Leblanc trade much ado about nothing

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Louis Leblanc has been traded by the somewhere north of Montreal Armada but, the deal doesn’t mean a lot if he recovers from his off-season shoulder surgery.

Leblanc is ticketed to play for the Canadiens’ farm team. the Hamilton Bulldogs, but he could also play as an overage junior and the Shawinigan Cataractes are gambling that (a) he doesn’t make it in Hamilton or (b) his recovery is delayed and the Canadiens won’t want to drop him into the AHL in the middle of the season.

The Armada is gambling that Leblanc won’t be back in junior. They pick up Cole Hawes from Shawinigan and will also receive draft choices if Leblanc winds up in junipor.

91 Comments

  1. pmaraw says:

    De La Rose getting no respect!

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  3. Toe Blake says:

    The greatness which is Scott Gomez will manifest itself to the masses on the first shift of the 2011-12 campaign. And, yes folks, I am completely loaded!!!

  4. D Mex says:

    A piece on the local news tonight in Kelowna covered NHLers who reside or spend offseason time and workout here. A pair of ex-Rockets, Shea Weber and Josh Gorges, were featured.

    JG is headed to Montreal soon and mentioned the extra 4 months of gym time due to the surgery. His knee is sporting a brace, he appears to be in good shape and was upbeat. My boys are skating at the same venue next week so I’ll post an update if there’s anything of interest.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  5. Everlasting1 says:

    I thought I was banned by my ip address..many here would have been pleased lol

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    • Timo says:

      Uh-oh… whose corn flakes did you piss on now?

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Idk, my aims not so good..

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  6. Timo says:

    Tried to login a while ago and server was down. I thought… gulp… Gomer got traded and HIO server capacity could not handle all the happiness.

    • Chris says:

      A Gomez trade would be far too much happiness for me to stand. It won’t happen.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      He deserves a shot for a comeback season..till the trade deadline.

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      “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • cbass says:

        I agree, and I still don’t find he’s that bad of a player. If you take the price tag off he’s still a decent two way player, who just had a god awful year.

    • SmartDog says:

      You’re obviously more of an optimist than me.
      I just figured the HIO guys were out boozing it up while the server crashed.

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  7. Un Canadien errant says:

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  8. jonnyp says:

    I played against him , doubt the guy will ever make the hab and will be traded within next 2 years lol just saying

    • Bill J says:

      Define playing against him ?

      What age, what level of play. And do you play in the NHL currently, IE are you really a proper judge of his abilities to reach the NHL ?

      lol, just sayin’ ;)


      If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page: http://bit.ly/mTnegr

      Go Habs Go!

  9. habrez says:

    Bad news for the NHL. Hopefully, Crosby recovers but its not looking good

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Sadly, it seems the NHL/Bettman don’t really care. They are more concerned about protecting thugs and goons. More “hockey plays” will be in the future because that’s what they think will sell the game.

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

    • Bill says:

      Obviously the NHL and NHLPA both are at fault for failing to deal with head shots properly, but if I’m an NHL GM I’m gonna start being a lot more proactive. If Crosby had been sat out for a week after the FIRST hit as a precaution, everything would have been okay. And if Markov or Subban or Plekanec get nailed in the head like Crosby did, I hope the Canadiens will use more caution than the Pens did.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • GrimJim says:

        what I would like to know is if anyone is re-designing the helmet to be more protective. Hockey helmets are designed to protect the head from contact with the ice (in other words, a fall or a direct hit). The most damaging headshots, like Crosby’s first hit, which result in the most severe concussions are angular hits or hits from the side. Are the NHL or NHLPA looking at that?

        • Bill J says:

          The problem is not the Helmet, not unless they improve them to look like Jules Vernes type underwater helmet designs.

          The problem is the game has become too fast paced for these types of plays. Also, what used to be leather is now Kevlar.

          Now add faster game + skating Kevlar knights + a head with a soft neck, that moves around = Concussions!

          A headshot, with intent or not. Should be penalized severely, no questions asked.


          If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page: http://bit.ly/mTnegr

          Go Habs Go!

          • GrimJim says:

            tried to respond early but the server crash happened. High-end football helmets have an inflatable inner lining that better conforms to the shape of the head and deflects more during impact providing better protection than the foam used in hockey helmets. That’s a simple change that will make hockey helmets safer. Why hasn’t anyone looked into that.

        • The Cat says:

          Bring back the red line and foam elbow and shoulder pads…problem solved.

          [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  10. Timo says:

    So we take my two something year old to Gymboree for “music” classes on sundays. There was a new girl there yesterday with both her mom and dad. The father was wearing a Bruins cap and as expected looked like a neardenthal – loud, obnoxious and dumb. I had to do my best to last there for 45 minutes. Hope they drop after this week.

  11. HardHabits says:

    No need to rush him back from injury but when he does return his conditioning should be such that he is ready to take regular shifts in Hamilton. If he’s not playing there, he’ll be back at Harvard. End of story.

    Many people have suggested the so called Detroit Red Wings route, and by that I don’t mean the great late picks, but the slow and patient development of their prospects through their farm system.

    IMO, it would be ideal for us Habs fans to look at the current team as the current team and look forward to seeing the current crew of youngsters break into the NHL in the 2-3 years it will take.

    Fortunately Price, and I think a lot of credit has to go to Pierre Groulx, Perry Pearn and Jacques Martin, bounced back from a sharp decent which many people suggest had to do with him being rushed early in his career. Think of a player like Latendresse. Many would surmise if not even conclude that he could have used more time in the AHL. Subban was rushed into his role with the absence of Markov but give Martin credit for benching him for a few games.

    I think the Habs are beyond the point of the knee jerk reaction of needing to prop up the next great Francophone hope. Which is good news for Habs fans.

  12. Neutral says:

    shouldn’t bust any player til he has a chance, I gave Gomez the benefit of the doubt his first year as a Hab, but I busted him last year and if he’s no better this year he’ll get it again…..

  13. Timo says:

    Is this new? According to RDS Darche (bless his heart) is impressed with Yemelin’s work and determination so far. http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/325064.html

    If Darche is impressed then I am sold.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Nice find Timo, agree if a guy like Darche is impressed that is pretty telling. Darche has had to be one of the hardest workers his entire career to get where he currently is.

    • FishOutOfWater says:

      thanks for the link. lookin forward to seeing this bad boy play. hes got some razzle dazzle.

      and i cant wait for max crash and bang patches to park it infront of thomas again. check it out http://goha.bs/rdFRdD

    • Neutral says:

      Darche is a hard working player and should have never spent all those years in the AHL. I agree with Timo, if Darche is impressed with Yemelin’s work I’m sold also….Halpern should still be a Hab. what a 4th line we’d have with Moen, Halpern, White. oh well training camp will look after that.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The only fly in the ointment, and I say this as a self-professed fan of Yemelin before he even plays a pre-season game, is that Mathieu Darche has got to be the nicest guy around who wouldn’t say anything negative about anybody.

      Yemelin is a no-brainer guys. A big physical mobile defenceman who is hitting the peak years of his career and has been seasoned in the KHL and reached elite status there, what an upgrade over our veteran crew from last year.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Also great news that Mr. Yemelin showed up a couple weeks in advance despite the apparent reluctance to leave Russia in the past. All the better for him to get acclimated, and hopefully his locker being next to Mr. Markov’s, as a sharp-eyed poster noticed this week, will accelerate this process.

      Mr. Darche also noted that he works hard in the gym. Good to know, although not a big surprise, Russian players tend to take their dryland training seriously, notwithstanding Vladimir Krutov (http://tinyurl.com/4y8ya32).

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    • The Dude says:

      Agree Timo …..the problem is Martin’s use of the athlete and the dog house.

  14. Former Jets Fan says:

    Shawinigan hosts the Memorial Cup in 2012, so whichever team Leblanc ends up on would bode well for his development. Michael Bournival also plays for Shawinigan – could be less work for the Habs scouts – and Seriousfan – to keep tabs on the two of ‘em.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’m still pretty sure Leblanc is a Bulldog (albeit I suspect he takes two years in the Hammer, or is called up late in 12-13). His current season will be recovery, adapation and strength-building as he works to an NHL spot.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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      • Former Jets Fan says:

        I’m inclined to agree about his being Hamilton-bound. Just mentioned what I did as a preemptive counter-point to the premature “Bust!”-declarers in the event he does return to the Q, as I do feel the trade is a win-win for both Louis and the Habs organization, with Louis playing meaningful, competitive hockey in April (?) either way.

        Not that it would be Gauthier’s style, but has he made any statements at all about Leblanc’s status and/or near-future, or is it all rational speculation at this point?

        • DearyLeary says:

          I wouldn’t hesitate to call Louis a bust as a first round pick playing in the Q as an overager.

          • Bill J says:

            He was not a over ager in his sole (rookie) season in the Q. He will not be playing for Shawinigan, therefore your position is quite moot.


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      • Chris says:

        Plekanec took 3 seasons before he got a call up. I don’t think Leblanc is going to come through the system much faster than that, to be honest.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs Inside/Out Memorial is filled out, thanks to all who joined in, see you on Draft Day.

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  16. Chrisadiens says:

    Is Leblanc expected to be healthy to start the AHL season? I ask because Im going to catch the Bulldogs when they come to Albany this year. I would love to see this kid play.

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

  17. wall2bay says:

    I knew he would be a bust!

    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

    • Bill J says:

      I knew a troll would take this oppurtunity to say something like this. So I had the below reply on standby:

      “Yeah, a real BUST, so much so that Shawinigan is prepared to lose a player just to own Leblanc’s rights.”

      Not bad for a player who is NOT projected to return to the Q.


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      Go Habs Go!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Good response Bill!

      • scrowe21 says:

        I think it was a joke.

        • Bill J says:

          It if was a joke, I saw no “lol” at the end of it. The poster should really consider adding that on future joke type posts, or the rest of us will assume the poster himself is a joke (aka Troll)

          ;)


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          • Timo says:

            Either that or a bit of sense of humor won’t hurt you. Not even humor, so much as just trying to keep an open mind.

            And just for you I have added a smiley :). See.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I could not disagree more. LOL is a blight on online forums. It is completely unnecessary, as are the smiley faces. What you need to do is be able to recognize irony.

            For training purposes, read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”. Note that there isn’t a LOL in the title, or body of that work, but it is still referred to as a great work of satire centuries later.

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          • Timo says:

            IRONY!!! THAT’s the word I was looking for. Thanks, Un Canadien.

          • Bill J says:

            Timo & un Canadian errant:

            I fully disagree, case in point. All the Price bashing, as being a bust one year ago at about this time.

            A negative toned joke like Leblanc is a bust, only comes off as Trollish.

            Not to mention, on the web, without lol’s and or smiley faces, jokes are not conveyed.

            Oh and btw, there was no irony in the “bust comment”. And you think I need to recognize irony ? I suggest you both should learn what irony is yourselves. Funnily enough, you thinking I need an irony lesson is quite ironic. ;)

            And re Swift, are you seriously comparing a well written “thesis” to a person posting on a hockey discussion site, who does not work for the gazette who wrote a total of 7 words in his post ?

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          • Timo says:

            Oh nevermind dude

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            If you had read Wall2Bay’s signature, you would have been clued in that he’s a fan of the Canadiens and looks to the positive. That is most of the setup needed to understand that he’s lampooning the naysayers.

            If anything, reading LOL detracts from my enjoyment of reading anyone’s post. If at first glance I see one or two, and notice the yellow smiley, I may well skip over to the next post. Be advised.

            I hate, hate, hate reading someone’s post, in this or any other forum, where the author liberally sprinkles them in at any juncture. I get a picture of someone snickering at their infallibly unfunny jokes. Think about it. Who are the funniest guys you know, the guys who laugh at their own jokes, or the guys who keep a straight face? And what’s the success percentage of guffawing audibly when you read LOL? 10%? 5%? 1%? I hate being told that I should laugh at someone’s pedestrian attempts at humour.

            As far as conveying humour, remember that while using irony is delicate, it is no less delicious. Becoming skilled at it may make the difference between receiving a kiss and receiving a slap.

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          • Bill J says:

            UCE, points taken. And please also understand, my replies then. A joke with negative connotations, can certainly be defined as Trollish. Specially on the web, as the message not the signature is what is worth reading about.

            The signature in this case, is a great quote. It does not define the poster himself, the message does.

            That is why I suggested posting a lol or smiley face you seem to despise, as it removes the doubt, and conveys the message much better when using 7 word thoughts.

            I having spoken to you, and enjoyed this discussion with you understand you much better then that initial poster in question because you took the time to write a bit more on your thoughts.

            I can see a possibility of humor, but I also detected the all too familiar to this site negative tone.


            If you want a days count till Habs hockey, I recommend this as your home page: http://bit.ly/mTnegr

            Go Habs Go!

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Bill J, let our back and forth involving Timo also be a shining beacon of the role HIO can play in the community, and how disagreements on topics as diverse as Zenon Konopka, the extra-terrestrial origins of humanity and Stu Hackel’s countenance (maybe they’re not as diverse as I think, maybe they’re related after all…) can be reasonably and civilly debated. And before we, as Mr. Wolf says, uhm, start (congratulating and validating each other too vigourously), let’s remember that trolls will pollute our environment and the best way to deal with them is to ignore them. They are the proverbial tar baby, or the greased pig that you’re reluctant to wrestle with, fearing they’ll enjoy it.

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            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/


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