Max Pacioretty finds silver lining to his injury

Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty beneath his new Easton helmet during Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has established his own foundation, in association with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, to raise funds for a functional magnetic resonance imaging unit for the facility. The machine will be used to help research and treat sufferers of brain trauma from all walks of life. Stubbs’s feature on Pacioretty’s big-hearted community involvement is here.

And here’s a sidebar to that feature: Pacioretty switches helmet this season to provide what he believes is better safety. “My new one looks maybe a little goofy,” Pacioretty said. “But whatever it takes to protect my brain.”

58 Comments

  1. slychard says:

    Sadly a 16 year old football player in NY state was killed after a hit on the playing field. Bleeding in the brain seems to be the cause. I guess hockey is not the only sport with theese type of head injury risks. And their helmets offer more padding and protection then in hockey. Max should not feel in the least worried about the aesthetics of his new helmet, you can never have enough protection on any playing field.

  2. PrimeTime says:

    I love how some go back to the closet and dust off their old reasons to sh*t on Price.

  3. PrimeTime says:

    Subban has been more responsible for the losses so far than any other player. How come no one has ever suggested we trade him?

  4. caladin says:

    Price is better than rinne, but both are good.
    Weber and Georges are not in the same class.
    Even if you could make this trade where do you get the 6m in cap space difference?
    Not gonna happen

  5. slychard says:

    Jesus here come the Price doubdters! Again. Next they’ll be saying we shoulda kept Halak. Just like we shoulda kept Hammer… Oh wait, I’m one of the latter ones.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pleased to report that the first edition of Habs Future has been completed and submitted to Boone. Check in during Monday for the report. Not an overwhelming start from everyone (and Bournival being out a month is lousy for me) but some pretty solid starts as well.

  7. j2w4habs25 says:

    Q: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has allowed nine goals in the last two games. Are you worried this might be a sign of things to come with the goaltender?

    I said no because he doesnt have the Dman he should have – I think once everyone is off the injury list then he should be fine. Its going to take awhile and lets hope he can carry this team like he has before with more pressure though.

    Carey Price #31

    • Marc10 says:

      Completely agree.

      Even Roy went through spots where he struggled. Heck Timmy Thomas hasn’t always been a world beater. Far from it in fact…

      It also doesn’t help when guys can cut back through the middle and take a screened shot from the slot or simply walk right in alone on net – which happens 2 or 3 times a game these days…

      Pricey will dial it back in. Right now our D ressembles the D that was in front of Theo when he won the Hart. We need to be better than that or we’ll need Pricey to channel his inner Theo and make other worldly saves night in night out.

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      This summer, as an Eklundian pastiche, I proposed the following trade: Gorges/Price in exchange for Shea Weber/Pekka Rinne. Some people thought I was both serious AND crazy – but crazy in that the deal was bad for us.

      Fact is Price isn’t as good as we think. (He’s not as good as Rinne for one. – who is also going for his 100th win but with half as many losses). Yes, Roy had bad games, but he also won a Stanley Cup before age 24. Price’s playoff record is woeful.

      And to say, as JM did, that he is still learning is ridiculous. He has played 200 NHL games.

      He has tremendous physical skill coupled with a tendency to lapses in attention and focus, and a lack of a battling instinct.

      • LL says:

        Rinne will be 29 in a couple of weeks. How many Cups does he have again?

        Just sayin’, ’nuff said, don’t discuss.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Rinne plays on a team with a payroll equal to 2/3 of other teams’, and whose best forward is David Legwand.

          • LL says:

            It’s this attitude that cost us Roy. Mario Tremblay was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the harsh criticism and unrealistic expectations (even after winning 2 cups) was enough for him.

            Rinne would probably not survive here. And you would hate him too if he didn’t win a Cup in the first year.

            Anyway, I’m off to work. Keep hating Price, it’s good for you, I think. ;)

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            And he was allowed a far greater maturation time in a market that is the definition of “No pressure”. Oh and having Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as the Top 2 defencemen to cover him doesn’t hurt him.

            - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

      • christophor says:

        2 games! 2!
        He just pitched a wonderfully consistent season. You think you’re warranted in making that claim after 2 games!

        As for your even more ridiculous comment further down the page, the Nash-Price parallel you make is pure intellectual laziness. Nash doesn’t have a year like Price’s at 23yo on his resume. If all his years to come are like the last, I don’t think it’s controversial whether Price will have lived up to his potential.

        It’s as if in your evaluation you’ve erased last year from your memory. 2 games warrants that?! You know better.

        As for battling instinct, I’m thinking back to your comment in the playoffs, how Price’s lack of battling instinct was key. No battling instinct will stop 3 overtime goals on deflections. Ridiculous.

        Fact is, anybody ought to be willing to make your proposed trade, of course. I’m sorry you were ridiculed for that. But the other fact is that you’ve had your mind made up on Price for quite a while. This has been on the tip of your tongue through all last year, occasionally slipping.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Well, the comment comes after four games so in a sense I am making it “after four games”, but it isn’t based on that. It’s based on his entire career to this point. Most notably last year’s playoffs where he clearly cost us the series due to his lackadaisical play in games 3 and 4. Remember he is 8-15 in the playoffs. Comparing him to Patrick Roy is preposterous.

          I am not saying he is no good. In fact he is outstanding. But, at 24, he remains prone to mental lapses, and to a surprising nonchalance at times.

      • bleublancrouge says:

        Fact is Price isn’t as good as WE think? sigh some people should keep their thoughts.. or lack thereof to themselves

        • HabsFan1111 says:

          +1

          Price is the future of this franchise and if we want to run him out and hand over a few Cups to another franchise keep doubting him people. It’s easy to blame the goalie, but the fact is he is still one of the most talented goalies in the league (and World) so back off and let the man find his rhythm. He’s not going to single handedly win EVERY game! Imgine if our ‘usual’ offense had shown up in a 5-1 loss…

  8. HabsChris says:

    MaxPac is quickly turning into one of my favourite habs. On another note keep that line he was on together, they looked really good.

  9. Shane1313 says:

    Max – your the greatest.

  10. Marc10 says:

    +100000 Max.

    Good on ya.

  11. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Columbus is apparently shopping Brassard (who earns $3.2m/yr) and desperately needs help on D…and Montreal has Spacek, who is earning $3.8m….hmmm….verrry interesting.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Apparantly Burke is in the talks there also

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        Calgary too from what I hear.

        Not so sure where he can fit in Toronto’s lineup – they’re actually pretty deep at C:

        Connolly
        Grabovski
        Lombardi
        Bozak
        Steckel
        Kadri

        I dunno…might be interesting to see what he can do in Montreal. Can never hurt having another Centre in the fold for when Gomez shuffles on off into the sunset (after this season if the new CBA includes a penalty-free buyout period like I suspect)

        • Matt. says:

          Please please let there be a penalty free buyout period …
          I don’t care how the Molson’s spend their money, all I care is about is watching this team win games and score goals! and gomez does neither of those two

    • Matt. says:

      The Canadiens also need help on D, and trading Spacek is a good way to start.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      PG is also apparently close to moving Gomez for Ryan Getzlaf, E3.

      Oh wait that was me in NHL 12 Be a GM mode. Rumours and the Habs folks, really? When is the last time one of those was close to being accurate?

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • Marc10 says:

      I like Brassard, but he’s always injured.

      I would send him to Minny where he can play with Latendresse again. Then again, just because you had chemistry before… doesn’t mean you’ll get it again. Just asked Gomer and Gio…

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Columbus is weird. They are spending the cap this year, which will mean financial losses given their small market unless they go far in the playoffs. The problem is their team is all forwards, and their keeper isn’t living up to his early promise (MVP and gold medalist at the WJC – great first season in the NHL as a 21 year old – sound familiar?)

  12. Number31 says:

    Saw this on Twitter after the game.
    “On the Montreal side of things, Max Pacioretty is quickly going to be known as more than the guy who almost died on the stanchion.” (Jesse Spector – SportingNews)

    Truer words were never spoken.

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    Testing. Can’t seem to post anything on the other thread.
    Edit: Weird. This did. I’ll have to take another look at the content of the post. You’re allowed to say ^%$&#, right?
    No ‘^’? Okay.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Read you loud and clear, over.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        How about this:

        HIO is a good forum for fans devoted to hockey and with so many contributors, it’s only natural there will be clashes among those who hold contrary views. Invariably, the point is made that none of us has coached at the professional level and therefore lack the credentials to be taken seriously.
        Let me suggest a remedy that will add to the credibility of posters as informed observers and remove forever the taint they are nothing more than dilettantes whose views are as likely to influence a team’s fortunes as spit on ice.
        What I propose is that HIO set up a academy, to be held at the annual HIO gathering, in which enrollees will complete a three-hour course of study and earn a certificate of coaching. With diploma in hand, graduates will be able to pontificate on any subject related to hockey, in bars, on street corners and here at Hockey InsideOut, knowing their views carry weight and are not to be challenged.
        You can also bet your sweet bippy it will open the door to offers of employment from NHL teams.
        So what is the course of study the Highly Informed Opinion Academy will offer? The curriculum is still being developed but Line Combinations 101, for sure. Chemistry (Team) is another, as well as Media Relations – When Everything Turns Sour; NHL Rules (elective); Basic Math (sample question: If three players come off the ice at the same time, how many leave the bench?); The System: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. Say It Again; and Tales of Inspiration: Whoopee Cushions and Other Game-Changers in NHL History.
        An additional hour of instruction will be offered for anyone wishing to become a general manager. (Assignments include students being given mock rosters and told to make a blockbuster deal in 15 minutes as the trade deadline approaches).
        To apply for an instructor’s position, send a resume along with a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the HIO Academy.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      If your post didn’t have the phrase “Gomez Sucks!”, the automated filter wouldn’t allow it on the other thread.

      “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
      - Sean Bonjovi

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Apparently you can’t use the word sum***mit, even in jest and in no way derogatory.
        I’ve had posts rejected before, even removed, for reasons I accepted but this, this is being … overly sensitive to the extreme. I wasn’t even badmouthing the gathering, it’s a great idea, I just mentioned it in passing. Maybe I should have written sum***mit©™
        Maybe it was because I used the word ‘bip*y’ or if you prefer b*ppy, or even *ippy.

        • JohnBellyful says:

          HIO is a good forum for fans devoted to hockey and with so many contributors, it’s only natural there will be clashes among those who hold contrary views. Invariably, the point is made that none of us has coached at the professional level and therefore lack the credentials to be taken seriously.
          Let me suggest a remedy that will add to the credibility of posters as informed observers and remove forever the taint they are nothing more than dilettantes whose views are as likely to influence a team’s fortunes as spit on ice.
          What I propose is that HIO set up a academy, to be held each year at Hurley’s, in which enrollees will complete a three-hour course of study and earn a certificate of coaching. With diploma in hand, graduates will be able to pontificate on any subject related to hockey, in bars, on street corners and here at Hockey InsideOut, knowing their views carry weight and are not to be challenged.
          You can also count on receiving offers of employment from NHL teams.
          So what is the course of study the Highly Informed Opinion Academy will offer? The curriculum is still being developed but Line Combinations 101, for sure. Chemistry (Team) is another, as well as Media Relations – When Everything Turns Sour; NHL Rules (elective); Basic Math (sample question: If three players come off the ice at the same time, how many leave the bench?); The System: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. Say It Again; and Tales of Inspiration: Whoopee Cushions and Other Game-Changers in NHL History.
          An additional hour of instruction will be offered for anyone wishing to become a general manager. (Assignments include students being given mock rosters and told to make a blockbuster deal in 15 minutes as the trade deadline approaches).
          To apply for an instructor’s position, send a resume along with a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the HIO Academy.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I am confident you will find a way around this dilemma John.

          • JohnBellyful says:

            HIO is a go*d for*m for f*ns dev*ted to h*ckey and with so m*ny contributors, it’s only nat*ral there will be cl*shes among th*se who hold cont*ry views. Invari*bly, the poin* is m*de that none of *s has coa*hed at the prof*ssional level and ther*fore lack the cr*dentials to be taken s*rious*y.
            Let me sug*est a rem*dy that will ad* to the credibili*y of p*sters as inform*d obs*rvers and r*move f*rever the taint th*y are n*thing more than diletta*tes whose *iews are as likely to influen*e a team’s f*rtunes as spit on ice.
            What I prop*se is that HIO set up an *cademy, to be held each year at the ********, in which enrol*ees will complet* a thr*e-hour co*rse of st*dy and earn a c*rtificate of coaching. With di*loma in hand, grad*ates will be able to p*ntificate on any s*bject related t* hockey, in bars, on str**t corners and her* at Hockey In****Ou*, knowin* their views car*y weight an* are not to be chall*nged.
            You can also bet your s*eet *ippy it will open the door to of*ers of empl*yment from NH* teams.
            So what is the c*urse of stu*y the Highly Inform*d O*inion A*ademy will offer? The cur*iculum is sti*l being devel*ped but Lin* Combinatio*s 10*, for sur*. Ch*mistry (Team) is an*ther, as well as Medi* Relation* – When E*erything T*rns Sou*; N*L Rules (electiv*); Basic *ath (sampl* qu*stion: If thr** pl*yers come of* the ice at t*e same tim*, h*w many leav* the ben*h?); The *ystem: What Is I* Good F*r? Abs*lutely Nothin*. Say It Ag*in; and Tales of In*piration: Who*pee C*shions and Othe* Game-Changers in *HL Hist*ry.
            An *dditional ho*r of instr*ction will b* of*ered for anyon* wishing to b*come a g*neral m*nager. (Ass*gnments includ* studen*s being give* mock r*sters and to*d to make a b*ockbuster *eal in 15 min*tes as the trad* de*dline a*proaches).
            To a*ply for an *nstructor’s positio*, send a resum* alo*g with a *over *etter explainin* wh* you would *ike to joi* the HIO Acade*y.

            – “A l*ttle *ong, a *ittle *ance, a litt*e selt*er *own yo*r *ants.” –

  14. He and DD were a delight to watch last night.

    Hope the future looks as good as these two kids.

    Key PK and little hint for ya. If it weren’t for the injuries on defense your ass would be pickin pine.

    Signed
    The Bench

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  15. Neutral says:

    Good on you max helping others. I hope JM keeps max, ak, DD together, they along with Price and PK are the backbone of the Habs. we have more on the way and with the right management and coaching we will see the real Habs in a few years.

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Good for you Max.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  17. SmartDog says:

    Patches is a cool dude. Love this guy. A real mensch.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  18. Kooch7800 says:

    Nice to make a positive out of a bad situation. Good on him, he will be a big player for this franchise

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree Shilo,

    Max ix is in KHL playing for St. Petersburg


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