Light turnout for Habs practice

A handful of Canadiens were on the ice prior to a team meeting and departure for Pittsburgh.  

Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Darche were the only regulars on the ice. They skated briefly before Ben Maxwell, Sergei Kostitsyn  and Jaroslav Spacek took shots at goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Scott Gomez (Advisory: some f-bombs)| Tom Pyatt


  1. Exit716 says:

    Didn’t Dynamo fold?


  2. Chris says:

    Dave, my point was that we didn’t see those guys go through their immaturity because it happened in Europe. 

    We don’t know the whole story, but I do find it mind-boggling how many here are so quick to give up on kids like Carey Price, Guillaume Latendresse, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre, Matt D’Agostini (I was guilty on that one) or Benoit Pouliot when ALL of them are still younger than Johan Franzen was when he played his first NHL game.

    The NHL is full of players that needed changes of scenery to find their game.  One need look no further than Mike Ribeiro.  Others just needed some time.  What bothers me the most is how certain people get that a player will never develop for not other reason than that it is not happening here in Montreal, where the fit for that player, either on or off the ice (or both!), just might not be right.

  3. krob1000 says:

    so were A-Rod, Kobe, Tiger and Wade Boggs ……..

  4. punkster says:

    Oh, should have clicked edit.

    Chris, I just found and read your earlier response. Your suggestion re: changing our draft requirements may be good as long as the team/organization philosophy remains constant (ie. are we a defensive team, a run and gun team, whatever). I guess there’s no guarantee of that as GMs and owners change every few years. But interesting thought.

    (As an aside I’m actually sick of this damn SK issue. It’s becoming as pointless right now as the Price/Halak arguments. We’re in round 2, tied at 2, looking good in spite of ourselves. I’m still enjoying the ride and will worry about player development, drafts and CAP space in June. Preferably late June 🙂

  5. punkster says:

    But did any of those Wings have maturity issues when they got over here? Did any ignore the coach’s instructions, miss the team bus, leave practice early or whatever else SK has been doing? Just asking Chris because honestly when you say the Habs are “kicking their young players to the curb as uncoachable or ineffective” you’re not considering the whole story. And as I said before we just do not know the whole story, do we?

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    I believe he’s married though.

  7. J Haul says:

    Agreed. Although seeing how the puck was on a direct course for the open net on the rewind in the net cam view was pretty neat. Shows that had Jaro not gotten there it was a goal.

  8. J Haul says:

    I noticed the timing is wrong as well. How the hell could the NHL screw up their own editing scheme? Seeing the moment before the rewind takes away the impact of the moment. I’m actually a television editor myself and LOVED how they were initially done. Now they’re just turning awful.

  9. HardHabits says:

    The difference is Laps got there in time. With Lats the shot would’ve come too late as the post would’ve already been covered.

  10. J Haul says:

    You’re totally right man. Outside of the Halak one none of these “moments” are of the historic and timeless variety. The Halak one and maybe the Datsyuk/Zetterberg one get a pass because they both represented great moments and had an impactful end statement. As you said, the Halak performance did make the history books. The Datsyuk one has the same feel as the rest of the truly historic ones because of the tag line. I mean, if the draft has stopped after the 5th round Detroit wouldn’t have won their most recent cup. The rest are trash.

    Q: “What if Versteeg didn’t make Madison’s house go mad?”

    A: Uhh.. well I guess they’d just have to play another game. Oh wait, they’re doing that anyways…


    NHL needs some new writers.

  11. Chuck says:

    Too bad they couldn’t have used a better save in the commercial, though. They dropped the ball on that one. At least with Roy’s he looked like he put some effort into it! 


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  12. habsman-itoba says:

    I read an interview with him last week, sure wish I could find it again.  He seems very patient and understanding of the development process.  while eager to play in Montreal (he cited the prestige of the organisation), he claims to have understood the need to earn his spot.  Sure hope he meant it and grows with the system.

  13. habsman-itoba says:

    They are a wonderful example of good development, but are they just the exception, or is that the norm?  I don’t follow other team’s drafting and development, so I just don’t know where the Habs rank among the teams, other than what I read in The Hockey News.

  14. Slovak says:

    Boston will go further because Leafs are not good enough to stop them right now… Chara and Satan seem just unstoppable, if you think about one man, who can stop them, guess who would it be???… :)) 


  15. K-hab25 says:

    Halaks was game 6, not game 7, but it was a commercial worthy performance.

  16. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Doesn’t NESN stand for “New England Sports Network”? Why wouldn’t they be pro-Bruins? It’s like RDS is pro-Habs.

    I would love to see a Habs-Bruins series, otherwise, it just wouldn’t seem like spring!

  17. Chris says:

    While the Red Wings did hit home runs in the draft with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Franzen and Lidstrom, those guys spent most of their development years across the pond.  In fact, that is a dominant theme with the Red Wings…let their foreign kids develop at home for 2-4 years and then bring them to North America and allow them to grow into major roles.  Some, such as Lidstrom or Zetterberg, make immediate impacts.  But others, such as Datsyuk, Homstrom or Kronwall, take a while to get going.

    • Franzen – came to the NHL at 26 years old after developing in the Swedish Elite League for years
    • Datsyuk – came to the NHL at 23 years old after developing in the Russian League
    • Zetterberg – came to the NHL at 22 years old after developing in the Swedish Elite League
    • Lidstrom – came to the NHL at 21 years old, after 2 and a half seasons in the Swedish Elite League
    • Kronwall – came to North America at 22, split first season in the AHL and NHL, played second season (lockout year) in the AHL
    • Holmstrom – came to the NHL at 23 years old

    By 22-23 years old, the Montreal Canadiens are already kicking their young players to the curb as uncoachable or ineffective for playing at the level of a 23 year old Pavel Datsyuk (70 GP, 11 G, 35 PTS + 21 GP, 3G and 6 PTS in the playoffs).

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    I figured he was hoping the Atlantic for next year, three possibilities for what he’ll do really, because of his CHL playing rights, he could start off next year with the Montreal Juniors in the QMJHL. Thing is he could also sign a pro contract with Montreal and based on exceptions, he might also start in the AHL since Yannick Weber was 19 when he started playing for the Bulldogs (You have to be 20 generally to play in the AHL) or the really unlikely possibility he’ll play for the Canadiens next year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. slapshot777 says:

    Great news. Here is the translation;


    Russian to English translation

    Avtsin leaves NHL
    Striker OHK “Dinamo” Alexander Avtsin in the off-season will leave the club and go to the NHL.

    As it became known, 19-year-old striker will continue his career in “Montreal”, which was drafted him in the past year under the 109-meter number.

    Note that in this season Avtsin held for Dynamo 30 games in the regular season and scored 9 points.




    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  20. B37zc says:

    Probably Hamilton. He is 10 years old. Played for Dinamo Moscow. 30 games – 9 points

  21. mbplekfan says:

    Overage Junior or Hamilton??



  22. Habscore says:

    Hahaha! good one!


    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  23. OinkOinkOink says:



    My girlfriend and I are driving from Montreal to the game tomorrow. Can anyone here recommend a good forum to see if anyone is looking for a ride down?


    Or alternately is anyone here looking thinking of going to the game tomorrow?

  24. B37zc says:

    Hey guys, I have great news: Avtsin is coming to Montreal during this summer. He is going to continue his carrier with Habs.


  25. punkster says:

    Your a firecracker, HH.

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