Metro: ‘I wanted to call bull on 6-8 weeks’

Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit got the word from his team’s medical staff this morning: six to eight weeks on the sidelines with his separated left shoulder.

“I kinda wanted to call bull—- on six to eight weeks,” Metropolit told Inside/Out Tuesday night. “It is what they said, but right then I wanted to get to work and prove everyone wrong, prove that I’m not going to be out that long.”

Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin declared earlier in the day that his veteran centreman is lost at least through the end of the regular season, and that additional testing is to be done this week. But Metropolit is eager to prove the forecast wrong, saying he’ll use acupuncture, a hyperbaric chamber, pretty much anything to speed the healing process.

Here’s the story on Metro and his desire to be back much sooner than later.


  1. cautiousoptimist says:

    There you go farting rainbows again.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  2. Say Ash says:

    Yes, but to Ryder’s credit, his paper airplanes have become markedly better over that same time frame

  3. pic1983 says:

    I dunno, I think we’ve proven to MArty that we can get to him.  Also, hes going to be fatigued from playing so many games, and if his past few playoff performances are any indication, I think we have a fair shot.  The penguins are the team i really dont want to see in the first round.  Even though they arent entirely healthy, they’ll have us beaten mentally before the puck ever drops.  I dont think the pens are poised for a cup defense, they just arent good enough this year in my opinion, but they definitely have our number, and its not a good match up for us IMO.

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    That makes me feel better!


  5. jimmy shaker says:

    I think we can knock off anybody not named new jersey or marty brodeur.  I’ll take my chances with Pitts, wash or  Buffalo!


  6. smiler2729 says:

    Me too. Caps blow hot air! Habs cans hut ’em down.

  7. habs11s says:

    Looks like Michael Ryder’s stats…..


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  8. dh says:

    Used to be my list until this year when the Flyers replaced the Bruins.  Hopefully they don’t take out any of our guys for the season at the next game.

  9. SmartDog says:

    These are the kind of guys you win championships with.Guys that konw when and how to elevate their game.  A grinder who’s also a top power play forward.  There’s real value there.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  10. showey47 says:

    I agree about metro’s attitude and character. He is like the anti-tanguay,if the reports last year were true about him being medically cleared to play in the playoffs but didn’t want to.

  11. adesbarats says:

    Many of you will think I’m crazy. Heck my wife thinks I’m crazy so get in line but…..

    I am secretly (public now) hoping that we finish in 8th place as I really believe we have our best chance against Washington. We always seem to play well against them and their high octane, outscore the opponent style of play is (IMHO) the easiest for us to play against and neutralize.

  12. adesbarats says:

    I love this guy! I sure hope we find a way to keep him after this year.

  13. SmartDog says:

    This is exactly the kind of attitude I want on my team.

    We need to keep him (and obvioulsy Plekanec) and get rid of the whiners (LaPierre) and the clumsy (Mara), add a big scoring forward and call up PK.  That’s your team next year… could be mighty nice!

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  14. SmartDog says:

    How about this:

    a) no two people are the same. 

    b) we’ve already got too many NHLers on D right now

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think the Habs feel they might have rushed Carey Price. Although they could not really have kept him in the AHL last year, he had his head turned by the fast money and loose women. As would anyone.



  16. SegerHabs says:

    Any combination of: (4 Montreal wins/Atlanta Regulation Losses) and (4 Montreal Wins/NYR Regulation Losses) will eliminate those teams.

    I know people like saying that they don’t want to get into the playoffs because other teams lose…but that is hockey. What difference is a loss in October than April? The reason Montreal is where they are is because they win some and lose some…just like all other teams. Is Atlanta behind Montreal by 2 points now because of the game they lost Monday night or because of a game they lost in November to the Islanders? I would love if Montreal won the final 6 games and got the 12 points, but losses happen. So if ATL/NYR lose 2 in regulation and the Habs win 2, then Montreal will be in.

  17. Mill4ever says:

    Canadiens management is afraid that the same that happened to Latendresse or Price happens to PK. Even though i think he could handle being in the spotlight. But then again this is Montreal and we all know Montreal media…

  18. Rusty says:

    Explain this to me – P.K. Subban was the superior D-man at the 2009 World Juniors in Ottawa. Sweden’s Erik Karlsson was splendid, but P.K. was much better, more important to his team, simply above Karlsson. Now Karlsson is one of the Sens’ best defensemen, piling up points in the NHL for a team bound for the playoffs, while P.K. is in the minors. Subban could change the dynamics on the team as we are screaming for a puck-moving defenseman with PP skills.

  19. Mr.Hazard says:





    6- PHI: 76 GP, 82 PTS
    7- MTL: 76 GP, 82 PTS
    8- BOS: 76 GP, 82 PTS
    9- ATL:  77 GP, 80 PTS
    10- NYR: 76 GP, 78 PTS

    Atlanta and NYR are the only things holding us back from a playoff spot… If we maintain the same win % as those two teams, we will make the post-season. Right? Regardless, I don’t like that 3-way tie business.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  20. Say Ash says:

    Tanguay: 81 pts, 58 pts, 41 pts, 35 pts…I’m no scientitian, but I see a trend here…

  21. ParrySoundHabber says:

    golly gee(meeker) it’s a Metro love fest ….i posted just before and now that i read down several lines….it’s a love fest! where’s all the cat’s who detested the Metro signing?   lol

    he’s my fave hab….even on my profile and has been since i sat there for 2 hours deciding when i finally signed up after 2 years of lurking.




    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  22. ParrySoundHabber says:

    pretty sad when Metro’s misfortune garner almost 2/3’s less comments than the signing of Nash. You thought the PP was hurting lately? watch out. Our Captain is down but he will bounce back fast! this is his dream and he wears it well.




    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  23. ooder says:

    yup.. the same guy who is know completly and utterly useless with tampa bay


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  24. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We’ll see how bad this team wants to make the playoffs starting with the Canes tomorrow. We control where we finish, so it will either be playoffs or golf.

  25. ProHabs says:

    New Jersey is the other Mickey Mouse club as per Wayne Gretzky.

    In the following season, the Devils were publicly humiliated by Wayne Gretzky after they were blown out 13-4 by his team, the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky was upset that former teammate Ron Low played for what he considered an inferior team, and in a post-game interview said:

    “Well, it’s time they got their act together, folks. They’re ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on ice.”

    Later, Gretzky publicly admitted that his comment went too far, but privately maintained that his comment was accurate. In response, many Devils fans wore Mickey Mouse apparel when the Oilers returned to New Jersey.


  26. Mikey_39 says:

    Don’t forget Gorges…Near death experience and he still doesn’t miss a game…and he’s become pretty solid in defense.

  27. light_n_tasty says:

    Didn’t Tanguay miss like 30 games last year, and 2 playoff games, with the same injury, and then whine and complain in the offseason that the team ‘rushed’ him back?

  28. spos080808 says:

    Everyone knows you are a Leafs fan so just end this nonsense!

  29. HabsFanInTampa says:

    No, that’s Anaheim that’s owned by Disney!

  30. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yes, dawg. Metro is in da house! Well.. he will be after 6 weeks.

  31. ooder says:

    and people wanted to get rid of him beacuse he took a bad penalty two games in a row lol

    this guy is da shit


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  32. crabvader says:

    Metro is the man. Moen too. They are the men.

  33. TOEmastro says:

    especially when the Canadians ignore him

  34. ProHabs says:

    What is with all the lovin’ for the Devils. They are a Mickey Mouse club.

  35. HardHabits says:

    I am sure the team sees it that way. The fans, I am not so sure, what with all the bean counting and multiple scenarios if this team loses so many games or that team doesn’t win that many ad nauseum. Get in by winning and you’re not just in but you’ll make some noise. Get in by the skin of your teath on a losing streak and you don’t deserve to be even if you get there at all and we all know how good a team like that can be.

    That’s what was so deceptive about that mini-winning streak. It looked like the team finally gelled, the system kicked in and everything fell into place. Mind you the Habs record since the break is still better than respectable but they need to win 2 of 3 games from here on in and not 1 of 2 as they did all season unless they wanna book some early tee time.

  36. BKAK72 says:

    The standings today are the closest ATLANTA will be to make the playoffs. 5 GR for them, 2x PENSand 2x CAPS. The trouble for me remains the small FWDs and swiss chees DEF. This isn’t a great roster, its .500 and that’s enough for a squeeze into the playoffs and early exit. That just doesn’t sit well with me.

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  37. The Juice says:

    I agree with Timo here. NJ is a team I respect, like Buffalo. Unlike Boston, Toronto, Philly…

  38. The Juice says:

    LOL Timo, if one thing’s a constant it’s your negativity. Things are never as bad as you say. Both Boston and Atlanta lost yesterday, at home, in regulation, what more could you have asked for. At least now we have a game in hand on them for a change. Doesn’t matter anyways, Habs win 2 more games and they are a shoe in. 86 points. Believe it.

  39. ABHabsfan says:

    Glen Metropolit has been an inspiration to fans and (I hope) players as well. The man just loves every day that he is in the NHL. I hope for his and the habs sake that we se him again this year and hopefully for at least a couple years after that. After that he should be given placement in the organization in some capacity. The man makes me want to keep playing and I have never even met him. I think I can still make the show!

  40. Bugs says:

    Scouting at the Spengler Cup???

    Eddie, c’mon.



    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  41. Bugs says:

    It would take Hulk Hogan on his best day reminiscing that in his day, he could wish for the perfect day when he could keep Metro down for the count.


    Godspeed, Metro. Goo’luck; go’bless.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  42. avatar_58 says:

    So if they lost the habs wouldn’t be? I don’t see how other’s success changes anything the habs have or have not done. All that matters are THEIR games.

  43. hab lifer says:

    you mean the very same Pouliot, who nobody wanted because he’s a floater. guess what? he’s still a floater!

    practiced yesterday on the 4th line. looks more like a top bust.



  44. Willy the bum says:

    I agree on Metro.  Bullsh*t.


    “…BULLSH*T…” -Glen Metropolit

  45. habsperspective says:

    And what the FKKK is up whith Ottawa both of there longest winning streaks have to start with the Habs! 

    Man I despise Ottawa, and Alf!

  46. dufour says:

    I know its hard not to focus on the teams behind hind us, but personally I like to focus on the ones ahead of me. Have you ever tried to run looking behind you? I bet your not going to run as fast as you would looking forward. I realize its not the same situation, but the Habs control their fate here, not Boston or Atlanta. If I was on this team, that is how I would look at it.

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  47. ed lopaz says:

    yup! good reply!

  48. ed lopaz says:

    I remember watching Metro play in the Spengler Cup – that’s where I believe he was scouted for his first stint in the NHL.

    This guy has done everything possible to make an NHL career a reality.

    He has come from Toronto’s toughest and poorest neighborhood, and made it against all odds.

    There is a place for Metro on my team any day.

    I believe that this is the type of player a good team should pay for.

    We all will agree that he (and Darche by the way) are inspirations – players that we can appreciate and relate to.

    I graduated from Mcgill in 1986 – Darche is the first Mcgill graduate to EVER make the NHL.

  49. mrhabby says:

    the system they play sucks period. talkes all the fun out of the game.

  50. mrhabby says:

    hats off to metro..go for broke…looks like tomorrow is a must win game….close as hell.

  51. sag says:

    Agreed Pro, I hate the devils too…not as much as the Bruins though, not ever.  They bore me to death.

    Six games left and a log jam between the 6-10 teams.  We all knew it would happen, so enjoy the suspense everyone!  I think Price will play against Carolina and will play huge, pushing Halak’s status as starter. Carey has a massive payback of karma coming for unlucky goals and a lack of goal support – and has been good in his recent starts.  

    The goalies pushing each other so much at the start of the playoffs is such an enviable situation for the Habs.  We have double the chance of a goalie going on a playoff long hot streak.  One coach’s contraversy is another one’s dream.

  52. ProHabs says:

    You list looks very similar to mine with the Flyers rounding out my worst 5. SH Sharks are getting close also after the last meeting between the Habs and them and because they have Danny Heatley.

  53. Stooof says:

    Anyone else notice that the sens went on two winning streaks RIGHT after beating the habs first.  Bloody hell. 


    stupid sens.

  54. light_n_tasty says:

    Don’t we already have 2 top-5 picks?

    Also, Buffalo is 1 pt behind Pitt. with a game at hand.

  55. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    METROPOLIT! What a guy!

    How can you not love him?

  56. Les-Habitants says:

    I honestly think the Habs could beat any team in the East, but one.  Yes, we might be the underdogs to the Pens and Caps, but we’ve beaten both teams at home and we could beat them in a series.

    There is only one team we don’t stand a prayer (pun intended) against, and that is the Devils.

    You know a team has made a deal with the Devil when they bleed the talent New Jersey has yet remain a contending team, year in, year out.

  57. Les-Habitants says:

    They are my no. 4….but, of all the teams in the NHL, none compare to my hatred of the Bruins.  Leafs are the clear 2nd, and my 3rd is the Canes….freakin’ upstart, sunbelt team that has no right to a cup…if they hadn’t had poked Koivu’s eye out well…!!!!!  ugh… lol


  58. hab lifer says:

    looks like habs will  again be backing in.

    will play Wash,or Pitt.,  out 4 straight.

    so what the point of  making  the playoffs if you’re going to be gone in less than 1 week? really? doesn’t a top 5 draft pick sound better?  what a waste of time. 17 years of the same squeeeeeeeeeeeeeze into 8th place, be eliminated in 4 straight, and next year do the exact same thing all over again.

    talk about GROUND HOG DAY!

  59. ProHabs says:

    Man do I ever hate the NJ Devils, I think even more than the Leafs and the Bruins. First of all they play the most boring style of hockey ever which is torture to watch, then they beat the Habs and loss to the Flyers and the Bruins. Thanks alot New F. Jersey.

  60. Habitant in Surrey says:

    22 Glen Metropolits on Our Team ? = the 25th Cup

    …You need as much HEART and CHARACTER to win a Cup as talent …Glen has At Least the heart & character

    …hope the Other Guys on Our Team are hearin’ that it ain’t only ’bout the paycheck

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  61. dhenry1234 says:

    I really hope that I see more Metropolit in a habs uniform next season. Great player, overall a class act off the ice too.

  62. 23 HABS 23 says:

    How can you ever question the heart of this driven veteran!  Hats off to Metro for his optimism and determination to make it back into the line up!  I hope that he is able to do so … if not … I still have nothing but respect!  Here’s hoping to a speedy recovery … and the off chance that we may see Metropolit in a HABS uniform next season!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  63. hab_skill says:

    I LOVE this guy. Can you spell Dedicated?


  64. Tis Himself says:

    If you could transplant that heart in the rest of the roster, you’d have a Cup contender. And, given the odd break, maybe even a Cup!!!

  65. avatar_58 says:

    We need more guys like this who genuinely WANT to be here.

  66. luca says:

    thrash win and bruins win in overtime boooo

  67. habsperspective says:

    and rangers, talk about a trifecta!

  68. Drive_For_25 says:

    What a beauty!  Really hope we can sign him at a good price for next year.

  69. dudurules says:

    both boston and atl win… now what..?

  70. HabFanSince72 says:

    Thanks again Marty.

  71. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now we knock the Canes around and win all of our remaining games.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  72. RetroMikey says:


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  73. Habalisous says:

    Now we edge even closer to that final disaster against the Leafs.

    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  74. Say Ash says:

    Umm, win too? It helps…

  75. RetroMikey says:

    Easier said than done.

    Hey, aren’t you the one that said Brodeur is over the hill and Devils don’t stand a chance in the playoffs?

    Think again, Brodeur is back with a vegenance!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  76. dudurules says:

    except for that philly game

  77. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve voiced that opinion and I still stand by it. I don’t think Brodeur can make it to the Cup Finals, he’s getting older and he’s not suited to doing 70+ games in regular season and then long playoff drives anymore. No goalie since Brodeur’s Cup win in 2003 has played 70+ and gone deep with his team in the playoffs. It’s incredibly hard on the goaltenders and sooner or later, they crack, usually in the first round, maybe the 2nd.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  78. saskhabfan says:

    Your probably the last guy who should be criticizing somebody else’s predictions,lol.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  79. RetroMikey says:

    are you always following me in my comments saskhabfan?

    why buddy?  why?  :)


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  80. dudurules says:

    it’ll be down to the final game… remember a few years ago?…….

  81. wotever says:

    Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.  Boing.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  82. SmartDog says:

    If I was Gauthier I’d sign this guy RIGHT NOW.  He wants to stay and today he’s questioning whether he’ll get to play another game in bleu-blanc-rouge, and whether his family should start packing their suitcases again.  Metro’s a bargain for his talent and exactly the kind of building block the team needs.  If Gautheir doesn’t sign him he’ll be looking around, and his price could go up.

    So sign him today – he’ll be as ready as he’s ever going to be – and he’ll appreciate it like crazy.   What better way to get a bargain, not risk losing this guy, show appreciation for a guy who gives his all, and build loyalty.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  83. TomNickle says:

    I posted the other day that I hope Glen Metropolit does what’s best for him and his family because I believe he could double his salary on the open market in July and he really is one of the great people in the NHL.  I think Gauthier can get him fairly cost effectively right now for the next season though.  I like your point about building loyalty Rob.  Certainly a good message to send throughout the locker room for guys like the Kostitsyns.  Just because things don’t go your way you can’t quit. 

  84. TomNickle says:

    Brian Bellows or what!

  85. pic1983 says:

    You have to pick metro or dominic moore realistically.  We gave up a 2nd round pick for dominic moore, and I would rather see him stick around.  We have too many young players, and IMO it doesnt make sense to keep metro, even though hes been great for us.  He’s getting up there in age, and if he can land a lucrative deal with another team, he should take it.

    MEtro kind of reminds me of TK.  Hes a guy you love to have around, but hockey is a business, and keeping a guy like metro just isnt good business right now.  Our cap situation is too tight, and those roster spots need to be filled by younger (and cheaper) players. 

  86. TomNickle says:

    I have this to say about P.K. Subban and take from it what you will.  I lived in the Belleville area when P.K. played there.  There were several members of his team, Matt Belesky(who currently plays for Anaheim) being one of them who acted like children and treated the town like a playground.  Shawn Matthias and P.K. Subban were two of very few on that team who weren’t out all hours of the night polluting their bodies on weekends.  The young man is very grounded and understands what it takes to remain in the spotlight on the ice and out of the spotlight off of it.  

    With that said, I’ve argued that his speed would compensate for mistakes he would naturally make from our blueline out but he should remain in Hamilton for the rest of the season to refine his game in the defensive zone.  People are quick to quote his plus/minus stats and commend his defensive play.  However, I don’t think anyone here is in a position to truly analyze his game in the defensive zone.  And keep in mind that Cedric Desjardins has a 1.93 Gaa and a .923 sv %, Curtis Sanford has a 2.13 GAA and a .916 sv %.  P.K. is playing a tremendously sound defensive team and shouldn’t have his defensive game judged by plus/minus alone. 

  87. jimmy shaker says:

    Good read…..We’ll see next year when he gets to the dance to see his defensive play, which I think will be fine, and like you said, speed can make up for mistakes in a big way.  Just like  Mathieu Dandenault!  THis is my type of D-man…….He’s got the speed, the ability to join the rush, although not the best when he has the puck, can check like a crazy man, plays solid in his own zone, works his arce off and comes at a decent price.  Man I wish Bob would have taken him over Gill, spacek.  But there is always next year, maybe Dandy can come back for us and be PK’s partner.  THat would be a solid combination IMO.


  88. jimmy shaker says:

    THis is the type of guy a team needs to have around……an unselfish guy, great in the room, character abounding, good in both ends of the ice.   And look at his motivation to return and help this team.  I know it’s his last year of his contract, but his desire and passion are something to be commended for.  I like him, you all like him, the fans like him……seems a no brainer to me PG.  I’d take metro over pyatt, darche, laps etc.  I know he’s at a mill per, but I think this guy deserves it, wants to stick around and is a quality guy on and off the ice……..make it happen, somehow!


  89. TomNickle says:

    P.K. is fantastic WITH the puck.  You will see this when he’s comfortable.

  90. jimmy shaker says:

    I was talking about Dandy when he has the puck Tommy, I know PK will be and is great with the puck from seeing him in junior and on the world juniors.  Just spewing out Dandy’s characteristics.  would love to see them both on the blueline next year for us!


  91. smiler2729 says:

    I bet Metro’s back sometime in the 1st round… he’s just that type of guy, he’ll play injured and play hard.

    I hope the Habs keep him and Moore as the number 3 & 4 centers next year.

  92. TomNickle says:

    I just researched something interesting too.  Next season is going to be a culminating year for the determination of the future of many prospects.

    David Fischer -unless he’s going to be a doctor this is his last year of college hockey and will be in Hamilton next season.

    Andreas Engqvist– went a .5 points/game again in the Sweedish Elite League which we know is a tremendous accomplishment considering the trap league is bogged down to a neutral zone and special teams game.

    Mathieu Carle- How does he rebound from his injury?

    Max Pacioretty– Ditto!

    Gabriel Dumont– Man he’s tearing up the Q.  I’m going to add that he’s over 100 PIM this season and it will be interesting to see how his game translates to the Bulldogs.

    Danny Kristo– He finished just under a point/game in his rookie season in College.  It will be interesting to see if he leaves college for an entry level contract.

    Alexei Yemelin– Yes, THAT ALEXEI.  He signed in the KHL because of financial security but he’s been seeing way more bench than ice since playing in the KHL and might make the jump to get more experience and to be a bigger part of a team.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    Also, let’s not forget Alexander Avtsin, who has expressed a desire more than once to hop the pond. Rookies like him don’t get much ice time in the KHL, if he signed with the Canadiens and joined the Bulldogs, he could likely double his ice time while he acclimates to the NA ice surface. He has to work out a wrist injury, but he has size, hands and speed according to his scouting report and could be a great scoring winger down the line.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  94. RJ says:

    Funny how many people on this board ASSUME a playoff berth. Take a peek at the standings and call to mind this team’s inconsistent play ALL SEASON.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  95. TomNickle says:

    Really?  Because if Atlanta goes 5-0 the rest of the way we can still go 4-2 and clinch.  I would say that it’s highly unlikely that we don’t get to the playoffs.  So realistically if they do one better than a split the rest of the way 3-2, they finish with 86 points.  That means we would only have to go 2-4 the rest of the way to get in.  I’ll take my chances with that.  Not a bad position considering where the team was in November.  

  96. TomNickle says:

    I like T.K. as much as the next guy but Metro does MUCH more for this team and is actually one of the most skilled guys on it.  HE WON THEIR SKILLS COMPETITION.  I couldn’t believe that.

  97. SmartDog says:

    I agree. Metro is twice the player TK is. TK was dedication but that’s where it stopped (stone hands).  Metro is a really skilled guy who you can respect on a lot of levels.  His calm is a real asset too.

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  98. TomNickle says:

    Nobody really gave him credit last season when he was claimed off waivers.  That game against the Flyers(the team he skated with in the morning) was a band-aid on a slow bleed.  He was arguably the best player in his first game in a Habs uniform, that says quite a bit about a player.

  99. pic1983 says:

    I apologize if you thought i was implying that Metro isnt more skilled than TK, he certainly is.  I was more implying how he became a fan favorite like TK because of his work ethic and dedication.  Ultimately, as I stated above, it comes down to Dominic Moore or Metro, and I think I’d keep dominic moore.  Truth of the matter is, it will be a challenge to keep either considering our tight cap situation, and our list of UFA/RFA’s that need new contracts.  Looks like we might have no choice next year other than to let the young guys show us what they’ve got.

  100. TomNickle says:

    I wouldn’t say that they’re both gone.  The team is going to dump salary at the draft, no question.  They must do it if they’re interested in re-signing Andrei Markov, Carey Price, Jaro Halak and Tomas Plekanec or any 3 of those 4.

  101. cbass says:

    I really like this guy, and I think you need a guy or two like this in the locker room. I find he’s kind of what we wanted Smolinski to be.  He helps out offensivly and generally plays an effective and simple defensive game. I’d really like to see him back next year.


  102. jimmy shaker says:

    Where is MAB tonight? He was practicing with the D….and the 4th line was Darche/Laps/Pyatt……and JM said that MAB IS playing for sure 100%.  So is Laps or Pyatt or a D-man, likely O’Byrne or Hammer the odd man out!  The count down is on.


  103. TomNickle says:

    As poor as Bergeron is defensively it’s almost impossible for him to be worse than Hammer’s been for the last two weeks.  Send’em to the box.

  104. Chuck says:

    He may be 35, but Metro is one of those experienced character guys that every team needs to be successful.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  105. jimmy shaker says:

    I agree 100%, hammer should be giving back a portion of his salary of late.  I’d send him to the presser as well.  Now I know everyone says that MAB is terrible defensively, but I do feel that is a little bit harsh.  I like MAB first off so maybe I’m a little biased.  But let’s look at the other D we have.  O’Byrne……was playing great for a while, but has tapered off now…..has taken costly penalties pretty much all year and hasn’t been banging like he used to. Maybe the first trio minutes are catching up to him.  He tends to get beat pretty easily to the outside which are his shortcomings.  And adds basically nothing to the offense.  Hammer, just looking old, slow and disinterested out there.  Taking bad penalties as well, poor d-zone coverage, and offensive output is pretty much zero as well, I mean the guy can’t even get the puck off the ice with a slap shot, or get it through traffic.  Gill, even I can beat him to the outside or with a quick inside move, does nothing offensively as we all know, but is great on the PK. Gorges, very versatile, pretty solid in our zone and on the PK.  I like his work ethic, can join the rush offensively and at least tries, not the best with the puck but pretty much reliable but does sometimes get caught flat footed, ala Ballard from Florida.  Jaro, brought in for his offense, but that hasn’t happened.  Basically he’s been I think one of our better defensive d-men, just hasn’t brought anything to the table offensively. And Markov, our best d-man, but sometimes he gets lazy in our zone and doesn’t play as tough as I would like him.  Looks to the stripes alot for calls, and is the best pinching D-man in the league I think, although at times he does get caught and that leads to odd man rushes against us.  My point in showing all of our D-men weakness’s is not to belittle them, but to show everyone that MAB is not the only guy who makes mistakes out there.  He (MAB) as a D-man, makes a better first pass out of our zone than Gorges/Gill/Hammer and O’byrne, he can join the rush better than all the d-men except for Marky, he’s got the best shot out of them all, he’s the quickest of them all, which helps him if he does make a mistake in his zone.  Sure he’s not the biggest guy out there, and he’s not going to lean on guys, but breaking it all down, he can do the job defensively just like the others I feel, and add offense, where Markov is the only threat we have coming from our D.  SO, sorry for the long rant, but I just wanted to compare the D and show everyone that MAB probably helps us more by playing in the D.


  106. mike g says:

    I really think that Hamrlik is now feeling the effects of playing Markov’s minutes for most of the year. I don’t think he wants to be playing the way he is, but his legs don’t seem to be following anymore. He’s been used to playing 18-21 minutes since he signed here, and this year he was playing between 24-27 minutes…

    It doesn’t sound like much but it makes a crazy difference, especially when your job is to defend against the other teams top players on a nightly basis instead of their 2nd and 3rd lines. The latter was Hammr’s job over the past 3 years, so it’s unfair to judge him now.

    I’ll be the 1st to admit he’s overpaid, but MTL sometimes has to do that. Take away his salary, and he’s probably been the Habs’ 2nd best defenseman over the past 2 years.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  107. ed lopaz says:

    i agree – but I would add that Spacek is very average defensively. to be fair, he had a couple of decent hits lately, which has been an improvement –  but he often gets beat battling for the puck, he’s not that quick, and he’s not that big either – so what is he?

    if spacek was brought in for his 51 points last year, where is Spacek’s one time slap shot he used against us last year on the power play?

    I particularly don’t like the spacek and hamrlik combo – it is going to hurt us going forward, and it already has hurt us.

    here’s why – neither guy is very effective in the d-zone – so our opponent can keep their #1 line away from markov and then we’ll end up playing Ovechkin, Crosby, or whoever against Spacek and hamrlik

    teams like washington, pittsburgh, even new jersey, have excellent second line scoring as well – so no matter how markov plays, our success will depend on the effectiveness of spacek and hamrlik

    people on this site are in love with spacek and hamrlik and I can’t figure out why??

    that’s not a good matchup for habs fans.

    I have said before that playing OB with markov is a mistake.

    OB should be playing #5 or #6 d-man minutes right now.

    move Gill or Gorges to play with markov for the playoffs – this gives markov much more flexibility to lead or join in to the offence

    markov can not possibly leave OB to fend for himself – we will get killed

    my personal pairings for the playoffs would be the following:

    Markov and Gill (big time minutes)

    Hamrlik and Gorges

    Spacek and OB

    Actually I would prefer PK for he playoffs but that’s not going to happen because the Habs don’t want to make it happen.



  108. TomNickle says:

    In what way is Spacek ineffective in the defensive zone?

  109. notbigbird says:

    I like Metro. You like Metro. We all like Metro. But he’s 35, and I’d rather have Moore and let a kid take Metro’s place. Not a popular view today, but there it is.

  110. cautiousoptimist says:

    If we had a kid who could bring the same level of defense, offense, versatility, character and willingness to do whatever it takes to win, and who wouldn’t be wasted playing 3rd/4th-line minutes, I’d agree.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  111. Ian Cobb says:

    This playoff game tonight is our 2nd game of 7. The Habs started their playoffs with a loss to Jersey Sat. night.

    3rd game–Flyers, April 2

    4th game–Sabers,April 3

    5th game–Islanders, April 6

    6th game–Hurricanes, April 8

    7th game–Maple Leafs April 10


    We will need to win at least 4 games out of 7

  112. Storm Man says:

    What time is it? GAMETIME let’s see what this team is made of Go Habs Go

  113. mike g says:

    Tonight= win in shootout

    Flyers, Islanders, and Leafs are the other wins….

    Sabres and Hurricanes will beat us after tonight…

    I predict we finish the year 5-2 or something like 4-2-1.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  114. j2c says:

    I’m so pumped for tonight…it should be a good game. I’m going to wear my blue centennial just signed Cammy jersey for good luck:)

  115. JFriedman says:

    The Team’s Tony Marinaro reports Price to start tonight.

  116. p_gagnon17 says:

    It’s great to see a player who so clearly wants to get back in the game, prove himself and earn a contract with this team.

    I hope he gets what he wants and his attitude rubs off on the team.

  117. gohabsgo25 says:

    So far on april 2 my birthday the habs are 4-2 lets make it 5 and let the habs get me drunk as fackk  i would love it but it wud be a better b day with a habs win agianst philly. but right now its the hurricanes


    go habs go

  118. jimmy shaker says:

    I think the Tony Marino I know Marinara, I mean Marinaro is expecting the wrong thing….I believe Jaro will be in there 100%


  119. Storm Man says:

    5pm mst   4pm pst

  120. Storm Man says:

    I hope that is true

  121. Say Ash says:

    You’re turning 7? Go to school! (So you can get a job and cruise HabsI/O)

  122. mike g says:

    Nothing like a Habs game mixed with some apple-Jack shots…

    Or, for close/overtime games: Jack Daniels on the rocks. That shiat hits you like a bull tied to a rocket.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  123. Say Ash says:

    Who cares who starts tonight? I’m not looking for a goaltender dual. They’re both plenty good enough to beat Carolina. Worry about the power play and Pouliot getting out of the fog.

  124. Say Ash says:

    I would have thought Simple Jack tapped Booty Sweat…

  125. SLONCOLD says:

    jack and diet ginger is killer. i recommend JD single barrel for a more enjoyable expereicne while drinking it straight

  126. hab lifer says:

    damn! I really wanted the habs to win the game.

    obviously JM doesn’t get it. you go with a goalie who actually wins. Price NEVER wins. and no matter how well he plays, he will ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO LOSE!

  127. Psycho29 says:

    Why does Tony Marinaro pronounce Gionta “Jonta”????? Is that the correct way?

  128. TomNickle says:

    Yeah you’re in a better position to make the call.  He should have a direct line to you for these decisions.

  129. Say Ash says:

    Yup. The “I” is just there to soften the “G”. G has the hard sound of G (as in get) in the following syllables: GA, GHE, GHI, GO, and GU. G has the soft sound of J (as in John) in the following syllables: GIA, GE, GI, GIO, and GIU


  130. Psycho29 says:

    Cool….I thought it was just a Marinaroism…

    Thanks for the info…

  131. mike g says:


    Single barrel is great. It goes down so smoothly that it’s dangerous.

    Expensive, but worth it.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  132. Psycho29 says:

    On another subject, we complain and joke sometimes about our broadcasters (Bob “Old King” Cole on CBC, Pierre “Name dropper” Maguire on TSN, and Benoit “I laugh like Barney Rubble” Brunet on RDS), but those 2 guys on Sportsnet for the Sens games (is it Dean Brown and Greg Millen?) have to be the most boring duo on TV. 

    They should package their games on the internet to cure insomnia!


  133. jimmy shaker says:

    Looks like Jaro tonight, and MAB on the fourth line instead of on the D, and Pyatt sitting in the presser!


  134. SeriousFan09 says:

    They could end insomnia entirely if they were hired to cover the Devils exclusively.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  135. ed lopaz says:

    on the Junior front – its a little strange how the Gazette covers Junior hockey in this town.

    all season you can barely find coverage of the Juniors in the paper.

    the day AFTER the Juniors get eliminated they become a headline story on the front page of the electronic edition.

    here’s a question:

    is montreal a hockey town or a Habs town?

    IMO – a Habs town. period. end of story.

    we have no Ahl team, we don’t support Junior hockey very well, and we have never supported university hockey.

    Hockey Day in Minnesota: 3 games televised: first high school, then university, then NHL.

    Hockey Day in Montreal: Habs.

  136. ed lopaz says:

    how do you know that?

  137. jimmy shaker says:

    Mostly from my gut, but also from the read on RDS site and the way the lines were set in practice!


  138. SmartDog says:

    Unless someone else (Bruins, Flyers) tanks.


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  139. pic1983 says:

    Have you ever seen an american, non-nbc hockey broadcast?  I was watching the sharks and habs a couple weeks back on US satellite, it was the most low budget and boring hockey broadcast i have ever seen.  ITs no wonder the NHL cant sell hockey to americans. 

  140. HABZ22 says:

    PRice starting tonight…Stubbs via twitter

  141. luca says:


  142. matraque says:

    Carey carey carey!!!!

    I’m all sweaty!!


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  143. pic1983 says:

    Well maybe its time for the players to step up and win one for carey.  With the numbers Carey has, he definitely deserves better.  I get the idea that the players probably trust Carey less and play too defensively, but thats not Careys fault.  Just go out and play, and let the goalie handle the goaltending.  When was the last time the habs scored 5 goals in front of Carey to give him an easy win?

    Im not huge price fan, but this “halak wins and carey doesnt” argument although may be true in terms of stats, is not telling the whole story.  Blame the team for not playing in front of Carey.  Even if the team hates Carey, they should still rank winning above their hatred and put forth a good effort.

  144. Say Ash says:

    Who’s Junior? Is he on a line with Moen?

  145. hab lifer says:

    Price to start

    posted by Pat Hickey at 11h47 EST on Mar 31

    Carey Price, who hasn’t won a game in nearly a month, will get the start tonight when the Canadiens play the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at the Bell Centre. Price lost 3-2 in a shootout in Buffalo in his last start last Wednesday. He has two losses and no decision since he was the winner on March 2 when the Canadiens beat Washington 6-5 in overtime

  146. TomNickle says:

    Price has played well since the Olympics regardless of how much you and Pat Hickey would like to blame him for losses.  Glad to see you’re enthusiastic about tonights game.

  147. Habs Proud says:

    I agree with you, Dean Brown is the most bias I have ever heard, terrible to watch except for those dumb enough to be sens fans

  148. hab lifer says:

    I guess math was never a good subject for you in school.

    If habs go 2-4 and Atlanta goes 5-0, Atlanta is in, and habs out, right where they belong!

  149. TomNickle says:

    HAHA, You can’t even read! I said that if the Thrashers go 3-2 we can go 2-4 to get in and if they go 5-0 we have to go 4-2 to get in.  Oh, you are priceless.  The Bridge and Tunnel crowd in full effect.  Go back to the sewer.

  150. RJ says:

    And SO WHAT if they do get in? Another four-and-out like last year. This is not a playoff team. Sorry.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  151. TomNickle says:

    Actually, when they qualify for the post-season that’s exactly what they are.  You are certainly entitled to your skepticism but you have no way of knowing that this team isn’t capable of winning in the post-season because you haven’t seen them in the post-season as a group.  You aren’t a fortune teller.

  152. RJ says:

    True, I am not a fortune teller but I can differentiate between a good team and a bad team.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  153. TomNickle says:

    Really?  Because calling this team a bad one would indicate that you don’t. 

  154. TomNickle says:

    I think he would start in Cincinnati but yeah he scored a heck of a lot of points last season.  David Fischer may start in Cincinnati too.

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