque has six goals and one assist and is minus-4. The 32-year-old is in the fourth year of a six-year, $20-million contract that runs through the 2015-16 season.

Defencemen Raphael Diaz (flu) and Douglas Murray (lower-body injury) both won’t play against the Leafs. Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from Hamilton on Friday, and Francis Bouillon will fill those spots.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens and Jonathan Bernier will start for the Leafs.

CBC will have a triple-header for Hockey Day in Canada, starting with the New York Rangers at Ottawa at 2 p.m., followed by Habs vs. Leafs, and wrapping up with Calgary at Vancouver at 10 p.m.

(Gazette photo)

Habs vs. Leafs preview, NHL.com

Game day report, Canadiens.com

Morning skate interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Hockey Day in Canada comes to Lloydminster, NHL.com

Beaulieu, Nattinen will be in Habs lineup Saturday, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Price catches Hainsworth on Habs win list, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs need to get moving on the power play, by Pat Hickey

Drewiske has become the forgotten Hab, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Some familiar faces making millions in KHL, by Pat Hickey

Toronto filled with sporting mediocrity, Toronto Star

Phaneuf cap flap misses mark, Subban says, Toronto Star

Kadri determined to stay with Leafs, Toronto Sun

Price on a roll since Olympic announcement, Toronto Sun

Sens fans upset with Subban’s celebration, by Pat Hickey

Criticism of Subban’s scoring celebration indicts his critics, not him, The Hockey News

Desharnais sticks it to mayor of Montreal, The Hockey News

Sharks’ Vlasic goes from Pointe-Claire novice hockey to Team Canada, by The Gazette’s Stu Cowan

The Hockey Sweater: an enduring simplicity, Globe & Mail

210 Comments

  1. 25 while im alive says:

    Happy to see Anderson get lit today

  2. StevieM61 says:

    Andi Petrillo should have her own spot on HNIC and bump Don Cherry off..
    waaaaayyyyy better looking.
    And more hockey savvy

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  3. duffy says:

    Anyone think PK may be enjoying this?

  4. StevieM61 says:

    And Sens fans keep saying how much better Karlsson is than PK?
    They must be right because Karlsson got an assist…….
    on a Rangers goal … what a dick

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  5. StevieM61 says:

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    CBC did a nice story on the Subban boys and how all the boys were billeted by the same family. I will give Props to the CBC for that story.

    • Adidess says:

      I saw it, very nice story. They do quite a few things well.

      Let’s face it, some bias will trickle in from being located in TO and seeing that team up close and being so depended on it doing well to drump up interests coast-to-coast. We are also not neutral, being Habs fans, paranoiac and all.

  7. CJ says:

    Not sure if there are many golfers, or more specifically, golf fans within the HIO community, but Patrick Reed is having himself quite the tournament. Looks like he is lapping the field at the Humanna challenge, 26 under par! As the commercials say, these guys are good.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I believe this is the same tournament in which David Duval had his 59 at one of the courses.

      I am guilty of being addicted to Golf, in fact my addiction to golf could be worse than my Habs and HI/O addiction. Granted I find it easier to drive a golf cart with a beer in my hand than typing on a keyboard with a beer so that could be what pushes it over the edge.

      • CJ says:

        Haha, I’m there to. I play almost every day in the summer. My in laws have a house in Phoenix (Mesa), so we play in the winter when we can get away for a few weeks. As you have noted, it does trump my obsession for hockey.

  8. duffy says:

    What the F is this Pinwheel Gally keeps talking about ?

  9. duffy says:

    3-1 GO RANGERS , Gally lost for words.!

  10. Adidess says:

    3-1 Rangers. Looks nice on Anderson.

  11. jols101 says:

    Karlsson the give away machine strikes again.

  12. govenah says:

    Hockey day in Canada prayer…
    Lord, for tonight, send me, right away, a hundred million moths that would eat Don Cherry’s jacket, Bob Cole’s vocal chords and the CBC panel’s Toronto Maple Leafs bias.

    Consistent Hockey Wins.

  13. habitunts1 says:

    Yak for Diaz and a 2nd rounder in 2014

    #10

  14. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Nice article on Drewiske, “the forgotten Hab”. Seems like a good kid. Has to be as useful as Diaz, doesn’t he?
    Please lay a smack down on the Leafs tonight, boys! Go Habs!!!

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  15. Timo says:

    2-1… let’s go Rangers

  16. jols101 says:

    The best thing for Eller might be to become a winger. It is the only way he will ever play in the top 6 and get adequate PP time.

    Even if the Habs trade a center he is still #3. If the Habs do the right thing and dump DD then it is Galchenyuk/Pleks/Eller.

    If the Habs screw the pooch and trade Pleks(would be a big mistake) it would still be Galchenyuk/DD/Eller.

    As a center Eller is a 3rd liner in Montreal as a winger, the sky is the limit. Patches would be the only better winger on the team.

    • Timo says:

      Frankly, lately Eller hasn’t been setting the world on fire. In fact, he hasn’t scored in what feels like a decade. Sure, you can make an argument that he isn’t playing with the best players, but that’s what would distinguish a top tier player from a perennial third liner.. If Eller is as good as people say he is, he should find a way to make his linemates better and not vv. Look at my man, DD… without him Pacioretty doesn’t have 5 goals this season. Eller should have a few one on one walks with DD to learn being awesome.

    • Phil C says:

      I agree with that in theory, but he has never looked good on the wing. He also seems like more of a playmaker which is more suited to the centre of the ice. Although if he made a liar of me tonight, I’d be good with that.

      What’s wrong with third line centre? He seems perfect for that role as he can play a two way game, kill penalties, kick in some secondary scoring,and move up into the top six when injuries strike.

      I know what you are saying though, four guys for three spots, so someone has to change positions or be traded eventually.

      • jols101 says:

        I was talking on a personal level for Eller. To help him achieve his goals of becoming a top 6 guy with higher point totals and a much fatter paycheck.
        He is a great 3rd line center. If he is happy with that by all means have at it. 3rd line center is an important position. (just not as important as a top 6.)

    • CJ says:

      I hope he goes off for another 3 goal, one assist night. I have a feeling he is ready to explode.

  17. 24 Cups says:

    So does Budaj get the games against Detroit and Winnipeg as Montreal marches on to the Olympic break? Is that enough time off for Price, seeing that he would basically play every other night from Jan 14th to Feb 8th?

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm?season=20132014&gameType=2

  18. D Man says:

    Certainly enough has been written about THE CELEBRATION but on the goal it was a real nice play by Gionta on the boards to create the turnover and Subban”s scoring chance.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  19. Psycho29 says:

    Martin St.Louis has 4 goals today (so far)…

    4-2 Tampa over San Jose

    • 24 Cups says:

      Tyler Johnson, 5’9″, never drafted, signed on a second NHL go round, 14 goals and 15 assists after 48 games this year. Who would have thunk it.

      Is Tampa Bay for real? And if so, what will they do in the playoffs with Stamkos fully recovered and Bishop in net?

    • duffy says:

      And Yzerman picks a guy with a broken leg that probably isn’t completely healed yet over him.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Stamkos is the 2nd best player in the country.

        If he can’t play, a substitute can be named up to two hours before the first game. Team Canada can’t lose no matter what happens.

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s one for Timo.

    Johnny Depp, 50, is now engaged to Amber Heard, who is 27. Not only is she 23 years younger but she is also bisexual after having spent four years with Taysa van Ree. Some guys have all the luck.

  21. 24 Cups says:

    Is there anything more tedious, predictable and boring than the daily TSN “Trade Deadline” bullcrap?

    No real new, credible information plus every cliché known to the world of hockey.

    Darren Dreger has to be the worst in this regard.

    • jols101 says:

      I agree it is ridiculous but one thing TSN does well is that they are a hype machine. They sell the hype. They turned Trade Deadline Day and Free Agent Frenzy Day into events because they hype them up all the time. I have friends that call in sick to work on Trade Deadline Day so they can stay home on the couch and watch TSN for 12 hours.

  22. 416erHabsFan says:

    It’s going to be good to see a kid who is hungry,going to hustle and hopefully make an impression in place of the invisible man Bourque.

  23. habsfan0 says:

    How long has it been since the Habs absolutely shellacked the Laffs in Toronto?

    I believe they’re overdue for such a game.

    • CJ says:

      6-1 in the second game of the centennial season if I recall correctly

    • Adidess says:

      I’d like to win with no stress tonight, but we all know that won’t happen. Rivalry games like these have so much emotion, the team that falls behind often finds the collective jump/resolve to come back into the game.

      What I really don’t want is one of those goals allowed on the first shifts of the game. Of course it’s nice when it’s the Habs on the scoring sheet early, but I’m fine with no scoring until the half-way mark of the first at least.

  24. rljmartin says:

    I am optimistic for the Leaf game. Habs played some of their best and most exiting hockey this year with call-ups BEFORE everyone was healthy.

  25. jols101 says:

    Martin St.Louis gets a natural hat trick in the 1st period against San Jose of all teams.

  26. habs001 says:

    Martin St. Louis 3 goals first period vs San Jose

  27. habsfan0 says:

    It’s still early,but it doesn’t appear likely that the Islanders will make this year’s playoffs.

    So,what will it take to make John Tavares a Hab?

    • jols101 says:

      PK and Galchenyuk and the Isles might still say no.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        jols!!
        You’re going to have to help me man.
        I know what I’m SUPPOSED to be thinking, but I can’t!!!
        Should I drink gin? The out-depresses all other drink.
        Or watch Steel Magnolias or Old Yeller?
        Watch video of the St Louis game?
        Help.
        Me!

        • jols101 says:

          Ha ! Remember I felt great against New Jersey and we lost. I had a bad feeling against the Sens and we won. Mike there is something to this madness. So, I have a terrible feeling about tonight and you should too…

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            believe me, trying to…

            not happening

            (If Beaulieu doesn’t try too hard — a common phenomenon — I reckon he’ll be viewing this as his chance to keep Diaz or Bouillon or Murray on the hot-dog diet. He might explode.

            Poor old Bournival — not likely to shine on THAT line…)

          • jols101 says:

            I really hope Beaulieu has a strong game. We have to add him, Pateryn and Tinordi to the mix eventually. Hopefully the transition starts tonight.

        • frontenac1 says:

          Only drink the wife”s Gin if you’ve run out of the good stuff amigo. And by the way, depression is merely Anger without Enthusiasm. Saludos!
          Habs 4 Laffs 2

      • habsfan0 says:

        I’m thinking: Diaz,Bourque,Desharnais and a 2nd round selection might convince the Isles to part ways with Tavares.

        After all,Mike Milbury is still their GM,is he not?

    • It would take Mike Milbury’s return. And two Alexei Yashins. : )

      Seriously though, a player of that calibre, and that age, with just a 5.5M cap hit through 2018 — you don’t trade away that kind of player, for just about anything.


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  28. mksness says:

    so which version of the habs show up tonight? i’m thinking that this game favors the leafs due to the call ups; even though the leafs are missing a few players. Based on our lovely coach if one of the new kids makes a mistake they’ll be benched meaning more double shifting, meaning more fatigue and probably a bad 2nd 3rd period. who knows but i hope they can get back to playing some better positional hockey

  29. Luke says:

    Good news. Tim Peel is reffing in Ottawa right now and probably won’t have enough time to make it to the ACC to screw the Canadiens tonight.

  30. Adidess says:

    Late posting into the previous thread, so repost here if the commentariat doesn`t mind.

    —————–
    Hey boys and girls, feeling stoked about tonight. Can’t wait!

    I missed joining into the very articulate exchange on the PK ‘incident’ this morning between Dunboyne, Storman, Mavid and many others. Great stuff!

    One thing, I’d like to add. The next time you ask a Sens fan why they boo PK so passionately, you’ll hear it is because of the kind of things he did Thursday. Of course, this never happened before with Ottawa, but that is exactly how bias works. The subject of the bias (the ‘victim’ if you want to call it that) eventually has a strong reaction to the treatment he’s received and that reaction automatically becomes the justification for the bias that predates it and which never had any real basis in the first place. Oh on it goes.

    Years from now, few people will remember Ottawa fans started this for fun and the cumulation of small incidents in each game between the two teams and the collective nit-picking will transform PK into villain/enemy # 1 for Sens fans and other wanna-be boo birds around the league. It’s sports, so no big deal really. But I fear for PK that by the end of his career, he’ll have had little control over his image/reputation as a controversial type. How can he be responsible for the fact that everything involving him is magnified? Even those fans who are fair in their judgement towards him will eventually give in to the hysteria, saying well he didn’t shy away from it all. Not sure what the shying-away options are, to be honest. PK is still 24, I don’t know how he manages to handle all this, smile, play hockey and be one of the best at it.

    • habsfan0 says:

      The ONLY rink that PK isn’t booed in is the Bell Centre.
      Fans booing players is a sign of respect.

      Unless you happen to be Scott Gomez.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Excellent late-to-the-game post (as usual).

      Pardon my weak recall, but wasn’t there a post last week about some other booing, in another city, and the comment was, the fans are too young to know what they’re booing for? Was it Philly?

      But you’re bang on. And it IS sports. Depending how things go in Sochi, PK may up end up winning some friends playing for Canada. Sometimes all it takes for a boo-er is to see THEIR favourite player high-fiving (triple fiving?!) or hugging PK, an endoresement that wins them over.

      Then again, some sports fans just really like being George Orwell’s sheep….

    • New says:

      What did Vinny ever do to get booed in Montreal? Long before he declined to come over he won the scoring title and a Cup. The boos began to rain down on him. Why? Because he was good and the Habs were not.

      Years ago, when Montreal was winning mostly, the fans were touted as knowledgeable and appreciative of a good play. That changed. when losing mostly became the rule of the day the knowledgeable and appreciative fans began making life miserable for their own and cascading boos down on anyone with talent.

      In the summer they take a break and demand to know why great players resign or sign with other teams. Why? Because they are comfortable with the other teams and uncomfortable in Montreal.

  31. habs001 says:

    If you had to select 6 forwards to be on your team for the next 2 years from the Habs and Leafs top 6 scoring forwards this year ..which six would you select?….Plecks,MaxPac,Gion,DD,Galchenyuk,Gallagher…..Kessel,Van Riemsdyk,Raymond,Kadri,Lupul,Bozak…tougher question..rather have Habs 6 or Leafs 6?

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Leafs without hesitation.

    • likehoy says:

      minus Gionta, the habs are better..

      Patches > JVR
      Pleks > Bozak
      Galchenyuk > Lupul
      Gallagher > Raymond
      Kadri > DD
      Kessel > Gionta

      if we stack them up like that..

      but if you mix and match, I’d take Kessel and JVR from the laffs and drop DD and Gionta

    • jols101 says:

      My top six would be – Max/Chucky/Kessel – JVR/Pleks/Lupul

      So basically 3 Habs and 3 Leafs. Overall I think the Leafs top 6 have more talent than ours. I know, it hurts me to type it but I think it is true.

      • CJ says:

        That’s balanced and fair. The Leafs, as much as it pains me to say it, have some great players.

        JVR for Schenn? Are you kidding me! What a steal. Right up there with Turris for Runblad. Where would the Leafs and Sens be without these deals?

  32. showey47 says:

    Eller should of been left at center where he belongs. Take our best faceoff guy an move him to the wing,pure brilliance MT. Eller plays his best hockey at center,his line was the best line we had till MT took Gallagher off of it to help out DD. Briere should be back on the wing with pleky and gionta. Their line was producing at a better rate then the DD line was. But instead MT moves briere to center where his lack of size and speed only hurts the team. More brilliance by MT. Ironically since MT used to take briere off the wing to put moen to protect leads. Now MT puts briere in a position who is supposed to be the most defensively responsible player on the line by making him a center. Bournival (6 goals) should also be back in the top 9 and moen(1 goal) should never leave the 4th line. There is no doubt this team has issues but most of them are behind the bench.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I agree with you 100%.
      However,if Therrien is axed,who’s the most likely candidate to succeed him? Boucher?
      I wish the Habs would have selected Patrick Roy as head coach,but there was NO WAY MB was going to let a polarizing figure such as Roy upstage a first year GM.

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Here’s an idea: have Larry take faceoffs AND play the wing. Rules allow it.

      • showey47 says:

        That’s what I would do if he needs to but from what I saw last game pleky was still taking that draws. No matter how you cut it Eller is more effective as a center then winger. The pleky line was the most effective this year when they had briere on it, why change it? Even funnier the 2nd best left winger pleky had was bournival but for some reason MT dumped him to the 4th line.

    • likehoy says:

      I see all your care about is goal scoring, and have no concern of line Chemistry for their duty.

      The lines you’re picking are the lines I pick when I’m playing NHL14 cause all I care about is scoring goals cause I can control my players’ defensive awareness.

      • showey47 says:

        Their line was a +7 over their time together. The best of any line put together this year. Done yet?

        • showey47 says:

          Since it won’t let me edit I have to do it this way,it was actually a +4 which is still better then any line combo this year.

        • likehoy says:

          lol but how many minutes did DB play in the third period with the line?

          I’m not done, Therrien isn’t a coach that relies only on offensive lines.. he prefers the balance and so far it’s worked. We’re sitting 4th in the conference with a team full of spare parts.

    • Phil C says:

      I really don’t think Thierren has a good feel for offensive hockey. The only good thing he has done has been to keep DD and Patches together. Pleks and Gio have zero chemistry together offensively, but they play good defense together so they are never split up. Eller and Gallagher had obvious chemistry together at the beginning of the season, yet never get another look. Briere finally gets a shot at centre, but then is not given offensively gifted wingers who can leverage his talents, so any line he is on is neither a scoring line nor a checking line. As mentioned below, Briere was scoring when he played with talented line-mates, but that was also quickly terminated. Bournival has been an offensive catalyst on every line he has been on, yet he has been routinely relegated to the 4th line. I wonder if Gallant has any say in how the lines are put together.

      • likehoy says:

        I haven’t been a fan of Therrien’s offensive game cause it looks like he doesn’t have confidence in the team to play a high-end offensive game without sacrificing defense.

        I think he’s keeping the team at a good pace and he realizes there’s a fine line between making the playoffs, and missing the playoffs with a sudden change of style.

        I think we’re going to see him grind out the rest of the season to get us into the playoffs. IF we manage to get into a solid 4-5 game winning streak, we might be able to see Therrien tinker with things and let the team play a bit more offense since they’d have a bit more of a points cushion from 9th place. We’ve seen last year and early this year that our team’s capable of scoring goals.. just right now the shackles are on to grind out the toughest part of the season.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Also makes sense.
          But if that’s the plan, and we make the playoffs and need to open up the offense, it will be an alien experience! He should want everything running on as many cylinders as possible before the first round.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Good summary.
        It has to be either a blind spot regarding offense, as you suggest, or some other x factor(s) of which even people who watch CH24 are unaware.

        In fluid sports like hockey, basketball, rugby and soccer, offense seems to me to be 10 times harder to coach than defense.

  33. Phil C says:

    I’m not a huge fan of seeing Eller on the Plekanec line offensively, but I imagine he is being put there for defensive reasons and his line will see it’s fair share of the Kessel line. If the Habs can shut down the Kessel line, they have a good chance to win. Easier said than done without last change.

    Looking forward to seeing Beaulieu play, he has such great offensive instincts, he just needs to bring his defensive game to the next level. It will be interesting to see if he’s grown in Hamilton since the beginning of the year.

  34. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Yeah, let’s compare Carey Price and Steve Mason. Ummmm… Oh, I’ve got it! Both have names with 5+5 letters!

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Bourque sitting this one out! Great! Lets see if we get a little more passion out of our call up’s. Bourque is our Gomez the 2nd!

  36. habs001 says:

    Habs beat the Leafs 8 point lead on them and one game in hand..Leafs play another 2 games before Habs play the Penguins wed…in Phoenix and Denver….so 8 point lead and 3 games in hand possible by wed…

  37. Timo says:

    Somehow I think Cherry will be on Subbans side

  38. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder if Don Cherry will discuss the brouhaha surrounding PK’s game winning goal celebration?

    Silly me.

    Of course he will.

  39. Chrisadiens says:

    This made me laugh. This is from Sam Carchidi, Flyers beat writer.

    “@BroadStBull: Considering that Price signed a 6 yr deal for $6.5M per year in 2012,#Flyers got a bargain with Mason (3 years, $4.1M per).”

    What a bargain! Hah!

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  40. habsfan0 says:

    So, are Diaz and Bourque being benched tonight because they have the flu or because of poor play?
    Or both?

  41. Timo says:

    I’d rather see Tini

  42. Forum Dog says:

    I’ll be watching the Eller-LW experiment a bit more closely tonight. Part of me hates to see them lose the size and the faceoff skills down the middle, but some of his recent decision making has been questionable, and his ability to dig for pucks and make plays when he gets could be a good fit on the wing.

  43. 24 Cups says:

    How can you not vote for Phil Kessel in the daily poll?

    Could you imagine a line of MaxPac/Galchenyuk/Kessel next year? Not to mention having them on the PP with Subban and Markov.

  44. Timo says:

    What’s the scoop on that Nattinen guy? Is he a smurf? Does he float? Does he avoid physical play? If yes, he’ll fit perfectly.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    Who starts in net tonight for the Habs?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeRLLm0CQAAyywN.jpg

    (courtesy of Dave Stubbs)

  46. Plekasuares says:

    3-2 OT

    Eller, Prust, Plekanec

  47. likehoy says:

    Bringing this back up from yesterday just cause I think it’s a good idea…

    We should trade for Tuomo Ruutu. 4.75 million cap hit for the next 2 years (ending in 2016), and he’s a solid 35-50pts player that hits hard, and hits often (avging over 200 hits per season, a peak of over 300 hits 3 seasons ago). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLQMAwmS_N8) <— that goal against Canada in the world cup is a good display of hard work, and skill. Carolina is openly shopping him but he has an NTC. He'd fit perfectly on a line with Eller, or Plekanec (defensively responsible that can add offense).

    Carolina is likely looking for a draft pick and a scoring winger. Their top scoring winger is Alex Semin with 18 points. They would likely have to take back a contract if they're sending 4.75 million out so the obvious player we have to send out is Rene Bourque.. 3.33 million till 2016. They'd save money, and we can include a 2nd rounder, and/or Rafael Diaz (they need puck moving dmen since Pitkanen is out for the season).

    Anyways I think it's a good deal cause we'd get another player that's hard to play against, and we love our Finns here.

  48. piper says:

    I know this is going to rub some the wrong way but I think this would be a good time for Bergevin to try to unload Desharnais. He’s been decent off and on lately and there may be a team out there that would be willing to give up a late round pick or a prospect over 6 feet.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Reckon I reluctantly agree.
      I loved his goal vs the Sens — so if he could succeed like that all season AND in the playoffs, I would love to see him stay a Hab.
      If not, he’s just one of two short players (with Briere) that is two too many for the team.

  49. 24 Cups says:

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Steve Mason to a three-year, $12.3 million contract extension today. They better hope that his limited record of 36/19/11/5/2.48/.914 is the real deal.

  50. 24 Cups says:

    So if Eller is playing LW with Pleks and Gionta, then I assume the 3rd line will be Prust/Bournival/Briere. Of course once the game starts. Eller and Bournival could switch spots.

    I have no trouble with Bourque sitting out but I swear that Mike Boone never mentioned Briere’s name once on Thursday night. He was totally invisible.

    • likehoy says:

      Briere played 10 minutes on Thursday
      Hard to get noticed if you never play!

      • showey47 says:

        Briere played his best hockey with pleky and gionta. The line scored 8 goals in 101:14 of 5 on 5 ice time. Compare that to the DD line which has only scored 13 goals in 276:32 of 5 on 5 ice time. So MT took Briere of the pleky line that was scoring at a higher pace then the DD line and put moen on it. Makes tonnes of sense.

        • likehoy says:

          Briere’s a defensive liability.. Pleks and Gionta play a lot of their shifts against the oppositions best.. and Dany B can’t keep up, that’s what makes sense!

          what are the stats of Pleks and Gionta 5 on 5 regardless of any winger on their line?

          • showey47 says:

            They have 1 goal with both moen and bourque on their wing in over 80 mins of 5 on 5 play. Does that make more sense to you? Briere even a worse liability as a center which he is playing tonight. Once again I ask,does that make sense?

  51. Cal says:

    Thanks to Dunboyne for inspiration.
    I give you…Toronto!

  52. B says:

    Who plays with Nättinen and Parros on the 4th line?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  53. Mattyleg says:

    That title made me happy.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Hey Matty! How’s the fam?

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Doing great, thanks Chris!

        Violet is thrilled with life, as she’s just started swimming lessons (more advanced than the previous ones) and dance classes, and Cordelia is growing bigger and cuter every day!

        Thanks for asking, bud!

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • New says:

      It discourages me. Rene Bourque used to get over 200 shots a game and was a 50 point player. His TOI went up in Montreal and his points went down, shots went down, way down. Yeah he takes games off but there is either something very wrong with him medically or he simply does not want to be in Montreal at all.

      Would do great in Washington.

  54. Mavid says:

    those poor kids have to wear jerseys that look like Cherry’s jackets..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  55. Habcouver says:

    Hope Joony impresses in his debut!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  56. Puck Bard says:

    @ Dunboyne Mike: you’re brilliant. Thank you.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      You should have seen the kisses-smothered post I sent Mavid!

      WHY would the CBC not want an expat in Ireland to view its content/ Just DUM. So happy to by-pass their security.

      Enjoy, and send a few kisses to Mavid!

      • Mavid says:

        welcome..my pleasure…kisses back to you..hoping to get to Ireland on our trip this summer..but we have a lot of land to cover in three weeks

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Don’t dare sneak in without letting me know. Would love to hook up. Hey, you might even coincide with Mr and Mrs Timo who are hoping to come.

          BTW, I think you could have a nice little income supplement with your Habs room! Sounds like the dream-room for everyone who posts here! So many Habs fans in Ottawa…

          Fair play. Do post here how it goes.

  57. 416erHabsFan says:

    Hallelujah! Bourque is sitting tonight, my prayers have been answered. I can’t wait to see the jump in our teams play tonight with Gomez Jr sitting.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Bourque is 4 million dollars cheaper per year. Maybe it terms of effort they are similar, but nothing will ever compare to how much Gomez set the Habs back. Sprinkle in that they traded a top 2 D-man to get Gomez and my head starts spinning.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  58. Chrisadiens says:

    Well, you have to give credit to MT and MB for holding all players accountable. Outside of Gionta, I think every vet has been scratched at some point.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  59. Coach Oliver calls the timeout….

    The rest is history!

    HAPPY HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA, we’re headed for the outdoor rink soon.

    Habs 6
    Leafs 1

    Price scores!

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
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    Summit Member 1.29.31.33

  60. 416erHabsFan says:

    Go Habs Go!


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