Martin Brodeur would take backup job with Habs if offered

After spending 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur is still looking for a job for the 2014-15 campaign.

And the 42-year-old Montreal native says if the Canadiens made him an offer he’d be intersted in being the backup to Carey Price.

“If the Canadiens made me an offer, it goes without saying that I would listen to what they have to offer me,” Brodeur told the QMI  Agency.

“This is Carey Price’s team,” Brodeur added. “I would definitely still want to be the No. 1 goalie, but it wouldn’t bother me to play in only 20 to 25 games during the season if I know I’ll have fun playing within a winning team.”

Brodeur posted a 19-14-6 record with the Devils last season with a 2.51 goals-against average and .901 save percentage during the last season of a two-year, $9-million contract.

Canadiens backup Peter Budaj has one year remaining on a two-year, $2.8-million deal. The 31-year-old posted a 10-8-3 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage last season, but it was rookie Dustin Tokarski who got the call in the playoffs after Price went down with a knee injury during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.

Tokarski’s new two-year, $1.125-million contract kicks in this season. He has a two-way deal for 2014-15, when he will make $135,000 in the American Hockey League and $550,000 if he plays in the NHL. The second season is a one-way deal worth $575,000.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

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  1. Alvin says:

    M.F.Brodeur ? NFW. Guy’s a glory hog. I don’t want him on our SC winning team.

  2. BJ says:

    New thread. Brodeur “Roger & out”.

  3. Bob Gaineys Stare says:

    There is one VERY compelling reason for signing Brodeur.


    Now see here:

  4. 24 Cups says:

    When I wake tomorrow morning I only ask one thing from this world – that HI/O will have a new thread and Mart F’n Brodeur’s face will be off the front page of this site. Same goes for the poll question.

    Any new thread, even an update on Dave Stubb’s extensive bowtie collection, will suffice.

    Make it so, Number One.

    24 Cups

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      ….maybe they can also get rid of that Habs/Rangers score on the right side of the page
      It’s only 101 days old.
      Or is it permanently engraved in the page?

  5. BJ says:

    Anyone know of an internet stream where I could watch the Als game? I’m in Germany.

  6. bwoar says:

    Many thanks for the NFL suggestions, guys. UCE I knew it was coming and laughed the whole time. You DID provide a lot of good feedback on teams though. Lots of Vikings, Colts & GB fans in the Peg, so definitely not going there.

    I really should just watch more games, and pick the team with the best sweaters anyway.

    Philadelphia fits the bill, but the city…. Racist Cental!

  7. Strummer says:

    From Steve Simmons column this morning in the Toronto Sun

    “… With Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj under contract, where did this Martin Brodeur to Montreal story come from? Doesn’t make any sense … ”

    Steve- the story came from Marty himself!
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  8. Paz says:

    My mini schnauzer passed away on Friday, she was 10. She died of cancer.

    Coco was a special little dog. She was very smart, very eager to please, very easy to take care of. She didn’t bark much, which is unique for a schnauzer. Not much unnecessary noise, but she always made herself understood.

    She welcomed strangers on the street, and she was even more excited to welcome visitors at our door.

    So good. So smart. So much love!

    My best friend.

  9. on2ndthought says:

    Emelin can’t fight Lucic, shouldn’t fight anyone. I’m pretty sure he’s had reconstructive surgery on his melon, may have some hardware up there? (foggy on details, this happened in the KHL)

    ( Lernout is)“big, tough and nasty” by Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald,
    B.J. scored 54 goals, and was traded by Sather that summer. Sather was told ‘you can’t trade a 50 goal scorer’ in a press scrum. He replied ‘I can put a fire hydrant on Gretzky’s line and it would score 50 goals’. B.J. was a year ahead of me in school, dated my sister for a while, a nice guy.

    “a cannonading drive”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Right you are On! Emelin does in fact have a steel plate inserred and has been advised to avoid fisticuffs.

      I’m still baffled by the leagues players wanting to fight every time someone makes a good solid check. I don’t get it.

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    As far as Kevin Paul Dupont, he is worth reading sometimes, but often runs Bruins propaganda with the shamelessness that Philip Morris’ PR flacks operated with.

    I sent him links to these posts when I wrote them. I’m still waiting for a response. Maybe he doesn’t see the contradiction(s).

    Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe comments, astoundingly, on the ‘toughness’ that the Sabres added this off-season:

    “…Buffalo, where the Sabres have added tough guy John Scott and edgy, weaselly Steve Ott. Sabres ownership has lobbied the NHL to break from the institutional three-period format and make all games the best-of-three falls.”


    Mr. Dupont continues, with Jack Edwards, the grand tradition of Bruins’ media shills, who shamelessly cheerlead their thuggish excesses but ‘tut tut’ other teams for their transgressions.

    The Kevin Paul Dupont article which bemoans the Habs fans cheering when Zdeno Chara took a puck to the chin and went down misses a crucial step in the equation. It’s not so much that they were cheering a Bruin player down, or an opponent injured, they were jeering one of the great villains in town.

    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

  11. bwoar says:

    Go Ravens. Looks like I’ll be following NFL this year. Go figure.

    No way am I getting into Lucic talk today, not after the revenge thing from Friday. I hope he chokes on a dead yak’s sperm and doesn’t wake up the next day. Nuff said.

    For fun, I see the Wild STILL haven’t signed El Niño. Any interest in a package including Beaulieu for him? Minny’s got a pretty solid top 6 right now.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Ravens? The team that mega-weasel Art Modell stole from the good people of Cleveland? And gifted to the hypocrites of Baltimore, who’d cried a river when the Colts were stolen from them, and babbled endlessly about the Mayflower moving trucks? The team that featured unconvicted murderer and spastic buffoon Ray Lewis for a decade?

      Might as well cheer for the Raiders, or the Bruins.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Didn’t think anyone could out-do Lawrence Taylor, then along came Ray Lewis.

      • bwoar says:

        I am a total noob at NFL, so was hoping for feedback, thank you. This being Sunday, it’s my last chance to change teams. Recomendations?

        Two criteria:
        A. Must play in a ‘chocolate’ city, or near enough. Don’t ask why.
        B. Defense. Because, defense!

        I’m open to last minute suggestions until the games start.

        • frontenac1 says:

          What’s a chocolate city? You mean like a Hershey Highway?

        • on2ndthought says:

          Cheer for the Eagles. Philadelphia has a green stadium
          Cheer for the Bengals; Geno Atkins
          “a cannonading drive”

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Not sure what you mean by chocolate city, do you mean blue collar?

          If you want to cheer on an underdog, lovable loser, the Buffalo Bills or Cleveland Browns would fit that bill, but you have to be a little masochistic. The Cincinnati Bengals are out of the question, with their crook of an owner Paul Brown.

          Detroit and Minnesota are out, since they play in a dome. The Steelers have a tradition of excellence and the blue-collar angle, but for you to adopt them is a little band-wagon-ish. Same with the Patriots, and also they cheat, they spygated their way to the Super Bowls.

          New York teams are out, unless you live in New York, and even then it’s borderline, that’s like cheering on Kate Upton at the local beauty pageant, unseemly.

          The Eagles might have been a good choice, but being in Philadelphia disqualifies them ipso facto. After the outrages that befell Pat Hickey’s car, we have to say “Never again!”

          The Washington NFL franchise has its own special ebola-style unapproachability with its racist nickname, and maybe the second-biggest jerk of an NFL owner in Dan Snyder.

          Speaking of jerk owners, and self-preservation, you want to stay away from the Cowboys, and Jerry Jones who treats the team as if it’s his own toy, and inflicts duress on the fans by his bumbling attempts at playing GM.

          The Florida teams probably don’t measure up to your ‘chocolate’ standard, whatever that means. The Jags are probably bound for London anyway.

          The Falcons and Saints are off-limits for playing in a dome, and being a Saints fan is passé, a bit too much of a front-runner move. The St-Louis Rams are also in a dome, plus it’s never felt right to see them in that city. They’re the L.A. Rams, dagnabbit.

          The Kansas City Chiefs are perpetual also-rans, always living in the future, a ‘potential’ squad. You’ll be teased to death. Stay clear.

          There’s no more room on the Packers bandwagon, it’s almost a cliché to cheer them on, gauche. The Bears, same thing, you get to spout the little catchphrase, but then you have to cheer on mega-suckface Jay Cutler.

          You can’t be a Seahawks fan and cakewalk your way to a Super Bowl, that’s not sport. Same with the Broncos, not a bad team, but you can’t hop aboard so close to the finish line and Rosie Ruiz yourself a championship.

          If I were you, I wouldn’t become a chardonnay-sipping 49’ers aesthete, nor a hoodrat Raiders fan, all obsessed with skulls and black and being a badass and tattoos. Unless you’re a moody twelve-year old…

          No, by process of elimination, you must become a Chargers fan, it’s the only sane alternative. San Diego is a smaller market, underdoggish, the kid brother to L.A. When you go watch your team play live, you get to enjoy the sun and surf and palm trees and easy West Coast lifestyle. The team normally plays an exciting, uptempo brand of football, all flash and dash, it’s not like going to the dentist watching games, you enjoy it. The uniforms are awesome, and when it comes to alternate or third jerseys, the Powder Blues absolutely rock.

          The Bolts play the late game on Monday Night, give them a try on for size. You’ll thank me.

          It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

    • on2ndthought says:

      not sure we have the cap space to land him

      “a cannonading drive”

    • Phil C says:

      I don’t think I would move Beaulieu right now. If he ever puts it together defensively, his high end potential is intriguing. Good all-round defensemen are hard to find and Beaulieu has the potential to be dominant…or a bust, I don’t see a lot of middle ground with him.

  12. Mavid ® says:

    Turdy one

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  13. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! Beauty day in Eastern Ont. NFL finally on the go, filled out my pool sheet on Friday. Go Chargers! Go Als! And F the Bruins! Saludos!

  14. Hobie says:

    Regarding Lucic. He’s was a tough power forward to begin with. If he were drafted by another team he probably wouldn’t be acting the way he is now. Just look at Iginla last year. Iginla went from a classy guy to being sent out on the ice in the dying minutes of games to punch people in the face and start s&^t after a loss.

    The Bruins coaches, staff, fans and media all expect their players to goon it up whenever the opportunity presents itself. That’s what they’re all about.

    So the blame has to be placed on the Bruins for Lucic perhaps taking it one step further. The guy was a kid when he arrived and it’s their responsibility to help him mature the proper way.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Hobie. I think some of IT is that, Hobie. But I think there is something different about that young man. His strange behavior both on the ice, (Nut fetish) (Non hand shake) and off ice (“Do you know who I am!) are indication of something amiss. Chemical or otherwise I think he’s a troubled, damaged man. Perhaps the Bruins have played the part of an enabler but I think the problem is bigger then the Bruins.

      I’m thinking we’ll see Lucic’s name pop up on a police blotter a time or two before its said and done.

      • Paz says:

        There appear to be 2 Lucic characters there. One good guy who works out with Gallagher. The dark side of Lucic is a whole other story.

      • Hobie says:

        I absolutely love the way Emelin drives Lucic crazy. I don’t think Emelin is mandated to fight Lucic. If he doesn’t want to fight he can skate off or turtle and Lucic will be assessed a roughing penalty.

        I don’t sympathize with Lucic but it can be very frustrating when you want to fight a guy and he refuses. That’s why Lucic poked Emelin in the privates. I’m not saying it’s right, he shouldn’t have done it.

        The NHL allows fighting, except for a five minute penalty. So if a guy runs at you for a couple of seasons you’d think at some point you’d get a chance to drop the gloves and have it out. I think Emelin just sent Lucic over the edge.

        • Paz says:

          I mentioned Cam Neely below because it takes discipline to build a long career in the NHL. Neely would score 30, 40, even 50! goals while putting up 120 to 190 penalty minutes. But he knew when to fight and when to skate away.

          • Hobie says:

            I grew up watching Neely and witnessed the entire Bruins/Habs rivalry in the late 80s and early 90s first hand, just as we’re watching today.

            Except back then we had guys like Corson, Odelein and a few other very TOUGH customers so the Bruins couldn’t pull the crap they do now. If they did the Habs would answer right back and put a stop to it.

            I agree, Neely did show a bit more restraint than Lucic.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I agree Hobie, I’ve made that point before. And one of the Gazette reporters concurred, when we were discussing this very issue, that being on the Bruins feeds Milan Lucic’s worst tendencies instead of reining them in, and mentioned that before games in Boston and Philadelphia, they show video of fights and other violence accompanied with loud music to whip the fans into a frenzy.

      If Milan Lucic was a Flame or a Shark, we’d possibly think of him as an Al Secord or a Joel Otto, a tough-as-nails player who takes a regular shift and contributes.


      The Bruins leadership is as absent as can be on this issue. Cam Neely is nowhere to be seen or heard. Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli both hemmed and hawed, and inelegantly pretended that they weren’t quite sure what happened or what was said by whom. Which makes you wonder how good the Bruins would be if they ever stumbled upon such modern-day technology like video.

      Outside this cozy world of no accountability though, the denunciations were much sharper.


      His comments after he ran into Ryan Miller and concussed him, after he speared Alexei Emelin, and Wednesday night, taken as a whole, show a pattern of self-justification and evasion, and reveal a troubled man, who unfortunately is in an environment which doesn’t hold him accountable or rein him in, but rather fans the flames of his excesses.

      In Bruinland, facts are twisted and hyped and distorted through the Don Cherry-Jack Edwardsificator, until they hold no relationship to reality. The Bruins have a long history of outright lying and refusing to accept logic or facts, even in the face of video evidence.


      I know a lot of Canadiens fans can’t stand him but they have to realize that the ‘big jerk’ and ‘cheap bully’ aspect of Milan Lucic’s game would be toned down if he was wearing bleu blanc et rouge. The organizational culture is historically that of a fast, skilled team that plays tough but fair, whereas Boston wallows in its reputation of the Big Bad Bruins. So while his outrages in a Bruin uniform are lionized by a troglodytic fan base and violence-shill Jack Edwards, they wouldn’t be applauded in Montréal, and his conduct would be coached in a Mike McPhee or Yvon Lambert direction, as opposed to a Nick Kypreos or Craig Bérubé.

      It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Re the Bruin debate.

    The main reason the Bruins didn’t go to the Cup final last year was the poor play of their top line – Lucic, Krecji and Iginla. The year before that they could have won the Cup if Jagr or Seguin even played up to half their goal scoring potential.

    It’s a bit ironic that the reason the Bruins sometimes fall short is their inability to score timely goals.

    Cap issues, the trading of a budding superstar and a rapidly aging Chara could mean the door of opportunity is closing for Boston.

    When one door closes, another opens. Tampa and Montreal just might be getting ready to step through that door.

    24 Cups

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I think you nailed it Steve. I guess that’s why I never understood the Sequin trade. A highly skilled offensive star is exactly what that team needed and they had it and let it slip away.

      Chiarelli gest a ton of credit for building this team, rightfully so, but IMO he blew it big time with this one.

  16. HabFab says:

    Information coming tomorrow on the Rookie camp. Physicals must be on Friday.

  17. Maritime Ronn says:

    Kevin Paul Dupont covers the Bruins for the Boston Globe (HIO boos and howls)
    Dupont has been on the scene for over 30 years and has been honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Elmer Ferguson Award.

    Put in perspective, only 4 Montreal Anglophone writers have ever won the award and HHOF recognition – that being Red Fisher, Michael Farber, Dink Carrol, and Baz O’Meara.

    Of course he is a Bruins fan – as was Red Fisher a Habs fan, yet these guys are/were connected and when they put something out there, sometimes that’s the smoke.
    His series of Tweets yesterday

    Kevin Paul Dupont @GlobeKPD
    If you had to dump one of the #Bruins $6M+ cap players, it would be….
    Kevin Paul Dupont@GlobeKPD
    Because…once they’ve moved Seguin, then moving Lucic fits within their DNA.

    Kevin Paul Dupont @GlobeKPD
    Re: Lucic. NHL game is trending away from players who can brutalize opponents. It’s go-kart hockey. Not beast hockey
    Kevin Paul Dupont @GlobeKPD
    Seems the readers’ choice here is that Lucic is the $6M player to go.
    Perhaps not as far fetched as it may seem.
    The Bruins traded Seguin because of his alleged off ice issues.
    When squirt bottle Thornton embarrassed the Bruins last playoffs, he was called out and then told he would not be re-signed.

    It’s hard to know where to start with this guy.
    – Steamrolling Ryan Miller.
    – A Drunken episode outside a Vancouver bar that went viral.
    – Then for some reason last year, Lucic’s ‘fascination’ with spearing opponents jock straps.
    – Finally, his classless act with Weise during the Hand Shake Tradition.

    This guy seems Out Of Control (substances?) and perhaps Boston’s ownership and management have had enough.

    The Bruins are in tough concerning the Cap today and for a few years to come.
    The Lucic Cap Hit is $6M.
    Lucic would fetch a huge return with possible A youth on cheaper ELCs or no rights RFA contracts.
    Lucic only has a modified NTC with 2 years left on his contract.

    • Paz says:

      It was only 2 seasons ago that the whole league, including Bergevin, was looking for their own version of a Lucic.

      Today people are looking at our team, speed throughout the lineup, and recognizing that speed, hard work, NHL skills, can outplay Lucic during a playoff series more often than not. Not always, because Lucic can still be an effective player, but more often than not.

      The fact that Lucic trains with Gallagher is very interesting to me. There is a part of Lucic who is capable of great things, and that’s the Lucic who is training with Gallagher. That’s the 30 goals potential version of Lucic. Disciplined, hard working, determined.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hey Paz,

        I believe the Habs found the formula of how to deal with Lucic and it takes courage.

        Of course you can never totally stop a big strong guy like that, yet he has continually shown he doesn’t like to get hit – and once he gets hit, he loses it and becomes useless and starts running around.

        Remember the Emelin hit?
        Lucic had no points in that game and Boston lost 2-1.

        Or the Markov hit in Game 6 of last year’s playoffs?

        Lucic scored all of 2 goals in 11 games vs. the Habs last year playoffs included….and 1 of those goals was a useless empty netter to make the score 5-3.

        I believe teams will start hitting Lucic more if they can find their own courage guys.

        • Paz says:

          When (if) Lucic accepts that he can be hit, without it embarrassing him, he will be back on track.

          I agree with you Ronn.

          • Maritime Ronn says:

            Here’s wondering if that could ever happen.
            Kind of like the School Yard Bully Syndrome.

          • Paz says:

            I don’t want to help the Bruins but Cam Neely should be working one on one with Lucic.

          • marvin20 says:

            Lucic has been marketed as this inhuman beast that can’t be stopped. When he gets hit or loses a fight he looks human and loses his effectiveness. All I heard from broadcasters last year is “don’t wake the beast” It is the opposite, he dose not know how to react when he is on the wrong end. The more he looks human the less intimidating he is. All that being said I would still take him on my team any day.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Ronn – The drafting of McCarron, Crisp and Lernout proves that the Habs realize the team must address the thugger of the NHL.

          24 Cups

          • Maritime Ronn says:

            hi 24

            It may be more of a case of trying to right a situation that existed since the post lockout when Gainey/Gauthier bet that the new rules would almost eliminate the thuggery factor – and that speedy and little would be enough

            Hockey almost went backwards again when the Bruins won the cup in 2011, yet the game was somewhat saved by the Hawks and Kings in the past 3 years.

            NHL is a copycat league as are most pro sports league. It’s good for the game that both the Kings and Hawks are the new blueprints or templates for success.
            Boston is seeing the light as is Toronto.

    • Cal says:

      Hey Ronn. That’s a real big cap hit to move and Chiarelli has painted himself into a corner. I am figuring either the Rat or Lucy will be moved, but it could be the smaller contracts. Savard LTIR + moving Campbell may give them all the room they need to sign Reilly Smith and Krug.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hi cal
        Even once dipping into LTIR and considering the need for an injury cushion, it looks like they will only have from $3-$3.5 to play with.
        I just can’t see them moving Johnny Boychuk even if he is a pending UFA summer 2015.
        Campbell is only at $1.6M, but the contract that stands out is Kelly at $3M.

        So nice for the Habs not to have those issues for a change…

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Chiarelli has a history of trading away players who are disruptive, as you state.

      The first such move was trading Kessel to Toronto. At that time they had to decide between Kessel and Lucic.



      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Chiarelli has done a good job
        It’s always interesting to follow a trade to the end
        For the Bruins, Kessel’s trade ended up being Doug Hamilton, Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow and oft injured 2nd round pick Jared Knight.
        Fraser was the guy that scored the OT goal against the Habs in Game 4 last year.
        Morrow is a young Dman with a nice upside

  18. habs001 says:

    Nothing like a good Irish beat down of the Wolverines in the final game of the series fow a while…

  19. B says:

    Scherbak had an assist and a +2 to go with a pair of penalties (checking to the head and slashing) as Saskatoon shut out Prince Albert 4-0.

    Lernout had a pair of assists (1 on the PP), but was a -3 as Swift Current lost 5-2 to Moose Jaw.

    Fucale was dressed, but didn’t play tonight as Halifax lost to Cape Breton 5-3.

    Not sure if McCarron played, but London lost to Sarnia 7-1. [Edit: Apparently he didn’t play]

    –Go Habs Go!–

  20. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Translated update on Jean Beliveau from the Journal de Montreal:

    “If we are to believe the wife of Jean Beliveau, the legendary Canadiens captain is not ready to make his last breath.

    Reached at his home in mid-evening, Élise Béliveau was keen to deny the rumors that are active for several days.

    “It does not make sense to say and write things like that. Jean is recovering from pneumonia he made there three weeks, she initially said. There are ups and downs, but you know, at age 83, it is recovering from our little health problems as easily, “he has said.

    Contrary to what was conveyed in the last hours, the family of Mr. Béliveau is not at his bedside, waiting for the fateful moment.

    “I am alone with him at home. My daughter and my granddaughters came to turn, but it was nothing unusual. ”

    Recall that Mr. Béliveau has not been easy in recent years.

    Suffered two strokes in 2010 and 2012, he broke his hip earlier this year.”

  21. FormalWare says:

    Got my Raspberry Pi set up with XBMC, yesterday. See my blog: A slice of Pi

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

    • bwoar says:

      Great blog! It’s good to see this worked for you.

      For anyone who is less inclined towards tinkering (and I know that’s a fair number round here), it’s also possible to buy a Pi preloaded with OpenElec, which runs XBMC. It would save you the trouble of loading the software. It takes some of the fun out IMO, but it’s up to you.

      Don’t miss the NHL On-Demand Add On for XBMC. I’ve been passing the offseason watching some of last year’s better games, and watching some of the playoffs that I missed.

      • FormalWare says:

        Thanks, bwoar. I have already verified that the NHL On-Demand add-on works on my system. I’m also looking forward to seeing if the server for MashUp – Live – NHL comes back online, once the preseason starts.

        WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

      • Timo says:

        Do you know how soon the games are available on NHL on Demand? The couple I;ve watch were broken down by periods, so sounds like once first period is over, it might be available for viewing on demand. Let me know please.

        • bwoar says:

          Unfortunately I don’t know. I’ve watched games that were not broken down, and some that are – mainly playoffs. So it’s possible. I only get to start watching around 10pm EST or so, most nights, so it’s moot for me.

          FormalWare references an NHL stream via Mash Up that may be promising as well. It looks like you need Gotham for it (ie. the latest/current version of XBMC). That’s one to keep an eye on as well.

          If you’re running a box with any kind of full OS, I understand that VLC can stream feeds as well. I’ll be checking into that as well this year.

          This is my first run without cable, so I will post whatever useful info I can. I had originally had very high hopes for GCL, which was woefully underdeveloped under the previous regime. Rogers seems to care no more than the NHL does for hockey fans who don’t use cable, so it’s time to try every alternative.

          • Timo says:

            I just got an i5 HTPC box… still need to get an ssd and ram for it. I initially plan on just running Openelec (I know, HW wise it’s an overkill) and then maybe open the box up to other things. Since I supposidly have NHL Center Ice for $50 from bell (to be seen) I am planning to gradually phase out cable but just reducing it to the most basic package this season and cutting it out next. If Bell comes back after 2 free months and tell me that $50 for NHL Centerice was a mistake and they want more, then I am cutting cable this season.

            Either way, I think after some initial adjustment time, it should be back to normal. Just need to find Disney Junior feed or I;ll be in real trouble.

  22. scamorza says:

    Ian, what is the best way to connect on the tickets for the summit. Please let me know when you can
    come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

    • HabFab says:

      He is on vacation down east. Don’t know if he has internet access or not.

      • scamorza says:

        Thanks for letting me know have been away for a week, had the fun of flying back and forth from Ottawa to Toronto trying to land in last night’s severe storms and checked the mail today to find no ticket.
        Our post man has had the habit of not delivering the mail to the right address so…..guess I will wait to see if it comes next week. Anyone here going to the summit and not have their tickets yet?

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  23. Chris says:

    I missed Ben’s reply yesterday to my assertion that Weber was miles ahead of Subban defensively. While I respect that the Habs were not giving up as many shots when Subban was on the ice as the Predators were when Weber was on the ice, Ben’s analysis overlooked what I think was some key context:

    1) Weber played much of the first half on the ice with rookie Seth Jones as a defence partner. Jones had some pretty mighty struggles in the defensive zone, finishing his season at -23. After he was taken away from Weber, Weber was able to resurrect his season and finish a very respectable -2. (Weber was -13 at New Year’s, by comparison’s sake).

    2) Weber was the shut-down defenceman for the Predators, put out against the other team’s top line in every game. Subban and Gorges were occasionally used in that role, but Markov-Emelin were generally the go-to pairing for Therrien once Emelin returned.

    From what I saw of Weber last season, there was simply no comparison between his level in the defensive zone and that of Subban. That isn’t to say that Subban was a slouch, but simply that Weber is one of the best in the entire league. That excellence was offset last season playing with a bad team, unfamiliar goalies and a rookie partner for a significant portion of the season.

    As for getting shots off in the offensive zone, Weber gives up nothing whatsoever to Subban. Both guys averaged roughly the same number of shots per game last season, and Weber is one of the best power play shooters in the business, and this is reflected by his 51-28 advantage when it comes to goals, and 25-16 advantage when it comes to power play goals, over Subban.

    • JohnInTruro says:

      Chris, how do you consider Gorges as a partner to Subban though? Jones was learning the ropes but the guy can skate and get out of trouble much better than Gorges. I don’t know who the other partner was that Weber had after Gorges. The success of one “D” is certainly supported by their partner.

      • Chris says:

        I felt that Gorges was a perfect defensive complement to Subban: he is smart positionally, and obviously does not take a lot of risks. Subban’s worst performances last season came while Gorges was out.

        Gorges had a lot of faults in the offensive end, but he was a scapegoat for Montreal fans. He is a far better defenceman than he was ever given credit for. I think he will be sorely missed this coming season, personally.

        When they “demoted” Jones, they moved Roman Josi up to play with Weber. Josi is a good puck-moving defenceman, and he and Weber really gelled. Josi is very underrated around the NHL: he finished with 13 goals and 40 points last season, numbers that left him 9th in goals and 23rd in points.

        • bwoar says:

          Good call on Josi, I get him late in hockey pools and people go, “who”?

          Maybe not so much this coming year!

        • JohnInTruro says:

          Wow, sounds like a good compliment to Weber. Didn’t like Josh as a partner for PK because he was always getting hammered in the D zone and turning it over. Also offensively everytime he got it at the point he would fire it back into the corner (now a 50/50 puck) even when a clear lane to the net was available. To me this hurt their offense when PK was out there because of Josh’s terrible offensive acumen.

  24. ClutchNGrab says:

    It’s the return of the end-of-carreer-quebecer who wants to realize a dream….when no other team wants to sign him at the price he wants to.

    No thanks.

  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    UKRAINIANhab writes…

    How can Alex Ovechkin have 49 goals….and was -35. How does that happen? Remember when people used to compare this guy to Toews and Crosby… Oh how the mighty have fallen, He is arguably not a top 10 player in the league. The capitals have a fine mess going on.
    In 2014-15, the Caps certainly have a mess on their hands.

    Rest assured that Owner Ted Leonsis (AOL Billionaire), or new GM Brian McLelland would never stop Ovie from returning to his Homeland and delete the contract…. as did happen with the Devils Ilya Kovachuk.

    That would free up Cap Space for Washington ($9.5M/year over the next 7 years)) or future money owed – a whopping $70 Million over the same, next 7 years!
    Ovie’s contract is almost untradeable.
    Ovie turns 29 years old in 11 days….

    As for Ovie and his leadership, the Caps had their window and blew it.

    3 years in a row, they lost a Game 7 on Home Ice, and for the 5 years between 08/13, lost Game 7’s on Home Ice 4 times, and another Game 7 at MSG. (2010 against the Habs)

    Ovie is now an almost out of control multi-millionaire with his own personal agenda that has almost nothing to do with being a Washington Capital – even if he is/has been Captain since 2010.
    When they let his precious side kick buddy Alex Semin go UFA and end up in Carolina, things changed.

    Can new Coach Trotz get to him?
    Who knows…..yet don’t bet on it.

    As for quoting a Plus+/Minus stat- that stand alone number is terribly flawed.
    – P.K Subban was Minus -4 last season.
    – Dman Matt Barkowski from the Bruins was Plus +26.
    – Dman Ben Lovejoy from Anaheim was Plus +21

    Which of those 3 would you prefer leading the Habs D?

  26. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Is anyone aware of the Left/Right breakdown of our Defence? Any ideas as to what the 3 pairings might look like?

    Without knowing the LD/RD splits, I’m guessing:



      • TorontoHabsFan says:


        Looks like I’d probably have to add Pateryn into the 7th D mix then.


        • 24 Cups says:

          The real jobs up for grabs in camp are:

          – 7th Dman
          – back-up goalie
          – a 3rd line winger
          *possible replacement for an injured roster player

          Everything else is basically set both in terms of on the ice and on the cap payroll.

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          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I’d add 3rd pair left defenceman, a tossup between Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu. Loser is #7, or there is a platoon system and they share the job, or the loser gets sent down to Hamilton.

            We also need to find Timo a new whipping boy, with Daniel Brière and Francis Bouillon off the team.

          • Paz says:

            I think Beaulieu is way ahead. I think we are going to see some big things from Beaulieu this year. Tinordi will start off in Hamilton.

            And what about Patteryn?

            If I’m his agent I’m asking for a trade.

          • 24 Cups says:

            I think it’s safe to say that judging by the comments on this site Moen has that role nailed down.

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          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Ed, based on the end of last season, I agree that Nathan Beaulieu has a healthy lead on Jarred Tinordi for the left side of the third pairing. It’s possibly his job to lose at this point, and I’m going to assume he’s not going to blow it by showing up to camp in poor physical condition, the reports from the development camp were encouraging in that regard.

            The way that Jarred could win the job would be by impressing the heck out of everyone at camp, playing confident, shutdown hockey, while Nathan makes a few mistakes, and seems unsure of what to do at times. Plus, the brass would have to be concerned about a deficit in the size and toughness department, if they don’t do a last-minute Douglas Murray/George Parros roster graft.

            Unless these conditions were met, I agree that Nathan will probably win the job, but it’ll be a battle.

  27. Cal says:

    A little something for a rainy day here in Montreal. A little Habs Tribute set to Brothers in Arms.

  28. 24 Cups says:

    It’s standard procedure here on HI/O to hate the Leafs but that can’t be said when it comes to a legend like Johnny Bower.

    When I think of the greatest playoff goaltending of all time, two years come to mind. There was Patrick Roy in ’93 and Bower and Sawchuk with Toronto in 1967. It seems like it was just yesterday.

    This statue of Bower (2nd photo) is just perfect and so richly deserved (not to mention long overdue).

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      Liked that NASCAR feature on Kyle Busch by cub reporter Laplante. That kid has a bright future.

      “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
      Moves on: ” – Omar Khayyam

    • Paz says:

      I think Duclair on the Rangers is about to emerge as “blue chip”. He looked electric when I saw him in a U20 exhibition game last month, and he is not at all “undersized” at 5’11 and about 185. He just turned 19 two weeks ago.

      I don’t know how the Habs miss these local guys because everyone in minor hockey around here knew Duclair was something special. We should have taken him instead of Fucale, who is a depth pick and redundant. Duclair will score 25 goals in the NHL, and he could hit the 30’s.

      Watch for him to make the U20 as a top 6, and watch him flying out there.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Ed – It’s worse than that. Duclair went 80th overall in the 3rd round while Montreal went off the board a bit and took Crisp at #71. It’s all hindsight but they could have had both if they waited another dozen or so picks to grab Crisp at #86.

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  29. UKRAINIANhab says:

    How can Alex Ovechkin have 49 goals and still win the green jacket at a bombing -35? Yes, he scored 49 goals and was -35. How does that happen? Remember when people used to compare this guy to Toews and Crosby… Oh how the mighty have fallen, He is arguably not a top 10 player in the league. The capitals have a fine mess going on. People complained about having Gionta as a captain, imagine having Ovechkin wearing the C and not back checking, ever…

    When you make all of that Money, effort should be non negotiable, Vanek and Ovechkin are players I would never want on my team. The caps also signed Orpik. Big, which is a whole nother problem.

  30. frontenac1 says:

    Ding Ding! Habs current Head of Amateur Scouting, Shane Churla feeding them to Tie Domi. Enjoy Amigos!

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    In light of the discussion regarding bad contracts, lots of speculation in Beantown how Chiarelli is going to have make some moves to help their cap issues.

    Boston has some good young Dmen but if indeed they trade Boychuk that weakens them in the short term. He to me is very underrated on that team and seems to really relish being a Bruin.

  32. habsfan0 says:

    I was thinking of heading down to Leaf Fan Fest at the ACC wearing my Habs sweater today.
    But, then I thought that would probably be as inappropriate as Olivia Chow showing up at a Rob Ford rally wearing a “Ford Nation” teeshirt.

  33. Hobie says:

    Tough loss for the Blue Jays last night. They were aiming for their 6th straight win, had the lead in extra innings but their closer couldn’t close it out. They also lost Melky Cabrerra, one of the best hitters in baseball, to a broken finger. He’s done for the year.

    They’re 5 games back of the wildcard, several teams in front of them, without many games left. They’re done.

    The Jays gave it a good go this year but unfortunately ran into some injuries to several key players and it cost them. I think it’s something to build on for next season.

    Time for hockey season now!

    • JUST ME says:

      I think it’s something to build on for next season.

      Didn`t we say the same thing last season? Wasn`t the window opened for the team to make it big ? Didn`t A.A. put his job on the line when he decided to up the ante ?

      I really like A.A. because he seems like a genuine nice guy and is from MTL not afraid to come and promote the sport and his team here but i think that he will be the one to pay for that poor season from the Jays. Personnaly i expected much much more…I know injuries but it`s always the same scenario. They went on to great winning streaks this season but everytime fell back down…i don`t get it…

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t see this team any better next season. Some young pitchers look promising but this team has way more question marks than a team should if they think they are going to compete for a playoff spot next season.

        • Hobie says:

          I just think guys like Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista saw that they could hang around and even take lead in the American League East this year. That could translate into something bigger next season. They got a taste of it this year.

          I’ve heard all kinds of people say that there have been several Jays teams over the last 20 years that have had the talent to get into the playoffs. Except the culture just isn’t quite right and they don’t believe they can do it.

          I think they proved this year that if they’re consistent and healthy they can play with anyone. So hopefully they stay healthy next year and aim to stay consistent for the entire season.

          A few moves and trades will have to be made. I also heard this week that Rogers is one of the richest owners in all of baseball. So they can definitely afford to make those moves.

        • frontenac1 says:

          Hey Burly! I owe you a pint on the last Ti-Cats /Als game. Double or Nothing on tomorrow’s game? Or maybe it was The Bombers game. Anyway, want to wager a pint on the Cats tomorrow?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Doubling down as we speak! How ya doing bud? I think my seats are not far from you at Summit, look forward to the weekend D.

          • frontenac1 says:

            You’re on amigo! Doing well. Fishing season just about done, NFL starts tomorrow, life is good.See you at the Summit.

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      Okay, okay…I’ll do it…. “Blue Jays can rot in the basement. The Expos worked very hard to get them into existence, and then all those years later, the Blue Jays voted to eliminate them. And now they try to move into the Montreal market by playing some token exhibition games here?” Let them rot in the basement.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    So it appears Charles Wang had a 3rd party also interested in purchasing the Islanders. Interesting that such demand exists for this franchise. Wonder if perhaps the new ownership group of Islanders can restore some luster to the team, very quickly the Devils could once again be the odd man out looking to try and gain the entertainment dollars in the region.

    • JUST ME says:

      I have no doubt that this franchise can be brought back under the limelights but i also have no doubt that if it`s in that bad a shape it`s because of Wang and everyone under him that have no idea where they are going and how to mold a team from the farm team up…
      Looks like Wang sold part of it`s shares in the team a few weeks ago and that this sale includes that Wang will give up control of hockey operations in 2 years. So there is hope but until then…

    • frontenac1 says:

      Moving to from Nassau to Brooklyn could help too.

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Canucks will have Jordan Subban and Josh Thrower, Dalton’s little brother, on their roster for the Young Stars Classic in Penticton. Josh is there on an invite.

    Jake Virtanen is still rehabbing his injured shoulder and won’t take part.

    The Flames and Jets will also have teams at the tourney, but no Oilers for some reason. I haven’t been there before, but I’ve been told the hockey is pretty good, with kids fighting hard for a chance at a pro career.

    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

  36. Un Canadien errant says:

    A retrospective of critiques of Michel Therrien’s communication style and strategies.


    I agree with those who point out that making fun of a coach for his accent and the way he speaks is pretty low-brow. Just as I’d respect the hell out of Marc Crawford for his efforts to learn a second language and be able to converse in it, Michel Thérrien should have everyone’s respect for his efforts to live and work in a world where he has to function using a second language. All of you who mock him, please take a look in the mirror and question whether you are fluently bilingual. In any case, we should all please refrain from taking cheap shots.

    Having said that, Mr. Thérrien isn’t the most eloquent speaker in either language, English or French, he brings to mind the classic line about Jean Chrétien, how he was our first Prime Minister to have two second languages, English AND French. He could mangle both languages at the drop of a hat.

    Michel Thérrien isn’t the most polished of speakers, even in French, and even though he works as a broadcaster on RDS. His analysis on RDS sometimes abrades the eardrums, but he does provide some insight and is often the calm voice of reason, who pulls in the other direction when a Michel Bergeron gets overly excited. He often cautioned this season, in response to criticisms of Andrei Kostitsyn or Yannick Weber, that getting rid of players was the easiest thing for a team to do. The hard part is to find, and then coach and develop players, he would repeat.

    We have to look past his inelegant oratory and understand that he, much like Mr. Chrétien, has skills beyond being a polished public speaker. In fact, Mr. Chrétien’s popularity depended in large part on his commoner’s touch, he was ‘le p’tit gars de Shawinigan’, who could relate with people at an ‘épluchette de blé d’inde’ or a hockey tournament, the anti-Mitt Romney, if you will.

    10:15 We’ve covered in the past how Michel Therrien isn’t the best public speaker, in either official language, reminiscent in this of Jean Chrétien. Both seem really rough when giving a speech, but seem to have a personal warmth and sense of humour that allows them to lead. In this segment, we see Michel Therrien use a different method of getting his point across, other than just talking. He breaks out the dry-erase board and gets all the recent scorers to come up to the front of the room and mark from where on the rink they potted their goal. The point of the exercise is clear, that most goals are scored near the net and that players should act accordingly.

    I’m not a booster of Michel Therrien, but this is an interesting teaching technique he uses. If you keep repeating the same things over and over again, the message gets lost, people tune you out, even if you have a valid point. By using a different way of getting his point across, he maximizes the effect.

    People variously exhibit three learning styles: analytical, observational and experiential. That is, people can learn by reading or being told something and thinking about it and internalizing it, or by watching someone else do something and replicating the gesture or behaviour, and by plain doing things, to practice them and perfect them. Nobody learns strictly using one style, and no two individuals are the same. Some will be more brainy and want to understand something before trying it, while others will chafe or go off into dreamland while being lectured to, anxious for the chin-wagging to stop and eager to get going and learn hands-on. A good teacher or coach will know this, know that their lesson plan needs to cater to all three learning styles, and that different pupils will respond differently.

    In this instance, instead of just parroting again to his charges that they need to “pay the price, get in the dirty areas, drive the net”, he gets the players involved in the lesson and targets a different learning style. So, good job by the coaching staff here.


    16:45 Michel Therrien trying to make a point to Jarred Tinordi through a little joke, saying there’s thirty places you’re not allowed to turn the puck over in your own end, and asks him what those places are, with the answer being any city where they have to play an NHL team. Jarred is baffled, due to the poor grammar and pronunciation of the coach, so we see a language barrier at work there, but the coach saves it at the end and everyone has a good chuckle. Jarred leaves the video room, still wondering what happened, but it’s good to see the coach using a different communication strategy to get his message across.

    18:05 Michel Therrien trying yet another tack. We see the coaches in their room between periods fuming about losing in every aspect of the game: faceoffs, puck control, etc. Then, Coach Therrien enters the dressing room, but instead of yelling and swearing, takes a seat and calmly asks the players what’s going on. Again, evidence that he’s not just a one-trick pony.

    • on2ndthought says:

      nice insight, thanks

      “a cannonading drive”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      All good points Normand, I do wonder however, at the loss of Turk (Gallant). The feeling I got in watching 24CH and other various reports was that he really was the link between Coach and Players as is the role of Asst. Coach. I would like to believe that Turk likely helped explain to MT which players required a different teaching method, or perhaps ensured that MT’s message was delivered successfully to the players and that he himself was a key figure in truly knowing which players required further explanation.

      I have faith in the new Asst. Coach, as I am sure thought when into this. But I think we lost a real positive element to the coaching staff in Turk.

    • JF says:

      As you point out, Therrien is not the most eloquent of speakers in either language. However, unlike Jacques Martin and others, he actually says something in his press conferences. Rather than a collection of cliches, his comments have some substance. He also has some understanding of his players. For example, when he was asked about P.K. being selected for the Olympic team, he was able to realize and express what the experience would mean to P.K.

    • twilighthours says:

      No one is as eloquent as you, Normand. And that’s the straight dope. Yer a gem.

    • JUST ME says:

      Good comment UCE. But this subject makes my blood boil. We might as well criticize someone because of the colour of his skin that it wouldn`t make any difference.
      It is so irrelevant and a show of bad faith that it makes me either sad or mad. What do we want from Therrien ? We want him to coach and we want him to win. So far he has done a darrn good job out of both of his priorities hasn`t he ? The fact that he has to face the medias every day after day after day is the real problem. And to be quite honest with you i hear wayyyy worst either in french or english but this is no laughing matter since the individual is just making an effort to communicate. Funny how sometimes whether he is bilingual makes him fit to coach is not important but suddenly it is…
      Do not take it personnal please i as a frenchie am just telling you the way i feel it !

  37. JohnBellyful says:

    Great. My post has been marked as spam. Gimme a break.
    Edit: What is going on here? This was supposed to be a reply to post I submitted for Mavid’s 32, which has now disappeared.

  38. Mavid ® says:


    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. I almost puked in my mouth this morning after I read that garbage article on CBC in regards to the worst Canadian team contracts.

    Talk about being wrong! I’m guessing if you pooled GM’s in the league for BEST contracts in the league, Max’s would be among the leaders. Talk about cap friendly! Jeez!

    Chuck and Grim Jim – I’m sitting directly in front of you. Problem is Burly is behind us and he’s threatened to throw pop corn at me. You might be in the line of fire. It will be great seeing you both again. 325 CC

    • Habfan17 says:

      Yes Jim, Mike Dennis mentions the obvious, Phaneuf and the Sedins, but then completely misses the mark with Patches and MacArthur.

      Not sure what he was thinking. There are plenty of players making big money who score less than Patches and the seasons where he scored 14 and 15 goals, he only played 37 and 44 games. The guy is out to lunch! If he had to pick one player from each Canadian team, he could have used Bourque. He played great in the playoffs and I hope it continues this season, but his regular season stats since coming to Montreal are not strong.


    • DeadEnd says:

      As a credit to current management, when I look at Capgeek, there’s not a lot of complaining to do about the team’s salary structure at the moment. The biggest question may be Emelin at $4.1M hit per year. Other than that, can’t complain too hard.

  40. HabFab says:

    Hab tickets on sale today for those who may have forgot;

    • Hobie says:

      The prices are steep but if I lived closer to Montreal I’d be tempted to split one of those packs with a buddy. The prices there are for one seat. If you buy one seat and friend buys another it’s doable.

      The Habs are here in Ottawa three times each year but of course those are Optimum games and they’re the most expensive games of the season…

    • Mondou6 says:

      I’m waiting to get into the waiting room. 🙂

  41. HabFab says:

    Hab fans in the Montreal area can pick up their free tickets to the White – Red Training Camp Scrimmage game today at Canadian Tire stores;

    • Mondou6 says:

      Interesting. They can grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Ontario?

      I’m a bit skeptical. The Finger Lakes in western NY state make decent Cabernet Franc, but that’s about it. Some NY wineries try to make Pinot Noir, but they are terrible, IMO.

      They make good white wines, but I’m more of a red wine drinker.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Similar to Finger Lakes. Noted the same about Cab Franc’s being decent; and the occasional Pinot Noir being tasty. I find Okanagan reds to be Canada’s best. Unfortunately, Ontario wine prices are among the “Eight Worst Wine-Values” found in Canadian liquor stores.

  42. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    Good article on the Habs web site as to how J.J. Daigneault sees his D corps shaping up this year.|MTL|home

    Re Markov – and perhaps why he was important to re-sign over and above just his play.

    “I think the best leadership you can convey is the one you show on the ice.
    You can say whatever you want in the room, but you have to go out there and make things happen. Marky is like that.

    Markov is someone Daigneault maintains young guns like Beaulieu and Tinordi can look up to as they set their sights on earning full-time roster spots in Montreal.
    The two-time NHL All-Star’s tireless work ethic and penchant for consistency are attributes Daigneault knows go hand-in-hand with shaping successful careers.

    “As far as the kids are concerned, I think just watching guys like Marky and other veterans on a daily basis is a good thing.
    They need to watch how Andrei prepares for a game, how he’s always in the gym, how he practices hard every day and constantly pays attention to details,” shared Daigneault. “I think it’s important for them, especially in the first couple of years of their careers.
    They need to take the time to look around and see how things are done.”

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Morn’ Merrytimes. Good thing CBC sportswriter M. Dennis didn’t name Markie’s contract as one of the eight worst for Canadian teams, eh? Surely Towers-of-Powers Oilers and Flames have worse contracts than Mark (Who?) Fayne, and Matt Stajan.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hi Guy
        I took a look, and the story is some good pure comedy.
        The CBC panders to Toronto and Ontario, and if the truth was allowed concerning contracts, 3 Leafs would head the class. Clarkson-Phaneuf-Kessel.

        Kessel-37 goals – $10 Million salary this year
        Max-39 goals – $ 4 Miilion Salary (not cap hit) this year… and Max knows where the D zone is and his name will never be Perimeter a la Kessel

        Phaneuf will earn (term used lightly) $8M this year

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Further to Penn Yan, went to Casino Niagara for the first time. Funny I didn’t know where it was on many past trips to the Falls, although wasn’t really looking. Strolling with family and thinking what a nice walkway with colourful flowers to chat with a three-year old about, and looking up, oh!, there’s a casino to the left!

        • CH Marshall says:

          I’m looking forward to some more Leaf schadenfreude this year. The team’s run like a joke!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Ron and Guy! “You can say whatever you want in the room, but you have to go out there and make things happen.”

      I rewatched, thanks to the NHL Network showing replays, of the Ranger series and my eyes seemed to focus a lot on the play of Josh Gorges. He’s often seen as a leader of this team and can often be heard leading cheers in the locker room between periods.

      There were times on the ice he seemed to not have a clue what to do with the puck. More times then naught, he’d just fling the puck away instead of finding an outlet pass somewhere.

      Markov on the other hand often appears to be a play or two ahead of everyone else. Very seldom do you see him just “fling” the puck without first finding a outlet.

      PK does it as well but when PK does it it is sure talent. Markov is more mental. I love to watch both but Markov is just a pleasure for this old defenseman to watch.

      Leader? What Daigneault says makes sense and he’s much more in tune with the room then any of us. I think he’d make a good choice as captain. We’ll soon find out.

      • New says:

        I think it is the constant nattering of the play by play and color guys that fools our eyes until we watch the replays. They tell you McDonough was there to break up a play and you seldom notice it was 17 Moore not 27 McDonough. They tell you Subban has the puck, talk about his shot, how he can skate, and you don’t see Markov slide to the bottom of the circle…but when PK bobbles the puck and the play turns over they mention how Markov couldn’t get back in time 🙂 not that a set play was seen, broken up, and turned around.

        I think Gorges was needed when he was needed but the Canadiens are improving and Gorges couldn’t. He showed so much compete that you always think he’ll get better with time but his style doesn’t work to the advantage of the methods played by his goalies who each want to see the puck and don’t mind long shots.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          One of the reasons I really enjoy watching the games on RDS. I am not bilingual, but have been watching the Habs play on the french broadcast for over 40 years now. In fact my earliest recollections is watching the 70’s Habs on Sat. night on the CBC french telecast.

          I enjoy it today as I get the passion of the play by play (Houde is tremendous) but I am not heavily influenced by the play by play and get to really watch the players with my own interpretation.

  43. Habitant in Surrey says:; ‘Parenteau May Miss Beginning of Season’:

    Has this been mentioned before ? Injured ribs.

    • 24 Cups says:

      At least it wasn’t his knee this time.

      Right wing could be looking a little thin on opening night. This could be an opening for one of the three young kids in camp. Looks like Gallagher is once again at the front of the line.

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  44. B says:

    Sherbrooke loses 4-2 to Blainville-Bois Briand. Audette went pointless, won 7 of 16 faceoffs and took penalties for slashing, interference and diving.

    Saskatoon trailing Prince Albert 4-2 in the 3rd. Scherbak is not playing.

    Nothing on the CHL sites from London (McCarron?) vs Sarnia or Swift Current (Lernout?) vs Moose Jaw.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  45. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    That’s an awesome retort, UCE!

  46. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    How Pacioretty even got 70 votes in the poll with that rediculous article is beyond me. 39 goals at 4.5 million for the next 5 years… really?!

  47. Donkey Hoat says:

    Just wondering what ever happened to CAPSLOCK MIKE or DAVE, I forget the name.

  48. Un Canadien errant says:

    Judging by this ridiculous article, it seems the CBC has given up on NHL hockey.

    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

    • lizard ranger says:

      wish we had a team full of sh*tty contracts like max’s . journalism like that drives me to drink …. ahhh drinkin’

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I just posted the following comment on their site. It is awaiting moderation.

        I reactivated a long dormant account to slam the author and the CBC on this putrid piece, which would be unworthy of a garbage site like Bleacher Report.

        Anyone covering hockey for the CBC should know that Max Pacioretty’s 14 and 15 goal seasons were caused by the assassination attempt by Zdeno Chara, and the obliteration of half the 2012 season by the Cancellor Gary Bettman, respectively. Dial it up on your smartphone, learn yourself up.

        Two years ago, Mr. Dennis could have found easy fodder on the Canadiens’ roster with Tomas Kaberle and Scott Gomez, but nowadays there are no horror-show deals in Montréal. Why conjure one up? Because clicks? And you couldn’t find a way to shoehorn Dave Clarkson and Benoit Pouliot in there? Unbelievably shoddy work.

        Oh, and the only way Dion Phaneuf gets “singed” is when opposition forwards blaze by him as if he’s standing still, which he often is.

        I tend to trust as a news source, and that includes sports reporting, since I’ll find articles on here by Elliotte Friedman but none by the abysmal Don Cherry and P.J. Stock. But if this an indication of the care you’ll take in covering the sport now that you’re vassals of the horrid Sportsnet, I’ll give you guys a wide berth.

        • lizard ranger says:

          i always regret reading ” listicles “. i’m just another victim of clickbait

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          Exhale Normand, —only 1.8 % of respondents agreed with this Dennis character on Patches being ‘a bad contract’.

        • Habs4LifeInTO says:

          Thanks for that retort UCE. I was thinking the same thing when I read that Leafs Propaganda! I am sure most of of us here were shocked to see Max P’s name on that list and no Clarkson? Very shoddy work indeed by this Dennis cretin. I guess there isn’t much left in the way of professionalism over at the CBC these days, eh? Thanks again UCE!

          24 cups and counting….

      • twilighthours says:

        So that sort of journalism is good!

    • scamorza says:

      wow for value I don’t think I will see such a contract in a team’s favour for a long time. One of the most stupidest things I have read in a long while

      come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  49. PK says:

    I haven’t scrolled through all the comments as I usually do.
    Have we discussed this CBC poll about the worst NHL contracts amongst the Canadian teams?

    I choked on my beverage when I read that Max Pac has one of the worst contracts!! WTF!


    Oh well, who is Mike Dennis? A Leafs hack?

    >>>> Les Canadiens sont là
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I just caught that too. Awful, the author must be 9 years old. He faults Max for seasons when he scored just 15 and 14 goals, while these can be blamed on Gary Bettman and Zdeno Chara respectively.

      • PK says:

        I am looking forward to seeing Pacioretty put up some big numbers this season. A 40 to 45 goal season?

        >>>> Les Canadiens sont là
        _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

        “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

        – Nostradamus, 1552

  50. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Mail came today! 325 EE 7… see you at the Summit!

  51. Un Canadien errant says:

    Good line by Steve Simmons on “TSN Drive with Dave Naylor”, regarding the settlement in the Steve Moore lawsuit:

    “I did want to see Brian Burke under oath… for that Jack Nicholson ‘You can’t handle the truth!’ moment.”

    It’s somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.–Paul Rudd

  52. Habitant in Surrey says:

    I called My Vancouver cable provider, Telus, again, today.

    This time I requested to speak with ‘a supervisor’, explaining gently to the guy answering the phone My enquiries on hockey-based (worse, Habs-based) projected subscriptions for channels, Centre Ice and Game Centre were too complex for him.

    Initially he felt I was insulting his intelligence, that is until I asked him about the $ 60 French language Centre Ice option (…never heard of it !) —and explaining the Montreal Canadiens have 3 or 4 broadcasters (Sportsnet, RDS, TVA and TSN) and asking him what channel packages have Telus determined I will require to listen to all Habs games (I thought I heard a muffled vulgarity and a “Gawd-damned Habs fans !”, or something to that effect).

    Anyway, he gave-in and passed Me to ‘a supervisor’.

    “Hello sir, this is Tom.” I responded, “Hello Tom.”

    Then we commenced what must have been a full-hour discussion on everything he did NOT know about Telus’ products catering to NHL broadcasts.

    We sat there gabbing and commiserating how f*7^$d-up and what a load of doggy-doo this will be for hockey fans, not only Habs fans.

    He’s an Oiler’s fan. My enquiry caused him to realize even Oiler fans in Alberta will be searching around for their Oiler’s sustenance.

    His favourite expression was ‘WOW !, just wow !!!’

    So I left him a little wiser.

  53. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Always hated Brodeur would rather see Tokarski get a shot before signing this guy.

  54. Mondou6 says:

    I’m going to try my luck at the online 5-game ticket package that goes on sale tomorrow. I’ve never done it before. Any advice?

    Are my chances better of suiting up for the Habs than they are of getting 5 games in the White section?

  55. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ‘How long till Quebecor gets a key to the NHL club?’; Sean Gordon, Globe & Mail:

    ‘Names were dropped, many warm words were spoken – we’ll come back to those – but the most interesting aspect about this scene was where it unfolded.

    Sure, there were glitzy visuals arranged by the TVA Sports boffins and the usual pompous pronouncements of ushering in a new era in broadcasting.

    Also this: The National Hockey League’s newest media partner managed to dragoon the commissioner of the league, the owner of Quebec’s lone NHL entry, a junior hockey commissioner, a bevy of broadcast industry titans and the Stanley Cup for a launch party in a sports-bar-in-a-box near a six-lane expressway in the Montreal suburbs.

    In other words, to TVA territory: The network and Quebecor, the company that owns it, draw a healthy portion of their gaudy audience numbers in suburban and semi-rural areas.

    And up there on the stage, a few feet from hockey’s sainted chalice, stood former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, now chairman of Quebecor and the lobbyist-in-chief for that company’s publicly stated goal of obtaining an NHL franchise.

    He spun tales about his hockey-playing boyhood (“I was a pretty good player back then – a right winger. That won’t surprise you”) and good friend George H.W. Bush (to whom he recently gave a Montreal Canadiens warm-up jacket), dialling up his welcome for commissioner Gary Bettman, whom he hailed as “bold, daring and visionary.”

    “Your leadership has dramatically transformed the NHL for the better … we welcome you today, sir, with respect and admiration,” Mulroney said.

    Bettman was similarly gushing, saying “everybody would vote for you again if they had the chance.” ‘

    …AnyOne here with a barf-bag handy ?

  56. JUST ME says:

    I understand that as amateurs and fans it is perfectly normal and somehow healthy to have different point of views. But professionnal should know better . Take for example this comment on TSN : NONIS: LEAFS EXPECT MORE FROM BOTTOM-SIX FORWARDS

    Do they have a top 6 ?
    Did they give up on the top 6 and only rely on the bottom 6?
    Don`t they have two sets of bottom 6 ?

    When you are relying on your bottom 6 when the season has not even begun…

    Soon to be half of century of mediocre hockey in TARANNA and they seem to like it !

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    The KHL started it’s season on Wednesday.

    Let’s get the NHL show on the road already !!! 🙁

    ‘KHL starts new season with altered lineup after financial turmoil, withdrawal of Ukrainian team’:

  58. frontenac1 says:

    Marty is looking for a gig? With the Habs? Get a decent hairdo and get on TVA. Smack talk and bull sh#t to the top. It’s the way of the road amigo.

  59. francbiss says:

    With the right amount of money Brodeur would consider playing for my beer league team…

  60. Rob says:

    Not sure about the rest of you, but given the answers he’s been giving to the media lately, i’m 100% down with making Max Pacioretty the next captain of the Habs. I honestly didn’t consider him before because I figured he wouldn’t want it due to his seemingly …. contentious? … relationship with the media from time to time. But it seems he is more than willing to take on the responsibility, and more importantly, understands the honour that goes along with the position.
    So here’s my vote for sticking the C on Max’s jersey.

    The Montreal Canadiens: sporting the best AND worst fans since 1909!

  61. HardHabits says:

    Is it any wonder Canada is the strongest team in International play. Forget about goaltending for the moment and concentrate on defence. No surprise to see who makes #5.

  62. hansolo says:

    Ok, I’m a Canadian (Habs fan since 1971) married to an American, which is why I have lived in the US for a long time. I’m writing about the opinion that’s sometimes voiced on this board that the NHL permits violence in the game to appeal to American fans.

    Where is the evidence that that’s true? Don’t trot out the fans at the “Gaahden” or Wells-Fargo arenas as examples – the vast majority of those fans aren’t yahoos, even thought we’d like to think they are. Most of the people I hang out with don’t go to hockey games to watch fisticuffs. My wife’s large extended family, all blue-collar salt-of-the earth folks, actually like to make fun of hockey by quoting the too-familiar line about going to the fights and watching a hockey game break out. They aren’t right up to the glass cheering on players that are fighting; rather, they are revolted by it. They want to watch athleticism and skill. They are staunch football fans (I live in Packer and Viking territory) but don’t like headshots; to a man (and woman) they are are in favor of rules to protect players in contact sports from concussions. They know the Packers season last year turned when the Bears cheap-shotted Aaron Rodgers and broke his collarbone. Violence doesn’t appeal to them; physical, but fair, play does.

    So I’d like to propose that the NHL would actually increase its US fanbase by getting rid of headshots and gratuitous violence.

    • chilli says:

      I don’t know anyone that feels the violence is permitted to appeal to US fans. None. The game of hockey is fast, rough and by nature, the word ‘violent’ is used but fighting is part of the game, just like a body check, a slap shot etc… always has been.
      Do they need goons who only fight? no. But then the team with the big strong players like Milan Lucic can create as much havoc as they please if teams can’t counter balance.
      There was fighting way before recent US expansion into non hockey cities. Gordie Howe was a very popular Red Wing because of his scoring and his fighting.
      Most real hockey fans could care less about the sports popularity in the US – we just want a good sport – and that sport includes fighting. I dislike staged fights – but when Lucic spears my player in the nuts – I want someone on my team to punch him in the face.

      So a proposal to ban the violence in order to increase a US fan base, I say this: ‘we must enforce strict rules regarding head shots (they are trying), unwarranted fights and cheap shorts for the sake of the players. The league must protect the players. But in terms of increasing the sport and making changes so some family in Nashville may tune in, uh, nope. Who cares. Let them watch their football. I’ve been to the last 3 super bowls and bored out of my tree.

      We have our sport. We like it the way it is.

      Oh, and I live in LA. We win cups by shooting, hitting, passing, fighting and scoring…. all good in hollywood.
      And the only people that care, are the ones in the building. You walk out onto the streets of LA the night we win the Stanley Cup – and nobody even knows or cares.

      It’s a sport for hockey fans. You either are one or not.


    • Garbo says:

      Not sure where you would get that impression.

  63. JohnInTruro says:

    Timo, you should try my uncle’s beer called Village Brewery in Calgary. It’s some really good stuff!

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      Define really good stuff?

      Uninspired and over priced? Indeed.

      Sorry man, I have tried most if not all of the village offerings and I have been thoroughly disappointed. They are no better than big rock (more over priced uninspired brews)

      • JohnInTruro says:

        Ahhh to each his own. I have liked all of the kinds I have had the chance to enjoy.
        I know Big Rock quite well, as that’s where the same uncle originally started in the business. Go figure!

        • bleedhabs81 says:

          I want to like the local beer, but I find it falls short and usually not worth the price.

          I keep trying the new offerings too, just hoping.

          Big rock chai is good though, and tool shed brewing company shows promise

  64. UKRAINIANhab says:

    This is like commenting on absolutely nothing. Nothing!

    Of all the teams to get Brodeur we would be 30th, with our current situation in goal. You guys keep saying NO and stuff…don’t worry… Nat gonna Happan..

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