Martin seeks balance

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Maxim Lapierre

Coach Jacques Martin said he hopes to have three balanced lines against the Vancouver Canucks tonight and he’s right when he says his first three lines have produced almost the same number of goals.

But it should be noted that of the eight goals produced  by the trio of Andrei Kostitsyn, Scott Gomez and Maxim Lapierre, only one was produced with Gomez at centre.

The other lines are Benoit Pouliot-Jeff Halpern-Mathieu Darche (10 goals) and Michael Cammalleri-Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta (10 goals).

Carey Price gets the start in net, his 14th in 15 games



  1. Habscat says:

    The Pens would not want Gionta. So, if the deal was Malkin for Leblanc, AK46 (UFA at the end of the year = pit wouldnt want him), Cammy and prospects, the logical choice is to say that you want the best player in the trade so yes. But, the Pens would want more, and i am not sure if I would give more, and if I would want the next 5-6 years paying him $8-10 million a year, especially when his next contract comes up. So, no, realistically they would want too much.


  2. TripleX says:

    For a supposed stockbroker you really should get more uptodate information dude.

    Exxon $330.6 Billion

    Apple $274.9 Billion

    Here is an article on how Apple will soon surpass Exxon as No. 1.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  3. gauver says:

    I would take Malkin as he is.  It is possible that he would respond well to being the clear number one in Montreal versus number 2 in Pittsburgh.

    I would give up Leblanc and others but not Subban.  Would you give up Leblanc and Kostitsyn and Gionta/Cammalleri for Malkin if the deal could be made?

  4. SLONCOLD says:

    ah, so if you say so.

    stick to hockey.

  5. Mark C says:

    Well, McKeen’s has ranked Eller 38-36-22-26 since his draft year.  

    Hockey Futures ranked Eller (7.5C) second behind Pietrangelo this spring on the Blues ranking. This fall Eller was ranked second behind Subban with the same grade.

    Not much evidence to suggest political tampering with these rankings.  


  6. Bugs says:

    I didn’t mean “political” as in French/English; I meant “political” as in “Hey, we just traded away our num1 goalie; could you prop this guy Eller up on your prospect list so we can justify this deal to our fans?”.

    Despicably despondent, my remains will say:

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogsp

  7. fbkj says:

    so your saying that the staff of HIO will simply ask posters to help out, based on the merit, that they simply do them?

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