New HIO talk show makes its debut with ‘Knuckles’ Nilan as guest

Today, The Gazette launches a new feature on hockeyinsideout.com: the Hockey Inside/Out talk show.

The 25-minute videotaped web show focuses on the latest news surrounding the Canadiens. Joining Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan on the first show is columnist/feature writer Dave Stubbs and a man who needs no introduction to Habs fans: Chris (Knuckles) Nilan.

To watch the show, click on the Show tab at the top of the HIO home page or on the right, above the Scoreboard. Or go to hockeyinsideout.com/show.

Among the topics touched on during the show are:

Can this Canadiens team make the playoffs and contend for a Stanley Cup?

Nilan recalls Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin as an on-ice opponent in the NHL and comments, along with Stubbs, on how Bergevin has quickly changed the culture of the Canadiens.

How much of a surprise has Michel Therrien been behind the bench in his Montreal comeback?

Can Brendan Gallagher survive in the NHL combining his feisty style with his small stature?

Who was the toughest small player Nilan played with or against?

Was David Desharnais a flash in the pan?

Would Nilan have liked having P.K. Subban as a teammate?

Is Brandon Prust the Canadiens’ early season MVP?

Nilan also tells a touching story about his 1986 Canadiens Stanley Cup ring, a funny story about how he ended up with No. 30, and he insists that he never received a tap on the shoulder from a coach to go on the ice and drop the gloves during a game. “Knuckles”, who knew his role with the Canadiens, also says what he would have done to any coach who would have dared given him the tap.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Please send your comments to hockeyinsideout.com/show or email sports editor Cowan directly at scowan@montrealgazette.com.

Another new HIO feature: We recently launched another new feature on hockeyinsideout.com. Our live Play-by-Play feature keeps track of all the key stats on the fly during every Canadiens game, including shots, goals, hits, power plays, shots on goal, take-aways, faceoffs won, hits, power plays, giveaways, penalty minutes and saves. Combined with Mike Boone’s popular live game blog and HIO fan comments, we hope it adds to your enjoyment of following the Canadiens. Click on the Play-by-Play tab at the top of the HIO page or in Boone’s live blog on game nights to check it out.

 

695 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I just woke up out here on the wrong coast, and i am only on My iPod …scanning a few comments

    …am I finally hearing rumblings of discussion on the great Hector ‘Toe’ Bake among the unwashed Commentariat ???

    …has Hell frozen over ???

    …haha, I better fire up the trusty PC and see what You Turkeys are up to :)

    …Campaign To Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

  2. Strummer says:

    Blue Jays game is on Sportsnet.
    Jack Morris is an analyst

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  3. Loonie says:

    Marc Staal has the flu.
    Rick Nash is still out.
    Christian Thomas gets a call up from the Rangers.

  4. frontenac1 says:

    Ah yes, The Manoir,The Edgewater,The Mapes.great memories.Saludos!

  5. commandant says:

    Is the Lindy Ruff firing the first of many moves in Buffalo?

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/02/23/is-ruffs-firing-the-first-of-many-changes-in-buffalo/

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    • habsfan0 says:

      Hopefully,Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson,Jr. is next to be shown the door.

    • Strummer says:

      Hands off Commander Tom and Eyewitness News
      and Genesee beer and Chicken Wings

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      How does the GM still have his job? Maybe Brian Burke is next?

      • Loonie says:

        Because that GM is one of the best in the league.

        Take a look at his track record. He produced a champagne team on a beer budget prior to Terry Pegula’s takeover of the team.

        He continues to procure great talent and makes excellent trades.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I respectfully disagree. Maybe he was one of the best in the past but lately he has hurt the team with bad contracts a la Gainey. The Leino, Myers and Ehrhoff deals are brutal. I know it is not easy to attract players to Buffalo but still…

          In the end, you are judged on winning and losing. They are losing. It’s time for a change (like the coach).

          • Loonie says:

            You do understand that those deals were done near immediately after Pegula’s incorporation to the team as the majority owner right?

            It was made very clear by every hockey media outlet and quite frankly Pegula himself that he was behind all of those signings.

            He was the defacto negotiator in every one of those cases.

            Their draft record remains among the league’s elite, they make great trades still like Kassian for Hodgson.

            If you don’t think Regier’s among the conference and league’s best GMs you’re focusing on the VERY few bad decisions and ignoring the litany of great decisions.

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            If that is the case, who told Pegula that Leino was worth acquiring? He must share some responsibility, no? If no, then he is just a puppet GM and you know what eventually happens to them…their strings get cut. Anyway, commandant asked whether the firing is the first of many moves. It is only logical in this case for the GM to be next especially since he and the coach have been entrenched in the organization for so long. For real change to occur in Buffalo, he has to go too. We shall see…

          • Loonie says:

            I couldn’t disagree more about the direction of the team.

            Regier just got a four year extension and if anyone were going to get the boot regarding on ice production it was going to be Ruff. Looking at their roster do you see a reason for their record that can’t be attributed to the players or coaches?

            He’s put an excellent team together. Surely he had some say in signing Leino and I agree he bears responsibility. But it isn’t him signing the checks and cap space wasn’t an issue for them.

            You saying that Regier has been underwhelming as a GM would be like saying Dale Tallon is because of the RFA qualifying offer fiasco.

            The facts are that both men are terrific GMs and any team would be lucky to have them.

            Oh. And players will be the next to go, not the GM.

            If the GM is going anywhere, it will be after the season. Consider for a moment Pegula and Regier just fired the longest tenured coach in the NHL and a former captain of THAT team.

            Their results are on the players next, then the GM.

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            We agree to disagree then. No, we agree on one thing. I do believe if he gets fired, it will be at the end of the season too.

          • Strummer says:

            From Sortsnet.ca:

            “WHY BUFFALO SABRES SHOULD FIRE GM, COACH”

            ” We aren’t alone as someone started a group/campaign on Facebook to get the two fired while Buffalo News columnist, Bucky Gleason, said the following:

            “Most are stunned Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff have survived when common sense called for their dismissal long ago.”

            Gleason also pointed out an interesting stat to show why Ruff and Regier might deserve to be relieved of their duties:

            “The Sabres missed the playoffs six times in 14 seasons under Regier and Ruff, matching the DNQ total for Buffalo in all other seasons combined. They’ve missed three times in five years.”

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          • Loonie says:

            When you start your post with “from Sportsnet” it has no credibility.

            That and Bucky Gleason is in Jack Todd territory.

    • habstrinifan says:

      What do you think of trading with them for Mike Wber? I think they may be interested in Kaberle or White or similar.

  6. Stevie.Ray says:

    Biron starts. Nash is out

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    In today’s Gazette News paper–Letter to the editor!

    Habs should honor the great Toe Blake

    I thought I would put a bug in your ear pertaining to Toe Blake, who seems to have fallen through the cracks of recognition and a banner at the Bell Center. He was one of the finest men, coaches and builders of this great game. He was a genius at motivating, putting players together and keeping them playing together so that each group of five on the ice knew where the others were at all times. They played as if they wore the same skin. It was magic, producing Stanley Cup after Stanley Cup that has never been duplicated. He needs his night and a banner at the Bell Center before all is forgotten.

    Ian Cobb

    Belleville, Ont.

    • commandant says:

      When Montreal went through their darkest period in team history (the late 30s) when some thought the team might even fold due to lack of on ice success, and lack of ticket buying success. It was the acquisition of Toe Blake, and the Hart Trophy winning season that would follow, that started to turn things in the right direction.

      Later additions of Rocket Richard, and Elmer Lach would also be key to finishing the turn around. And the punch line they would form is among the best in NHL history.

      But we shouldn’t forget that the acquisition of Blake from the faltering Maroons, was one of the first steps to building the Dynasties in Montreal.

      Go Habs Go!
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  8. commandant says:

    One last thing to consider about Kristo.

    Even if he’s a free agent, there is still the Rookie Max and ELCs rules about what he can sign. A two year contract will be mandated.

    Montreal has one “ace in the hole” here.

    If the Habs sign him in March (after the NCAA season) and he plays 1 NHL game, they can allow him to burn a year off his ELC meaning he can be an RFA in the summer of 2014 (one year earlier).

    This means if he can prove his worth in 2013-14 he can earn bigger money than an ELC that summer and not have to wait til 2015 (which is what he has to do signing with any other club in August).

    Its one more piece of the Kristo puzzle here.

    This is often an attractive option and a demand for NCAA UFAs such as Casey Wellman, Christian Hanson, Stephan DaCosta, J.T. Brown, and other highly touted NCAA players. Its also something the Leafs used to induce Matt Frattin to sign a couple years ago when he was in the same situation as Kristo. There have been others as well. There is a reason why so few of the NCAA guys have used the loophole when they had the opportunity.

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    • Loonie says:

      As Steve pointed out in a nicer way.

      It would be stupid for Kristo to sign with the Habs prior to having some offers come along.

      It may be loyal, nice, kind hearted and respectful. But it would be stupid too.

      Let’s presume his family and business representative(s) have a little bit on the ball. If they do, it’s much more likely that he waits for some offers in August than it is that he signs with the Habs straight away just to get closer to UFA status.

      He can listen to offers this Summer. So why sign with the Habs and take a year of that away?

      Wishful thinking.

      • commandant says:

        There is still a Rookie Maximum.

        Why wait for more offers if the Habs are already offering you a max deal or close to it, plus the bonus of being RFA (and not subject to the Rookie Max) sooner.

        Money wise, you won’t be able to find a better offer, if the Habs put their best foot forward on this.

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        • Loonie says:

          “If” the Habs offer him the sun, moon and stars.

          Guess we’ll find out.

          • Mark C says:

            But the sun, moon, and stars don’t cost much. Not sure what the ELC max is next year, but it was $925K this season. Give Danny that and some bonuses and that’s is good as an team can give him.

          • Loonie says:

            Performance bonuses are applicable too Mark.

            It’s a long shot that he signs with the Habs in my opinion.

          • Mark C says:

            Sure but those are capped too, it’s not like another team can offer more. If Montreal wants him then they can offer as good of a deal as any team.

          • Loonie says:

            Yes Marc but as of August 15th he can choose from what will surely be more than one offer.

            The Habs will in all likelihood be competing for his services.

        • Bill H says:

          Who cares about Kristo? I just want to know more about this rookie Max. I don’t see him on any of the Habs prospect lists. Who does he play for? I think he could be captain material.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Your argument makes no sense, then all college players that are drafted and sign with the teams are stupid. They should all wait until they can become UFA’s and go to the highest bidder, hell, all players drafted that sign with the teams that drfated them must be stupid using your logic!

        You are intitled to your opinion, but it just that, your opinion!

        Habfan17

    • Sportfan says:

      hopefully we can sign Kristo, who knows what is going on in his head though? Who’s his agent? Also with MB as the GM I am more confident he can get a deal done.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

      • commandant says:

        He can’t officially announce his agent and remain in the NCAA.

        He can have an advisor though (but that advisor can’t be employed as an Agent, it would be someone different in the same company).

        Since its not officially announced, I haven’t been able to find out who it is on the internet. Surely there is someone lined up though.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      Ben, you’re back! This is the type of info mere mortals like myself just soak up from you, and a couple of others on this site.

  9. kempie says:

    Looks like Gallagher will play tonight and Prust is a GT decision.

  10. commandant says:

    Archambault (the forgotten prospect) has also set career highs in goals 25, and points 55 in ten less games than his previous marks.

    He’s a ppg player right now with 55 points in 55 games.

    I still think he’s a massive long shot, but he is showing improvement.

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    • HabFab says:

      He spent the summer working out at Brossard and his team commented that he arrived fitter, more focused and committed then he had been previously. Started out great then some injuries slowed him down. Worth a trip to Hamilton IMO.

  11. 24 Cups says:

    Looks like I created a bit of a hornets nest by asking if people thought Kristo would go or stay this summer. That certainly wasn’t my intent. I just think it’s a legitimate question to ask seeing that the kid has options.

    Putting our Hab allegiances aside, it seems reasonable that Kristo and his advisors would check out the landscape.

    • Loonie says:

      Exactly right Steve. Certainly as reasonable as suggesting that he stayed at UND for a team record and love of the program.

      • commandant says:

        What other reason was there to stay though, considering he could have choosen his team and gotten a max rookie deal last year?

        I’m not saying that he will 100% sign with Montreal, and not explore his options.

        I’m merely saying if becoming a UFA and chasing the money was his number 1 priority, it could have been done last June. That alone makes me think that his interview where he said he wanted to play a fourth year at UND to go after the record and the National Title is genuine.

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        • Loonie says:

          Ben. Your argument is no more logical. Sorry but it isn’t.

          IF he were to decide that he wants to explore UFA options he can still do it after this season and complete his education where the former option would mean cutting his education short.

          Nobody’s right or wrong here unless Kristo’s made the decision already. It isn’t a pissing contest.

          • commandant says:

            Even in your argument, his #1 priority is his education, and not chasing big UFA dollars.

            The only argument I’m making here is that this kid’s decision is far more complex than just becoming a UFA, choosing his team, and getting the money, because if that was his priority, it would have already happened.

            I don’t see what is illogical about saying that it wasn’t his number 1 priority, because it fits in line with his actions.

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          • Loonie says:

            I get what you’re saying but you’re ignoring that he can still choose after this season.

            And something nobody has bothered to mention yet is that he underachieved in his previous three seasons with UND and quite frankly a better season this year would lead to a more lucrative offer.

            It’s just as easy to suggest that he stayed in school in order to get a bigger payday as it is to suggest it isn’t a priority.

          • commandant says:

            I don’t know that he underachieved as a Junior. He was right there with Brock Nelson for Team MVP last year. Which was one of the reasons why most people thought he was ready for Hamilton this season.

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          • Loonie says:

            A lot of people being?

            Fans who can type http://www.hockeydb.com?

            He’s shown a great deal of immaturity and inconsistency as a scorer during his time at UND.

            Again splitting hairs because he certainly could have left last season but looking better as a senior than he did as a junior is a good way to get a better pro contract.

            I don’t think there’s any denying that.

          • Habfan17 says:

            Ben’s comments are based on fact and your is based on fiction. Give it up already. He has never said he will not sign in Mtl or that he wants to go the UFA route. The way you have presented this, was as if Kristo has already decided and announced that he does not want to sign in Montreal and that he is full of it when he said he stayed at UND as he feels he has unfinished business not having won the championship last season.

            Habfan17

          • Loonie says:

            Steve. If a player has the opportunity to sign with more than one team, more often then not, the majority of the time in fact, they’ll listen to all offers before making a decision.

            In Kristo’s case, he needs only wait until August before he can receive, again, MULTIPLE offers for his first pro contract.

            Suggesting that he won’t is much more speculative than suggesting that he will.

            He’s had the opportunity to sign with Montreal and declined. That’s a fact.

            Sorry it bursts your bubble but it’s the truth.

            It’s true that he’s had the opportunity to leave school and field offers, but doing so before finishing school leaves him without a finished education and wouldn’t be maximizing his value as a player to other teams.

            Perhaps it’s you who should give up this seemingly foolish notion that he’s just itching to put on a Habs sweater.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I don’t think the issue for snubbing Montreal would be money. It would be location and/or opportunity to crack the line-up. He is American after all so maybe he would want to play near home?

      • Habfan17 says:

        Give it up already, Kristo himself said that is why he stayed!!
        Whatever else he has in mind, is pure speculation since neither he or his agent have talked about his intentions one he is done his college season!!!

        Habfan17

    • Rad says:

      We will find out soon enough. Probably soon after the NCAA Playoffs.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        I remember last year’s Frozen Four tournament included tiny school Union, just up the street from good pal Habfan$10,912, and his sidekick Chrisadiens. I vaguely recall it may have been Ferris Buehler State that was the NCAA champions, although I may have things mixed up with the movie I’m watching on my VCR at the moment.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Was glad that Greg Pateryn signed before becoming a UFA, although Kristo’s stock is much higher. BTW, lively banter is fun! And I say this respectfully, I miss my Golden, departed on Dec.16, 2011 at the age of thirteen.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • 24 Cups says:

        Andrew – My avatar is a photo of my Golden who is named Faith (our 4th). She is now 9 and starting to get her “clown” face. It would take the rest of the day to try and explain just how much love this dog has brought into our home. If people were only more like dogs what a wonderful world it would be.

      • Rad says:

        Hi Lafleur. I lost my Golden at age 13 also, back in 2008. She was exceptional. I still miss her sometimes.

  12. Timo says:

    Woot! Finally figured out why the mobile app didn’t work. And it ain’t nothing to do with the app.

  13. Mondou6 says:

    I’ve noticed that the Habs get called for ridiculous “embellishment” penalties all the time, and the refs never call it on the other team.

    So far in 2013:

    Habs – 4 Embellishment penalties
    Opponents – 0 Embellishment penalties

    It was the same BS last year too. When I’m bored, I’ll count them up for last season.

    This pretty much proves that there is a ref bias against us.

    • Loonie says:

      I’m curious as to when Prust got a reputation as a diver.

      Didn’t know that he did. I say reputation because he was called for it earlier this season and in the game against the Isles he was hauled down with the official within five feet. The official noticeably shook his head and Prust looked livid.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I’ve seen the same thing Mondou6. The call on Prust was horrible and the call a few games earlier on Frankie B was just crap as well.

      As long as we’re on the “grassy knoll” type theory’s I’d love to know the number of 5 on 3′s teams have. My guess is you will see the Maple Leafs and Devils at the top of that list.

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    • Habshire says:

      I believe some time ago a team asked that a memo be sent to the refs in Montreal to watch the habs for embellishment and goal-tender interference. That memo machine now just keeps retrieving the same undeletable message from the database. :)

      • Danno says:

        Those A-holes Bettman, Jacobs and Campbell have their corrupt refs fixing games to their liking.

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  14. habstrinifan says:

    Go to http://www.gravatar.com follow instructions ensuring you use the SAME email address associated with your HIO profile.

  15. SPATS says:

    Can anyone tell me how to upload an avatar?

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    It is my understanding that Bergevin had these sent down to Kristo at UND as a gift.

    http://www.hockeymonkey.com/reebok-hockey-footwear-zignano-slide-mtl-sr.html

    Better yet, we should Guy down to visit Kristo and he bring along the new product he is shilling.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLJzlL8OuuE

  17. Sportfan says:

    Sigh work today Oh well Manoir after to watch the game hope it’ll be a good one. Have fun chatting here guys ! GO HABS GO Lets make Torts really angry that he lost twice to us :P

    Since I wont be here often check out the blog if you haven’t or if you just feel like clicking links, click this and click away! Haha Enjoy guys!
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  18. Mad Habber says:

    Don’t know if anyone noticed Isles put Dipeitro on waivers. Which caps of one of the dumbest trades in NHL history. Loungo and Jokenien for Parrish and Kvasha. Why does anyone take Milbury seriously?

    • commandant says:

      Could’ve drafted Heatley 1st overall instead of Dipietro too.

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        I couldn’t imagine what life must be like for a die hard Islanders fan. Their management and ownership make PG look like Sam Pollock.

        • otter649 says:

          My brother in law is a die hard Islander fan & became one when The Islanders were an expansion team drafting & acquiring Canadian western boys – he’s from BC. Western Canada has a bunch of Islander fans due to the western boys. But he’s kept supporting them the whole time but do not discuss Islanders when talking to him about hockey – Hopefully things will change (for him) when NYI become the Brooklyn ? in a few years……

    • Lafleurguy says:

      He draws attention, viewership, sponsorship, moolaship….; reminds me of someone else……

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Many Islander fans also root for the Mets. The highest paid Met outfielders this year will be Bobby Bonilla and Jason Bay. The Islanders top two paid goalies? Tim Thomas and Dipeitro. Just incredibly poor management decisions.

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  19. Danno says:

    Is Rick Nash playing tonight?

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  20. Patrick Roy made his NHL debut on this day in 1985..and a few other notes.

    http://www.letiretlebut.com/2013/02/today-in-habs-history-february-23rd.html

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  21. commandant says:

    The freak out over Kristo is pretty funny.

    There is nothing to indicate that he is doing this to be a free agent.

    If that was his goal, he could have dropped out of school after last season and been a free agent (it was 4 years post draft, 1 in USHL, 3 in college) just like Schultz.

    He didn’t need to wait til this summer to pull this move.

    Staying in school for this kid is 100% about being part of the first UND team to win 4 conference championships in a row (he’d be on all 4 teams), and about chasing a National Championship. Thats it. He always grew up cheering for UND, and thats what he wants before turning pro.

    My bet, as soon as the UND season is over, we see him in Hamilton.

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      I feel much better about MB and company (Mellanby and others) convincing Kristo to sign than if PG were to try and convince him.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      You never know, hopefully you’re right. It would be cool to see Kristo and Leblanc reunited in Hamilton.

      As for the freak out…we aim to please. :)

    • Loonie says:

      You’ll have to forgive some fans for being cynical if you’re going to say that Kristo is staying at UND for the love of the program when there’s significant money on the table for him to join the professional ranks.

      Today’s athletes by large majority don’t make decisions based on love, admiration or team records.

      It’s as logical perhaps more so to suggest that he’s going to go the UFA route than it is to say he’s staying in school to set a team record.

      And I haven’t seen anybody freaking out.

      • commandant says:

        Tom, maybe you missed it…. but if he wanted money, he could have that already.

        He could have gone the UFA route last year. All it would have taken was him de-registering from school after the hockey season.

        He didn’t need to play this season to become a free agent.

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        • Loonie says:

          No. I didn’t miss it Ben. You’re ignoring your own point. He can finish school AND choose his first NHL team from a greater selection than one.

          He doesn’t have to leave school early. He can simply choose from what I’m sure would or will be several NHL teams.

          Easy choice.

          • commandant says:

            He could have been an Unrestricted Free Agent and choosen his Own Team then. He didn’t need to wait for the opportunity to be a free agent.

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          • Loonie says:

            You’re splitting hairs. Last season doesn’t change that he can still wait on multiple offers.

          • Habfan17 says:

            The bottom line is none of us knows what he is thinking other than he wanted to return to UND this year to try to win since they did not last season. This came from him. Neither he nor his agent have publicly said that they do not want to sign in Montreal or that they want to try the free agent market. That is all assumed.

            Habfan17

          • Loonie says:

            He’s turned down contract offers from Montreal.

            It’s not an assumption to say that he’s declined to sign a contract with the organization.

          • commandant says:

            Its also not an assumption to say he turned down big bucks and the opportunity to choose any team in the league in order to return to North Dakota for a fourth season.

            Which is what I was saying before.

            There is no reason to think the decision to stay at North Dakota was done to advance his free agency prospects. He could have been a highly sought after free agent last season.

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      • Habfan17 says:

        I saw the printed interview Kristo gave and he did return because UND did not win the championship last year. I think that speaks volumes about his character. As Far as significant money. Yes, he would be making great money if he made the NHl, not so great if he were in Hamilton.

        It isn’t all about the money for everyone.

        Habfan17

    • Habfan17 says:

      That is what I read too. It is really important to him.

      Habfan17

    • Lafleurguy says:

      UND produced a nice player for the Jets in the past, Dave Christian, who was the no. 2 centre behind Dale Hawerchuk, and before Thomas Steen arrived.
      Speaking of the former “Fighting Sioux,” UND officiallly has no mascot name, although the phase-out date is 2015. The Seminoles, Utes, Choctaws, Chippewas, and with some controversy, the Fighting Illini are native American mascot names allowed. Perhaps the most disrespectful past mascot name was the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savages. The Washington Redskins…………

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  22. Chrisadiens says:

    How many episodes of 24 CH (in English) have aired? The first episode I found on a torrent site but can’t seem to find any others….

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  23. ed says:

    watched Simon Despres last night, playing on the same pairing as Chris Letang.

    Wow!!

    Despres is 6’4, and has the mobility and offensive awareness to play alongside Letang, Crosby, Malkin, and it’s his first full season in the NHL.

    Despres is not a liability defensively either. He has become a legitimate 1st pairing d-man at 21!

    He went to through the Webster Hockey Academy at John Rennie high school here in Pointe Claire that has also produced recent draft picks, Mathesson, Fournier and Culkin, and Demers (San Jose), and Chaput (Philly farm system).

    When I asked one of the coaches there in 2009 after the NHL draft whether they knew Despres would become an NHL player, he answered honestly “how could we know he would grow to 6’4?”

    Watching his poise, his confidence, and his excellent skating ability, I would suggest Despres is going to be a big time player in the NHL for many years to come.

    • HabFab says:

      Hope so for his sake. At one point last season read where the Pens were starting to wonder and was putting his name out in potential trades.

      • ed says:

        they are so stacked with defenceman prospects, they will certainly trade someone. They have 5 defenceman that will all play in the NHL.

        They have Pouliot, Matta, Harrington, Morrow, and the young man they acquired from Carolina in the Staal deal, Brian Dumoulin

  24. Habfan17 says:

    I hope Quailer can develop into a strong 3rd or 4th line right wing who can put up 10 to 20 points. Then with Gallagher and hopefully Kristo, the right side will be a strength for the Habs. If LeBlanc ends up being the 3rd line winger, then Quailer would be nice on the 4th line. I guess this is why Kristo may not sign. The Habs have so many decent right wingers in the system. Collberg, Holland, Kristo, Gallagher, and Quailer.

    Although Quailer is not nearly as good as Kristo, He would play on the bottom two lines whereas Kristo would have to be on the top two. I would say Avtsin and Shultz don’t appear to be heading for the Habs anytime soon, if ever, and it also appears that if Leblanc will make the Habs, it is probably on the right wing. That may also be the case with Pribyl. Armstrong will probably not be resigned and then there is White and Blunden.

    Unless the Habs are going to trade Cole and Gionta at the dealine or during the off season, there is no room on the Habs rght now

    At Centre There is Eller, Pleks, Galchenyuk, and DD. The Habs need a faceoff guy and Nattinen would appear to be him. His lifetime faceoff percentage has been steady between 60 and 65%. He has size and if he had not been injured this season, he may have been a call up. I see him on the 3rd line in the future. Galchenyuk will eventually be the first line centre and I would think Bournival could be the 4th line centre and he would be an upgrade.

    The Habs also have Vail and Dumont. So, unless the Habs make a trade, centre also has a logjam and there is no room for anyone to make the jump.

    Left wing is the only spot that the Habs do not have a lot of depth. With the exception of Bozon and Hudon, the Habs do not have a real top 2 left winger in the system, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Patches will be around for a while. Nystrom could be a sleeper. What the Habs do lack, is size on any wing. Bozon is the closest thing to a “power” forward.

    It will be an interesting off season for Bergevin. Maybe he will move some prospects for an established power forward. Who knows what Cole will do given his comments. If he wants to play in the states, I would trade him as soon as a fair deal is presented.

    I am not worried about the defense, with players like Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis and Dietz, the Habs have players that can fill the different spots. If Thrower can get his head together, the Habs have upgrades on Diaz, Gorges, and possibly Emelin. Beaulieu and Subban will be the offensive guys, Tinordi, Ellis and Dietz will provide some size and can provide some offence. Pateryn would fill the 5/6 spot until some of the younger guys are ready. Boullion will be gone and possibly Markov next season. St. Denis could replace Diaz now. Maybe even Gorges!

    The Habs will need to draft another top goalie prospect either this season or next!

    Habfan17

  25. Mark C says:

    Check out Dietz and his two goals last night. Outstanding play on his second goal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfgGkNahLA&feature=player_embedded#!

  26. mdp2011 says:

    Yikes, Malkin out with a concussion.

  27. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    It’s Proving time again tonight. The habs are the better team.

  28. habstrinifan says:

    Phew! Just in time! Mississippi has officially ratified the 13th Amendment. I guess I’ll take up Steve Howard’s invite to come-on-down to a RiverKings game.

  29. SPATS says:

    Congrats Stu. Mission accomplished.

    I grew up in Brossard with Stu and played atom hockey at the Olympia arena in La Praire and remember very well that he was going to be a sports reporter and cover the Habs (and write stories about me cuz I was going to play for the Habs ;)

    Then beers, girls and music got in the way.

    I did get to play in front of 10,000 at the forum in 92 but I wasn’t wearing skates… I was wearing a bass.

    Great memories

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  30. doogie says:

    NHL debut tonight for Rangers Christian Thomas. Apparently 7 pts in his last 3 games in the AHL warrants a call up.

  31. Mavid says:

    Monday night should be interesting..lets see if their dumb ploy to rid the Bank of Habs and Leaf fans worked..the place will be either 60% Hab fans or 60% empty..hehehe

  32. HUDSONHAB says:

    Question???
    Is there a player/tough guy out there that the Habs could pick up (realistically) that could help them towards the and in the playoffs.
    Without making an iffy bone head trade?

    ….Hab4life….

  33. Ian Cobb says:

    HELP!
    In today’s Mtl. Gazette there is an article (letter) about Toe Blake. But I cannot find it. Can someone tell me how and where to view this?
    Thanks—Ian

  34. Mavid says:

    wow I kinda run on don’t I? Were is a grammer cop when you need one

  35. commandant says:

    Kristo with a goal and an assist last night.

    He now has 19 goals, which ties his career high, in 13 less games.

    He’s got 41 points in 29 games on the season.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • 24 Cups says:

      Do you figure he’s a s good as gone? I can’t think of one good reason why he would sign with Montreal.

      Assuming that both Gionta and Cole fulfil their contracts, where would you place Kristo on the RW depth chart taking into account that the 4th line spot is basically a defensive position?

      • ed says:

        there is nothing I have read to indicate that he’s as good as gone.

        where do you get that from?

        • Loonie says:

          If he leaves school this year, and he probably will considering how long he’s been there the Habs have a limited window to sign him ala Justin Schultz.

          He’s had opportunities to sign and leave school already and unlike Louis Leblanc isn’t exactly the most level headed kid in the system.

          Several stupid decisions while at UND.

          • HabFab says:

            He graduates so he has to leave school after this season. See my comment below.

          • Loonie says:

            Could he not leave say, next month? If he leaves even a month early doesn’t that allow him to leverage the teams?

            And even if he doesn’t. He can wait until August 15th and still be a UFA right?

            Pretty easy decision from his end.

          • HabFab says:

            Read comments from Commandant and myself. Playing and winning for the Sioux has been his ambition more so then playing pro. If he drops out then can’t continue playing and the play-offs are about to start in the NCAA. After his school year is completed, he remains Habs property until August 15th.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Ed – I didn’t say that he was as good as gone, I was asking if people thought he was as good as gone.

          If he doesn’t sign with Montreal, then he gets to go the Schultz UFA route. More coin, less competition and he gets to pick and choose.

          If I’m his agent or dad, that’s what I would be telling him to do.

          • HabFab says:

            Steve, he would have to drop out of school before graduating or wait until after August 15th to sign with another team.

          • 24 Cups says:

            August 15th isn’t when when most signings happen but could you imagine the market for a ‘free’ 2nd round pick who some teams might consider to be as valuable as a low 1st rounder.

            I don’t see how the kid can lose.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Agree with you. His strategy all along may have been to maximize his free-agent value like the kid who signed with the Oilers last off-season.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Mark C says:

        Is the fact that almost no players go this route a good enough reason? In the 2011-12 season there were 300 NCAA alum in the NHL, now not all of them were drafted, but most were. How many of the drafted players choose not to sign with the team that drafted them? I think there is only three.

        http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/record-300-alums-play-nhl

      • Habfan17 says:

        Bergevin has a tough decision to make. Possibly trade Cole or Gionta to make room for Kristo and for the future, trade his rights and hope the team signs him and they get a pick or prospect in return, or risk letting him go for nothing.

        Habfan17

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Please sign..please sign…please sign…if I say it enough hopefully it will happen…please sign…please sign…please sign…

  36. homerbowen says:

    Chris Nilan was a great Hab no question about it. While many do not appreciate Mario Trembley’s coaching skills he too was a great Hab. His team came first and he would take on anyone and won most of his fights. In addition, he could put the puck in the net. As a long time Hab fan I will never have anything bad to say about either of those greats.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think that you can’t take a lot of what is said on l’Antichambre seriously because they have a fan base to appease and we all know how that fan base thinks (e.g., Desharnais est le meilleur centre sur l’equipe!!!). Just watch how different PJ is on CBC and l’Antichambre.

  37. CaliHab says:

    Tinordi got a goal???

  38. Lafleurguy says:

    How’d Montreal enjoy the Bulldogs game? Scorers, Jarred Tinordi, Mike Blunden, Steve Quailer.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Loonie says:

      And Quailer fought Cody McCormick.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I hope Quailer can develop into a strong 3rd or 4th line right wing who can put up 10 to 20 points. Then with Gallagher and hopefully Kristo, the right side will be a strength for the Habs. If LeBlanc ends up being the 3rd line winger, then Quailer would be nice on the 4th line. I guess this is why Kristo may not sign. The Habs have so many decent right wingers in the system. Collberg, Holland, Kristo, Gallagher, and Quailer.

      Although Quailer is not nearly as good as Kristo, He would play on the bottom two lines whereas Kristo would have to be on the top two. I would say Avtsin and Shultz don’t appear to be heading for the Habs anytime soon, if ever, and it also appears that if Leblanc will make the Habs, it is probably on the right wing. That may also be the case with Pribyl. Armstrong will probably not be resigned and then there is White and Blunden.

      Unless the Habs are going to trade Cole and Gionta at the dealine or during the off season, there is no room on the Habs rght now

      At Centre There is Eller, Pleks, Galchenyuk, and DD. The Habs need a faceoff guy and Nattinen would appear to be him. His lifetime faceoff percentage has been steady between 60 and 65%. He has size and if he had not been injured this season, he may have been a call up. I see him on the 3rd line in the future. Galchenyuk will eventually be the first line centre and I would think Bournival could be the 4th line centre and he would be an upgrade.

      The Habs also have Vail and Dumont. So, unless the Habs make a trade, centre also has a logjam and there is no room for anyone to make the jump.

      Left wing is the only spot that the Habs do not have a lot of depth. With the exception of Bozon and Hudon, the Habs do not have a real top 2 left winger in the system, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Patches will be around for a while. Nystrom could be a sleeper. What the Habs do lack, is size on any wing. Bozon is the closest thing to a “power” forward.

      It will be an interesting off season for Bergevin. Maybe he will move some prospects for an established power forward. Who knows what Cole will do given his comments. If he wants to play in the states, I would trade him as soon as a fair deal is presented.

      I am not worried about the defense, with players like Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis and Dietz, the Habs have players that can fill the different spots. If Thrower can get his head together, the Habs have upgrades on Diaz, Gorges, and possibly Emelin. Beaulieu and Subban will be the offensive guys, Tinordi, Ellis and Dietz will provide some size and can provide some offence. Pateryn would fill the 5/6 spot until some of the younger guys are ready. Boullion will be gone and possibly Markov next season. St. Denis could replace Diaz now. Maybe even Gorges!

      The Habs will need to draft another top goalie prospect either this season or next!

      Habfan17

  39. GGtheHab says:

    Just watched the HIO show, only thing I didn’t like about it was that it should have been 2 hours long..can’t get enough of listening to Habs conversations, especially this season.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Enjoyed it too this morning. Nilan is a very informed, likeable person. Gave props to Steve Sullivan, and Stan Jonathon! Advised the fandom to stop hypothetically trading Desharnais to Phoenix. There was a timely Bla Bla Bla commercial which may have been a subtle dig from HIO producers in summarizing our posts on some days!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  40. mdp2011 says:

    Morning. Going to the game tonight, it will be my first game in nearly 5 years. I am really looking forward to it, hope it’s a good game.

  41. RockinRey says:

    Greg Wyshynski, of PuckDaddy: “How long before Charles Wang sees that DiPietro is on waivers and tries to claim him?

    Hilarious!

  42. gumper says:

    Hoping for a bounce-back game tonight. Didn’t like the level of compete I saw on Thurs., and no team can afford a slump in this shortened season.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  43. habstrinifan says:

    If I were MB this morning:
    I would be feeling pretty GOOD… so I would do the following.

    I would determine the health of P Nokelainen and if he is coming back healthy and ready here’s what I would do.

    Package two or three of: White/Blunden/Weber/Kaberle/Armstrong to obtain the following two players.

    1)A Defenseman.
    I wish it could be K Foster whom I was pushing all summer and who was signed by Philly and is playing well for them.
    But they wont give him up for any of the above so here are some possible options:

    Mike Weber from Buffalo; Stoner from Minn;Peckham from Edm; or Scott Hannan from Nashville.
    That would add a real big body on D who can throw them.

    2) Plain and simple a ‘real brawler’.
    And then I would scour the league/minors (including our own system) for a player with the best combination of avg talent and pure hvywgt skills and acquire/ groom him for our line up come later/playoffs.
    Then I would turn off the phone andwork on next draft etc while I let the season play out. I think the HABS will make the playoffs and once there who knows… as long as we have the tools to rumble with anyone. We can play with anyone I think, if the coaches dont rein the team in too JM wise.

    • gumper says:

      While I like your suggestions, being a natural-born pessimist I don’t yet share your optimism about the team being playoff bound. I’m withholding judgment until the end of the upcoming 15 game (more or less) road trip. If the team starts well, say winning 6 of 8, I’m prepared to jump on the playoff bandwagon. If the team wins half or less of the first 8 I think we are still in that bubble position. You only have to look at the tightness of the current standings to understand that the margin for losing is slim and slimmer.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

      • habstrinifan says:

        I think the start we have had will protect us and also we are really too balanced a team to lose in ‘stretches’ without gaining at least a point…. especially with the restricted schedule which means we are not playing outside the conference.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I can endorse this post, the league is not ever going to enforce the rules, the team needs to protect itself.

    • Curtis O Habs says:

      Package any of those players for Parros.

  44. Mavid says:

    So I am flipping through the free Ottawa Sun last night and I get to the sports section..three pages of sniveling about their injuries..but what I really found amusing is the standings..every other sports page has Montreal first in the east..the Sun has us second..its such a rag..I guess that is why they only charge 25 cents for it..On a happier note, I got tickets for the 67 game tomorrow afternoon, and I snagged tickets to the game Monday night at the bank, including parking..I am going to a skating party today, I bought some new skates just for the occasion, I have not laced up a pair in probably 15 years or more..so this should be interesting..

  45. Marc10 says:

    Should be a good one. I wonder if we light Lundquist up just how close that would bring Torts to the firing line. Let’s find out!

  46. Marc10 says:

    Ah the Rangers… I wonder if the Blueshirts will try the trap against us tomorrow night.

    That Brad Richards contract is looking worse and worse by the second. Gazing into my crystal ball, I predict a not too distant future where the Rangers struggle to keep their quality Dmen because they’ve got so much coin tied up in aging forwards on the downslope…

  47. Habfan10912 says:

    Rangers without Nash tonight. Del Zotto Questionable.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/22297/rick-nash-will-miss-third-straight-game
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  48. HabFab says:

    List of Hab Prospects (graduating) that have to be signed this year or the Habs lose their rights;

    June 1st (CHL & Europe);
    Magnus Nygren D
    Kyle Klubertanz D
    Daniel Pribyl F
    Oliver Archambault F
    Darren Dietz D

    August 15th (NCAA);
    Danny Kristo F
    Dustin Walsh F

    • Habfan17 says:

      If that is the case, I think IMHO they should sign Nygren, Pribyl, Dietz and Kristo, if he will sign. If not trade his rights to a team that will have an opening for a right wing next season and if they sign him, Mtl would get a 2nd round pick or prospect. If Tinordi and Beaulieu are ready next season, Montreal will need to fill their spots.

      Habfan17

      • HabFab says:

        See below as it appears they have lost out on Nygren.
        Klubertanz is not even listed on the Hab site as a prospect anymore. He played one season at Hamilton and then back to Europe, however remains Hab property until June.
        I expect the Habs will look at the 5 others for contracts. Kristo definitely would have the best chance of playing in the NHL some day.

        • Habfan17 says:

          Thanks for the update. I was surprised to see Kluberantz on the list, however Nygren is still listed as a prospect on the official Canadiens site.

          Habfan17

        • commandant says:

          They have not lost out on Nygren.

          They can still sign him to a 3 year ELC and loan him to his Swedish Club for the first year of that deal.

          Montreal did this before with Andreas Engqvist.

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    • Mark C says:

      Another goal and helper last night, now 29-19-22, + 12 on the season. Tied for the second highest pts/gm in NCAA D1. After watching him play some more and researching the impact other productive and skilled NCAA players have had in the NHL, I think Kristo can make the Habs roster next season.

  49. Habfan10912 says:

    Finally watched the HIO talk show. Great job Stu. You were a great host. Everyone was comfortable just sitting around talking hockey with no big ego’s looking to one up each other. I remember HNIC “Hot Stove Report” use to resemble this. Dave Stubbs always impresses me with his intelligence and Knuckles may be the only guy with a Boston accent that I like.

  50. HabFab says:

    Habs prospect Defenseman Magnus Nygren signed a one extension contract with his Swedish team this week. Since the Canadiens only had until June 1st to sign him before losing his rights, it would appear he has gone the way of the dodo.

  51. Hobie Hansen says:

    Carey Price has looked pretty darn good so far this season. Fans, myself included to certain extent, know he’s very good but not everyone is convinced he’s great.

    So what I’m looking for from this guy is for him to win a few games where without spectacular goaltending we’d have lost. I’m saying this because I’d love to finish high in the standings and see a great team on the ice. A few “lights out” stretches of games from Price throughout the season would certainly help.

    I love Price and I’m really hoping he goes from clowning around in the All-Star, which isn’t a bad thing, to stealing playoff series and wining Vezina trophies.

  52. Habfan10912 says:

    Our old friend Scot Gomez has been a healthy scratch for the Sharks the last couple games. Perhaps the Sharks will cut him loose and he can collect a salary from a third team. No wonder why the guy smiles a lot. Perhaps he’s a lot smarter then any of us thought?

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  53. Marc10 says:

    So it’s only 2 games for kneeing attempt if you have no priors. Nice. This is such a bush league. Good thing Pleks avoided Orr.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Marc you are so right. It’s bad enough that the players have such a total lack of respect for each other but the league does not appear interested in protecting their own assets as well. I really do think it goes back to the garbage that the Bruins were able to get away with on their way to the Cup.

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  54. Whatever says:

    I’d probably let Chris Nilan buy me a beer.

  55. Mr. Biter says:

    Leaving Vegas tomorrow back home. Placed one bet $50.00 for habs to win by 2 vs islanders. @##$%^$%%^& game two 2 goal leads and WTF.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  56. Mattyleg says:

    Just back from the ‘Dogs game at the Bell Centre.
    Good win, worked well under pressure, scored some nice goals.
    10,100 or so people there.
    Good fun!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. The Dude says:

    I want too read what Knuckles Nilan “really thinks” especially after a Boston or Leaf’s beat down….make it real -hold the sugar.

    • TheLogician says:

      he certainly let it be know what he really thought after the beantown beatdown…guy was fuming on the radio. and not fuming at the Bs, but rather at habs management/coaching for allowing it to happen.

      it’s hard for someone who’s a true hab to the bone to watch s/t like that. and he’s def’y one of those guys.

      • habstrinifan says:

        He did and it wa sbeautiful. Everytime that game is recalled you can hear his anger. Another player who did was Mario Tremblay. Much as I dismiss Tremblay’s RDS stints and his alleged politics I love them both for being true HABS.

  58. commandant says:

    Also Tim Bozon and Kamloops are on Sportsnet now, if anyone is reading this.

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  59. commandant says:

    Darren Dietz 2 goals tonight (19 goals on the season)
    Dalton Thrower 2 assists.

    and the Two Habs D prospects help Saskatoon win their 14th straight game and set a franchise record.

    Dietz was -20 when the streak started and is now +1

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    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I have a friend that works with the Blades and he says everybody loves Dietz, but Thrower not so much. He also said they were both used as trade bait this season cuz the team was spiraling, but nobody wanted Thrower. To be fair though, probably everyone was used for trade bait.

      • Been watching Dietz very closely every time they come here. He doesn`t impress me, but he`s still learning I suppose. Pulock impresses me more, and I hope the Habs draft him this summer, but we are drafting low so who knows who they`ll pick.

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      • commandant says:

        The “On the Edge” Series (similar to HBO 24/7 or 24 CH) was on sportsnet tonight and it was the time period that Thrower was out with the concussion.

        His teammates seemed pretty happy to see him when he returned to the lineup.

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        • Stevie.Ray says:

          I meant the loved Dietz as a player. They have a lot of respect for him and don’t never say a bad thing about his game. Thrower they usually say he is ok at everything but nothing stands out, and he’s not having as good of a season this year.

    • Whatever says:

      No way in hell a guy with the name like Dalton Thrower doesn’t beat someone into oblivion in the NHL. It’s destiny.

      Or, maybe I should watch Roadhouse again.

  60. ProHabs says:

    I want to see Eric Cole score the winning goal tomorrow and then high five the referee after he scores.

  61. Saltwater Cowboy says:

    I love Carey Price to death (The kind of love as a father as for his son). The loss Thursday night was not due to him at all. But, I can’t stop thinking that if he made one outstanding, mind blowing out of this world, no business stoppin cross crease save on one of the goal shots the Habs would have won. Price is no doubt a very good goaltender but he as yet to make this season any of the saves that elite goaltenders make. Is it just me?

  62. frontenac1 says:

    LA vs Vegas. Langerie Football. RDS 2 . Good game!

  63. frontenac1 says:

    I know! I know! I should be watching the hockey,but………….

  64. Saltwater Cowboy says:

    Testing

  65. frontenac1 says:

    RED ALERT!!! Lingerie Football on RDS 2!!!

  66. kempie says:

    Love the show guys. I’ve developed a very deep respect for Nilan. All that he’s seen, done and been through have made him a very down-to-earth voice of reason type of character.

    I don’t know if that’s Stu’s voice that does the voiceover in the breaks but I laugh every time I hear him say “Hockey Inside Oyuoot”. It sounds like one of The Californians.

    http://tinyurl.com/b4ym7ex

    But keep them coming, I like the format.

  67. frontenac1 says:

    1-0 Sharks .Marleau gets it.

  68. showey47 says:

    Hopefully calgary keeps sucking for the rest of the year. That 2nd round pick we got in the cammy trade as of now is the 33rd pick.

  69. frontenac1 says:

    Sharks vs Hawks on NHL3 now amigos. Game of the Night.

  70. Habfan10912 says:

    Does anyone know how I can change my user name to the Ghost of the ghost of Johnbellyfull? :)

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    • Danno says:

      No. But the Ghost of Scott Gomez is still available.

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

    • JohnBellyful says:

      :)
      I’m beginning to think I should start charging a licensing fee, maybe start up a franchise (frenchise in Quebec?)

      The signature costs extra
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  71. commandant says:

    I don’t think 2 games was enough for Hall.

    Clutterbuck never had the puck, and he hit him, and hit him low.

    I’d have given 5.

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    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  72. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I like Tony Marinaro but he’s doing the colour comentary on the Bulldogs game tonight…yup hell’s frozen over…


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