Live tonight on RDS!

In a one-hour special, Maxim Lapierre announces where he’ll be playing this season.

Informed sources say the choice has been narrowed to Montreal or Montreal.

• Hockey’s Future assesses the Canadiens’ draft (shout-out to SeriousFan09)

• Matthias Brunet on draft-day screw-ups

• In Pat Hickey’s column, Paul Kelly defends college hockey

• A Jarred Tinordi feature at ruefrontenac.com

• Four Habs Fans has home video from camp

Kovalchuk komedy kontinues

Down Goes Brown summer reruns

Glen Sather orders a pizza

• A must-read: Homophobia and Discrimination in Hockey

839 Comments

  1. Rugger says:

    Just downloaded the Lowell, MA show from last week (3 miles from home but couldn’t go).  The vocalist they added sounds eerily like Jerry.

  2. Rugger says:

    In isolation, agreed, great addition.  Now what to do with the other 9 D-men under contract for $20M+.  Kaberle will eventually be gone but still too many.

  3. SlovakHab says:

    5’9, 195 lbs.. I think of Marc-Andre Bergeron without the shot.

  4. Chuck says:

    Way off topic, but does anyone have an extra ticket for the Furthur show tonight at Artpark in Lewiston, NY?

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  5. Slovak says:

    ok I take that – half times of last 6 seasons to go through first round is good enough.

  6. SmartDog says:

    HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH FOR PRICE?

    Jaro signed for 3.75 million…. and we keep hearing that he would’ve been a LOT more than Price.  But for me, the way Gauhtier has played this Price is going to get some ridiculous and undeserved amount of money.   Anything over 2.25 million is too much for Price and un-earned.  But I’m guesssing he gets 3 million for 3-4 years. Which is too much, but Gauthier’s given his agent all the cards. 

    And I HOPE it’s not a 1-year contract (like Gauthier’s done for other players) which is like the teacher telling you which day the test will be on, and by the way, what questions are on it. This 1-year stuff is like giving players a do-over until they have ONE really good year they can hang an inflated contract on. It’s stupid.

    PS: The Glen Sather orders a Pizza thing is good for a chuckle… at least we’re not THAT bad.  Well… let’s not go there. 

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  7. Slovak says:

    ok if you compare good and bad trades, where you got more names?

    93 seems to be the “latest positive date” except the previous season, is it right?

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    DGB is occasionally funny, but when he tries to make fun of the Habs he gets a bit strident.

  9. SuperStarz says:

    aww crap that means i’m going to miss the king james live special where he’s telling everyone he’s going to the heat

  10. Bugs says:

    “Dribble”? It’s “drivel”, goofball. “DesponTent”? Nice. (snort) And no supporting argument apart from puerile wanna-be witty insults. Leave me the dictionary to me, ok? You’re not using it properly.

    (snicker)

    So to recap: you got nuthin.

    Gotcha.

    Oh, except “esotericism” of course. (mmmph) What every hockey club needs, yes.

    Haw-haw!

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

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  11. WarHero says:

    Some of you may not like this but I got to give Brian Burke some props for signing Brett Lebda. A very underrated former Wings D-Man.

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  12. HFX-HabFan says:

    In the last 6 seasons, they made the playoffs 5 times.  Of those 5 times, they made it to at least the second round 3 times.  Again, only a handful of teams could say the same thing.  You’d be surprised. 

  13. Slovak says:

    for me PLAYOFF TEAM means to go further than first round… it means they can really compete with playoff teams – not just being easy shot for others. How many times in last 6 seasons HABS did go to at least 2nd round?

  14. Clay4bc says:

    I actually read an article yesterday that said Lebron approached them…someone posted the link here

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  15. HFX-HabFan says:

    Curiousity got the best of me so I looked it up.  Larouche was traded in the ’81-’82 season to the Whalers for picks, one of which was Petr Svoboda, a name you should be familiar with.  Svoboda was a reliable defenseman for us for years, including a Cup win in ’86.  He then went to Buffalo for Kevin Haller, who was a reliable defender on our Cup-winning team in ’93.  I’d say we won the Larouche trade- our team did far better than Hartford in the years immediately after/all the time, and our return was far better than theirs was.

    Side note- Larouche was the first player to score 50 goals in a season with two different teams.  We dealt him away and easily won the trade.

  16. HFX-HabFan says:

    They’ve made the playoffs 5 of the last 6 seasons, that’s fairly regular I’d say.  Only a handful of other teams could say the same thing.

    Remember Pierre Larouche?  Dude was a pure sniper, a 50 goal scorer who played in Montreal in the late ’70s and early ’80s.  He won a couple of Cups with the Habs.  We dealt him away to Hartford in like ’82 for prospects/picks (sound familiar?).  Montreal won their divison multiple times and was a perennial playoff team for the rest of the decade (including a Cup in ’86 and a Cup final in ’89), and Hartford was always a mediocre playoff bubble team. 

  17. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    What if Crosby or Ovechkin was to make a announcment on RDS tonight that he was going to sign with the Habs, would you watch it, not for nothing but I think all of Quebec would be tuned in.

    Where does Miami heat have the balls to sign Bosh, Wade, and Lebron

     no Guts no Glory

     

    Go Habs Go

  18. arcosenate says:

    While I am sure the immense amount of money that will somehow trickle down to the boys and girls club of America will no doubt benefit tens of people, it’s a waste of time.

  19. Bill H says:

    Hey, I hear ya!  Thank god we have found the true meaning of life – posting on a hockey blog in mid July.  LOL

  20. Garry Bettman says:

    “Maxim Lapierre announces where he’ll be playing this season.

    Informed sources say the choice has been narrowed to Montreal or Montreal.”

    HAHAHA!

    Thats what YOU think! But there will be no Montreal! Only Kansas City!

    The United States are an unserved market, you know!

  21. Habsrule1 says:

    To be honest, somewhat, yes.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  22. pic1983 says:

    Essentially its an hour long interview with lebron james, and I read that the proceeds from advertising are going to the boys and girls club of america.  As full of himself as he is, Lebron definitely does his part for the community.

    Also, I dont think lebron approached ESPN and asked them to do a one hour special, it seems more like something ESPN would ask of lebron because its a slow time for sports right now. 

  23. Slovak says:

    Great owner or manager would make it somehow to keep him close…

    What about other MANY great players that HABS let go while keep saying the team will do better without them? Never happened, am I right?

    We can debate this thing for hours but I BELIEVE HABS SHOULD BE REGULAR PALYOFF TEAM

    are they? If not why?

  24. Mr. Biter says:

    That’s why the Habs first round pick this year should stay at Harvard and get his degree. See Dave Fischer our pick from 2006. Maybe things would have been different if he would have played Junior but drafting is allways a crap shoot so sometimes you never know what you get 3-4 years later. In regards to Fischer I checked his Stats and they decreased each year he played for the Gophers.

  25. ed lopaz says:

    I agree with you. I have been a Habs fan for many, many years – and it will never stop.

    But when I see certain things happen, I get really pissed – that’s my nature.

    I am not the guy who says – “oh, well. maybe if we keep “building”, by 2013, we will compete”.

    No. I am not that guy.

     

     

     

  26. SensFanSpezza says:

    They actually do that where I live.  During the winter, kids have their gym periods on the rink which is right across the street from the school.

  27. Slovak says:

    Don’t blindly support anyone’s mistake.

    If it turns out to be real mistake and it starts to hurt, you might end up looking like <strike>an idiot</strike> a fool.

    If you only see the whole donut with the hole – it would be better world out there… try it :-)

  28. SlovakHab says:

    FHF have some footage from the Habs development camp.

  29. Rugger says:

    They let him go because Martin had just brought the Habs to there best play-off success in 17 years in his first year under contract so you do not then fire him, so options were to offer asst coach position which he turned down, refuse to let him out of his contract which would be both unfair to Boucher and send a bad message to anyone the habs try to hire for future coaching positions or let him walk.  There is a lot of talk about how uncaring the Habs management is, letting Boucher persue an NHL head coaching spot was the right thing to do for Boucher.

  30. arcosenate says:

    Have people’s lives become that empty that an hour long television show on where some douchebag athelete chooses to play and get paid $5 trillion dollars for it somehow fills the void?  I mean, when the people who actually watch this utter tripe are on their deathbeds however many years from now, won’t they have the sense of regret to admit to themselves that just maybe they would like to get that hour back and use it for something a little more worthwhile?

    The end really is near.

    Probably just as well judging by this.

  31. pic1983 says:

    Not really.  Carey price is a competitor.  He also understands dollars and cents.  Hes year older, a year more mature, and I think a good half-season of riding the bench taught him a few lessons.  I’m sure he comes in fired up this year and performs admirably.  If the players in front of him can give him some goal support, hes going to win a lot of games also. 

  32. Slovak says:

    I understand that, but on this site it sometimes seems like everythings is fine no matter what…there is always something possitive on any mistake that HABS management does.

    But in the end it is great to be a fan – blind or open eyes, thinking or not thinking, more educated less educated, doubter or believer…the problem is they don’t listen to each other…

    However I believe that the “general fan mind” is more close to get pissed off than to say again and again and again ”Yupie maybe next year we will be better”

    It is great to hear that something is happening… because fans have the ultimate power – the game is all about them, you and me.

     

  33. SLONCOLD says:

    ya well we barely made the playoffs last year and made one heck of a playoff run with the help of a hot goalie.

    bigger, stronger, more potential, past success… big deal and who cares because the nhl is all about what have you done for me lately.

    if the habs continue to have scoring problems (2.64goals/game) price will have to be 2.64 or better for the team to be a 500 team… and if he has a 2.77gaa with a high save percentage we will miss the playoffs. our defense is getting up there is age as well and won’t be blocking shots liek they did in the playoffs…

     

  34. SlovakHab says:

    Don’t criticize anyone’s work before you see the actual results.

    If they succeed, you might end up looking like a fool.

  35. Bill H says:

    From the article on Kovalchuk:

    Several sources familiar with the situation but not authorized to talk
    publicly said Kovalchuk hasn’t compromised on an average annual value of
    $10 million, close to the NHL-leading $9.538-million average
    Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin earns in a 13-year deal.

    The Kings say they can’t accommodate Kovalchuk, retain their core and
    bring in the support players necessary to become a consistent Stanley
    Cup contender.

    Good on LA Kings for not getting seduced by the obvious but short term advantage of signing a big star UFA.  They are a young club building for the future. Signing Kovalchuk now at the expense of one of their drafted stars in a year or two makes no sense at all.

    That’s not a knock on Kovalchuk.  He’s smart to shop around for the best deal.  He wants long term and he wants the big bucks that a perenial 40 goal scorer can command.  He prefers the NHL over KHL, and he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his career playing in an empty rink like Atlanta.  He would be stupid to do anything less than what he is doing right now. 


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