Letters from camp

• Pat Hickey checks in from development camp

• Hickey on the choice of Price

• Arpon Basu on the likely lineup

Gauthier goes with youth

Gauthier video from RDS

• Boston has a cap problem

Whither Avtsin?

Whither Guerin?

Whither Modano?

Great Tweet from Larry Brooks of the New York Post: Ilya Kovalchuk will be announcing his decision on
Versus. What? He already did but no one was watching?

757 Comments

  1. Bugs says:

    Okaaay. Good luck to ya then.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  2. ZepFan2 says:

    Probably thinking the exact same thing he said before the playoffs.

    Funny we all bemoan the loss of Tenderness and Kosty jr. as though we gave up on them, yet when it comes to Price some people want him run out of town. Crazy $hit.

    Fleury wasn’t too hot for the Pens and they stuck with him. Look where that got them.

    ————————————————————————

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  3. TomNickle says:

    On vacation, this is the second time I’ve checked HIO for information while the better half has been out shopping.

    Somebody please pick me up and pat me on the pack, tell me it’s okay to enjoy a morning cup of HIO while I admire the New Hampshire countryside.

     

  4. Bugs says:

    Holland will mess with them. Reckon they’ll mess with them good too.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  5. Bugs says:

    After seeing him in our jersey playing 10 games?

    I sure did.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    I’m not ready yet to give up on my MAB fanclub or relinquish the presidency based on default……So I’m taking a shot in the dark here and saying that MAB will be back at some point when either A) Markov isn’t ready come October or B) Hammer gets traded or C) One of our other D-men go down with an injury.  So his offence will help out our scoring from the back end.  But as far as Metro’s goals being mssed.  I think Patch has to be a force this year and step up and contribute!  We will see.

    Shaker

  7. Clay4bc says:

    It’s all over for the Germans, Bugs…the octopus has spoken.

    Keep in mind this is not my prediction – don’t shoot the messenger.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  8. Bugs says:

    Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful, Joey; not our fault.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  9. joeybarrie says:

    I do not think it is such a stretch… Tell me if Ovechkin had of played the same amount of games this season he WOULD NOT have outscored Crosby…

    Look at the effect Markov had on us as soon as he returned. Cammalleri was on pace for 40+ goals and injury set him back.

    Things are not dire. Our players are GOOD. Try to remember we ended the reg season with the same points as the Stanley Cup Finalists…

    I think you are CORRECT

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  10. TripleX says:

    Sorry, it was in the last TWENTY YEARS:

    In the last 20 years, there have only been a handful of goaltenders as young as Halak that had a season with a save percentage better than his .924 mark in 2009-2010 (while playing at least 40 games). 

    One was Tuukka Rask last season, whose .931 mark tied Roberto Luongo in 2003-2004 with a .931 save percentage. 

    Martin Brodeur in 1996-1997 (.927) andAndrew Raycroft in 2003-2004 (.926) were the only other goaltenders in the last 20 years to record a better save percentage in a season while aged 24 or younger.

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  11. ed lopaz says:

    when you added the goals we “would have scored” by injured players, did you SUBTRACT the goals that were

    actually scored by their replacements??

    We can’t have 2 players (the healthy one + the injured one) on the ice at the same time, can we?

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boyd is probably good for 5-10, I think Lapierre will be good for a dozen, I’ll boldly predict at least 12 for Subban as well with his likely PP time this year and Eller could chip in 10-15 in his first year as well. Subban I think will do very well, he’s shown the talent and he has an excellent group of veteran players and leaders in the defence group to learn from, albeit I would very much like to hear he’s living with a veteran like Markov to start the season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.cot m/

  13. Bugs says:

    I use all those reasoning tools. But so disguised in absurd language you don’t see it. Or refuse to when it goes against your opinion.

    That’s not my fault, mate. Nothing to do with me.

    So read, or don’t read, but undermining my logic to justify yourself won’t make it all better, I’m afraid.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    Germany will lose to spain……the german octopus never lies!  Just like maggie the monkey!  The great octo has curled up to the spaniard flag and is taking them to beat ze Germans. 

    Shaker

  15. joeybarrie says:

    Because I hate ZEE GERMANZ and I am argumentative, I will say 2-1 Spain… HERE IS WHERE YOUR 100% rating ends…. By the way, predicting France to win anything with Domanech is a pretty BIG error, worthy of at least 3 wrongs…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  16. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So I was looking over last year’s stats on NHL.com and see that we were 26th in the league with 210 goals, which is awful. However, I just did some quick calulations and if some of our injured players had played for the entire season (and maintained their scoring pace…I know, I know, it’s not exact – it’s pretty rudimentary even, but bear with me), then we would have scored an additional 30 goals (10 more for Gionta, 7 more each for Cammalleri and Markov, and 6 for A. Kostitsyn).

    240 goals would have had us at 7th in the league – so maybe things aren’t as dire as we thought. Again I stress that this is a REALLY simplistic way of looking at it, but not without merit IMHO.

    The question going forward is: do we think that our current roster can replace the 38 goals that were scored by Bergeron (13), Metropolit (16), S Kostitsyn (7), and Moore (2).

     

    I think we should be able to, maybe not easily, but it’s not unreasonable. Where I have some concern is in hoping that Subban and Spacek can pick up the slack left by Bergeron (who, let’s not forget, was 8th in goals amongst defencemen – and only 1 back of Duncan Keith). We are putting a lot of faith in Subban – I hope he can live up to the promise he showed in Pittsburgh this spring.

  17. sholi2000.com says:

    It all stems from what Allan Walsh did in December.  Once he crossed the Habs management Halak was as good as gone.  How do you move a player?  You build him up, and then let other teams pay for it.

    Theodore

    Huet

    now Halak

    and you could be right about Price as well.  But he kept his mouth shut the entire time, he stood by, supported Halak (even after Walsh was making fun of Price’s stats) and now Halak is gone.

    I love my Canadiens goalies, but once you cross management you’re as good as gone.

    It’s like holding out for more money when you are under contract.  Once you do it, no team will look at you with love in their eyes.

    Never cross Management!!

    They Call Me Shane

  18. nickster13 says:

    3-0 Germany. can’t mess with the germans right now

  19. joeybarrie says:

    Last 10 Stanley Cup winning Goalies:

    -Antii Niemi

    -Marc Andre Fleury

    -Chris Osgood

    -Jean Sebastien Giguere

    -Cam Ward

    -Nikolai Khabibulin

    -Martin Brodeur

    -Dominik Hasek

    -Patrick Roy

    -Martin Brodeur

    Now how well did ALL these goalies do last season????

    Other than Brodeur, Hasek and Roy there are NO Franchise goalies there… No Miller, Luongo, Anderson…

    GREAT TEAMS NEED GREAT PLAYERS… Not only in 1 position.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  20. Bugs says:

    Oh, one more thing: you know how I never predict Habs’ game outcomes cuz I don’t like the imponderable risk? Which basically means I’m always wrong? Well, doesn’t apply to soccer, baby.  Apart from my delusional love for Les Bleus, I’ve been battin 1.000 in this World Cup. Mwooa-ha!

    My question is: will ze Geeermans beat la Furia Roja 2-1 or 4-2? Cuz that’s where I’m a little muddy.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  21. TripleX says:

     

    Every team is allowed to go 10% over the cap ( 63 million ) until training camp is over so there is no cap pressure this time of year.

    Seems no other team is worried about cap space yet.  Plenty of time to cover your bases and make final judgements in the Fall.

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  22. aemarchand11 says:

    I wish somebody had your Avatar on a posted in Washington at game 7. Epic post game shot by TSN, almost as funny as that guy in game one who was swearing at the camera.

  23. NightRyder says:

    Three things would immediately help Gomez.

    1. Pull a Sedin, change things up and consciously look for your own shot. Word gets around the league quickly.

    2. A big-bodied winger with a nose for the net. Cammalleri, Gionta and Kostitsyn are all essentially finishers. They are quick and know how to get to open spots. And while Cammy and Gionta aren’t scared to get to the dirty areas, they are not difficult enough to contain once they get there. A big body could create some mismatches down low for the d-men, giving Gomez that much more open space. Pouliot showed a little of that initially before he pulled his disappearing act. Maybe Benny brings his A-game this year. Maybe they give Pacioretty a shot. Who knows?

    3. Failing that, a more creative winger. If Gomez had a winger that was more able to carry the puck and create plays, it would force him to become more of a goal-scorer, and I think he’s smart enough to do that. I don’t see any of them in the system right now. I’d be tempted to play Plekanec and Gomez together more on the PP and see what happens there.

    I don’t hate Gomez. I just hate his contract – for now.

    But because he’s going to be around, I want him to succeed.

  24. ed lopaz says:

    you are absolutely right!

    which makes it very surprising that the habs would then give the job to Halak for 18/19 playoff starts,

    was that a mistake?

    I think thet Habs should have played Price throughout the playoffs if they were going to keep him.

    It doesn’t make any sense – you sit your future goalie, and he misses another year of playoff development.

    Why would they keep playing Halak, if they were just going to trade him any way, because his agent pissed

    them off, and because they couldn’t afford his salary demands?

    No one understands that logic.

    At least give Price the playoff experience if you truly beive in him.

     

  25. Bugs says:

    Watchin what’s goin down in St-Louie and reckon to give the Priceber some advice:

    Stop the puck, buddy. Just…you know, stop the puck.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  26. aemarchand11 says:

    Dont pay then, doesnt bother me.

    Go Habs Go

  27. joeybarrie says:

    Where are these 4 goalie’s ever to get .924 sv% by the time they were 24????

    I count 4 so far currently playing in the NHL… Rask, Brodeur, Luongo and Raycroft. Ive stopped looking.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  28. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Funny, I thought the operative word in my post was “truthful”.

  29. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t really understand why people do not realize that in the Salary Cap all teams start off on equal footing. Every team in the league has a 5 year plan. Ours was more successful than 95% of the NHL. We acheived winning the East and getting to the Conference finals. 2nd overall and 3rd overall… In 2 different seasons. Other than the Cup what can we expect…

    Are we really that diluded that we believe that because we are the Montreal Canadiens we should automatically be better than everyone out there????

    I have to tell you that the fact we went to the Eastern Conference Finals in a year that we were plagued by injuries and had a brand new team (to gel) shows how affective the Gainey regime has been.

    In all sincerity if anyone out there can actually say with a straight face that Gainey suckes as a GM then simply put, they either have no clue what they are talking about, or they are pretty dense.

    We went from missing the playoffs 4 out of 5 season to making them in 5 out of 6, and the East and Conf Finals… We doubled the value of the team, and have made our future look pretty bright. We did all this without tanking for 5 years, in fact competing every single year in the last 6…

    If you simply measure success by winning the Cup, then I guess the entire NHL is full of unsuccessful teams and will fold pretty soon… If you are not so simple, and look at it in a realistic light, then you will see that we are moving uphill, and have been for 6 years.

    If it was as easy as SAYING it in a BLOG, we would have 100 Stanley Cups…

    Cant wait until October either.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  30. notbigbird says:

    I skip and move on as much as possible, but it irks me to have to interrupt my skimming to examine names and avatars. Sometimes it takes longer than the reading.

  31. TripleX says:

     

    Silly question?  IF Halak almost cost the team a playoff spot with his abysmal play why not play the Franchise?

    Is it possible Price could be worse than a truly abysmal Halak?

    Just asking dude?

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  32. G-Man says:

    So, Gomez, Cammy, Gionta and Gill might as well be traded now because the Habs have no shot at all this season. Why pay their salaries? For another mighta woulda coulda season?

    Why should we pay good money for tickets this season and next if there is little to no chance of success?

    The 09/10 team went to the ECF! Horrors! Habs management keeps believing it was all a fluke so they throw away the parts (depth) that helped bring the playoff run about? That’s what is pi$$ing me off to no end.

    Most of you believe we have 2 #2 lines, right? So, you need stellar goaltending. You can spew out Osgood with Detroit winning and perhaps even Niemi this past season, but the fact is the Habs need great goaltending with the roster of THIS team. Great teams start from the nets out, not the forwards in.

  33. Bugs says:

    Consider it said then.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  34. Dintrox says:

    You need to sign the 2 players and have money to cover call ups. ask Sutter about spending to the cap and not being able to call up for injuries.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  35. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t really get what the big problem is with trolls. So they want to say something shocking and get a reaction. Why are we so insulted by this. Freedom of speech…Words do not hurt me. We live in a society where there are all types of people and to regulate them in order to have all views similar to our own is vastly worse than the nonsense spewed by lonely, needy ignoramus’ (spelling??? i am trying to sound smarter than I am)…

    Ignore them, do not ignore them. We all have the individual power to do so. If you do not like a comment, simply skip it. I do not like the way French Vanilla coffee tastes so i dont stop going to Tim Hortons, I simply get the Hazelnut… I don’t yell at the French Vanilla, I do not ask them to take it away…

    I think we have gone way too far in provoking these trolls by threatening to kick them out and basically giving them what they want, which is to have an affect on the site. Why do we care so much. I can CLEARLY see a stupid post, and I can easily ignore it. I choose to challenge it, as it doesn’t necessarily serve no purpose. It can show how ridiculous people have been getting with our 10 day long memory and beliefs…

    I believe that if you argue a point and receive no response then you have successfully shut that person up. Thats a challenge in life we will always find. And to simply stop them from being able to express their opinion or agenda serves us no purpose but to choose to live in an ever more sheltered world…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  36. ed lopaz says:

    That line from Bowman was stated about 6 months before the playoffs even began.

    If Price was such a great goalie, why did he spend the entire playoffs cheering for his team from the bench?

    Seems to me the Habs could have used his “brilliance” at some point.

    Nope.

    Save for 1 start – he sat there and watched “his” team roll on for 3 series and 19 games.

    I wonder what Bowman was thinking of Price during the playoffs.

     

  37. Bugs says:

    Are you serious, mate? So what, no one can say anything that goes against Scotty Bowman’s predictions of the future? That it?

    All his predictions of the future have come to be? And this is due to his winning Stanley Cups? Is that how that works?

    Ok then. Sorry. Too bad for Fisher too.

    And hey, the Priceberg will be better than Halak, so we win.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  38. sholi2000.com says:

    I remember, but like we’re not allowed to talk about Halak’s failures. 

    It was like watching Huet all over again.

    If Price would have left and Halak stayed I would have had no problems with the org’s decisions.

    They decided on Carey, and as a Price fan that’s great.

    They Call Me Shane

  39. Storm Man says:

    - Duodecillion as your posts are always wrong.

  40. TripleX says:

    That’s it?  LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

     

    Try SIX MILLION better reasons why he came to Montreal dude.

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  41. Bugs says:

    You forgot 3) You just can’t face the “truth”.

    My favourite. It amounts to sayin “I don’t gotta ‘splain nuthin!”

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  42. TripleX says:

    STILL WAITING??

    YOU DON”T WANT TO LOOK SILLY?  DO YOU?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  43. Bugs says:

    Except for me, of course. You can feed me.

    And believe it or not, but yes, I actually DO like carrots.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  44. fbkj says:

    oh yes my bad i missed out on your clear and consice post

    wasnt saying anything other than what i said

  45. aemarchand11 says:

    Im Proud to be a Hab Fan, winds of change are always welcomed. The goal is the win a cup, for all the teams in the NHL. The player we have drafted in the past 3 seasons all have some great potential, Subban, Leblanc, Kristo, Avstin, Eller, Shultz (STL Picks), Tinordi, Bennet, Max-Pac, Webber and the sleeper Gallagher. That with the leadership of Gionta, Gorges, Gomez and Cammalleri will help the building from within.

    So what, the Gainey Era didnt work out as expected. Last time I checked, 5 year plans are not 5 year guarrantees. Gauthier now runs this team, and he was there when the last plan didnt work out. He has already started the re-shaping process of the scouting system and made some tough changes so we keep most of the personel.

    If there was no Salary Cap, im sure we would have kept Komisarek Streit koivu and rivet those guys were all good in the room and Komisarek aside were all solid on the ice.

    2010-2011 Habs should give us an Idea of things to come, this year may not be the year but in 2 seasons we should have a contender on our hands. Not like 2008-2009 when we had the skills but not the heard either.

    Cant wait until October.

  46. CanadienBoy says:

    Did you said the same about Poupou..

  47. crabvader says:

    Ok well that scratches out what I thought he might’ve been saying. Thanks for clearing it up.

    Still don’t like him. ;)

  48. Storm Man says:

    I did my homework and saw what the Canadiens were up to the past few days admitted Cammalleri ” seeing a player like Scott Gomez come to the Habs is a big reason why montreal looked so attactive to me. guess you don’t read the habs web site much? http://www.canadiens.com look for built for speed under news. Hope you have a better rest of the day.

  49. fbkj says:

    but i like to troll trolls

    why cant i have my lulz and ROFLMAO?

  50. TripleX says:

     

    -0.999999 repeating

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  51. notbigbird says:

    You know, the problem isn’t the trolls but the people who insist on engaging them time after time after time. The troll posts are almost always the longest threads because everyone wants to argue and take pot shots. This is the real stupidity on this site. I know the desire to argue is probably too strong to curb, but I have to try.

    Why not stop the incessant arguing with the trolls? They’ll soon wither from the lack of attention.

  52. The Big O says:

    Does anyone remember that this same goalie that everyone is raving about for his playoff performance, almost cost the habs a playoff position by crapping the bed for the last 3-4 games at year end with the easiest schedule of all playoff contending teams??  If he was solely responsible for the playoff success he was equally responsible for the last 3-4 games of the year when we made it in by a hair….  but then again habs fans only have very short term memories….

  53. smiler2729 says:

    Here’s an idea to get rid of idiots like OlayOlay aka Tony242 if Boone doesn’t Timo them (which is hard when they just come back under a different name)…

    IGNORE THE IDIOT POSTER, don’t reply, no matter how irritating and irrational, just move on to the more intelligent posters (ie. the rest of us)

    Don’t feed the moron(s)!

  54. crabvader says:

    Not only that but a Hall of Famer, a legend and the real last coach to ice a dynasty.

  55. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Ever notice how internet flamers always fall back on one of two excuses whenever they’re called out?

    1) Why you complainin’ about complainin’? That won’t do nuthin’!

    2) Freedom of Speech! Neener Neener!!

     

     

  56. Bugs says:

    I did. Right below.

    Added an edit not to hurt anyone’s feelings but the point is clear: so what if Fisher agrees with me? I don’t consider it a supportive argument.

    So you were saying?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  57. likehoy says:

    pretty interesting stuff! i’ve always been a fan of kevin smith movies so this will be interesting to see a hockey movie from him

  58. crabvader says:

    What I think should happen is we should ice a team that won’t allow 50+ shots a game, those types of games that Halak thrives on.

    That’s important.

    Halak is a great goaltender. Still, if he isn’t tested, he has problems in the crease. If we happen to outshoot opponents, more often than not, he would let in softies.

    We can’t have a team that constantly lets the opposition shoot twice as much as we do.

    That being said, Price is going to be cheaper and will give us some wiggle room come next year when we have to make a decision whether to keep Markov and have room to sign Gorges and your boy Pouliot, should he perform to expectations.

    I’m aware this is Hamrlik’s last year on contract with us and it would be fantastic to be able to sign someone from the much richer crop of free agents we will see after next year.

    If we had an endless supply of money and were unrestricted by a cap, I would want Halak to stay. No fool wanted him to leave. Price is a good goaltender. He needs confidence and needs to refine his skillset, like any young goaltender who’s ever played in this league.

     

  59. TripleX says:

    So I guess all those individuals who said Gainey screwed up by taking a goalie with a top 5 pick were right.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  60. deuce6 says:

    Double

     

  61. SLONCOLD says:

    fleury didn’t cary his team. he played a role and made some key saves. but the pens go as far as crosby and malkin will go. never been a huge fluery fan either….

  62. Bugs says:

    Oooo, “guys like Eller”, ohh yes, the League is quakin now. Oh, we’re DEFINITELY more “skilled and physical” with Eller. We can PROJECT THAT with absolute authority, yes sir. Very, very good news indeed.

    Now that that’s all settled, uh, can we, you know, actually SEE him play? You know? At some point? If that’s not too much trouble? Before goin on about what a great young core of kids never accomplished nuthin we got?

    ‘Preciate it.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  63. ZepFan2 says:

    So, if you had health problems, you’d take advice from a plumber?

    If you need hockey advice, who would you take it from, a journalist or a Stanley cup winning coach?

    Just saying.

    ————————————————————————

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  64. adam76 says:

    alt + f4 is another solid solution.  Whining about whining – always useful.

     

     

  65. Natrous says:

    LOL

    I had the same question

  66. pic1983 says:

    Sean Couturier? Hes from Bathhurst, NB.

    Im sure if we ended up with him though all the french news outlets will talk about him like hes a native quebeccer.

  67. NightRyder says:

    You know, it’s funny. I’ve been here for years, but never really engaged you because I generally can’t get past the first line or two of any of your obtuse posts, and have never actually found anything insightful enough from you to instigate a debate.

    The one time I do and invite you to provide some real hockey insight, I find out you’ve got nothing. Which I probably should have suspected all along.

    I always appreciate all the different points of view here and have even had reasonable debates with some of the so-called “trolls” who, despite their obvious quest for negative attention, occasionally have something insightful to say.

    But you have nothing. You make blanket statements and lack the knowledge, substance or background in the game to back them up in any significant way. When I press you on it, you want to be left alone or try to switch gears.

    Grow up? Sure. I’ll aspire to be a vapid poseur like you.

  68. SLONCOLD says:

    i want price to do well and i will be cheering for him and wearing my price shirt too. but he’s gotta help me out with some big games to gain all my trust.

  69. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Ah, I see the I Hate Everything About These Habs Brigade is out in full force today. Perhaps we can all just chill out today? It’s too damn hot out to be acting like a bunch of ill-tempered 4 yr olds.

  70. fbkj says:

    you could say the same to ed who laid out the first “cuz he said so”

     

  71. krob1000 says:

    Just reading the threads below abot the d and ow everyone is dismissing O’Byrne.  I kow he hasx let us down in the past but I thought he was really coming aruond in the latter half of last year….I was surprised (not really with JM but still…) that he did not see more time in the playoffs.  HE was starting to show some confidence and patience with the puck, was not getting beat by pulling himself out of position as often looking for the big hit and was starting to reduce that stupid reaach he does all the time that he gets called for like he’s Hal Gill.  Guys like him who are that big don;t get away with putting arm out even though it is doen by smaller players and average size players all of the time but with larger guys it is visually far more obvious and draws more attention.  Hal Gill gets penalties all of the time because he has a rep as a slow guy and then reaches.  Gorges reaches all the time and rarely if ever gets called for that because it looks diff’t and he is known as a quick guy and a battler….strange but true.  

    O’Byrne is a better skater than he gets credit for but often is in a relaxed mode and gets burned by guys accceleration…..he needs work on gap control at the NHl level but I thought he significantly improved that last year (likely from watching Gill and the older pairing of Hammer and Spacek cope with their decreasing speeds).  I have long believed Hammer would not be wioth us by the beginning of the season but given hhis contract I can see where it may be difficult to move him now.  However, I am starting to wonder if maybe they want to see how OB does back there…..can he handle bigminutes this year and be an effective and reliable d man? Maybe they are on a trial run there and if he does pan out…perhaps then they move Hammer? just a thought because I had all but written Hammer off of this years team due to our cap stuation and what I think is a glaring need to fill out the top six with another reliable 20-30 goal guy.  Maybe this is the plan or method behind the madness of keeping him on….besides as the season progresses a contract that right now seems difficult move may prove to actually be an asset as a veteran dman with tons of experience and some two way ability may actually be in demand…..after all we gave up a 2np pick for Schneider who is far worse defensively and is actually worse at being MAb at this stage of his career than MAB is….but had a 5.5 milion cap hit.  Food for thought anyway.

     

  72. ed lopaz says:

    on July 1, I asked Boone that question.

    he replied that “if they truly believe in Price they better give him a 4 year deal”.

    Boone did not offer up a dollar figure.

     

  73. NightRyder says:

    No, I mean real in-depth analysis supported with facts, numbers, intelligent reasoning and real-life experience in and around the game.

    Not surface-level comments disguised with absurd language.

    My problem remains trying to engage people seriously way too often in such a forum. But I should have known by your tagline and online “persona” that that’s not important to you.

    Roam free Bugsy. Roam free.


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