Markov scores in his first All-Star Game

Updated with new photos Sunday 10:45 pm

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov had a goal in his first NHL All-Star Game, and a victory to show for his efforts.

Markov finished tonight’s 8-7 East victory in Atlanta at +2, with 19:41 of ice time for his 15 shifts, two shots on goal with a missed shot, a giveaway (which resulted in the West’s first goal of the game, 12 seconds into the first period) and a takeaway.

Images from the game are found here. You’ll find a gallery of earlier photos here from Saturday festivities.


  1. coutNY says:

    I posted the link a few posts earlier… “he’s Back…” 01/28/2008 – 16:32

  2. ebk says:

    I think there is a pretty big difference between end of round one and even the end of round four. You are right though, all picks are gambles. Even the high ones.

    I think what you will find in the next few years is that players like Radek Bonk, who got good money before the cap, will come down a lot in price. Vets that used to get $2m + will be in the $1m to #1.5 range. It will just take time to sort itself out.

  3. ebk says:

    out with the gentleman’s code. :)

    Legally, it is called collusion, can’t believe they have not been nailed for it by the Players Association. They would have a great case

    I don’t agree with the amount of money Lowe paid for Vanek and Penner but I do like what he did. His only obligation is to the Edmonton Oilers and it is his job to make them better. If that means breaking a stupid code, made by the NHL old-boys club, so be it.

    If I was an owner, I would want my GM to do whatever he felt was needed. Nothing more, nothing less

  4. Dave Stubbs says:

    C’mon, Timo, I worked all weekend for Inside/Out and the paper… how ’bout a few hours off for good behaviour? My sun rose in the east and has set in the west even without the Canadiens!

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  5. CHsam says:

    I hope we keep Kovy. What’s the price? (no pun intended)

  6. The Teacher says:

    I wonder if the Canadiens can petition the league to make an exemption to honour our 100th anniversary and allow the Habs Team to play against an all-star team made up of the best players?

    It would truly honour the history of the game and make it an excellent game to watch.

  7. showey47 says:

    i know, i hear the missed high stick on gilmour from gretzky all the time from the laff fans at work.

  8. The Teacher says:

    You gotta be lucky to be good 😉 and good to be lucky 😉

    all i know is I enjoyed myself at the parade that day :)

    Where were you? On the golf course?

  9. HKisses says:

    Is TSN finally realizing that the Habs are a threat in the East….. I think so…. Check it out guys

  10. Scotty90 says:

    24cups… I have to admit that I haven’t been this excited about this team in a long time….. and the feeling is great!

  11. coutNY says:

    The problem with those player specs is that every team wants those type players… and because of Restricted free Agency they can hold on to drafted talents through most of their 20’s or at least be compensated with draft picks if one tries to steal such a player. Meaning no one is going give anyone talent without recieving talent in return.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    kRob (again!) I can live with that philosophy as long as the player we are trading for fits the following criteria:
    – is in his 20’s
    – is signed for the next few years
    – has size (6’2″ or more) and can score

    If the gentleman’s code for signing RFAs falls apart, then I’m all for pursuing and signing someone like Carter, Kopitar, or J. Stall over the next year or two.

    The Original 24 Cups

  13. krob1000 says:

    sorry ebk I am talking to myself again. I just read that we are not rebuilding anymore and I think it will be misinterpreted. When I say we are not rebuilding I mean most of the seeds have been planted and now we are just waiting for them to grow. I watn to see one more big move before next season and then I will harp no more. I know how hard it is to this and we have the best people possible making our decisions. Great point 24 about Timmins as he has done a great job and with later picks. He obviously has an eye (along with his staff I am sure) so I think we can get more than real value for some higher picks and still fare well with our picks.

  14. krob1000 says:

    I have said this before on here and noone really responded but if you look at the difference in talent from the late first round all the way to the end of the draft the margin is minimal at best. The picks are kids and predicting their future development is not an easy chore. One kid may be topping out while another hasn’t put up any numbers but is showing signs of steady improvemnet,etc. Some kids are putting up numbers because they are already big and physically dominate then they play with other big boys and their skills evaporate (see our stretch of big WHL draft picks years back).

    You are exactly right IMO aobut needing to keep draft picks to save salary room as they are affordable and their importance has grown in the salary cap era. They still are however draft picks. You will see a higher percentage in NHL uniforms over time in my estimation though as teams will want to make room by keeping as many as possible. We have drafted magnificently over the last several years and we have a large portion of our roster that is homegrown. WE also have a plethora of talent already drafted and growing. The next couple of years are crucial to us and we are in a perfect position to bargain. We have depth at all positions (except scoring forwards…we could use one more and in a couple of years two of our best will be two years older).

    If there ever is a time to go get someone it is within this next year or so. It may not be at the deadline as we just acquire picks and maybe one player but at some point it is going to take us giving up picks and/or prospects to get a star from a rebuilding team (they are the only ones who let go of stars).

    We are not rebuilding anymore…….we have been rebuilt now we need to look at improving upon the machine we have rebuilt cause there are serious battles looming in years ahead with Ottawa, the Penguins and Flyers. Player for player I don’t think we match up as well as we would like against the Sens but we are arguably one line deeper and we do have better goaltending. The Sens are vulnerable due to their goaltending…..Emery is a sideshow this year and Gerber plays schizophrenic hockey. Anything can happen in the spring and if we manage to pull ahead of the pack a little more ove the next couple of weeks I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move attempted. Cost will ultimately determine whether or not things happen and we will never know what could have happened. Gainey will make well thought out educated decisions and that is reassuring but he is also smart enough to know that our window is opening sooner than expected.

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Scotty,kRob,coutNY – Some great points have been made here by all of you guys. Let’s take Datsyuk and Zetterberg out of the equation – selecting both those guys was like winning the lottery. If Detroit knew they were going to be THIS GOOD they would have selected them earlier. But still, it’s a sign of a top notch organization.

    Scotty’s point about a Canadian player being signed as a UFA isn’t a case of being bias against Americans/Europeans but rather a point about the club culture and dynamic. It’s a valid consideration. We’re only ever going to get to sign one special, game breaking UFA – so it has to be a homerun. kRob is also right about the draft being a crap shoot (after the first few picks). We have done well lately with late round draft selections bringing guys like Pleks, Streit, Halak, and Sergei K onto the team. Trevor Timmins is as much a part of our success (or failure) as Gainey or Carbo. I’d love for Dave Stubbs to do an interview with Timmins to get some insight into how the entire process works (assuming he could share that info). I think coutNY sums it up best – we’re getting closer to having a team that could really go somewhere in the next few years. That’s great news but it’s still a bit like walking on a tightrope right now. We still have a few steps left to go.

    The Original 24 Cups

  16. coutNY says:

    The Key is keeping the right picks… Detroit draftees that still on the squad: (notice the late rounds these guys were drafted)

    Pavel Datsyuk ~ Drafted by Detroit in 1998 (6/171).
    Henrik Zetterberg ~ Drafted by Detroit in 1999 (7/210).
    Holmstrom ~ Drafted by Detroit in 1994 (10/257).
    Lidstrom ~ Drafted by Detroit in 1989 (3/53).

    What would Detroit be without these draft picks or prospects?

    Does Markov become the Next lidstrom?

    Draft picks at least give you a future at an affordable price.

    I don’t disagree, if a great deal came along than you have to consider it, but trading draft picks can also be dangerous… 210 tenth pick in the 7th round 1999 are diamonds in the rough that no expects to pan out as a top prospect, but you’ll never know if you trade it away.

  17. Scotty90 says:

    I wouldn’t mind him on our team but I would prefer a Canadian star personally (unless we are talking an Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Zetterburg, or anyone else of that mold)…. we need to inject some Canadian blood into the Habs (Lecavalier, Heatly, Thornton, Nash, Iginla). Don’t take this as being anti-European or American because its not. Canadians would have a better appreciation of what the CH stands for.

  18. krob1000 says:

    lol…..I only want one more good forward and we pretty much agree on who is tradeable and who is not. What I am always harping about is draft picks as I think given the fact about 1 in 10 pans out that they can be used to get real quality players as there is a huge misconception out there that they are the be all end all of rebuilding. IF over the next five years we make 50 draft picks maybe, maybe five or six will stay on with the club for any length of time. If we make 40 draft picks maybe four or five stay on. I’d say that when your team is a contender or approaching being one that attaining a sure fire top player for some big maybe’s is a good move. I wouldn’t give much up for Blake but we have many spare parts and a wealth of depth so if the price is right why not.

    I think you actually get better return when trading as the free agents seem to be very overpriced (look at Briere, Gomez, etc). I think by trading you can rid yourself of some salary and offset the cost. Draft picks are way overvalued (you need to keep most but trading some away is NOT a bad move). Please look at the Red Wings draft history. Look how many of their picks they have traded away over the years it is astonishing.

  19. Rocket9 says:

    Can we talk about the PA announcer dude for a second?

    How anoying was that guy? I got to the point where I muted the tv every time someone scored because I couldn’t take listening to him anymore.

    That fake enthusiasm is embarassing.

    Don’t the Americans realize that the more you pump something up, the less genuine it seems? The old PA announcers used to be so understated and formal, and when they announced a goal in that manner, the fans would go nuts. Now you have the PA guy trying to be part of the show. The show is the game, not the PA.

    I probably sound like an old man eh?

  20. krob1000 says:

    A pitcher throws from a mound and a tennis player lobs the ball into ehe air and gets on top of it as well so weight becomes even more of a factor. A puck starts at the ice so is working agaisnt gravity the entire time. My guess.

  21. 24 Cups says:

    kRob – Gaborik has one more year left on his contract at $7.5 mil(cap hit of $6.3 mil). He will be UFA next summer, which just happens to be the same time Kovalev becomes one too. Gaborik has a history of being injury prone – he played a full schedule his first 3 years and then was hurt the next three. That bothers me. But he would just be hitting his prime and certainly is a game breaker. Would look great with Pleks and Andrei K (assuming you haven’t traded these two guys away for Rob Blake and Patrick Marleau:-)

    I would never want the Habs to trade for Gaborik (cost is too high) but if he’s available next June as a UFA then he certainly has to be considered. We would also know where we stand with Pleks, Higgins, and Komi by that point in time. The signing of RFA’s might also be clearer by then as well.

    The Original 24 Cups

  22. Moey says:

    You call 10 overtime wins in a row luck? It’s called guts and plenty of them. Could you even imagine, as talented as they are, the Sens pulling that off? No chance in hell, they buckle at just being in the playoffs. The Habs didn’t quit and kept coming back, heart and determination is what won that cup, luck had nothing to do with it.

  23. drecha says:

    Releif pitcher Joel Zumaya for the Detroit Tigers pitched 107MPH in a spring training game last season.


  24. krob1000 says:

    This is the first I have heard about Gaborik being up for grabs possibly in the offseason….what’s everyone think??

  25. Chuck says:

    You’re right, Showey. And he’ll also try to have you believe that the laff’s loss was all Gretzky’s fault, too.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  26. Chuck says:

    107? The hardest Major League pitchers have a hard time throwing 100 mph.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  27. HKisses says:

    lol yeah….seriously….I’d love an explaination for that please Fact Man. Maybe you can explain the Leafs 67′ win…..Look what happen,40 years later….No cup yet!!!

  28. odber says:

    I would,nt mind seeing 3 on 3 played before the shootout in reg season games,,,5 minutes of 4 on 4,then 5 minutes of 3 on 3,then to the shootout if the game isn,t resolved .I,m not a big fan of the shootout.

  29. drecha says:

    A puck weighs alot more than a baseball or tennis ball.


  30. Shobud says:

    I can’t figure out why a hockey player can only shoot a puck 103 miles an hour, yet some baseball pitchers can throw a ball 107, and some tennis players are over the hundred mark as well It seems strange

  31. krob1000 says:

    All Star Villain – Evgeni Nabokov

    In San Jose Nabokov has started all but one game this year (excluding the all star game)and his performance on the weekend indicated he wasn’t happy about playing backup. During the freestyle breakaway contest poor Martin St. Louis was about to try his move and Nabokov came out about 10 to 15 feet and POKE CHECKED him. How the hell are the guys supposed to do anything with the goalies poke checking. Then to make it that much worse Nabokov stones hometown boy Kovalchuk not once but twice.

    I have a suggestion for the NHL with regards to the freestyle shootout… about you have fans win a contest and play nets against these guys. They aren’t going to be able to fool NHL goalies with showboat moves anymore than an NBA player would win a slam dunk contest with Shaq in his prime defending. I liked the idea although the results were disappointing . I think it will get better over time and once it evolved a bit and the new wave of kids takes over it will be fun.

    I play pickup hockey with a pair of 17 year olds who each could have won that competition in their sleep. The one kid can toe drag backhanded, pick it up and spin around while picking the puck up, toss it to himself and hit it in pickup game situations at a decent speed. Hell I can do better than the Ovechkin thing that won (maybe not inf ront of 20,000 people but nearly every warmup before a game I do it almost as a ritual now. I can juggle a puck all the way around the rink, catch it with my stick and kick it back up to myself with my skate, 360, and baseball it. I think some guys missed the point but I am certain next time they won’t. It can be fun and despite the criticisms I have read about Americanizing the game kids love this stuff.

    Go to any peewee or bantam practice and syou wills see kids trying these crazy moves….and pulling it off. Kovalev would have shown us something because that clip where he catches the puck on edge is incredible……and damn near impossible. I can catch it with my stick easily enough (and belive me I spent hundreds of hours at outdoor rinks doing it) but catching it on edge…..that is amazingingly difficult. That requires brain surgeon hands.

  32. Dave Stubbs says:

    Thanks for the clarification on Markov’s stats. An early game summary had him assisting on a late East goal, but have since removed it. Our item here reflects that change. Markov had 19:41 in ice time; see the item above.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  33. HotHabs says:

    Notes on the all-star weekend:

    Not that it matters much, but Markov did not get an assist in the shinny-fest. Besides his goal, I didn’t notice Markov – did he get much ice time? Just wondering…

    Mickey Ribs did indeed take a slap shot – what an idiot! The Z-man shoulda put him through the boards at 103 mph!

    DiPietro has an intense personality, and can he handle the puck!

    Didn’t know Ron MacLean was 48 – thought he was older. Lack of hair…

    Jim Houghston can get into any game – I wonder if he talks like that at home?

    Interviewing players on the bench during the game is not cool. Most of them sounded annoyed or disinterested. And, those poor coaches with the ear pieces having to talk about, well, nothing.

    Kovalev, had he been invited, could’ve given a clinic on breakaway moves & puckhandling creativity.

    Skills had its low moments – terrible fastest skater format (if your stick crosses the line first you win?????), aren’t there more players that can shoot 100 mph slap – and how can ya miss the net from 15-20 out? Is Chris Osgood really that bad? [But, Nabokov is the real deal!] A basketball star and an actor to judge hockey skills (or lack thereof)? I could go on, but what’s the point?

    Highs of the weekend??? ok, well… Alissa Milano interview promoting her sportswear for women? Elliot Friedman will mark that one in his career highlights memoires!

    In order to bring some passion and meaning to the all-star game something needs to be on the line. Players need to put up some money for charity or have a bet where the losing team forks out $10,000 a player. Have a couple of hall-of-famer coaches behind the benches, like Bowman.

    Bettman is only interested in the mighty dollar. He is such a fake with his “I have a passion for the game” lines. He has very selective hearing when it comes to fan critiques of the state of the game, hearing only the parts that say we’ll pay anything to see a shootout or Vegas needs a franchise!

    Whatever happened to “The Good Ol’ Hockey Game”?????

    Glad to enjoy some real hockey again tomorrow.

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  34. HKisses says:

    If luckiest ever win….u forgot the 67′ Laffs ….look what happen to them AFTER…..40 years uh…

  35. HKisses says:

    I’ll have to disagree, maybe it could have been luck. But that team was a pretty solid team,very well rounded. Don’t need a team that is skilled or good on paper to win a Stanley Cup. That team had passion to win and they were a hard working team. Led by our current coach Carboo. And i think after even 5 overtime wins in a row, you can’t call it Luck.. They were down 2-0 in the series against Gretsky’s team and they ended up commming back and winning…. But i don’t think any luck was invovled in that. Thats my opinion. The deeper you get in the playoffs ,the more you want it. And they clearly wanted it more.

  36. showey47 says:

    he is just mad because his laffs lost in the semi’s to the kings

  37. 24 Cups says:

    FFS – You forgot to mention the unbelievable goaltending of Patrick Roy. There was nothing lucky about that aspect of Montreal winning the Cup! It was one of the greatest goaltending performances in Stanley Cup history.

    The Original 24 Cups

  38. Dave Stubbs says:

    Because then Dodge wouldn’t shamelessly get to promote some monster vehicle to get a bang for the money they’re pouring down the drain on this nonsense? Dang. I must have taken my sarcastic pill instead of my multivitamin this morning…

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  39. mrstewart61 says:

    Instead of giving a truck to a person who probably has 3 vehicles and can spend pocket change for a new one, why not the following: Every player in the game names a local charity and whoever wins MVP, the equivalent amount of money for the truck is donated in that player’s name.

  40. G-Man says:

    Thank heaven real hockey returns tomorrow night. 3 on 3 is being mentioned on this thread as a legitimate form of the game. Sheesh!


  41. mbplekfan says:

    under bettman the NHL has resorted to stunts and promotions to sell our game.

    The spectacle was disgusting, I couldnt watch.

    No hockey was played this weekend and no skills were displayed.

    Just cheap theatrics.

    Winnipeg deserved better than this fate.

    A die hard hockey market sold out to a desert joke.

    Atlanta is no better…

  42. otter649 says:

    The last time Montreal hosted The All Star Game later that year they
    went on to win their last Stanley Cup….

  43. linp says:

    The all star game should be changed to 3 v 3 like the format played by the young all stars. Yesterday’s game was at least close to normal speed and was less painful to watch.

  44. Dave Stubbs says:

    Ribeiro took a slapshot. Somewhere down the road, he’s going to pay for that.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  45. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I pray that the Habs put on a much better all star game than this. Between those little kids screeching the national anthems and now with the bogus band that’s not even playing on the ice in the intermission, it can’t get much worse.

    I’m still waiting for Markov to tip over Ribeiro.

  46. The Teacher says:

    All star game is reinforcing my belief that there is just not much room on the ice anymore. Even the all-stars can’t complete their passes.

  47. The Teacher says:

    AND MARKOV scores lol He’s SMILING!

  48. gmd says:

    maybe try I heard they had the team patch.

  49. von says:

    I was interested in seeing about getting an East All-Star Markov jersey but none of them include the team logo patch. How stupid is that???

    $120-$300 and they can’t even include the team logo. Ugh.

    “Authentic” my ass.

  50. Fagstein says:

    Don’t Andrei and Alex make the cutest couple?

  51. habsguy says:

    Hey fact man..LUCK ???????….was their 102 point regular season luck..LOLOLOL….

  52. sidhu says:

    How about this – the AHL all-stars play the NHL all-stars in two 25 minute halves. East AHL plays West NHL one half, West AHL plays East NHL the other. This game actually would be meaningful, as the AHL players want to prove themselves and the NHL players have their credibility on the line. Plus, it would help showcase the NHL’s future talent.

    And, NHL players who sit out voluntarily should be fined and suspended one game. To prevent faking of injuries to avoid playing, any player who misses the all-star game should not be permitted to play his next NHL game.

  53. Sbah Reverof says:

    Regarding Red Fisher’s article this morning, we should go back to having the Stanley Cup team play the best of the rest in the league. At least then, the All-Star weekend would be somewhat relevant.
    Either that, or just give the players a four-day rest. It is a long season, after all.

  54. Ian G Cobb says:

    I agree with less teams, should have 8 teams in Canada, 8 teams in the U.S. and 8 teams in Europe, talent spread to thin now. And i would love to have Halifax for the E. and Winnipeg in the W. added up here. Three divisions.

  55. Shiloh says:

    Except that under Bettman there are no US network contracts. They have to give hockey to NBC or it won’t be shown.

  56. Roy-Rules says:

    yeah…but you think he would have been worth the 5mil/year he got signed for. I don’t think so, and there is no way he would have gotten along with Kovy on the same line, I think Pleks is a way better and cheaper replacement.

  57. zamboni says:

    Look at yourselves Habs fans,
    A thread about Markov at All-Star Game and all you talk about is how bad Ribs is.
    Give up already on your sour grapes and move on to talk about our beloved Habs and their only representative (at the game) Markov.

    Irrespective of how much bad influence he was in the dressing room, the guy is talented, and the fact remains that Gainey mismanaged our asset and he is now another teams asset, move on, and stop bad mouthing him that he has no talent, look up who was the points leader for the Habs in 2003-2004 season.

  58. Smart Dog says:

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  59. NoTinFoilCups says:

    I worked three years with Russians, and very rarely did they smile in pictures. I can’t explain it, they just don’t, some sort of cultural thing I suppose.

  60. Scotty90 says:

    They must have forgotten to tell Ovechkin that he shouldn’t smile.

  61. wd40 says:

    i like the one with Markov and Ovechkin.. “dude…i thought you were coming to Montreal?”

  62. Wayne says:

    Nah, he’s sayin’ … “so a Ukie a Tajiki and a Kazak walk into this bar eh,…”

  63. wd40 says:

    Timo… on a similar note.. i heard something on RDS about Gainey and Ribs.. something about Gainey saying publicly he was wrong to have let him go, or telling Ribs?

  64. JF says:

    Apparently Gainey spoke to Ribeiro before the Habs-Stars game in December, told him he had made a mistake in not waiting another year before deciding to trade him or not, wished him success in his career.

  65. Naila Jinnah says:

    I thought it was hilarious that he didn’t even smile when his name was announced.

  66. Ian G Cobb says:

    Naila,–even in all his pictures he never smiles, but i know one lady who could show him what a great smile looks like. Even in front of a mike!

  67. Ian G Cobb says:

    I thought you were referring to Markov not smileing? in all the pictures above!

  68. kotsopoulos says:

    hey,,, does anyone have more info on next years outdoor game,rds reported that the rangers and isles would wanna play at yankee stadium, they also mentioned the habs (since it was the 100 th anniversary) where do you think they would stage the game?percival molson? maybe the big o ( even thought its enclosed)??????

  69. Puck Bard says:

    That’s news to me…. I heard talk of Philly v Pitts, though I doubt they would give the Pens another crack at it so soon.

    The talk is not to do these things annually.

    Personally I think they should combine the outdoor winter classic with the All-Star game. You could even have it in the Southern States. Imagine an outdoor game in Tampa: real ice, with fans in shorts and t-shirts. The players could even strip down to just the essentials (hell, they don’t hit in the AS game anyway, let them play in longjohns!)

    Though there might be a severe visibility problem with all the fog created.

  70. HKisses says:

    Ribs shootout shot was pretty lame to….clearly only their cause he has the points. Ribs really depends on Morrow,without Morrow im sure Ribs would produce like he did in MTL……Nothing….

  71. Ian G Cobb says:

    Some of your points are well taken CAGED MAN (in fun only) But we all know now that it is business first, the god almighty dollar that rules and runs our game. The biggest dollars come from the U.S. networks contracts. So unfortunately thing are set up to sell to them.

    I just hope it does not change our game to much, floresent pucks, glowing nets, reporters on the bench during a game and a like.

    Canadian only division, U.S. and European each have there own division.

    But who ever owns the teams, must put in there market place a product that there community will support. This American owner here has put back in place the winning product that has been missing by former Canadian owners.

    Anyway, nice post. Be carefull though, don,t get to positive and take all the fun away!

  72. Scotty90 says:

    I am sure half the people that attended the game dont’t know a thing about the game.. When presenting the players from the West there was hardly a sound from the crowd… ( there must have been some Canadian tourists)it was a little better for most of the Eastern players and pretty good for the Thrashers reps and a couple of other eastern stars(read Ovechkin and Lecavalier). Canadian fans can appreciate any star even if they are not from teams we see on a weekly / monthly basis.

    Also…. enough with the half-time show (that’s what their jerseys read!)… whats wrong with watching skilled Zamboni driving? Man.. I hope Bettman doesn’t force this ‘between period entertainment’ on us, to make sure that our interest doesn’t waiver.

  73. Smart Dog says:

    Re. talk of the Winter Classic, what I heard is that they are thinking of making it an annual New Year’s Day event. IMHO they should focus it on northern teams since it has to be played up here in snow-land. But like everything else, the game will get watered down by Buttman and his American ass-sniffing behavior (as I dog, I know one when I see one).

    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  74. teamplayer says:

    who else deserves it more on dallas? mike smith?

  75. WestHab says:

    I don’t miss ribs either and he won’t repeat the year he is having. He was my least favourite player when he was here due to that silly faking he did in the playoffs one year, it was so obvious it was embarrasing.

  76. coutNY says:

    Space on the 2nd line for Pleks to shine… BTW yet another name change FRANK?

  77. Bouleau noir says:

    What we got in return of Ribeiro ?

    An expensive deficient Dman called Niinima that should have played his last contractual LNH season in the AHL along side Traverse,…its propably the best transaction Dallas ever did in their history.

    Loosing Ribeiro that season skimmed off the scoring depth of our team to a point that was inadmissible in the NewNHL…. that is, if you want to be competitive and qualify for the playoffs.

    It was a blow to our inherent strenth and composure as a team for that season and a mismanegement of assets in the larger context of things.

    Traverse would have done just fine as a patching job on defence while D and B were on the injury list,… but lets face it, none of that would have occured had Gainey done a better job earlier on with our own D propects that were Beauchemin and Hainsey.

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