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  1. Storm Man says:

    I see some on here are still talking about the H-Word. Im so happy Charger camp is open on Sunday.

  2. Clay4bc says:

    Usually, that’s true…but this week Shanghai has had the clearest skies and least smog reported in the last 20 years, so I am unusually lucid lately…and Halak did, indeed, win the Molson Cup. Are you denying that he was the team MVP last season?

    PS…SF can fight his own battles – he doesn’t need you all to gang up for him. Although I’m sure he appreciates the support.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  3. Storm Man says:

    Clay has all that smog to deal with each day. It is killing his brain cells one by one.

  4. Mattyleg says:

    I’m wih 72 on this.

    Kovy was a class act. He did have his floaty moments, but he was exciting as hell and he loved being a Hab, and made no bones about it. That’s good enough for me.

    Must be dark in your cave….

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. G-Man says:

    Bugs, you sure it wasn’t Ravel?

  6. G-Man says:

    At 6’1″ and 220lbs, a larger and meaner Dale Hunter, I think. Lots of penalty minutes and a decent amount of goals. I still remember the crazy bastard cross-checking Chelios in the head as the Habs playoff series winning goal went in.

  7. Storm Man says:

    JM acts like a prison guard does that count?

  8. G-Man says:

    Kovy was nothing but a selfish floater who had 1 (count it) season with the Habs when he played up to his potential. The problem was, he was here for what, 4 or 5 seasons?

  9. ZepFan2 says:

    C’mon Clay.

    Doesn’t say much about the Molson cup, eh.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov may not have won the Molson Cup but Markov’s been the MVP for the last half-decade. Team makes the playoffs each year because of him, Canadiens didn’t get back to a winning track until he returned from injury as per usual.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  11. Anonymous says:

    OH YEAH!?! I’m Evander “Holyfield” Kane.

  12. Clay4bc says:

    Winner of the 2009-2010 Molson Cup (player of the year) standings – Jaroslav Halak.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, SF.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  13. punkster says:

    The majority? Far from it TX. A few expressed that thought. Most I read were just happy to be in the playoffs, happy to beat the top 2 teams in the east and happy to make it so far. The majority didn’t take sides in the media-blog goalie controversy. The majority tend to have their heads screwed on straight. Except for Bugs whose head apparently spns around according to him.


  14. Curtoph says:

    Marble Slab?

  15. ed lopaz says:

    1) the habs received a 2 million dollar INCREASE in the Cap to 59 million; THIS MONEY PAYS THE RAISE IN

    2) Halak was a RFA with Arbitration. I would have accepted a 4million arbitration settelement for 1 year.

    we’re talking about finding an extra 2 million to pay Halak + Price, vs Price + Auld.

    Is Halak worth it?

    I think so – because he was our playoff goalie – and because Price “might” need more time to develop.

    I say “might” for Price – because we don’t know how he will play.

    That’s why you keep Halak for 1 more year, and then make the decision next summer who to keep

    long term.

    That’s what i would have done.

  16. nickster13 says:

    its the weight bro, you could see it in his chubby cheeks! I remember the year or so before he looked much smaller

  17. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oh yeah? Well, I am Matt Cooke. LOL

  18. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, it’s not that I hate Pouliot, I like the kid a lot. If any of them (between AK and Pouliot) have a great year, we could be in for a hell of a ride next year. But if both can deliver next year, I won’t be afraid to assume that the Habs will go on another run.

  19. likehoy says:

    sean avery

  20. Bugs says:

    K Senior for Simon Gagné. Yes! Let’s DO it. Let’s DO this thing and get… Huh? What?

    Oh, nevermind then.

    Crackin but not slackin, here’s my card

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assitant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Copies:

  21. likehoy says:

    beer gut? AK’s an OX.

    at any rate…blame the canadiens management for continuing to tell the guy to be physical. i think he was fine before playing at 200 lbs…quick and strong…now he’s just strong with a crazy shot…but not quick enough (could be the knee injury last year).

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    So am I, it’s pretty hard to like AK given the last year but I’m willing to see what will happen now that we’ve taken a 210-pound weight off of his mind.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. likehoy says:

    after hearing so much about pouliot…it seems as if his issue has always been confidence. he’s always been a late bloomer so he hasn’t had the experience to be a go-to guy despite his skill set. 

    i think pierre mcguire described pouliot as not knowing how good he is or can be.

    if somehow something clicks in pouliot’s head and he comes out strong, we could have a very good player……crossing my fingers.

  24. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Well height-wise, I’d say Jaroslav Halak but performance wise I’d say Michael Leighton haha

    I just started playing hockey a year ago so I am still not steady between the pipes yet, though I’ve been improving lately.

  25. nickster13 says:

    Joe Sakic. not overly physical, not a passer,  not a dangler, just a wristshooter at about 6 ft tall.

    Sure hes a superstar, but i cant think of an average guy with the above traits, you said model after, after all

  26. nickster13 says:

    yeah but poo poo wanted to gain muscle, tell me AK wants to lose the beer gut and i will put him on the same footing

  27. Bugs says:

    Pavel. That was my nickname anyway. 

    But since we can’t use superstars, I’ll say Gio. Goals are right in front of the net. Shoot, rebound, deke standing still if you have to, shoot, rebound, deke standing still if you have to, shoot, shoot, shoot. I’ll take the pain. I love the pain; gimme some goals! Goals are in the crease. So yes (before you ask), I did get crosschecked in the head a lot.

    Anyway, classic story, got hit when I was expectin it. My bad. Back is finished. Ahhh…still, it was fun.

    Thanks for the memory lane, Yahoo.

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assitant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Copies:

  28. avatar_58 says:

    St. Patrick 😀

  29. nickster13 says:

    ha come on now, he could be from shawinigan quebec and i wouldnt care, guy just feels like he wont make it over the hump and isnt trying to it seems. Im just trying to avoid worst case scenario of him sucking and becoming untradeable

  30. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, good ol’ Canadian boy.

    But seriously, people need to stop criticizing and realize that he is our 3rd best winger. We can’t let him go, even though he doesn’t play up to his potential he still scores 20+ goals every year. 

  31. Bill J says:

    Diplomatically ? hmmmmm

    ManApart “REAL Habs fans are Halak Fans”

    adam76 refers to Price supporters as “Pricebunnies”

    terrygain referred (been a while since I’ve seen terry) to Price supporters as “Pricebots”

    Dunno about diplomacy, and in many ways not unlike Tony.  It is a broken record.

    However I will give adam & terry credit in not being absolutely rude (other then the names they developped).


  32. Danno says:




    gaol (jāl)noun & v. Chiefly British Variant of jail.


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

  33. Curtoph says:

    Man, you always seem upset when you post. Halak is gone, we’re going to make due with what we got, and our team shall play as a team and Price will do just fine!

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    But he’s from *drumroll* Europe! You can’t trust those guys, Benoit Pouliot is pure Canadian, that automatically makes him a more reliable player!

    Or at least that’s what the government-sponsored and government-approved Don Cherry keeps telling us.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  35. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn is a more consistent player than Pouliot. 

    Though that doesn’t mean that AK46 is a consistent player, but he’s not the only question mark on this team. People need to stop criticizing Andrei all time.

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    AK’s game didn’t really go under until the local media hacks called him, his brother and Hamrlik a bunch of mobsters, he, Lang and SK had that crazy scoring campaign right before Lang went down. That was when things really went out of whack with him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  37. ZepFan2 says:

    A Gaoltender is a Scottish prison guard, nae!? At least that’s my understanding.

    So he is correct, we have no Scottish prison guard…that I know of.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  38. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Phil Goyette!

  39. Bill J says:

    Don’t confuse ONE person’s opinions as FACT XXX…  Otherwise you are dangerously close to Tony territory.

    Until the puck is dropped, anything discussed is only speculation. 

  40. likehoy says:

    what do we have in depth to replace AK? surely we will not be receiving more than draft picks for AK at the moment.

    our tentative line up will be

    pouliot – gomez – gionta
    cammy – pleks – ak
    moen – eller – lapierre
    pyatt – boyd – darche

    who’s going to step into AK’s spot successfully?

    eller, pacioretty, trotter, desharnais?

    and how about pouliot? is he going to be the 12 goals in 25 games player or the 2 goals in 25 games player?

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei Markov is still a Hab, our MVP hasn’t gone anywhere.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  42. Storm Man says:

    What is this gaoltender you talk about?

  43. G-Man says:

    Trade AK for a new net with extra twine. His head has been on backwards since his concussion. No sense of urgency or determination to this floater’s game. Sure, he hits…once in a bleeping while.

  44. Clay4bc says:

    Lol…thay traded their MVP…


    Carey Price, to the Rescue! Go Carey! Woot!


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  45. Storm Man says:

    Can some of you on here imagine that the game is played on the ice and not in some peoples little minds.

  46. G-Man says:

    Enough with Russian enigmas. How many of this kind of player does it take to convince people that most of these “talents” are not that good or consistent? And definitely not worth 2 mil, let alone 4 or 5. For every Ovechkin and Malkin, there’s 5 Kovalevs and Malakhovs. In a salary cap NHL, spend elsewhere.

  47. Clay4bc says:

    touché on the  callyjo, Ian_Cushenan…

    But ManApart, adam76 & terrygain had their opinions before Tony came around…and state them a little more diplomatically.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  48. TripleX says:

    Strange how the outlook for the coming season has suddenly changed since the trading of Halak.

    I was criticized by many on HIO for saying the playoffs were mainly a fluke and the team was not a serious Cup contender.  The majority laughed and said the Habs prove they were the THIRD BEST team in the league and would be a serious threat the following season.

    Now all of a sudden the Habs are building for the future and we should not realistically hope for much past a playoff spot.



    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, here’s one for your afternoon to break up the montony.

    Given your height, build and how you used to, currently or would play and approach the game, if you had the ability to play pro hockey, who would you model yourself after? Retired or active allowed but do please try and stay away from the superstars.

    I think I’d probably model myself on guys like Volchenkov or Greene, a pure hitter on D with shot-blocking.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  50. joeybarrie says:

    When did Cammalleri or Markov get traded to the Blues??? Who did we get?

    It’s interesting, our roster says we have a goaltender. But I will be honest, I do not know what a GAOLTENDER is.

    I am glad they do not hand out the Stanley Cup based on Win Percentage… Cause then the Caps would have it, instead of our players sending them home. Didn’t we have the same number of points as a Stanley Cup Finalist??? Didn’t EVERY OTHER TEAM IN THE LEAGUE (except the Stanley Cup Champions) WHO HAD MORE POINTS THAN US NOT MAKE IT AS FAR AS WE DID???

    Even funnier is the comments that we could have signed BOTH goalies…. Despite our 4.7 million in Cap space…I guess Halak would have given us a 2 million dollar hometown discount……

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  51. habs03 says:

    Well I didn’t mean that Price would struggle, but I wouldn’t be suprised if Halak has better numbers next year. I think goalies should be judged by Save %, there are expections but more or less a good goalie should have a Save% at about .910-.920, with great goalies having a Save% at.920+. All I was trying to say that Price won’t be putting “Franchise Number” that we are expecting until about that age(25-26+).

  52. avatar_58 says:

    Exactly – everyone is on and on about Kovalchuk but the real deal is Halak. He’s perfect. Like that time he won the c…….oh

  53. nickster13 says:

    Better trade AK now while his value is “high” as opposed to during the season where i predict he will have a god awful year and fall off the face of the map and go back to Russia for next year. Of course i hope im wrong if we choose to keep him, but it would be best to ship him off now for anything IMO. Thoughts?

  54. Clay4bc says:

    Noun 1. gaol – a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

    Verb 1. gaol
    – lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; “The suspects were imprisoned
    without trial”; “the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  55. TripleX says:

    Same way that other teams with smart GM’s and cap experts do it.  Long term front loaded contracts.

    Instead of 24 million over four years with a 6 million cap hit, try 30 million over 10 years with a cap hit of 3 million.

    Easy if you have some imagination and a willingness to make it happen.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  56. Anonymous says:

    Could you imagine what would happen if we went 0-82 and st louis went  82-0? I mean, it isn’t impossible to conceive this outcome, we have two goalies who don’t even know what a puck looks like because it is always behind them. And what about st. louis, they have God himself in net, I am officially worried that we made ourselves the worst team in history while at the same time made the Blues the best.

  57. Bill J says:

    Well Duh

    callyjo, Ian_Cushenan, ManApart, adam76 & terrygain.


  58. gauver says:

    I share your frustration but I think that we are still a long way from seriously contending for the Cup, don’t you?  It is going to take at least one more season to get there which means we have to stay patient a little longer.  I think that most NHL managers/coaches/scouts/analysts consider Price as more valuable than Halak and therefore Price would have fetched us a better return via trade than Halak did.  However, if the majority of the “bright minds” in the NHL place more value on Price, shouldn’t we too?  If we were not going to seriously contend for the Cup this upcoming season, is it wrong to give Price the opportunity to develop in the NHL in order to realize this much-vaunted potential?  I think it is a good risk to take. 

    Questions about other players must be answered before we know just how close we are.  At the end of next season, if Price in particular comes into his won, we should be able to add some other pieces to the puzzle to become a solid top-ten team in the league.  From that point on, we are a sincere threat to win it all.  Here’s to a championship in 2013!

  59. ZepFan2 says:

    The Canadiens are starting to lose their trademark on “loyalty”.

    Just ask Larry Robinson.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  60. Clay4bc says:

    haha…seriously, Bill…who has Tony and his agenda awayed from their opinion?


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  61. Bill J says:

    Well put – certainly gives me something to chew on… 😉

  62. TorontoHabsFan says:

    the geniuses left us with no gaoltender.


    My friend, you have no idea how inadvertently witty your spelling mistake is 🙂

  63. Bill J says:

    Are you trying to stir the poop today ?

  64. 123456 says:

    i would hope an arbitrator would consider his GSS was 2.6 in the postseason – not exactly allstar numbers. while he sut the door on some games, he also won many games because chicago outscored the opponents.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, If you didn’t have any credability I wouldn’t have believed you.

  66. Clay4bc says:

    Forgive me for pointing this out, but that’s just bad management if what you say is true. If we are thinking Price will reach his potential in 2 or 3 years, then it would behove us to keep Price as a back-up until such a time as he is ready to start, and have a goalie who is ready now starting now.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  67. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Under my admittedly naive plan we’d be able to essentially get Frolov and a prospect for Kostitsyn!

    (I agree, I think Frolov will end up signing somewhere for under $4m)

  68. habs03 says:

    Well it’s only been in the past 5 years that we have had decent prospects to look forward too, funny thing is before Gianey, PG, and Timmins (For you Tony) ur farm team has horrible, we had Jason Ward as our future superstar, as opposed to guys like Subban and co.

  69. Cookies says:

    I know that, and you couldn’t be more right.


    But usually, Montreal Canadiens = Loyalty. I hope that such a coveted player like Price fits into that.


    It’s the subtle things.

  70. gauver says:

    I think Red does like the Canadiens but is frustrated by them.  He remembers all too well the great teams of yesteryear and benchmarks today’s team accordingly.  I do the same.  As a result, the team’s performance over most of the last 15 years has driven me batshit.  But, the Canadiens remain far and away my favourite sports franchise, let alone hockey team. 

    I am patiently waiting for them to get back to the level of performance they attained in the 1980s; the performance level of the 1970s is just too much to ask for now.  Maybe, as Red is closer to the end of his life than most of us, he has that much less patience for poor and mediocre performance by a team he loves.

  71. Malreg says:

    RFA’s without arbitration rights never have anyone by the balls.  It’s not like they can go and negotiate with anybody else.  It’s either sign in Montreal, or don’t play hockey.

    It’s a game of chicken, and eventually someone will back down.

  72. Malreg says:

    Martin said either during or after training camp.

  73. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Blah, blah, blah. It’s never about the “present, but about the future”. Well, We’ve been waiting 17 years for the “future” and still no Stanley Cup!!!

  74. avatar_58 says:

    I always find millions of dollars when going for my walks. Gauthier had no excuse

  75. Bill J says:

    LMFAO – 😉

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