Mario Tremblay joins RDS

Patrick Roy’s favourite hockey coach will do in-studio game commentary and appear on L’Antichambre.

This lends credence to the rumour that Joel Bouchard will become Pierre Houde’s new booth partner.

• Pat Hickey on the transformation of the Lightning

Cammalleri’s summer and he’s all over Toronto radio (thanks, Kevin van S)

• One year after the Gainey Purge, Robert L asks: Who would you want back?

Puck Daddy’s 10 Comeback candidates (No current Canadiens, but Mike Ribeiro and Christopher Higgins are on the list)

• Allan Muir of SI lists eight most-improved franchises

• TSN’s Top 10 off-season moves (guess whats no. 3)

• These are cool: patterns in penalties and a database of NHL uniforms (good find, petrov14)

Antti Niemi to arbitration today

Ben Eager is worth WHAT?

And today’s fan video


• James Mirtle on Denis Grebeshkov going to Russia

The free-agent boxscore

• Senators hire Rick Wamsley

• José Theodore feature

• KHL would open the vault for Kovy II


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    How could we possibly trade Price? Who would want him? The only scenario that MIGHT work is New Jersey, where he could play behind Brodeur for a year or two and learn his trade. And what would Lou give us for him? A late pick, maybe. What a waste of a top 5 pick. 

    P.S. Price’s real middle name is Wickenheiser. they don’t tell you that in the press materials

    BTW – I don’t blame Price, he was rushed up here by management when he wasn’t mature enough, and I guess Habs management is never wrong.

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking into a police flashlight.” Ozzie Wilde, Oscar’s crazy brother.

  3. since1988 says:

    too many

  4. Chuck says:

    It got right to the point.

  5. ZepFan2 says:

    There is…fill it with cement!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  6. Mattyleg says:

    Because Pierre “If-I-Yell-People-Might-Think-I-Know-What-I’m-Talking-About” McGuire is a reason to watch TSN??

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. likehoy says:


    post of the day.

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    Although I completely agree that the goon position has no business in modern hockey, the analysis rather misses the point doesn’t it?

    Goons at their worst seem to cost 1-3 goals per year. Not significant. Obviously it’s a minus, and another player could be a plus. But I don’t think you can measure a goon’s supposed value in terms of goals scored/conceded.

    However ban fighting, punish attempts to injure very harshly (10 games for the first infraction, 20 for the second, one season for the third), and the Boogaards of this world can take their freakshow to extreme fighting.





  9. aemarchand11 says:

    Does HIO block the IP address or the computer address? Ultimately it doesnt matter because if you are on a wireless connection your IP is just a sub of the router. (To put it simply) I dont think they can ban the actual IP either since the computer isnt actually running it.

    Or, he is going to other computers like at the library, work or summer school and is creating accounts and messaging.

    All in all though, its quite sad and I’m beginning to feel bad for him.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  10. Xtrahabsfan says:

    He can’t hear you with his Stanley cup rings in his ears….

  11. Ian Cobb says:

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  12. Storm Man says:

    She could flood it :)

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    Good call, I can see that happening for sure. It’s not like Niemi gave them anything that isn’t replaceable.

  14. alestar says:

    Unfortunately, he’ll be back…if only there was a way to get his mom to make him move out of the basement.


    XXIV…and counting

  15. Storm Man says:

    Mario Tremblay on RDS perfect. I can’t wait till he tells us all on how to coach the Habs and who should be in the line-up and on what lines I hope we hear what Roy has to say about Mario on RDS.should be great.

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    -Make sure you send me all the information that I asked for with your money order, no exceptions! You can only reserve your tickets once I receive everything that was requested.

    Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed And Reserved

  17. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Tremblay has been there before, and was pretty funny when he did it. The man has a sharp tongue and a certain wit, or at least he had. I used to enjoy his comments, and found he certainly added to the entertainment value of the RDS presentations.

    This is a good thing – not of course to the usual suspects who will blame it on Gainey….

  18. TripleX says:

    I can see the very real possibility of Turco ending up in Chicago on a 1.5 to 2 million dollar contract.

    Niemi goes to arbitration today and if he is awarded a large increase then Chicago will say goodbye and sign Turco.


    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde

  19. nightmare_49 says:

       The Value of an NHL Goon

       By Derek Zona / Copper & Blue

  20. smiler2729 says:

    I didn’t really like Mario Tremblay as a player and I sure as hell HATED him as a head coach, his name is synonymous with the Habs’ fall from contention into a decade of sh!t.

    He’s a pompous idiot much like Michel Bergeron, so now L’Antichambre will have two know-it-all-better-than-anyone types… ugh.

  21. smiler2729 says:

    A “staring” goalie on a contending team? Staring from the bench.

  22. Psycho29 says:

    Bye Tony, Thanks for stopping by! (again)

  23. says:

    I liked him as a player……….

    There’s a reason he doesn’t have a job in coaching.

    He and the rest of the org destroyed the Canadiens and set us back at least 10 years.

    That deal made for Patrick Roy was one of THE worst trades in NHL history. 

    At least the Oil won another Cup after the Great one left.

    They Call Me Shane

  24. slamtherimtim says:

    i used to work at a golf corse where he was a member , total SOB

  25. alestar says:

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing. I recall watching him play and I loved his grit and determination as a player.

    As a head coach, he never really stood a chance…he was totally out of his element.

    I can’t imagine him being any worse an announcer that Brunet, but then again, that’s not saying a whole lot.


    XXIV…and counting

  26. Exit716 says:

    I see you quote the Paper Bag wearing fraud known as Eklund.

    “This is something I see Habs fans wrapping their hands around.”

    Sure, Ek.

    I think the only thing that Habs fans should wrap their hands around is your neck.

    How does this clown even get credentials for anything related to the NHL?


  27. nightmare_49 says:

      Agent Says that Turco will be a Staring Goalie on a Contending Team

      from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

      ” He will be on a contender, he will be the starter and he will get a chance to show everbody the kind of goalie he has been throughout his career and will continue to be,”  agent Overhardt said.


      I am looking forward to having Mario Trembley on L’antichambre and in studio commentator, can’t be worse than Hartley. 

  28. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hard to know what to think about Le Bleuet.

    Should we remember him as a player or as a coach?

    Let’s be generous and go with the former.

    As a commentator he could be good: he is well spoken and forthright, and he has been around.


  29. andrewberkshire says:

    I still think they should have Patrick Roy appear on RDS via satellite from Quebec City whenever Tremblay is on so they can duke it out verbally. That’s the only scenario I want to see Tremblay’s mug on my TV screen, unless I’m watching classic Habs games.

  30. alestar says:

    You should have played that off as an ode to our resident troll, tony…


    XXIV…and counting

  31. ed lopaz says:

    I would like to say a few nice words about Mario Tremblay.

    I watched this kid play when he first came up and played on a great 4th line with Doug Risbourough, Yvon Lambert on “the Kid Line”.

    He was a hard working, tenacious SOB who played with grit and would never back down from anyone.

    he was never a great hockey talent, but he made the most of what he had, and helped the Habs win several


    now I’ve said it.

    as a coach he was god awful and cost us several more cups because if his feud with St Patrick.

    as a broadcaster, I have no idea what he can do.

  32. Joe_Habs says:

    shit, ive been dreading his return to anything montreal canadiens…this is bad juju

  33. von says:

    Couldn’t stand Tremblay as head coach, don’t think I’ll like him as a commentator.

    Maybe he will do a tap dance on the desk if the Habs win their season opener.


    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  34. sprague cleghorn says:

    AAAAGGGGG!  Mario!   Bad dream. Bad dream.  Must wake up.  Must wake up…

  35. TripleX says:

    Andrew Ladd signs a one year deal at 2.35 million with Atlanta.



    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde

  36. TripleX says:

    The title of the story was very misleading and definitely poor journalism, unless the intent was to mislead.

    These were the top stories according to THN from a newsworthy angle and not in regards to importance or even impact.  Admittedly even from this viewpoint the stories listed are questionable as top tens.

    Overall it was simply a badly headlined and written article.



    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde

  37. Eliisa says:

    Oh, that tribute just game me goosebumps! What a playoff run we had… how many more days till our boys hit the ice again?

  38. Skotbot says:

    Thats pathetic..

    The best thing to do before or after a hockey game is to go FAR away to eat. Staying in tourist central will get u bitten by the “specials” and “local favs”

    Personally I go for drinks at Biftek on St-Lau, (not a restaurant) and Ill eat at a non-sport related place.. Sushi, Thai, Indian,

    I love the sport, but hate the environment it creates.


    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  39. Skotbot says:

    There are zero (0) reasons to watch TSN.



    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  40. Black Jacques Halak says:

    Mario Tremblay on RDS????  Great another reason to watch it on TSN…  The man who singlehandedly made the Avalanche a contender!

  41. mike g says:

    Yea, spelling mistake….what ya gonna do.

    I know you live in CGY, so I wanna ask is everyone freakin out? I mean, to bring back Tanguay and Jokinen?

    The Sutter’s basically pimped out those 2 players, and just picked them both back up from the street.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  42. mike g says:

    Then why is Patrick Marleau at #7 ?

    They credit the Sharks for re-signing him.

    I’m still not understanding the author’s logic, or any sort of “knowledge” he has of hockey. Many moves were better than the Jokinen deal, including:

    -Volchenkov going to NJ

    -Atlanta trading for Buff, Eager, and Laad.

    -Toronto signing Armstrong and trading for Versteeg

    -Ray Whitney going to Phoenix


    Those were just a few example, but there are many more. How Jokinen can be in the top 10 of anything, except fot douche’s, is unexplainable. I somehow think this author was on something when he wrote it.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  43. Say Ash says:

    Fully agree, Mike. Calgary’s offseason moves are truly mystifying. In fact, they only make sense to Sather and Milbury.

    And “genious”? That’s pretty funny, dude.

  44. mike g says:


    I found that video on Youtube a few weeks ago, and even though it’s about 15 times I watch it, the chills are still there.

    I posted the link a few times on HIO, including yesterday, but never got a reply to the post. I thaught people didn’t think it was good, and then…..BAM! Check-in to HIO this morning and it’s front page..

    Anyways lo, it’s one of the best I’ve seen on Youtube.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  45. G-Man says:

    “moves” implies player changing cities.

  46. mike g says:

    You gotta love one thing about the media, eh?…

    How they just write something, and whether it’s true or not, the author thinks he/she is a genious.

    All I know is that if I was the editor of The Hockey News magazine, wow….Wow to the article about the top 10 moves this offseason. How in the heck can anyone not on hardcore drugs say that Jokinen going to Calagary, or anywhere for that matter, was a better move than the Habs re-signing the 2nd best centerman available this offseason.

    That’s right, the Habs re-signed Pleks, a 70 pt player who’s on the rise big time, and playing a way more important role than Jokinen. Yet, The Hockey News seems to think Olli Jokinen returning to a place where he sucked like a lemon was a better move.

    Please someone, explain me how this works. Does this guy get hired by the magazine because they seriously think he knows something about hockey or did nobody at THN see this story before it could be published?

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  47. Storm Man says:

    See you at the draft should be fun :)

  48. Bryan says:

    That video gave me the chills.  So many great moments from last year’s playoff run.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  49. petrov14 says:

    There is always a loophole, eh? lol

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  50. G-Man says:

    mmmm…Catherine Zeta-Jones….

  51. 24 Cups says:

    It worked!

  52. 24 Cups says:

    Go Habs Go.

    I don’t care if Stephen Harper like hockey, he’s still a dickweed.

    A Rusty Nail a day keeps the doctor away.

    I love Catherine-Zeta Jones.

    This is a test message to see if it comes out in individual paragraphs or just one combined unit.

  53. alestar says:

    On the database of NHL uniforms, I still think the 1944-47 uniforms were the best design, with the big stripe in the middle of the shirt on both the home and away jerseys. Just sayin’…

    XXIV…and counting

  54. Psycho29 says:

    Hence the name “Smart” Dog.  :-)

    Made the mistake of going to the Baton Rouge across from the Bell Center before a game last season. Found out only AFTER being seated that there was an “Event Menu” with five or six items to choose from ($$$$). Asked the waiter and was told the regular menu isn’t available on event nights (hockey, wrestling, concerts)….

  55. Mark C says:

    Ladd avoids arb. and signs for 1 year @ $2.35 reported.

    Also, Wheeler’s award should be reported today before noon.

  56. Rugger says:

    ” this is THN’s Top 10 off-season moves.” from the opening paragraph of the article in fact he calls it the 10 most important.  I do not see where it is newsworthy, just top 10.  If newsworthy then I can see some of his list

  57. SmartDog says:

    Try this: what are your top 5 restaurants to go to before or after a hockey game?  😛

    OR I’m coming in town for a game and need a really good restaurant to take my wife/date/uncle Fred to….


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  58. HabFanSince72 says:

    Are we not allowed to post non-hockey related questions once in a while?

    I asked for people’s top 5 favourite Montreal restaurants etc… yesterday and the post got deleted.

    Since there was nothing much going on other than the usual Price bashing, I didn’t think my post demonstrated an egregious lack of etiquette, but I’m happy to be corrected.

  59. HabFanSince72 says:

    But he meant top ten newsworthy, not top ten good moves.

    The debate on this site alone pushes the Halak trade in the top ten.

  60. Rugger says:

    I stopped reading after he had the Flames adding Jokenin in his top 10.  Destroyed any credability the writer may have had.

  61. gumper says:

    In a clear demonstration that everything he knows about writing opinion pieces he learned in Grade 5, John Grigg anoints Halak a proven NHL #1, while failing to recognize anything positive about Eller and Schultz. I meet guys like this regularly on winter Saturday nights in sports bars, explaining why the Leafs are lightyears ahead of the Habs in their current rebuilding phases.

  62. petrov14 says:

    Ohhhh A Boone shout-out! How I have waited for this day!  😉

    Also to see Montreals 100th year jerseys or other teams ‘once off’ specials, you have to click on that season then on that team to see them (It doesnt show up in the tumbnail). 2001\2002 Has Buffalos ‘NEW YORK’ jerseys.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  63. avatar_58 says:

    I like that white jersey and I want one, but I worry it will get dirty too easily 😮

  64. saskhabfan says:

    I blame the KHL’s offer to kovalchuk on the “leverage” given to carey price.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  65. 24 Cups says:

    THN gives their Top 10 moves of the summer.  The St. Louis trade for Halak comes in at #3.

  66. 24 Cups says:

    Atlanta and Tampa being two of the most improved teams in the NHL does not bode well for Montreal. The battle for 8th spot just got a lot tougher. There are two ways to view Robert L’s article. He states that Gainey should get kudos for cleaning house. I view it differently seeing that the house cleaning is an reflection of Gainey’s skills as a GM. He built a team over five years that in the end was a complete faliure. His house cleaning was an indirect admission of that downfall. Cammy hails from Richmond Hill which is just north of Toronto. I live nearby and I can tell you that he is truly loved and admired in the region. This guy has become my favourite Hab. Young Bowman has made some decent moves this summer (out of necessity) but the Niemi arbitration case may be his biggest challenge. Their are serious doubts that any team can win a Cup with Huet, Turco or Theodore in the nets. Then again, Detroit did it with Osgood between the pipes. Kovalchuk? I’m starting to think  the teams that don’t sign him will eventually turn out to be the winners.

    Edit: Once again, I type out my message in paragraphs but it still somehow posts as one large unit. I’m at a loss as to why this happens on a random basis.

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tampa and Atlanta still have to prove they are improved. Last season Bolts were supposed to get better and Atlanta was supposed to get over the hump for playoffs, Still nothing happened for both franchises. As for the 8th spot, that’s not where I see the Habs battling to place anyway, they’ll be higher than that.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. HabFanSince72 says:

    serious doubts that any team can win a Cup with Huet, Turco or Theodore in the nets.


    Most of us would have said the same about Niemi and Leighton, before last season.

  69. nightmare_49 says:

       Steve – Posts in one paragraph are happening to me also.  After posting i hit edit and then adjust it to paragraphs if it lets me………………..  Another problem i have is when i read some of Mr. Boone’s interesting articles i can’t get back to the original HIO site, it could be a maneuver by Mike ‘The Hit Man’ Boone to boost the stats.  

  70. twocents says:

    I view it as a man who tried to build a team in a mold that would benefit from the rule changes coming out of the lockout. When the impact of those changes waned and the league began reverting, I see a man who had the wherewithal to make significant adjustments without having to start over.

    Most people in his position would have gone down with the ship, clinging to their old ideas, too proud or inflexible to admit their approach had passed its moment. Those who could acknowledge needed change would have copped to the, “we have to start over” philosophy.

    Gainey shrewdly identified the elements he wanted to keep, lost a couple in the process, but quickly and effectively put together a team that could compete. And, one that will still improve over the next few years. He miscalculated in his initial direction, but part of the miscalculation was due to the pathetic nature of the league’s front office. And, when you bare in mind what he inherited, I am hard pressed to view his time as a failure.

    I suggest very few people could pull off that kind of maneuver.

  71. ed lopaz says:

    if you preview your comment before posting it, the format usually (not always) allows you to do more editing, paragraphs, etc.

    by the way, i agree with your comment when you said, 

    I view it differently seeing that the house cleaning is an reflection of Gainey’s skills as a GM. He built a team over five years that in the end was a complete faliure. His house cleaning was an indirect admission of that downfall. 

    and you could have added that ONLY GAINEY would have been given a second chance to build ANOTHER 5 year plan.

    Gainey was given carte blanche in this city – and I was among those who would have agreed to that.

    He had won a cup in Dallas, and he was, after all, Bob Gainey.

    the players brought in are way better than the ones let go.




    I love my country, that does not mean I support the present government.
    I love the Habs, that does not mean I support the present Habs management.

  72. smiler2729 says:

    The Gainey Purge of ’09 – who would I want back?

    For sentimental reasons only, Saku Koivu. The rest I’ve already forgotten about and moved on, I like this team a hell of a lot better.

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree 100%.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. G-Man says:

    All gone. Not a moment too soon.

  75. TommyB says:

    Agree.  Except that I would include Saku on the list, as well.  I understand sentimental reasons,  but it was clear that even though he was not part of the problem, he was not part of the solution.  And the jury is still out as to whether or not he was part of the problem.  You would have had to be in that room to know the answer to that.

  76. 24 Cups says:

    Robert – I agree about your point concerning Atlanta and Tampa.  It will take some time for things to develop and gain momentum.  Waddell just had to go (can Sather and Sutter be far behind?) and the Tampa managment circus set the team back a few years (but they did get Stamkos and Hedman!).  Regardless, there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

    As for 8th place, we have only had one successful regular season during the G&G regime so I like to tread lightly and keep my expectations in check.  It’s kind of like standing on the first tee and hoping that you can break 90 when the truth of the matter is you really want to shoot the lights out.

  77. SeriousFan09 says:

    There’s light, but Kovalchuk regardless of opinions, was a major force for each ATL regular season and why they drew in crowds at all in ATL, you rarely see successful teams who are playing to half a crowd, takes the energy out of a team when they have no real support at home games. They have some pieces but still major issues to address. TBL, everything’s so new they might need to dare I say it… gel and it could cost them time. I don’t think the rest of the East will give Stamkos the room he needs to hit 50G again this season either, nor do I see Vinny living up to his 7.7 a year.

    As for only one huge season so far, that is true but this season is supposed to be about improvement as the team builds into a stronger overall contender and if they’re still contending only for 8th, I think something will have gone terribly wrong this season. Improved defence and forward depth I think are the key as a lack of puck-moving, which weakened the transition game has often hampered the team which used to be a powerhouse because of great defenders.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  78. pic1983 says:

    Im also certain that Guy boucher will have a bit of a tough adjustment as well.  Its one thing to work mind tricks on a bunch of 20 year olds making thousands, but a totally different thing to get those tricks to work on veterans making millions.  If Guy boucher can get lecavalier to turn it around, than the lightning will have success.  If he cant though….I really wouldnt want to be steve yzerman.  A $7.7 million/yr liability is a lot to handle when you have a young superstar who’s RFA at seasons end that will easily be able to command over $7 million. 

  79. DAVE. N says:

    Senators hire Rick Wamsley”

    Well….finally, Sens get a ‘tender

  80. says:

    How much revenue sharing do the Canadiens send/year? 

    2009-10 NHL Attendance

    They Call Me Shane

  81. HabFanSince72 says:

    The bottom 10 franchises need to be moved or clsed down altogether.


  82. Psycho29 says:

    Last time Boone was paid by the hit was in the 70’S!

  83. 24 Cups says:

    Paul – that’s the 64M dollar question right now in the NHL.  Was last year’s final an anomaly in terms of 2nd tier goalies taking their teams all the way, or is it still necessary to have a stud goaltender who can carry his team on his back the way guys like Roy and  Brodeur did?  It’s the most important question a GM needs to answer before he decides to go with a Luongo or a Nittymaki.  The Habs going ‘all in’ on Price certainly let’s you know where G&G stand on the issue.

  84. twocents says:

    Tommy, though it pains me some to think it, I agree.


  85. 24 Cups says:

    Eric – Everyone gives Gainey credit for straightening out the organization after the Dark Ages that we all suffered through in the late 90’s.  To be fair, the same thing could have been accomplished by other GM’s.  He’s not the only one to pull off that feat.

    I do feel that Gainey has to take responsibility for the collapse of the team when we were clearly gearing up for a Cup run during the anniversary season.  They were his players being coached by his bench boss.  The fact that Gainey himself was unable to rally the team speak volumes.

    As for the new version, it was a once in a lifetime spending spree that may or may not be successful.  I certainly wouldn’t call it team building or shrew management.  Other GM’s would love to be able to spend 30M in one day.

    I realize that it sounds like I’m being hard on Gainey or that I don’t admire the man.  Trust me when I say that’s not so.  However, I also think we have to be realistic when it comes to evaluating what has gone on during the past 8 years. 

  86. TommyB says:

    I agree with you.  The easy thing to do, would have been to just leave the roster as it was and walk away, leaving the “mess” for someone else to deal with.  I think Gainey not only felt a responsibility for the way things turned out, but also a responsibility for what he was to leave for the next guy.  In most cases, the players Gainey brought in prior to the cleansing had the required talent, but lacked in heart or passion.  They were paycheque cashers.  Something Gainey could not have known ahead of time.  It’s no minor coincidence that the housecleaning brought in guys like Gionta, Cammalleri, and Gomez.  And you haters (not you, 2cents) can bitch all you want about the Gomez contract, but you can’t deny his heart and determination, especially during the playoffs.  Gainey, a failure?  I think not.

  87. twocents says:

    Steve, the fact is, I don’t think you’re argument is very realistic. How many teams in the 30 team NHL have won a Cup on cue? None. 

    Your first statement above is pure conjecture. Name other GM’s that took a team from perennially missing the playoffs, to a first place conference finish and a conference final during their tenure. Going from loser to contender is often a process that sees the efforts of several GM’s

    Lombardi paved the way for Wilson, Tallon for Bowman. Devalanno and Murray for Holland, Patrick for Shero, Murray for Burke, Dudley for Feaster.

    Lamorriello is the only example of someone doing the whole thing himself that I can think of.

    As for your point on team building, I would argue that last year’s team showed more team concept than any version since ’93. What else is team building than building a team that functions as a cohesive group? By whatever method.

  88. 24 Cups says:

    Eric – I’m not going to beat this into the ground.  I guess it’s just my frustration of the past 15 years coming through.  I’m from the generation that didn’t dream about MAYBE winning a Cup but expected to win one every decade.  It’s been a tough adjustment to say the least.

    The 100th anniversary ‘go for it all’ fever may have been asking too much as you have pointed out. 

    Don’t worry, I’m still on board and have now adjusted my expectations for another run at the Cup a few years down the road.  Who knows, if Price, AK, Pouliot and Subban hit pay dirt we just might be able to pull it off.  I just wish we had more young studs like some of the other teams do. 

    Time to enjoy this beautiful summer day and get away from this time consuming computer!

  89. twocents says:

    Steve, I know this is born of disappointment. And I feel it too. My early years were all Cups. 

    I also know our outlooks aren’t all that different. That’s why I want to convince you.

    But, I honestly feel more realistically optimistic for this team than I have in a long while. I really think we are going in the right direction. More so than that tease 3 years ago.

  90. avatar_58 says:

    “There will be two outdoor games this season. The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit the Flames on Feb. 20 in Calgary, the first outdoor game in Canada since 2003 when the Montreal Canadiens played the Oilers in Edmonton.”

    Wait what? I thought the habs were playing Calgary?? That’s what they said earlier this year! >:(

  91. avatar_58 says:

    Wikipedia –

    “On May 28, 2010, it was announced that the 2011 Winter Classic would be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. It will be the Pens second appearance in the classic. Another outdoor game, renamed The Heritage Classic, will be played on February 20, 2011 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens.”

    SEE – What the hell, don’t tell me they changed it?

  92. TommyB says:

    If it’s been changed, I wouldn’t be surprised.  Toronto likes to stick their noses into everything, dying for any form of recognition and attention.  Perhaps the Winter Classic should be televised in black & white.  This would better enable Leaf fans to identify with their team and the last time they played in anything near “classic”.

  93. RGM says:

    Typo. Somebody fell asleep at the wheel on that one.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  94. avatar_58 says:

    They had better, I’m really looking forward to it :(

  95. TommyB says:

    Feb. 20,  Montreal at Calgary (McMahon Stadium).  And you can bet the ice will not be soft.

  96. G-Man says:

    Unless there’s a chinook, right?


  97. Storm Man says:

    I hope the ice is not soft, Even if it is plus 5 or so I think the ice will be good.

  98. TommyB says:

    Another well-thought out post slamming Habs management.  Don’t you guys ever get tired of it?  Rick Wamsley…God’s gift to goaltender coaching now?

  99. Tobiass says:

    Man, your grasping at straws, get a life.

  100. aemarchand11 says:


    We always assumed your life was sad, now you have confirmed it.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  101. punkster says:

    Gotta give you marks for being tenacious Tony.


  102. otter649 says:

    Wamsley left The Habs in 1984………

  103. alestar says:



    XXIV…and counting

  104. Psycho29 says:

    I heard that the Habs are still playing in the outdoor game, but the CBC has requested they wear the Maple Leaf’s uniforms. Otherwise Don Cherry refuses to venture outdoors….

  105. TommyB says:

    They take him out of cold storage every Saturday night anyway, don’t they?

  106. Psycho29 says:

    I think somebody had an operation and is back as “Antoinette”.,….all that’s missing is the “242”

  107. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Before we all go crazy here, I’m going to toss out the idea that he may have been joking. If I’m wrong, I apologize, but I can’t see anyone seriously lamenting that we missed out on the wisdom that Rick Wamsley brings to the table.

    These are the lingering effects that a Tony has on an ecosystem.

  108. Rugger says:

    That was my thought as well, Tony doesn’t seem like the type to have a s*x change to Antoinette

  109. HabFanSince72 says:

    He/She’s joking – and it was a good one too.

  110. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Upon further examination, my use of the word “he” may not have been entirely accurate. How was Antoinette not a clue? I blame it on her resemblance to Scotty, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner.

  111. homerbowen says:

    Good for Mario. I still think the duo of St Patrick and Mario as Habs coaches would be great and if it didn’t work out they could duke it out at centre ice…my money would be on Mario!

  112. twocents says:

    Whoa! Did you see what Yzerman did today?

    The guy’s a flat out genius.

    A visionary.


  113. The Teacher says:

    Wow, why can’t we have a GM like that waaah waaah instead of sad sack Gainey and waah waah Gauthier waaah. My name is Tony and i WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS ANYMORE waaaah


    Why can’t we sign these amazing prospects instead of hiring these donkey scouts waaah waaah. Players win , not scoutS waaah

  114. mike g says:

    Here’s what I wrote about that article this morning…..

    (this post reflects the general opinion of the hockey world, and their new hard-on’s for Tampa’s new GM)

    OMG, Stevie Y!!!!

    Tampa just signed ANOTHER francophone, this time it’s the defenseman Mathieu Roy to a 1-year deal.

    OMG, Stevie is the best GM in hockey. He’s getting all these amazing francophones, Tampa will compete for the Cup next year, Guy Boucher, Julien Brisebois, more francophones, STEVIE Y!!!!, Guy Boucher, francophones, Guy Boucher, Guy Boucher, francophones, STEVIE Y!!!!, Jack Adams winner Guy Boucher, OMGG!!!!!

    And what’s PG doing not signing anyone, how can you pass up on M. Roy?! Comon PG, how can you let Stevie sign all these guys and steal all our players/coaches?!?!

    No matter how Mathieu Roy turns out, Stevie Y will still be the best GM in hockey. Watch out for Tampa everyone.

    (man, what a looooong summer)

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  115. habstown says:

    what did Stevie Y do?

  116. avatar_58 says:

    Vernace was most likely signed because of what Boucher saw in him while playing for Hamilton.

  117. lenny says:

    i cant hold out any longer….Isn’t it strange Price has yet to sign…is it just possible he does not want to play here?

  118. Curtoph says:

    Yeah…. He is giving up a starter role with the Big Bald Auld as his back up… I’m sure he’s just gonna jump ship *Cough* Stop asking that *Cough*

  119. Mattyleg says:

    As Hickey or Boone or someone said recenty, Theo didn’t sign one year until 2 days before the golf tournament.

    Breathe. In………and out……..

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  120. RGM says:

    I guess you haven’t been watching the news lately eh?

    There’s such a thing as a process happening between the Canadiens and Price.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  121. Mattyleg says:

    1. Mario Tremblay… not looking forward to seeing his mug on RDS, but you never know, it might grow on me. Fondness, not his mug.

    2. I want NOBODY back from the Gainey Purges. Higgins? Komisarek? Kovy? Tanguay?? Please. We’re a significantly better team overall than we were with those guys, as good/promising/legendary as they may individually be.

    3. BEN EAGER?!?! 16 goddamn points and 120 measly minutes and he gets NEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLARS. This league is going to Shlitz. Or maybe I’d better. That’s effed.

    4. Bye-bye to Garbagekov. Had him in the pool. He had me.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  122. LA Loyalist says:

    Nobody back? If we’d had Koivu last spring instead of the 2 goal 7 million dollar smurf we would not have lost to phlyers.

    disgust among your shelves. Koivu played great for the Ducks in the 2nd half last year after he adjusted. He was far from done.

    “to failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  123. Storm Man says:

    I wonder how many games RDS is going to cover now that Tampa has so many francophones on the team now. Im going to say 18, What is your guess over/under.  

  124. Anonymous says:

    And here is what I had to say about that: It’s not about how much french you got, it’s about how crazy the french
    you got is. I.E Richard, Parent…..The best french players are the
    crazy ones, hands down.

  125. mike g says:

    The crazy french guys are good…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  126. Anonymous says:

    This is a good point’s list on the worst SI predictions, no hockey, still good.


  127. pic1983 says:

    A few questions about Andrei Markov:

    1 – what does everyone think he is worth in terms of extension?  What is the maximum term and dollar amount that you are willing to pony up to keep him?

    2 – Assuming that he hasnt signed an extension before the season starts, and theres a real sense that the theres too big of a gap between what he wants and what we will pay:  When do you think would be the most opportune time to trade him (immediately, trade deadline, or let him walk for nothing at seasons end)? and what would expect as return?

    3 – Assuming you’re being offered a package of a good top-6 forward (a patrick sharp, or like a brooks laich type forward), a solid prospect, a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick for markov right now, would you make that deal?

  128. crabvader says:

    1. Minimum- 4.5, Maximum- what he’s making now.

    2. Deadline and trade him for some picks or prospects, depending on what our needs are at that time… If not, trade him for what we need plus a pick or two.

    3. No. We are still a pretty vulnerable defence. Gill, Spacek and Hamr aren’t getting any younger and we are spread thin on guys who can QB a PP. It’s nice to finally have TWO guys who can get things going on the blue line with Markov and PK.

  129. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think a 5-year, 6-6.5 per extension would be in line for what he’d likely take in hometown discount and keep him in his remaining prime years.

    2. Trade deadline if he has to be moved, a defencemen of his calibre would be worth a lot for a team looking to go shopping for their Cup.

    3. No, keep him on, too valuable where he is now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    1 – sign him for the rest of his career, bring the cap hit down in the last few years like the Flyers did with Pronger. A cap hit of under 5 million per year on a long term deal signed before Markov is 35 would be genius.

    2 – trade deadline, but this is a moot point because he’ll sign.

    3 – no. Not even close. I’d be looking at the same style deal the Flyers gave up for Pronger, considering Markov is younger and has more good years left in him. In order to trade Markov, I would be demanding an established top 6 forward, the other organization’s top defense prospect, and two 1st round picks.

  131. matraque says:

    Awesome how Yserman is building a team with a lot of french canadians.

    A lot of you wanted Yserman to run the Habs.  How do you guys feel about him bringing a lot of French Canadians to the Bolts?


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  132. pic1983 says:

    Couldnt care less. Its not about what language they speak or their nationality, its about what they do for your team on the ice game in and game out. 

  133. avatar_58 says:

    Call me when those french canadiens win him a cup.

  134. crabvader says:

    Yzerman can do no wrong; his team was horrible in previous years. He can make all the moves he wants and he’ll look like a genius because the probability of his team being better than they were last year is very high.

    He has no one to criticize his work, he has carte blanche and he’s making moves. The fact that there are a lot of French Canadians on the team doesn’t really mean much. Lecavalier and St-Louis were there before him, he hired Boucher, who in all fairness was the best candidate for the job and got Gagne probably as a chemistry asset for the struggling Vinny.

    He’s not trying to show up the Habs in any way shape or form. People are reading way too much into the whole French Canadian thing. He’s just building a team he believes will play well together.

  135. matraque says:



    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  136. BJ says:

    Tremblay will do just fine on RDS. He’s actually a nice friendly guy. He is quite different without the pressure of coaching in Montreal. So its a good addition.

    Tampa, Boucher and Steve Yzerman have not proven anything yet. Having said that they have perhaps a top 5 NHL player in Stamkos and an upcoming defenseman in Hedman. They also have a good supporting cast with St. Louis, Lecavalier and Gagné. But their key are the two young guys. It would be nice to have the French Canadian element to maintain tradition but they have to be the correct ones at the right price and other than St. Louis the other two are overpaid. Yes I know we have Gomez and Hamrlik that are overpaid but I think the new #11 will deliver a good season.

    As for the player that is missed the most since the Gainey purge. I would say for what he brings to a team and the price he’s playing for, Koivu would be my choice.

    For those of you who think all there is in Philadelphia are the Flyers, Phillies and 76ers look at this link

    Its not hockey related but I thought was a nice tonic towards something positive.

  137. HabFanSince72 says:

    They already did win a cup.



  138. Exit716 says:

    Habs should just forfeit the season.

  139. avatar_58 says:

    For Stevie Y? This exact group? No they didn’t, he was hired this year.

  140. crabvader says:

    They won Yzerman a Cup? When?

  141. HabFanSince72 says:

    If I understand correctly you live in Hamilton (condolences) and  French Canadians appear to be a pet peeve of yours.

    Ever considered cheering for another team? Like the one just up the road?


  142. crabvader says:

    All I can seriously do is roll my eyes at this post.

  143. avatar_58 says:

    You’re joking right? Did you click my profile? My fav player of all time is french canadian. I’m also a major Lapierre apologist. I’m just tired of this “french = win” attitude that some have. While I admit I love seeing hometown or even canadian boys do well in our own backyard I just don’t agree with the nationalism going on.

    Are Gionta and Gomez not a part of this team? Are people not suggest Gio for the C? Clearly being french isn’t manditory to be a fan fav.

    I just don’t get what Tampa being french has to do with anything. Philly was mostly french, but to me they were still the goon squad and a garbage team. Sorry. I don’t really care if they are french. Briere is a dirty little weasel face. At least Vinny is respectable.

  144. HabFanSince72 says:

    Did you cheer for Canada in the Olympics?

    Is that nationalism?


  145. avatar_58 says:

    I also cheered for halak on team Slovakia.


    You can be proud of where you are from, don’t get me wrong. All I’m saying is it’s borderline racism the way some fans demand french coaches and players. As if non-french players are somehow inferior.

  146. BJ says:

    Good assessment. Without any games played he’s a genius, so lets wait and see. 

  147. sprague cleghorn says:

    What’s the over/under on how long before Tremblay starts using his new soapbox to campaign for the head-coaching job? 

    (Suggest answers be expressed in Planck time units, used by physicist to measure the most miniscule time required for light to travel, in a vacuum, a
    distance of 1 Planck length, denoted
    P, which is a unit of length,
    equal to 1.616252(81)×10−35 meters) 

    In other words, not long.

  148. Mike Boone says:

    Wow! And I thought I was showing off by using Latin.

  149. Anonymous says:

    This is a list of all quebec born players in the NHL last year, I hope it comes out nice after I post it. Either way, I believe most here would agree that they should all be the property of Montreal for reasons most of you understand more than I do….(Other than we could have a pretty decent team with the best) Maybe this is the list that StevY is going from to choose his players, I should probably forward this info to RDS so they can calculate how these 73 guys are going to be the key factor to their team winning the cup this year.


    Yann Danis
    Jonathan Bernier
    Corey Crawford
    David Desharnais
    Maxim Noreau
    Marc-Andre Cliche
    Charles Linglet
    Guillaume Desbiens
    Maxime Fortunus
    Mathieu Carle
    P.A. Parenteau
    Ben Walter
    Philippe Dupuis
    David Laliberte
    Mathieu Perreault
    Pascal Leclaire
    Jeff Deslauriers
    Jerome Samson
    Guillaume Lefebvre
    Alexandre Giroux
    Alexandre Bolduc
    Jason Demers
    Marc-Andre Fleury
    Mathieu Garon
    Roberto Luongo
    Mathieu Darche
    Jose Theodore
    Patrick Lalime
    Yan Stastny
    Alexandre Picard
    Alexandre Picard
    Joel Perrault
    Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
    Derick Brassard
    Mathieu Roy
    Marc Pouliot
    Torrey Mitchell
    Martin Biron
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere
    Ben Guite
    Kris Letang
    Jason Pominville
    Martin Brodeur
    Patrice Bergeron
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic
    Jean-Francois Jacques
    Bruno Gervais
    Pierre-Marc Bouchard
    Paul Stastny
    David Perron
    Guillaume Latendresse
    Steve Bernier
    Marc-Andre Bergeron
    Francois Beauchemin
    Maxim Lapierre
    Martin St. Louis
    Pascal Dupuis
    Antoine Vermette
    Mike Ribeiro
    Simon Gagne
    Eric Belanger
    Stephane Veilleux
    J.P. Dumont
    Alex Tanguay
    Stephane Robidas
    Danny Briere
    Steve Begin
    Alexandre Burrows
    Vincent Lecavalier

    Georges Laraque

    Maxime Talbot

    Matthew Lombardi

    Ian Laperriere





    EDIT: As I expected the list did not turn out nice, oh well here is the link to see all stats for the entirety of Quebec players in the NHL

  150. JasonM says:

    Mario F. Tremblay???? UGH… what did I do to deserve this?

  151. BJ says:

    And Montreal was voted the happiest city in the world. Whats the rest of the planet like?

  152. aemarchand11 says:

    I couldnt care less about Tampa Bays french signings.

    How many quebecois were on Chicago this year? None?? One???

    How many quebecois were on Pitsburgh 2009? 3?

    How many Quebecois were on Detroit 2008? None

    You dont need French players on the team to win stanley cups, its a narrowminded view that doesnt have much backing. There are great American, Ontario-Canadian, Western Canadian, Russian, Slovakian and other players that contribute nicely. They can become team quebec for all i care, it only matters if they win.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  153. SeriousFan09 says:

    Is it me, or is the Yzerman hype seeming to reach that height where Burkie was first coming to Toronto and they were planning the next 5 Cup parades before he got there?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  154. crabvader says:

    Try living in Cali… :/

  155. Anonymous says:

    Learn French?

  156. Willy the bum says:

    Back from the summer heat…

    and boy does Yzerman knows what’s he doing.

  157. aemarchand11 says:

    Would the NHL benefit from having multiple leagues much like the soccer leagues in Europe????

    What if the bottom two teams in each conference were relegated to the tier-2 league and the top two teams from the tier-2 league were brought up. it would be a definite huge job to accomplish, but it means that there would be much more jobs for the players in North America, with the potential to keep players here for better salaries. More NHL teams, perhaps even some in the smaller markets like Halifax or Regina. I am not sure how the draft system would work because they would be dealing with around 50 teams instead of 30. But the fact you would have new teams in the league every year would really push GM’s to their limits in keeping their team in the W column..

    Not to mention, Canada gets to see more hockey. While it may not be NHL hockey for some regions, the oppertunities are there and that alone would be amazing. The teams would have a lot of older players but like the NHL would have to have some sort of Salary regulation, Maybe a cap floor of 30M. When a team enters the NHL that Cap number increases with league standards.


    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  158. Ian Cobb says:

    Other than I don’t like him as a coach, I really don’t have an opinion on Tremblay as a commentator.

    First I don’t understand French well enough to comprehend if he is an articulate guy like Boone, or if he expresses himself like me. There is a slight difference.

    Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed And Reserved who wants them?

  159. JD_ says:

    The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” – Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former British Prime Minister

    A couple of weeks ago, I WARNED you people this would happen. Did you TAKE HEED?

    But nooooooooo!!!” – John Belushi (1949-1982), SNL cast member, actor, and speedball afficianado

    And so, it has come to pass. Le Bleuet is returning to the fold. Should be fun. And by “fun”, I mean effin’ nauseatin’.

    Effin’ Mario Tremblay.

    If I may double-translate his actual comments in the RDS piece:

    Translated Mario Quote: “After 12 years behind the bench, it gives me great pleasure to be back in front of the cameras.”

    What He Means: “Think I was an annoyin’ talkin’-head twerp before I coached? Now I can invoke StreetCred™ every time I say somethin’ outlandish. You’ll know I’m invokin’ my StreetCred™ when I put on a s***-eatin’ grin, roll my eyes, and leave just a wee bit of my gum hangin’ from the edge of my lips, biotch.”


    Translated Mario Quote: “Count on me to interpret, in my unique fashion, what’s going on in today’s game.”

    What He Means: “Count on me to get on yer and everyone else’s effin’ nerves.”


    Translated Mario Quote: “Everything I witnessed, learned, and tried should serve me well as an analyst and will provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes take on the NHL.”

    What He Means: “You can expect I will expend an enormous amount of energy, you might even call it an obsessive lifequest without parallel, to eat up as much time on camera trying to justify having run Patrick Roy out of town.”

  160. HabFanSince72 says:

    It would be a good system except that the league is run by the American owners, who would never go for it.

    The billionaire who owns the Avalanche (27th in league attendance last year) wants to keep getting his equalization payments from Toronto and Montreal.

    The only solution is to blow up the NHL and start over.


  161. andrewberkshire says:


  162. andrewberkshire says:

    Pittsburgh actually had a lot. Letang, Fleury, Dupuis, Talbot, Phillipe Boucher, Mathieu Garon. And Talbot scored the cup winning goal.

  163. Willy the bum says:

    Get rid of something bad, you get something that worse…


    …happy as a panda…

  164. BJ says:

    What you say is true but remember that the city is predominantly French and the history behind the team has that element in it. Its not to diminish the contribution of any player from any country whatever the race. Its simply a matter of maintaining some elements of that tradition, assuming those players are available and able to contribute to the team Blue, Blanc et Rouge.

  165. Malreg says:

    Meh, it doesn’t bother me because I don’t watch RDS during intermissions, or after the game.  I always switch to either TSN, or maybe play a quick game of NHL10 with my friends in between intermissions.

    As long as he stays out of the broadcast booth, I couldn’t care less!

  166. JD_ says:

    You can run, but you can’t hide.

  167. mrhabby says:

    i cannot speak or write french so tremblay going to RDS is a nothing for me. I would love to sit down with him and ask him to reflect on his relationship with Roy at the time. One of the worst coachs of all time in the organization, all teams have them but he is a real winner…mario set the organization back 10 years at least shameful , shameful.

    ps..enough of the mini rant on super mario.

    pps..would like komi or koivu.

    pps..steve y in tampa..its easy to start from scratch. he has been given carte blanch and its easy to move up when you really have nothing to sart with…no pressure on him none at all.

  168. crabvader says:

    I blame the QMJHL. They produce soft players.

    I mean look at the WHL and CHL. Lots of big kids coming from there, lots of talent and the league is competitive.

    Look at guys like Gabriel Dumont, look how many points he got in Drummondville. Chances are he won’t even make half of that in his peak years in the NHL. Lots of players can score 70+ points in the Q and I believe it is because of an almost complete lack of physicality.

    Sure, some players make it big who have natural talent and size…but most later round selections don’t do much. The Q needs to improve their program big time. I’m sick of seeing people complain that there aren’t enough French Canadians in Montreal and it is because the league they play in before getting to the big leagues SUCKS.

    I would absolutely love it if there were more French Canadians in the draft but it’s become almost an embarrasment at this point… They are dwindling in numbers every year. We need to teach our players to be physical because that’s what it takes to survive in the NHL. You can be as talented as Datsyuk but as soon as you got Lucic running your face into the boards, you’re done.

    No more premadonnas, we need to show that we can be as tough as our Western counterparts.

  169. aemarchand11 says:

    Take out Bettman and the rest will fall into place… Until the next rich arrogant american with MLB experience takes over.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  170. HabFanSince72 says:

    And as annoying as he is, he’ll have a challencge cracking the top 5 most annoying on RDS’ Habs coverage.



  171. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bettman is just an employee.

  172. aemarchand11 says:

    lol, i started with 2.. Then was sure I was missing somone “Ah yes, Fleury!” Oops!

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  173. twocents says:

    I just heard Yzerman called another player today!

    I heard he’s talking strategies too!!
    With his coaches!!!!


  174. aemarchand11 says:

    The tradition aspect is definitely the sore spot I understand from most fans. When you grow up with the lafleurs, richards or beliveaus its quite a change.

    Salary Cap has caused a lot of this, since the Canadian Dollar is doing so well (Or american dollar doing so poorly) we could have a lot of these quebecois signed on for the next season. Pre-Cap days, the dollar was awful and nobody wanted to tack on the extra 16% taxes.

    Days like today, I wish the cap was removed. But when the economy changes, then I will wish it back.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  175. crabvader says:

    About Brock Trotter: Montreal loses his NHL rights in 2015.

  176. 24 Cups says:

    I just booked my room  for the Summit and the hotel has asked that we phone the reservations department directly – please do NOT call the sales manager who’s number is listed on this site.  Also realize that your 1st night will be billed directly to your credit card with no chance of a refund.  This is the same procedure as last year.

    The NEW number for Novotel reservations is: 1-514-871-2138



  177. JD_ says:

    If anyone, anyone, gets between him and his destiny, he’ll just run ’em out of town.

    I look forward to the l’Antichambre segment when Mario hangs Dave Morrisette out to dry, whereupon Morrisette gets out of his chair, walks past Mario, turns around and passes him again, goes up to the show’s producer and mutters somethin’ in his ear.

    Couple of days later, we’ll find out Morrisette’s been traded to V for Jean Perron and a couple of sound guys.

  178. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA.

  179. Ian Cobb says:

    Steve! Thanks.

    For everyone else make sure you tell them that you are with the HIO group.

    Same as last year.  Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed And Reserved

  180. Rugger says:

    My only concern with the apparent annointing of Stevie Y as the next God of NHL GM’s is that Bettman’s striped henchmen will have another team to award bs powerplays to on a regular basis to feed the hype of how great Hockey is in the deep south.

  181. Malreg says:

    I don’t think it’s the QMJHL that needs to change, it’s Minor Hockey in Quebec that needs to change.  The MAGH (pre-novice and novice) and PIJE(Atom) programs are a joke, but luckily as of last year PIJE has become optional, so coaches don’t have to follow it.

    Quebec is the only place in North America that does not have contact in minor hockey.  In Quebec, full-contact only starts in Bantam(Age 13-14), and it is only in double-letters (CC-BB-AA-AAA when applicable).  I never understood what the reasoning for it was.  It’s not to avoid injury, because studies have actually shown that there are more injuries in Quebec minor hockey compared to the rest of Canada, because kids hit 13-14 years old, have never been shown or taught how to hit or receive a hit properly, and their right about to hit puberty.  What does that lead to? 14 year olds running around trying to take someone’s head off just because they are suddenly allowed to.  Full-contact should start in Atom (9-10 years), and it should be at all levels.  Kids need to be taught at a young how to throw and receive checks properly, and when to do so.  They need to be taught that the point of hitting in hockey is to seperate a player from the puck.



  182. The Cat says:

    God no, anybody but Tremblay. Dont they remember when he was at SRC, how well that went?


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

  183. The Cat says:

    Tampa will be the new Pittsburgh. The refs will never put them in a rough spot.


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

  184. The Cat says:

    Source? lol


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

  185. Rudy says:

    Here in Virigina, for House League, there isn’t checking until MIDGET (age 15). That’s crazy.

  186. The Cat says:

    I totally agree. When I made the jump to double letters in Bantam it was quite the eye opener and yes I got my ass totally handed to me early in the year cause I didnt know how to protect myself.

    Theres also a stereotype that works for and against Quebec player. If youre a goalie and a sniper, youre ok, but if youre a D man or a gritty forward, no one looks at you, theyll instantly pass you up for someone out west.

    Overall yes minor hockey has to change and it starts with body checking.


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

  187. ed lopaz says:

    I like your disclaimer Cat. 


    I love my country, that does not mean I support the present government.
    I love the Habs, that does not mean I support the present Habs management.

  188. The Cat says:

    Hey thanks man.


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

  189. Exit716 says:

    Mario and Houle didn’t set the organization back 10 years. Idiot Ronald Corey did by putting them into a position where they would fail.

    The whole Roy situation could have been handled professionally but Idiot Corey screwed that up as well.

    He’s the poster boy for the Habs decade of loserdom. No one else is responsible.

  190. otter649 says:

    I still love Mario Tremblay for his one punch take out of Bobby Schmautz in the playoffs way back when……..

  191. SmartDog says:


    1. In what STATISTICAL area of the game do you feel we are most poised to move up from last year?

    2. Without PK, and with new coaches, where will the Dogs finish this year?

    3. Would you trade our team (players) for Tampa’s?

    4. Would you trade our leadership group (GM, coaches) for Tampa’s?

    5. Are you going to the HIO Summit?  Why or why not?


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  192. SeriousFan09 says:

    They also could’ve said “I don’t think I’m the right person for this job and you should find someone else.” That and Tremblay could have tried to get along with his superstar goalie.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  193. ed lopaz says:

    I think this is the fight

    I love my country, that does not mean I support the present government.
    I love the Habs, that does not mean I support the present Habs management.

  194. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. ES scoring

    2. Playoffs-bound, they’re adding new pieces and the Dogs still have good strength.

    3. Nope

    4. No

    5. Yes, because I’ve never been and it sounds like a lot of fun, that and I finally get to jersey some people 😉


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  195. mike g says:

    1- PK %

    2- No idea

    3- I don’t think so. They’ve got a pretty nice offense, but it’s very dry after that. I’m very axious to see how Hedman plays this year.

    4- Can’t say, Tampa’s hasn’t even coached a practice in the NHL.

    5- I’m gonna try pass by the pub, but I won’t be at the game. I gotta see the faces I write to everyday.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  196. 24 Cups says:

    1.  When it comes to 5 on 5 play there’s no where to go but up.

    2.  I’m really not that concerned with how Hamilton does in the standings, There are bigger issues with a farm team.  It’s a training ground for how we want players to perform in Montreal.  Winning is part of it, but not the real focal point.  It’s more a collection of skills and attitudes that we want to ingrain into the young players.

    3.  Of course.  We have no one who comes close to Stamkos or Hedman.  You start with those two and then move forward.  It’s all about building blocks, the rest is just a puzzle that needs to be put together. Vinny is as good as Pleks or Gomez and St. Louis is as good as Gionta or Cammy.  Can I bring Price with me:-)

    4.  Sure, let youth be served.

    5.  Yes.  It’s very laid back and it’s great to put a name to a face.  Besides, NM 49 owes me a few beers.  Come to think of it, so does Chuck, Ian, Robert L, Mike Boone, etc.  It’s going to be a pretty cheap trip for 24 Cups.

  197. SmartDog says:

    I agree – I’d trade ’em too (3 and 4).

    Re. 5, how did you coax all that booze out of Boone and others?  You have something on them?


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  198. Chuck says:

    Are you sure that you’ll be able to take on all of Tony242’s personalities at once?   :)

  199. The Cat says:

    1- I think scoring from the point (defensemen goals)

    3- Although Subban makes it a tough decision, Id say yes. Thats a very good team they have over there.

    4- Yes


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

  200. Chorske says:

    1. Shots against.

    2. I don’t think the change will be because of PK- I think the bigger loss is in coaching. That said, the new guy seems to have a decent record. I’m filing this under “wait and see”

    3. Would I prefer to see an offense-driven team featuring Stamkos and Vinny? Feck YES.

    4. Hard to say- my only big problem is with coaching, and even at that, I really only have a problem with how JM treats younger guys. I like that he laid the hammer down on Sergei, but I’m not so crazy about how he’s managed the other youngsters.

    5. Yes. Because it’s great fun to talk shizzit and put faces to names. And eat ribs. And try to win schwag. And watch a game. The summit rocks, it’s great fun.

  201. Propwash says:

    I’d LOVE to see an interview between Roy and Tremblay on l’Antichambre. JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  202. Chorske says:

    I should add that when I say shots against, what I mean is that the Habs will give up fewer shots per game.

    What I would really like to see is a) more shots on goal, and b) better zone clearances, both of which were a regular season gong show last year.

  203. Chuck says:

    1. Overall points.

    2. Tough to say. As long as they do the job that they’re supposed to do in developing players, their record is secondary. (Sorry RetroMikey, it could be a long year for you)

    3. The whole team? Straight up? Nope.

    4. I like the pro-activeness that Stevie Y has shown, but I still prefer an owner who’s willing and able to part with some of his money.

    5. Yes. I apparently owe 24 Cups a beer.  :)

  204. LA Loyalist says:

    100% right. Cost us at least 1 more cup. BG and PG may be giving him a run, though. We’ll see.

  205. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Habs Considering Goalie Swap?

    Habs Considering Goalie Swap?

    Habs Considering Goalie Swap?

    Habs considered goalie swap?


    Remember the rumor from last year that had the Canadiens swapping #1 goalies with another team? Well……it’s back…

    The rumor comes from a VERY reliable source and states the Habs would move Carey Price to another team for their #1 + a top six forward. And while I have not been told the names by my source “on the record” I do believe this is a trade Habs fans could wrap their hands around…if it is to occur…

    Of course this rumor has resurfaced while Price and the Canadiens are said to be at a bit of an impasse on contract talks with the main sticking point being years. Of course whenever “years” become an issue things get ugly because it shows (or appears to show) a team’s concern over the player’s ability top stay on top of his game.

    As an aside….not connected to the trade rumor…there are also rumors the Habs like Antti Niemi, who appears more and more likely to be available. Niemi and the Hawks are in arbitration as we speak, but it is widely believed that the Hawks may walk away or trade Niemi if the ruling is over $2M per…(which it should be)

  206. pic1983 says:

    1. 5 on 5 scoring, it cant get much worse.

    2. I have no idea to be honest, but if they have good results it will certainly prove that it wasnt just Guy Boucher’s doing last year.

    3. No chance.  Theres only two players they have that I truly want: Stamkos and Hedman.

    4. Im inclined to say yes, but thats really because I think PG is gainey’s lackey and I think both of them need to go, and I never liked jacques Martin.  Do I think that TB somehow landed the best administration in the league like some people seem to think? Far from it.

    5. No.  Maybe in the future, but not this time.

  207. SmartDog says:

    In other news, Eklund’s discovered gold coming out of his ass and the imprint of Jesus Christ on his morning toast.  Rumour has it both his ass and the toast are soon to be for sale on eBay.


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  208. The Cat says:

    Yeah but can the habs even afford to pay that top 6 forward?


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

  209. punkster says:

    1. I’d be most interested to see a reduction in our giveaways in our own zone. The inability to clear our zone year, year out has been a factor in the number of SOGs we get against us.

    2. No idea.

    3. No.

    4. No.

    5. Yes. The why is easy. To quote HST, “I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity but they’ve always worked for me”.


  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    For a guy who won’t stop complaining about the Gomez contract, you’re pretty quick to take on Vinny’s boat anchor deal that has him for the next decade and his shoulder injuries are only further hacking away at his abilities.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  211. adam76 says:

    No team would want Price.  The man is as popular as a cold sore at a singles bar.  To get a number one and a top six forward for a 4 – 11 goalie?  Are you kidding me?

  212. TripleX says:

    Chicago has a press conference scheduled for this afternoon.

    Is Niemi gone?  Seems likely if the arbitrator awarded a big increase in salary, I can’t see the Hawks having more than 2 million to spend on him.

    Maybe they will also announce either Turco or Theodore is the new goalie.  Theodore and Huet?  LOL



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  213. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know, just because your #41 St. Louis Blues Halak jersey is delayed in shipping doesn’t mean you need to take it out on Price.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  214. Ian Cobb says:

    Five most hated teams in the NHL today—————————————–

    Can you belive this ?—————————————————————-

    Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed And Reserved

  215. Don Carnage says:

    I would  take a bet with you but I am sure you would not pay up.

    Halak fans can now go to the St Louis site and be happy, no need to cry here about it anymore.

  216. adam76 says:

    You are correct – I “take it out on price” cause he went 4 – 11 in 2010 and could not stop a beachball.





  217. adam76 says:

    Being a halak fan has nothing to do with Prices failings, Don.

  218. ZepFan2 says:

    I see what you’re doing here.



    #41 = #1

    We get it, you’re a Halak fan. But to do it subliminally.

    Have you no shame, Sir!


    “Are you kidding me?”

    Yes, that’s exactly what Eklund is doing, fooling you.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  219. ZepFan2 says:

    From RDS:

    The Chicago
    Blackhawks are on the verge of announcing that they renounce agreement
    with the goalkeeper Antti Niemi, while the latter went to arbitration on

    Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, should hold a press conference at 19:00 to confirm everything.

    Even if the news is not yet official, it could also announced that Chicago will soon sign the veteran Marty Turco. The name of Jose Theodore also circulated in the Windy City recently.

    According to what La Presse reported
    Wednesday, the Finnish netminder would require an annual salary of over $
    3 million, the Blackhawks could not offer because of the narrow margin
    of maneuver of the team with the salary cap.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  220. Don Carnage says:

    He went 4-11 he was alone on the ice?   Damn no wonder he cant win games

  221. Don Carnage says:

    If he is such a loser why is it he is in the NHL and will make millions?

    What exactly did he fail to do at the ripe old age of 22?   

  222. Chuck says:

    Actually, he was 3-9 in 2010 with 5 no-decisions. The team scored 32 goals in front of him in those 17 appearances… that’s an average of 1.8 per game, with 9 of those 32 goals coming in 2 games.

    If you’re going to bash him, at least use facts.

  223. JasonM says:

    This was brilliant.

  224. saskhabfan says:

    Halak had a 0.845 save percentage in 4 loses to the flyers while only facing 20 shots or less a game. 

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  225. JasonM says:

    They can’t allow more than 52 a game. I think.

  226. saskhabfan says:

    Losers like adam only like to use facts when its convienent for him.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  227. petrov14 says:

    Haha very nice.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  228. Ian Cobb says:

    I’ve Got More Tickets

    The Montreal
    Canadiens have been generous to our HIO group this year for our past
    years Summit support of the Team and The Children’s Foundation.

    have been given more tickets, but you must get your money orders in to
    me right away for the ones you want. With all the information that I
    requested with your payment. Not on here.

    Read all of the article on the Summit Page at the side of this page.

    Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed And Reserved–who wants them?

  229. adam76 says:

    stop the puck, for one thing.

  230. Mr-T says:

    Robrert L is not implying that there is no winner or loser here is he. “Gainey replaced an eighth place team with an eighth place team.” It is not quite that simplified and can be contested from a empirical basis. It is not an acceptable trade-off. Playoffs aside which were just an aberration and a anomaly, also lets not forget Halak.

    Could the group of players that left have any different effect +/- to the teams eighth place finish. Would the answer validate the justification. Maybe all this is just argumentative. However it is fair to say that this outcome was not his intent or objective when he made those decisions. Based on the facts one can only conclude that Gainey failed to produce a more competative winning team and you could make a case for the following.

    The team did not improve to expectations in 2009-10 if taking into account injuries. although that is not always a viable reason to use because there can be other mitigating factors that carry more weight. As to the aggregate affect of the recent changes, what is anticpated from last years players and if any unforeseen prospect makes the team for 2010-11 are all just based on assumptions, conjecture and speculation.

    You can commend Gainey for the path that he has chosen to take and maybe not enough time has been given to fairly evaluate it. There is the lingering question of the cost-benefit ratio for some of the contracts and the restraints that they put on capital spending.    



    Support Carey Price     “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                                                                            

  231. adam76 says:

    The cammy story was inspiring.  I wonder what Price has been up to this off season?  


  232. sprague cleghorn says:

    L’Antichambre avec l’Antichrist!

  233. Storm Man says:

    LMAO Eklund get’s the same amount of storys right like Adam does 4 out of 11.

  234. ZepFan2 says:

    No, that’s your job. And you do it well!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  235. Storm Man says:

    Reading your post.

  236. Storm Man says:

    Demi and semi are Blues fans and fans of the H-Word.

  237. Bill J says:

    I see you’ve been busy trolling today adam242

    Why do you bother ?  Do you lack substance in your life that you must try to dump on a 22 year old kid ?

    Glad you can show us “REAL” maturity eh.


  238. Bill J says:

    Unrealistic expectations (yours) – perhaps.


  239. ZepFan2 says:

    I want them to win a Stanley cup.

    WTH are your expectations?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  240. punkster says:

    Say whaaaat?


  241. ZepFan2 says:

    The expectation that the Habs will win the cup EVERY year.

    This is no longer a 6 team league.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  242. Don Carnage says:

    .912    Guess he stops alot more then he lets in eh loser

  243. Don Carnage says:

    .912 %  


    I wonder how good all the other 22 year olds are in the NHL maybe you can go get all the stats for the last 10 years and show us all the great 22 year olds in the NHL with better stats? 


    Right did not think so troll

  244. K-hab25 says:

    Wrong again, but when it comes to you, we’re used to it. Oh and Price stopped 91.2% of the shots he faced, not only last year, but in his career. Please do us all a favor and think before you speak. Then your pic will be the only thing that looks stupid.

  245. nightmare_49 says:

     Steve – It’s always a cheap trip when your the first to bed every night, lol.

  246. Danno says:

    Pretium iustum est 


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  247. Bill J says:

    Complaining about the team constantly won’t make it so either.


  248. Bill J says:

    Pretty much what ZF said…  The only way (it seems) the Habs would make you happy, is IF they won 10 straight Cups.

    Your blinders are on so tight, you do not see improvements to the team.

  249. ZepFan2 says:

    Apparently, you do.

    You’re in a good situation.

    Me – 1 team – Habs

    You – 30 teams – All

    Nice odds you’ve got going there!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  250. Bill J says:

    See at least here you admit The goalies where not the problem.

    If only you could see that ALL the time.

    YES I agree.  Offense was fairly crappy for our goalies last season.

    Do I believe the team will have improved via the chemistry they build in the playoffs…. YES!

  251. Muckbringer says:

    maybe price only wants to stay till hes fa.  either way idle hands….

  252. Muckbringer says:

    how many did they score infront of him in that stretch? i for one hope they sign him long term and people like you will be a true fan rather than hoping youre prediction comes true

  253. Muckbringer says:

    good point, still the shutouts…

  254. Bill J says:

    Well did the team that NO one expected to make the playoffs, not make it all the way to the ECF ?

    Seems to me they did.

    So why dump on this team.  It’s not like they finished dead last & traded their 1st round pick to a divisional rival.

    No self respecting GM in their right mind would do that… Right ?

  255. Mr-T says:

    Bowman says Niemi arbitration ruling will be announced on Saturday. Then said four minutes later that there are lots of goaltenders on the market that they are evaluating.

  256. Muckbringer says:

    2 1sts for price….only a bloated fool would do something like that

  257. Muckbringer says:


  258. Mr-T says:

                                                          Correct me if I am wrong but is he not the GM in Toronto.

  259. The Cat says:

    Oh man, a friend plays junior and he told me his rookie initiation story, I really hope hes putting me on lol


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

  260. gauver says:

    1. In what STATISTICAL area of the game do you feel we are most poised to move up from last year?

    • goals for and wins

    2. Without PK, and with new coaches, where will the Dogs finish this year?

    • don’t know

    3. Would you trade our team (players) for Tampa’s?

    • no

    4. Would you trade our leadership group (GM, coaches) for Tampa’s?

    • yes

    5. Are you going to the HIO Summit?  Why or why not?

    • would love to but I cannot afford the time and money; I live just east of Toronto.  Have fun and have one (or More) for us poor suckers who can’t be there!
  261. Bill J says:

    Do I prefer them to make the playoffs ranked higher then 8th.

    OF COURSE I DO!!!!


    But once the first game of round 1 starts, it does not matter how they got there.

    CLEARLY – See the Flyers, they made it to the finals with only 1 more point then the Habs had.

    Chicago is about to let go of the goalie that WON them the Cup…

    If anyone needs to re-evaluate things, it is you. 

    You could use a bit of positivity in your life, can’t hurt.  Seeing as it is the OFF SEASON!


  262. showey47 says:

    Do you think the habs team of 2 years ago would have made the playoffs with markov missing nearly half the season? Given their markov-less record up to that point they have would been a lottery pick team. Never mind the long term injuries to cammy,gio,benny and ak.

  263. saskhabfan says:

    Terrible rebound control,beaten high glove side more then price,lousy on breakaways and shootouts and was exposed by philly big time about not being able to handle traffic. Was outdueled by a 3rd string goalie. You think philly could get eller and schultz in a trade for a goalie that outdueled halak. Opps sorry i meant saves not shots,he would face 25 shots but only make 20 saves,hence his terrible save percentage. He didn’t face traffic in the first  two rounds,he faced a tonne of perimeter shots. As soon as he was bumped by philly,he was rattled. Good luck to him in the bigger,net crashing western conference.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  264. saskhabfan says:

    A leafer is a misery loves company type of person. Fits you to a tee. I don’t come here daily to bitch and cry like a little school girl,you do. I shove the trash back down the throats of the idiots like yourself who do nothing but trash others all day long. How do you like the taste of your own garbage? Your nothing but a small fish in a big,big pond.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  265. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, you’re a real “winner“.



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  266. LA Loyalist says:

    With all due respect, M. Don, you are missing the point, which is that Price was rushed up by bad management and may have had his head ruined.

    No one is saying he wasn’t talented, and maybe still is. An maybe he’s the Joe Thornton / Patrick Marleau of goalies, all talent when it doesn’t matter and choking the chicken when it does. It’s not Price’s fault, it Bob the genius Gainey (of whom I was hugely hopeful when he came here).

    But the sad reality is that Roy and Dryden were exceptions, not the rule, and we should have had wiser management and apparently PG is no better, from what I’ve seen.

  267. LA Loyalist says:

    Ha! well played. good night.

  268. K-hab25 says:

    “No one is saying Price wasn’t talented, and maybe still is”

    Maybe you could explain to me how someone loses there talent in the space of an all star break. Confidence, maybe, but talent isn’t something you lose overnight. Nice try though.

  269. madcap_habsfan says:

    i believe everyone excpet the pens..mainly because after the habs there my second favorite team…for reasons other the sidney crosby

  270. Anonymous says:

    How small can we get with these columns?

  271. Clay4bc says:

    What – is Price your brother or something? What’s with the childish name calling?


    Carey Price killed my dog.

  272. Clay4bc says:

    It’s funny how quickly they forget the great play of Halak, just because of personal ill feelings towards certain posters here…

    Seriously, man, grow up. When Halak was leading this team on that incredible playoff run, this site was awash with his praise, even from the Price fanatics. Your BS will not change history.


    Carey Price killed my dog.

  273. LA Loyalist says:

    The “process” Price needs to worried about is learning to stop shots when it counts.

    The rest will take care of itself.

    And if he doesn’t, the “price” will be far higher than his paycheck, because we’ll be stuck with him just like we’re stuck with the $7M Smurf and have no room to fix anything else.

    Did I mention that we got a total unknown for Halak? Boy, am I excited about this year.







  274. ZepFan2 says:

    “disgust among your shelves.”


    What does that even mean? Is it some kind of metaphor??


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  275. LA Loyalist says:

    “discuss among your selves” 

  276. ZepFan2 says:

    Now that’s a big typo.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  277. SmartDog says:

    Lorem ipsum!

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  278. Danno says:

    Advanced Latin course given here.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  279. K-hab25 says:

    You have low standards for the “best” at things. I mean Halak is the best AHL goaltender for 2 years straight, yet he never started more than 29 games. He’s an elite goaltender, despite the fact he’s been a backup 3/4’s of his NHL career. Oh I forgot he won 2 rounds in the playoffs, maybe we should retire his #, right after PHI retires Leightons, or CHI retires Niemi’s.

  280. Bugs says:

    Only thing he’s ever been a back-up in is his selection in the draft. Only “knock” against him. Only obstacle he’s ever had in his way. You know it. I know it. Now, the whole NHL knows it.

    Enough, Kay. Ok?


    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  281. nightmare_49 says:

       via Jeff Maruk twitter …..  Fire up the Kaberle to LA rumours RT @LAKingsHockey defenseman Matt Greene expected to be sidelined up to 3 months after shoulder surgery.

      KK Hockey tweets ……  NHL Hockey: Tim Kennedy Awarded $1M In Arbitration: via NHLPA tweet, #Sabres forward Tim Kennedy awarded 1-year,…



  282. The Cat says:

    Price deserved a lot of flack 2 years ago and I was first in line to trash Gaineys boy, but I really thought he did better this past year. But he cant get the Ws and that matters too. I refuse to believe this ‘he didnt get goal support’ excuse…I mean you can say that excuse but not when it happens more that what is considered coincidental. I believe for the amount of times it happened it says something about him.


    Edit: whoops, meant to put this post down below.




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

  283. Mark C says:

    Some food for thought…

    Last season Price had a .900 SV% in losses, this number was among the league leaders.

    Halak had a .886 SV% in losses. Price’s GAA in losses was 0.32 lower than Halak’s, while not the end of the world, Price’s numbers reflect he was more of a hard luck loser than Halak last season. 

  284. RGM says:

    I’m not sure what’s so difficult to understand about the justification for Carey’s rather high L stat from last year. When you look at the scores of the games in which he played, the Habs often scored only 1 goal, a handful of times zero goals, and on occasion two goals. For him to win games like that, he would need an overall GAA of roughly 1.28, which would be more than slightly a modern-day record. There were certainly some nights where he didn’t help the cause with an awkward goal allowed, but the simple fact is that there were many nights that he was one of the game’s three stars in a losing effort. That says a lot about his individual performance.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  285. ZepFan2 says:

    Wow, a Nordiques fan dissing a former Habs first choice.

    Shocking, I tells ya’!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  286. nightmare_49 says:

       Over to you, Bruins ……  Wheeler Gets $2.2M In Arbitration

  287. Mark C says:

    Thought it would have been closer to $2.4, I’d guess the B’s will accept this and maybe look towards trading Wheels.

  288. habs4ever2894 says:

     don’t know what it is t I’m feeling extremely optimistic about our team this year. There are so many things to look forward to and  i cant wait till the season starts! Here are my top 10 things to look forward to this upcoming season.

    1) The Rookies: Subban and Eller both look like they will be starting the season with the big club and will be looking to show what they can do at the highest level. Subban is the best defensive prospect we’ve seen in years, with his awesome skating ability and offensive talent he has a real good shot at the Calder. Eller was aquired in the Halak trade and i think he will make us never look back at that one. He has been called the Danish Peter Forsberg and  his 2-way game will make our 3rd line that much better and hopefully we will see some good offensive numbers.

    2) Mike Cammalleri: This guy is just a pure sniper and that alone makes me excited for every game .  You know that every time he touches the puck there is a good chance that it will end up in the back of the net via the wicked wrister or the famous one knee one timer .  

    3) Brian Gionta: His hard work and heart that he brings every shift of every game is something to behold. The guy will give you everything that he’s got and it takes a player like gionta to get the W’s.

    4) Andrei Kostitsyn: Yes that Andrei Kostitsyn… The enigma who doesent show that he’s interested however this season will be his breakout year and he will reach that 40 goal plateau that we have been waiting for since he was drafted , or at least i hope so. It is his contract year so it probably will happen.

    5) The return: yes i know Saku has been gone for a year and yes Gomez will be wearing #11 but when the ducks visit Montreal this season it is going to be something special. Im looking forward to the standing O that is sure to take place which will remind Saku of the good times and give us fans goosebumps.

    6) New Captain: Being the captain of the Habs is a very big deal. It will be interesting to see who will have the honor of having the C on the jersey on opening night. My money is on Gionta.

    7) Star Goaltender: Carey Price will show why he was drafted 5th overall in the draft and finally become the consistent all star goaltender that we all know that he has the potential to be .

    8) No More Brunet: I never found the rds broadcast to be the same since they replaced Yvon Pedneault with Brunet. Im looking forward to see who will call the games alongside my favorite play-by-play man Pierre Houde. Watching the habs will be that much more enjoyable.

    9) Jacques Martin: Yes the man is extremely boring but under him the players played the system to perfection in the playoffs. Yes Halak was great but 5-5 the team played outstanding and showed that they bought in.

    10) 25th Stanley cup: I know this is very premature but with the character that we have on this team and the extra cap space that we will probably have to add any key pieces at the deadline i think that we can win the ultimate prize come next june.

  289. LA Loyalist says:

    Doug Wickenheiser was a Habs #1 draft pick, too. Instead of Denis Savard. I’m just sayin…


    Hope you’re right on 5 of your 10, anyway.

  290. Bill says:

    Love your optimism and I’m similarly excited about Subban, and to a lesser extent Eller. I’m not expecting too much from Eller in his rookie year, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised, a la Saku when he started out.

    I think you’re pushing it with your expectations for Kostitsyn and Price though! They just need to have decent years to show that recent history has been an abberation. For Kostitsyn, 25 goals would be great and 30 would be amazing. What would be even nicer if the goals game regularly, instead of in spurts. As for Price, I just want to see the guy win some games. He’s had a decent save percentage and GAA for a guy who can’t buy a W, and it’s not just the horrendous goal support: very often we’d see him in a tight game give up a soft goal, often early. He’s got to develop that clutch ability to make the save when it’s needed, which is what Halak was good at. I’m hoping for him to go over .500 (including OTLs), and I don’t really care about his other numbers.

    But if I’m going to argue with anything you posted – and I will – it’s the Jacques thing. The Habs are basically treading water until he goes. Yes, I was a Carbo fan, but it’s not pure bias: I just hate the way the Habs play under Martin. That playoff run was Halak + Cammalleri + Gill. Take away those heroic efforts and you had a team playing tentative hockey, getting shelled and often looking overwhelmed. The Habs need a different direction.

    Anyway, nice to read something enthusiastic; please consider my few disagreements as being in the interest of debate rather than negativity.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  291. Xtrahabsfan says:

    (4) and( 7) prove you are smoking  da good stuff;d

  292. Mr-T says:

    Eller has played less then 8 NHL games. He has to prove that he can even play at a sustainable level and be productive. Halak will not be forgotten that quickly.That debate and analysis on the trade has not even begun.The team needs a high production output from other key players as well. “Stanley Cup” did you somehow leave out of the equation the other 12 teams that are better then Montreal. <Martins system to perfection> the Habs were outplayed in most of those games.                                                                                               


    Support Carey Price         “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”

  293. habstown says:

    so what’s it like wearing rose colored glasses?

  294. madcap_habsfan says:

    nice to see some great optimism and postive thinking :) i agree with you about the capitain thing too..i’ll be seriosuly shocked if gionta isn’t the one who gets the C

  295. petrov14 says:

    Lets hope so! Im gonna hold ya to this list 😉

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  296. nightmare_49 says:

      M C – I never get in the Price / Halak feud on this site and you can throw those stats out the window, the bottom line is Price had trouble closing the deal whereas Halak didn’t, point finale.

  297. Mark C says:

    I can somewhat buy the whole “closer” side of the debate, but the stats definitively show Price’s win-lose record is out of whack.

  298. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Pull your snout out of the stats and remember the games you watched. Last year, Price had a tremendous ability to give up a goal when it would kill momentum. He has to improve on that and make consistent stops. He also had an uncanny ability to give up one more goal than whichever goalie was at the other end. The pattern was predictable as the games went on. He was rarely quite as good as he had to be to win with this team.

    There’s no guarantee he’ll have the same problems this year. And none he won’t. Canadiens management have gambled he’ll get to the next level, with no apparent Plan B. That’s my concern. I would have been able to stomach the Halak trade much better had they picked up a better backup, because we need a guy who can play a lot.

    Halak is gone, and that’s how it is. We go into the season with an unproven goaltender management believes in. So do many fans. In return, we have Eller, who may really turn out to be something. I look forward to watching that. Subban should also be a treat.

    I also look forward to seeing what Pouliot can make of himself. He could also be a dark horse here.

    I want to see the young guys play, and to see how the team pulls together. I want to see Price become as good as Halak was last year, maybe en route to becoming better in the long run. It’s no use crying over spilled single malt.

  299. saskhabfan says:

    The majority of price’s starts were also the first half of the season when markov was out and guys like gill and obyrne missed almost 2 months of hockey. Thats half their defensive core. Also at that point they didn’t have pouliot so they only had one full offensive line going.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  300. LA Loyalist says:

    um, Halak didn’t have Markov in the playoffs, either. 

    My personal opinion is that if we still had Saku instead of The $7M Smurf and Markov healthy we could have taken Phlyers. Maybe not Chicago but Phlyers for sure.


  301. ZepFan2 says:

    No, he had Subban.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  302. LA Loyalist says:

    Nicely put compadre. The problem is if Price doesn’t win over the team by Christmas – I mean win their confidence, then we are in for a long winter of single malts – not that there’s anything wrong with that :) I’m a Macallan man myself.

    And I agree with you totally about no “plan B” and I can’t figure out why more of our fine posters don’t get it. I read an interesting stat showing how none of the cup winning goalies of the last X number of years, (5 or more) had played more than 60 or 65 games, I don’t remember the exact numbers, but the point was that even if you have a stud goalie it’s a long freaking year by the time you hit the playoffs, with travel, nagging little nicks and pulls and just the mental fatigue of being a goalie. Apparently none of our management geniuses have figured this out.

    I’d like for Pouliot and Eller to come through, that would go a long way, espesh if the last Kostitsyn standing would put all his poutine in the same dish. We’ll see, but I’m very worried about 2010/11. The honeymoon is going to be very short.

  303. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I like Talisker – the great thing about fine whiskey is that no matter what happens on the TV, there’s a little voice inside you that stops you from throwing it at the screen…


    I’m not trolling when I speculate on how the lack of Plan B could go wrong. I would dearly love to be optimistic, and to have someone convice me. I’m not though. Only Price can convince fans like myself that he’s a keeper and that the Halak trade wasn’t a serious case of keeping the wrong guy. We’ll have to wait for that, and I’ll just go with my impression that a lot of the more cheery fans are just whistling in the dark right now.

  304. nightmare_49 says:

       M C – Stats are a guide, have fun with your stats.

  305. The Cat says:

    I agree it says a lot about his performance. Of course people will say Im full of it, but they can say what they want, the team had a lot more warmth for Halak than for Price, you could see it in the post game huddle. Because they wanted to see the amicable guy that worked hard get rewarded. And the habs never did reward him, they never called him number 1, and its folly to think that this will just blow over. The team wont forget what the suits did to the guy that saved their asses. Price has to find a way to become one of the guys and not the chosen one, and then he’ll get there.


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

  306. Rugger says:

    So how long have you had this ESP that allows you to know how these players think and feel from seeing a post game huddle?  Do all cats have it or just China Cats?

  307. LA Loyalist says:

    I have to chime in here, as an ex-goalie, not a famous one but I played as a goalie for years (yes in Canada). If a team loses confidence in their goalie they are screwed. If their goalie makes a great save they are lifted. If he lets in a soft 40 footer you can feel the air go out of the rink.

    So while you are welcome to your opinion, your sarcasm is not called for, we can easily see even on TV how a team is reacting to their goalie. Listen to anyone who played with Roy, what he meant not only on the ice but in the room.

    So in short, get a clue before you shoot your mouth off. It’s an historical fact that a not very good Habs team, executing Martin’s schemes (and I’m no Martin fan), played over their heads for Halak because he made them feel they had a chance — not so much for the Price. 

    Price had better earn their respect and he had better earn it quickly come October, or he is, to quote Tiger Williams “done like dinner”. I have nothing against Price, I hope and pray he can do it, he’s still young and there is time. But he hasn’t done squat yet.

  308. Bill says:

    Only Jellicle cats.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  309. The Cat says:

    All you had to do is look. You have eyes dont you?


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

  310. saskhabfan says:

    Yeah but wasn’t he a much bigger player from the western hockey league which according to the “realists” on this site should automatically be picked over smaller players?  Shows how smart these “realists” are.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  311. K-hab25 says:

    I meant Georges and Pacioretty, for fan favorite Rivet. People cried about that trade too.

  312. Rudy says:

    Thanks Bugs.

    So….what are the chances I could get a ticket to the Anaheim game when the game tickets go on sale online? I live in DC, but would drive up there if I got a ticket to the Saku returns game.

  313. RiverviewCanadien says:

    What was the wrong thing to do oh great Poobah? (kidding) I know I know, I should nto have commented…

  314. Bugs says:

    Your chances are 7 in 86.

    Hope that helps.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  315. K-hab25 says:

    I agree, it was wrong, of him to suggest we not discuss the Habs goaltender situation. Loving the trade though, reminds of another overrated fan favorite we sent away for 2 young prospects.

  316. Bugs says:

    I don’t know if Sergei was a fan favourite, mate, but Dan Ellis ain’t THAT young…

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  317. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wait a minute you posted after enforcing the Moratorium?

  318. Bugs says:

    No, I closed the debate.

    THEN I enforced the moratorium.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  319. Bugs says:

    Nobody cried about dumping the rebelling Saku hatchet man; merely worried that we’d gotten only bath-plugs in return.

    But we got our man Gorges, who’s worth THREE Rivets…and one bath-plug.

    Your memory is selectifying, I reckon.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  320. Exit716 says:

    They’ll bury Ryder in the minors.


  321. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    where he belongs.  still looking for the posters here who cried their little hearts out and blasted Gainey when he traded Ryder, claiming he was a superstar and the team just didn’t “give him a chance”.

  322. RiverviewCanadien says:

    It will never end.

    – how many other 22 year olds had a SV% like that…
    – he won the WJC and Calder Cups…(not the one that matters kiddies)
    – the team never scored enough…
    – go cheer for the Blues because you think Halak is better…(even though you still love the Habs)
    – I think I read a post about how Price had a better SV% in his losses last year than Halak?! Who (Franking) cares?! So he sucked a little less when he lost more games?! Is this the argument?! Well Halak won more games!

    Seriously though, I don’t really care if Price remains a HAB (and I truely think he is a decent goalie, someone who can really PLAY in the crease – I have seen it first hand against BOS 2x). It appears these types of posts are trying desperately to make some moot point but enough is enough…talk about grasping at straws.

    Time will tell…period. But lay off the ones that feel Halak IS the real deal and enough of the Price-Is-The-Best-Goalie-Ever attitude.


  323. ZepFan2 says:

    Constantly put Price down and praise Halak, day in and day out, but whatever you do, do NOT post in defense of Price.

    Is that correct? Gotcha’!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  324. K-hab25 says:

    No offense, but thats bs that people can’t speak well of Price, which obviously pisses you off, but it’s fine for people to say a guy who’s been a back up for 2 1/2 of the 3 years he’s been a pro, is “the real deal”.Two of those years his gaa was 2,86 and 2.89. In the playoffs he got pulled in all 3 series and his sv% against PHI was .880, exactly the same as Price’s last year against BOS and slightly better than Price was in the infamous PHI meltdown. The reality is when trolls like adam, are going to make uninformed, ignorant comments, like “Price can’t stop a beach ball”. Expect people to point out Price’s sv%. Or when people say how many chances is he going to get, expect people to point out his age and the fact he’s been as good at 20,21,22, as the top goaltenders were at the same age. Or when people point out the difference in there records in front of the same team, expect people to point out Halak got nearly a full goal more in support than Price did. The fact is the “messiah” is gone, I doubt he’ll be missed much. The Price haters will jump on the next wagon, just like they did when Huet was traded. Don’t expect people not stand up and set the uninformed haters straight.

  325. Bugs says:

    How many 22-yr-olds have as many losses in the NHL?

    No way Canada coulda won without the Priceberg. No way the Bulldogs woulda won with Halak in net, you know, the BEST AHL goalie two years in a row?

    Agree with you, River: The Pricberg is the best goalie this universe has ever produced. Fine. But Halak was better.

    If our boy can stop the puck consistently for a change, all will be forgiven and THEN, Halak can go jump in a lake.

    But let’s see some puck-stoppin first. Oh, and Eller. Let’s see some dang Eller. And he better be good or I’m gonna friggin snap.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  326. HardHabits says:

    Are you saying that it’s cuz u smoke garbage that you’re so pessimistic?

  327. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You’re one of those posters aren’t you? And when am I constantly putting down Price and praising Halak, especially in the one I made?

    You missed the entire point of the post…

  328. ZepFan2 says:

    One of those posters?

    You mean a HABS fan?! Yup, I’m a HABS fan.

    Nice to meet you. You’re a fan of…?

    I wasn’t talking about you specifically. But you’ve got some nerve telling people who they can or can not defend. If the point of the post was to be sarcastic, then yes, I missed the point.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  329. Omit says:

    It is easy to get the point of your post. Don’t praise Price for anything and don’t criticize Halak and his followers.

  330. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You said “Is that correct? Gotcha”. Yeah that was specific to me. Anyhoooooooooo.

    Not saracsm…just a little tired of the excuses as to why Price is better and will be a superstar. Sorry I am just not sold yet.

    I was not defending or dictating who to defend in any way, just use some sense when making the case instead of these “stats” such as having a better SV% in a loss. Like I said my reply to that is “Halak had more wins”…it was meant as a childish response to the childish, useless, meaningless Price vs Halak posts that alway seem to clog up this once, awesome, informative site to attend and talk Habs Hockey.

    P.S. – I have always cheered for the Habs, ever since I can remember first watching hockey, back in the 70s. Good enough for you?

  331. ZepFan2 says:

    No it was not. I was listing the criteria YOU posted and asked if I was right and then answered my own question.

    It’s not my fault you didn’t understand and now feel guilty.

    You weren’t dictating, really?

    “But lay off the ones that feel Halak IS the real deal and enough of the Price-Is-The-Best-Goalie-Ever attitude.”

    Notice how YOU tell people that Halak is the best and to stop defending Price. What would you call it?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  332. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Feel guilty?

    If the gloves don’t fit, you gotta acquit!

    How did I tell people Halak is the best by that quote? I really think Halak is a legit #1 and so do others, but when did I say he was the best?

    I think you may be choking worse than Bonham here…

  333. ZepFan2 says:

    So it goes from, where did you dictate, to, where did you say Halak’s the best. I see. lol

    Maybe when you said he’s the “real deal” and by best, I meant out of the two. But I’m sure you knew that.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  334. ZepFan2 says:

    Therein lies the problem, you think!

    When I’m here or not is none of your business, newbie.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  335. Rudy says:

    Oh god, I can’t take another season of “the Goalie Controversy”. And Halak isn’t here any more. I was/am a HUGE Halak fan, but I am first a Montreal Candiens fan. I was pissed the day Jaro was traded, but can we please move on and stop debating if it was the right thing to do.


    How about a moretaurium (sp?) on the entire subjct.

  336. Bugs says:

    Totally agree.

    It was the WRONG thing to do. End of debate.

    Moratorium beginning now.

    Let’s move on.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  337. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree with you (even on being a Halak fan). I seldom post anymore or even read the comments, but tonight I did, and that was a mistake. I wish it would end. I have got over the fact Halak is a Blue, they aren’t my team and neither was the Avalanche…Canadiens (the team) not a particular player.

    Honestly though, this is never going to end, there will always be the Price vs Halak even though they are on different teams. Going to be a long season if you follow this website…

  338. Ian Cobb says:

    Als slaughter the Argo’s 41 to 10

    Summit Game Tickets Have Been Confirmed –click on here, who wants them?

  339. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, Baby!!

    That’s what happens when the team finally gets in a full practice during the week. Total domination!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  340. madcap_habsfan says:

    woohoo, go als goooo!!!

  341. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So basically what you are saying is Halak sucks and Price is the best? Because everything you pointed out is in defense of why Price will be better. It is not a two way street for most of the posters who dream that Carey will play well this year.

    Why is it ok for people to think Price is the real deal and not Halak?
    Why is it not ok for people to talk about the wins Halak STOLE for the team (reg and playoffs)?
    Why is it ok for people to make excuses for Price on losing games?
    Why is it not ok for people to feel Halak is just going to get better?

    I am of the type that really does not think we have a problem right now, but I am tired of coming on here and listening to this mindless dribble.

    Argue all you want. I am done. I think I am done posting here again for a while. It is very hard coming on this site anymore, it is filled with name calling, put downs, side-taking hockey banter. SH!T! in other words…

    It is the summer and the kids are out of school, I guess I should be expecting this.

  342. K-hab25 says:

    River, you know I respect you. You’re my favorite Halakite, :-). I think the real problem comes when people, like adam and demigod, go trolling. They throw out ignorant comments, just to get people mad, so they can sit back and laugh. I also never said Halak sucks, overrated, yes, but he doesn’t suck. I feel they’re both #1’s, but middle of the pack, not top ten. They’re both young and will improve. I have no problem with someone who thinks Halak is, or wil continue to be better, just don’t think there should be a problem with those of us who feel the same way about Price.

  343. twocents says: is reporting that Stevie Y is about to pick his nose!!!

    * UPDATE* -apparently he scratched his arse instead.

  344. badbalance says:

    Yeah, I really hope we don’t trade Price for another goalie, I mean Niemi played well but look at the team he had in front of him….

  345. Bugs says:

    Trade the Priceberg??? Good golly, could you imagine that?

    That would be the summum of Mickey Mousinicity, BB. Rest assured that it won’t happen.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  346. nightmare_49 says:

     b – This time last year 80% of hockey fans didn’t even know Niemi or the position he played.

  347. punkster says:

    Kind of nice actually, thanks for asking. You get a sort of pinkish hue in everything you see that helps brighten your day. Cheers you up a bit when the going gets rough. Keeps your heart rate and blood pressure hovering around nomal. Keeps you from sinking into deep, dark, lonely thoughts, suicidal behaviour, depression and negativity.

    Yep, I enjoy my reality. How about you? You enjoy yours?


  348. ZepFan2 says:

    Better than wearing blinders, I’d say.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  349. ZepFan2 says:

    If Gio doesn’t get it, I’m hoping Cammi does.

    At least will have a new captain this year.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  350. shootdapuck says:

    You have to hand it to Eklund; the promoter, whatever your thoughts on the veracity of what he says.

    He makes money on website hits and he knows for sure that due to the intense craving Habs fans have for any team news if he even hints at a trade/FA rumour involving Montreal that his hits will go through the roof.

    Knowing your market one key to success!



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  351. nightmare_49 says:

     s – Are you Dwayne Klessel.

  352. habs001 says:

    i am looking forward to pk and his rockie season but he alone will not solve our d problems…in so many games our d was overwhelmed by teams that pressured them…we have a d that blocks shot but causes a huge portion of most games played in our zone. they have huge problems getting the puck out of the zone and are not too good in suppoprting our forwards in the attack…bad pinching decisions (and yes many by markov) have to be reduced..

  353. W35T5ID3 says:

    AAhhhh yes, those tribute videos give me the chills and nearly a tear sometimes in my eye…..because i always think and actually truly felt they would win the cup this year….DAMN YOU PHILLY!

  354. kordic says:

    Tremblay on RDS. I would like to take a poll on how long that will last. Mario, from what I remember Is not shy so unless they tell him what the rules are, he will unleash fury as soon as the Habs play a crappy game….maybe game 1. They could have done much better.


    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  355. sprague cleghorn says:

    Yeah, and it workd out so well the last time Mario Tremblay came in as a replacement for Jacques Demers.

  356. Dintrox says:

    Blake Wheeler got a big raise  from arbitration 2.2M for a year. Doubt the Bruins will walk but they could.

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

  357. nightmare_49 says:

       An interesting commercial for a minor league hockey team:  Hockey or Die

       Fort Wayne Komets Ad Hits To Hurt


       by Bruce Peter / Puck Worlds

       European Hockey for Dummies

       -Bruce Peter AKA Saskhab over at Puck Worlds. Need some summer hockey reading? Puck Worlds is running an intro series to European hockey leagues.


  358. Lizardking89 says:

    What can you expect from the french media.  Tremblay is one of the biggest idoits in the hockey world and Roy should have been treated better.  I mean really who the hell does he think he is trying to teach Roy a lesson in humility.

  359. Bugs says:

    However, it’s the English media that wins the capital failure award with the hiring of Milbury to teach us all how it’s done though. You must agree with this.

    But hey, what do you expect from the English media, right?

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  360. Lizardking89 says:

    Agreed, Tremblay will be the Milbury equivilant both are dumb as doorknobs but hey Tremblay can’t be as bad as Brunet can he?

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  367. W35T5ID3 says:

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  368. The Cat says:

    Just because Im not as much of a habs fan doesnt mean I hate the habs. The sig is easy enough to understand. I call it the way I see it without insane levels of hope clouding my judgment.


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

  369. ZepFan2 says:

    You’re a Nordiques fan. End of story!

    If there was a Nordiques inside out, you’d be there.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  370. saskhabfan says:

    You mean people like you who bring up numbers over and over again. Then when someone like me brings up a counter arguement with more accurate numbers you result to name calling? Funny how guys like you who do nothing but try to bully other posters turn into complete cry babies when someone does it back to them. Always fun to destroy the very little crediblity you have on this site by proving you wrong on a daily basis,leafer.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  371. shootdapuck says:

    You must be joking!

    Looking out my office window here in Sakhalin it could never be confused with Philly, Jersey( well maybe Bayonne) or NYC.

    Eklund is a carny, a snake oil salesman, a faith healer reincarnate he knows what the people want to hear gives them a dose bi-monthly and they keep coming back while lining his pockets.

    In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

    But dumb he isn’t! He gets to do what most posters on this site would die to do, talk hockey and get paid for doing it.


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  372. Julie H says:

    Forget “imagine” trading him. Imagine if/when we finally sign him and he has a sub par or below sub par season. Riot, anyone?

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  373. Bugs says:

    I’m always up for a good riot.

    Keeps me in shape.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  374. LA Loyalist says:

    As painful as the topic is, and I admit to having contributed to the debate, Price can shut everyone up by playing like a #5 overall pick this year. It’s that simple.

    P.S. He’s not even signed yet. Boy, do we have great management.

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