Martin F.

He haunts our dreams …

29 saves and a big fat goose-egg

672 Comments

  1. SeriousFan09 says:

    The problem is this anti-European stuff is endemic, it permeates the league, that senile bigot on CBC gets to rave about it every week and there’s a lot of caveman types in the NHL front offices and all levels of coaching that don’t respect European players. Canadian and US-born players grow up with this and some of them get indoctrinated with this attitude of don’t trust Europeans and don’t expect them to put it on the line. Creates rifts among teams because of prejudices that have been fostered out of ignorance and European players find it hard to integrate because the other guys have been fed for years that their new teammate is heartless, money-hungry and unreliable. Need them to fill out the talent holes in the 30-team NHL but god forbid we embrace them a little.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  2. StevieRay says:

    Nasty……

  3. DearyLeary says:

    To be fair, the paranoia isn’t unwarranted. 

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh good, typical Russian paranoia.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Lappy.

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    More likely Avtsin will be back in Russia and Schultz a career AHLer.

     

  7. Mike Boone says:

    Tough kid, though. More than 100 PiM in the W last season

  8. SPATS says:

    Wayyyy mon boy!!!! merci

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  9. C3P1 says:

    merci beaucoup!  finally I found this one…I got a new computer and lost all my bookmarks…now I get to hear “et le but” in all it’s glory

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  10. Hockey Socks says:

    I like Gallagher. Could go the way of Gionta.

  11. Bryan says:

    Hurry up and drop the puck.  I’m getting antsy.

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    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  12. nightmare_49 says:

    …  The refs for tonight’s sleeper will be Stephane Auger and Stephen Walkom (both had an average season in 2009/2010). 

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    My RDS feed for the season.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  14. SPATS says:

    I’m stuck on the road in Guelph and don’t have my beloved RDS HD feed or PVR arggggghhhhhh…. Any buddy out there have a live feed link for tonites tilt?

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  15. habaholic68NJ says:

    Coach?  What is that?

  16. Ron says:

    Hope ur right SF. Theo was a good one for sure much like St Louis.

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gallagher is about a 4 to 5-year project realistically for the Habs I’d say, by then we could have a different Top-6 unit entirely and room for a small, but dangerous scoring forward.

    In 5 years, Kristo, Leblanc and Avtsin could be headlining some offence and Ian Schultz could be our Hartnell or Knuble.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  18. DearyLeary says:

    Well I’ll hold out hope until I see him make the junior roster, then we’ll see his performance and get a better idea of what to expect.  Let’s remember that most players taken in the later rounds (especially from the CHL due to relatively high exposure in comparison to Europeans) are late round picks for a reason.

    Also, we’ve got a pretty small team as it is, I’d rather see something more immediate, lika Pacioretty develop into a terror on the wing. 

    I’m also planning on attending some London Knights away games to get a look at Tinordi in action.  Could you imagine Hal Gill if he was mean?  Not to mention Tinordi will likely be a better skater due to the difference in training generations.

  19. Willy the bum says:

    When the Habs win this game, Brodeur will know he’s getting old.

  20. Shiloh says:

    Up here in Northwestern Ontario were are a huge distance from Toronto yet we always get the Loafs and nothing else. For example, Kenora is 4 hours closer to Edmonton by car than Toronto and Thunder Bay is about the same distance from each, but they still treat us like we’re in the GTA when it comes to “regional” broadcasts.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Desharnais is 3 inches shorter (that 5’7″ estimation is a laugh, Gazette writers marked as 5’5″ before this September’s camp) and got along in the much softer QMJHL, the WHL is the most physically punishing junior league there is and Gallagher’s surviving and thriving in it so far, I think he’s got a little more of the Theo Fleury in him than Desharnais.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  22. Bryan says:

    Yeah, unfortunately I see him as being the next Deharnais.

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  23. DearyLeary says:

    As much as I want to believe Brendan Gallagher will develop, it’s hard to hold your breath for a kid that’s 5’8″

     

    And as far as PK with Hammer goes, I like it.  It turns into a steady presence and a puck mover for every pair.  Whoever is lucky enough to get paired with Markov gets both the steady presence on the back, and the puck moving.  PK can move the puck and take some chances, Hammer is a rock to hold the fort.  JG to move the puck, Gill to hold the fort.  Balance on your pairings is important.  I don’t want a tandem that’s just there to hold things down, we need to be able to break out too.

  24. Willy the bum says:

    Also LA, you can ask Patrick Roy.

  25. C3P1 says:

    espn reporting that drew doughty, national hero, out “at least a week” with an “upper body injury”…can’t be good for the kings.  saying maybe a concussion

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  26. 24 Cups says:

    Chris Aung-Thwin has posted a new article on The Other Wing (right hand side of the page, scroll down).

  27. Timo says:

    isn’t it what coach is for? if your players can’t figure it out you go home, watch some videos, draw up some plays, practice them… you know… the whole coaching bit.

  28. Timo says:

    I think it was 5 straight losses to start the season. But it must have been just the trigger. I am sure there was stuff between Savard and/or Demers and Corey that lead to Corey pulling the trigger.

  29. jbroderi says:

    sorry, i was wondering how you could find the time to globe trot to NHL games!! hahaha

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  30. TB says:

    I agree it seems like Martin has Pouliot down in the bottom six to work on his checking and play without the puck – basically he is getting him to start doing what all of us want him to do on the GG line bang around go to the net and be responsible defensively

    if Martin left him on the GG line to perfect this we would all be ready to kill him because when you are in the top 6 you are expected to contribute offensively too – I think this would be too much for Pouliot to handle and he would never come out of his funk

  31. B says:

    TSN breaking the news that Kovelev has so far been “Not very good”. Who knew?

  32. forskis says:

    On the broadcasting front…TSN has just announced that they are now the official English-Language broadcaster of the Habs…24-30 games over the next 2-3 seasons from Eastern Ontario to Atlantic Canada…makes sense since TSN and RDS are owned by the same entity and the Habs gave TSN a great first round in the playoffs last season.

    I guess that destroys that oft-mentioned rumor that The Score wanted to broadcast all the Habs games in English.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  33. LA Loyalist says:

    Brodeur almost always plays well against us.

    Hopefully Price will see this as an opportunity.

    SOMEONE please remind me WHY Houle/Tremblay replaced Savard/Demers on that dark day in 1995?

     Does anyone even remember the reason?

    I went into a long funk subsequent thereto and blocked it from my brain, such as it is, was, or will ever be.

    I don’t want to go down memory lane, but some days you just have no choice.

  34. shootdapuck says:

    You missed the boat on that one!

     

    I saw Detroit play in Phoenix Saturday night and will see LA play in Phoenix this evening.

     

    Tix are not 30.00 for sure.

     

     

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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  35. AH says:

    I really hope I’m wrong, but I don’t have a good feeling about tonight…4 days off, Jersey on edge after a poor start, and Martin F. coming home…yikes!

    GO HABS GO!!

  36. StevieRay says:

    I agree he does gain it effectively … however it’s what’s happening once  he’s there … always heads for the perimeter  with both hands high on the stick .. which is OK for passing but waek for shooting .

  37. helluva habs fan says:

    I’ve never seen a player able to consistantly gain the offensive zone like Gomez. They just need to figure out what to do from there. And I think they will.

  38. helluva habs fan says:

    I think JM is hoping that by demoting Pouliot, he is taking the pressure off him, giving him time to work on his game and build up his confidence. And I think it’s slowly working. He started training camp by answering questions like, “what did you improve this off-season?” “what do you need to do differently to find success?” “why were you so awful last spring while the rest of your team overachieved?” He’s been playing with much more fire and intensity than we’ve seen since he debuted last year, even if he still looks soft at times. Give him a little more time to get his game where it needs to be intensity wise and I think you’ll see him back up sometime in November.

    I agree that Moen and Pyatt aren’t top line guys (although Pyatt has potential). But for right now, who else to you put up there? Eller is just a rookie still learning how to be an NHLer, let alone JM’s system, which took our vets all of last season to nail down. Pyatt played very will with Gomez and Gionta in the playoffs even if he wasn’t a scoring threat. It’s the best option for now, until someone else starts lighting the lamp and gets his opportunity.

  39. StevieRay says:

    I realize Gomez is a set up man/playmaker .. but I’d like to see him get his nose into traffic more often . He seems to be always turning away from the puck once he passes it or attempts to pass it .. far to often I see him just flicking his stick out at th epuck and then making the big circle. He’s a notorious slow starter so maybe it’ll take a few games .. lets hope so .

    so who was on his wing last year besides Gionta ?  Eller,Pouliot and Moen .. that’s th eline I’d like to see together for a couple of games ..

  40. shootdapuck says:

    Last year is not this year!

    How much do Atlanta, the Florida teams, Columbus and other traditional markets dump their tickets for?

    Check it out!

     

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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  41. jbroderi says:

    nice pic, bu the way.  Detroit and even LA are different beasts than the other teams as far as fans go. You can’t compare ticket prices in Detroit and Phoenix!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  42. oshawahabsfan says:

    Yet the NHL was smart enough to approve a new building for New Jersey. That’s a team that should fold, their attendance has been as bad as sunbelt teams for years now. They have Kovalchuk and they can’t even come close to a sellout, that’s beyond pathetic

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Last season their sellouts involved 30$ tickets for the upper bowl.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  44. GoldenGirl11 says:

    Adam Gopnik! Wow! Is he in town to interview anyone? A article on the Habs in The New Yorker? Or maybe he’s looking for Habs fans who are also soon to be published authors to write about. I hear the authors of soon to be released Truman Show Delusions are Habs fans. Now that would be cool.

  45. shootdapuck says:

     

    Really and you know this how?

    I went to the Detroit game on Saturday and will see LA this evening neither tickets were that cheap!

     

     

     

     

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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    Phoenix was a winner last season and their tickets are about as cheap as an AHL ticket. They flop around this year it’ll go right back down. NJD never draw a crowd anyway.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  47. Timo says:

    Finally you’re getting it :)

  48. jbroderi says:

    I want it to be clear that I am a Pseudo Martin supporter anf think that when the team listens to him, they reap the rewards in the win column.  That being said, I think his mix and match approach to the Gomez line is not going to bear any fruit in the near future.  There are two main factors to this thought.

     

    1.  No one is given enough time to form chemistry in that role.  We only played 5 games and now we have the 3 or 4th guy trying to fill the spot.  Whoever has success there will nee a little time to get it going.

    2.  This is really quite simple.  Pyatt and Moen are not top 6 guys!!  They are great, and they do have attributes that could make them successful with Gionta and Gomez, but it is really a quick fix.  The best that could happen would be a few games in a row when the whole line got hot.  Their production would tail off, even if they got a quick start. 

    I know pouliot is struggling with confidence, but he isn’t a 4th line guy.  Maybe he shouldn’t be on one of the top lines, but him playing as he is this year right now is likely a better choice than Pyatt, Moen, Boyd etc etc

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  49. Caper says:

    Right you are Boone. Those two set back the organization for years and we are only recovering.  God that was an awful time.

  50. Greg says:

    Of course I can’t be sure, but I’m 100% sure Gauthier tried to get Byfuglien. He went to Atlanta in a huge deal. 9 players or something like that. I doubt Gauthier was interested in moving that many assets.

     

    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  51. B says:

    Columbus drew 9,802 last night.
    Atlanta drew 8,820 last night.

    Tampa drew 13,277 Monday.
    Anaheim drew 13,574 Sunday.

    Last Saturday:
    Jersey drew 13,056,
    Dallas drew 11,750,
    the Islander drew 10,127
    but Phoenix drew 17,125

  52. habsnyc says:

    unless gomez is asking for a new wing, the team has to keep its most talented young player on that line.  Moen is certainly not that person.  i could see this move in the playoffs to get a spark.  this is a bowman type of move for a shift or two in a third period to get a spark.  but i see no reason to make such a move after a handful of regular season games.  

    jm just basically informed his gm that their two attempts at finding a young power forward have failed.  either the coach can’t get the talent out of his players or the gm can’t evaluate talent.  either way, it makes no sense to spend something like $30 million on gomez for him to play with Moen. 

    the third possibility – that it made no sense to acquire g&g in the first place -is moot at this point. 

    i’m all for giving eller or pouliot or someone from the ahl another shot at the spot.  but putting fourth liners on the first line makes no sense early in the season for a team that has a winning record. 

  53. PrimeTime says:

    Gomez and the Captain will be fine. If they are not a great 1st line today, they make a great 2nd line….they have so much speed it keeps the opposing D back. Do we need a big body with some hands in front of the net – Habsolutely. Have we that player today – No. So IMO, they need to move the puck quickly and involve the D. Having the proper D pairing ie. Markov when he returns and/or PK will create more ice in the O-zone and quick puck movement should create open chances. Just need to be cautious of the turnovers.

    Cammy, Pleks, and AK are a threat each time on the ice. But I remain reserved about AK until he takes a big hit and comes back just as strong. Too many times he has played with confidence only to have it knocked out him for long periods. 

    D, even without Markov, has been very good. Gorges is really stepping up and Gill has surprised most. Hated Gill in TO of course and was hesitant when we acquired but he really has learned his positional play and knows his limitations. 

    Price – what can we say?? 50% were right and 50% were wrong and that won’t change all year.

     

  54. ZepFan2 says:

    “Oct. 21, 1995: Réjean Houle and Mario Tremblay replace Serge Savard and Jacques Demers.”

    No wonder it’s so dark and dreary outside.

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    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  55. HabsProf says:

    Here’s an interesting article about Boucher and the Lightning (if we’re not all sick of hearing about ’em) from an unusual source:  the Wall Street Journal.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304510704575562283087818978.html?KEYWORDS=hockey+team+with+turbocharger

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    Puttin’ on the foil.

    They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  56. punkster says:

    Moved from the other page.

    Interesting comments over the past few days
    about JM’s struggle to fire up the G&G line. My take is that this
    line will likely see a revolving door of partners for them. Some will
    click, some won’t and eventually a rotation of sorts will be the norm
    depending on who we play. Speedsters verusus grinders, the key being the
    player who goes to the net, sets up a screen, distracts the defenders.

    Also
    interesting are JM’s comments in the Hickey article. Doesn’t seem,
    based on his comments, like he’s punishing players as much as he’s
    searching for the right players in the right situations overall. Maybe
    he’s not punitively benching guys like Eller, OB, Pyatt. Of course, as
    we all know, JM ruins young players doesn’t he?

  57. baja says:

    They are completely different players. Halpern is pretty good defensively and strong in the corners and prevents Plekanec from logging too much ice-time. That being said, it is hard to find a big guy that wants to stand in front of the net instead of 5 feet away from it ( a la Latendresse).

     

    It seems you’ve got the brawn to beat me if this was all it takes,
    But I’ve got skills to pay the bills and punish each of your mistakes.

  58. G-Man says:

    35 points/season the last 3 isn’t that great a total. However, you can’t teach size and toughness and Byfuglien definitely has those.

  59. baja says:

    I remember the day that Demers and Savard were fired pretty well. The team started off 0 and 4 and, like usual, Ronald Corey panicked. The team then went on a 5-0 run. At that time, it seemed like a pretty smart move until the whole Roy fiasco started.

     

    It seems you’ve got the brawn to beat me if this was all it takes,
    But I’ve got skills to pay the bills and punish each of your mistakes.

  60. Hockey Socks says:

    I agree completely. I’d rather Byfuglien than Halpern. I’m sure that our powerplay would be a lot more effective than it has been if Byfuglien were crashing the crease.

  61. habs365 says:

    some of you fans are funny but i like it

  62. arcosenate says:

    Gopnik is a great writer and he has an awesome job.  Is he doing some kind of piece about the game?

    Interesting.

    Habs 5 Devils 2.

  63. FrederictonHabsfan says:

    Won’t Adam be disappointed?  I thought Red was above things such as a pressbox?

    Or is it just locker rooms and the players who don’t deserve his presence.

    I suppose he’s still willing to take the free admission and food, while some of us don’t have the extra cash to even make a trip to montreal and sit in the cheap seats.  (ironically, Red would be very popular in the drinking/booing section)

  64. FrederictonHabsfan says:

    I really hoped that the Habs would ahve made a move for Dustin Bufglien or however you spell it.  His contract was reasonable and he’s the banger I think the team is sorely in need of.


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