No June swoon for HIO

New numbers from Google Analytics, passed along by David Klimek, the Gazette’s marketing stats wizard:

Page views in June: 1,618,680

In June, 2009: 1,273,783

Thanks to all you wacky fans, we were up 31 per cent during a month when the Canadiens weren’t playing hockey.

And the mobile version had 78,719 page views.


  1. habstrinifan says:

    I say it is.. and here’s why!

    1)PK Subban .. you will see defensive errors but you will also see more break out plays, more sustained forecheck,more grit, more speed from defense. More optimism. Georges WILL be a star this season with this more offensive defence. He will take the challenge of being the leader and calming influence. Hope Martin allows him.

    2) Lars Eller and Dustin Boyd will make the team and will be better ( more consistent and more intense) than SK/AK/. AK wil either be traded or be much improved and more consistent or will sit out lots of games. Ditto Lappierre. Lars/Eller are upgrades to Moore and Metropolit and will replace AK/Laps on any line combination if those two players play as inconsistently as last season.I also believe that Schultz(?? halak deal) or Ryan White will make the team and make it better.

    3)I think we will see least two Bulldogs (besides Subban) start with the team. Remember we started with Agostini and Chipchura . I think we will slot better (more ready) people into the line up from Bulldogs. I think Pouliot will be a better contributor than Gui was here. Now Gui may continue to impress with the Wild but I think Pouliot will give us better numbers/game than Gui did HERE.

    4)Price will be a competent and confident AND more grounded goalie. He will win his share of games. I dont think he will be superstar great. Nor do I think Halak would have been superstar great as he was in playoffs, but I think Price will not STINK up the joint.

    5)Overall team chemistry wil be further along at season’s start than it was last season. One year under ‘new guys’ belts and positive residue from palyoff run.

    Only concern and it is a big one. Martin!!!! He must realize that he cannot play an unimaginative and defensive only system suited only to the immobile Gill and he MUST also respond positively to the young players. He will have many. Coaching and player management WILL make the Canadiens season this year. We will have NO superstar who can rise above system and team. So it’s up tp Martin to let the payers play while instilling team responsibilities. Doesnt come naturally to JM.

    If Martin is as rigid as he seemed to have been last season, we will have a crop of sullen confused demoralised youngsters  by mid season. He cannot bury players in his doghouse as he did last season. We will be able to tell very quickly into the season if Martin is the ‘right’ coach for this team. And dont harp here re the playoff success. Remeber the doldrums the team went into when it almost missed the playoffs. I still remember the agony of that futile stretch of games. If he cannot inspire the team better than he did during that period, then the season is lost.

    One good barometer. How we rise to the intensity challenge when we play our Canadian foes.. Ottawa/Leafs. We didnt last season. We have players who should do that better upcoming season.


  2. pic1983 says:

    Whats the difference? How about the fact that baseball generates FAR more revenue than hockey….


    Love or hate baseball (and i HATE baseball and totally agree that those panzies shouldnt be making anywhere near the money they make), its a far more popular sport than hockey worldwide.

  3. HardHabits says:

    With stats like these I think you’re right:

    Player: Tony242
    Position: HIO Troll
    Born February 31 1995 — Trollburgh, PA
    Height 5.02 — Weight 110 — Shoots Left side of the Mouth

    Season: 2009-10
    Team: HIO Trolls
    League: Internet Hockey Blogs
    Games Played: 1,000,000
    Goals: disrupting HIO readers
    Assists: demigod, Manapart
    Points: the same point made over and over and over again
    PIM: if awarded by HIO readers a lifetime banishment to the penalty box

  4. Ground Chuck says:

    It’s like playing street hockey with a whiffle ball.

  5. pic1983 says:

    Yeah but the two guys they have making over 8 million are FAR more valuable.  They can make the players around them better, kovalchuk not as much.  Dont get me wrong, I love kovalchuk, but I think he needs to reduce his expectations, and he should sign a deal similar to what hossa signed (long-term, front-loaded contract with a lower cap hit, that the player will retire before finishing anyway).  At least he would be giving the team he signs with more flexibility and give himself a better chance to win, while still getting his huge bucks.  The kings have a lot of young talent right now with cheap cap hits, but if they sign kovalchuk to $10 million/yr contract today, what are they going to do when drew doughty is in a position to command $6million/yr (and he will be sooner rather than later)?

  6. BKAK72 says:

    The ball dances around as much as the players dive.

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

  7. Ground Chuck says:

    He’s cap-friendly, too.

  8. Storm Man says:

    Why are you in nets this year?

  9. Dintrox says:

    Sanford was re – signed as well . he  has had decent tours as a back up.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.


  10. pic1983 says:

    Dave Hodge always looks bitter these days, its time for him to hang em up. 

  11. pic1983 says:

    Dude, if we can avoid losing as many games to injury as we did last season, the team is already better.

    People forget that outside of the washington series, our roster was never fully healthy all season last year.

  12. pic1983 says:

    the bruins didnt really make a trade per say… They got exactly what they would have gotten had brian burke signed Kessel to an offer sheet which the bruins didnt match. 

  13. punkster says:

    You forget. Cedric the Entertainer. Our saviour resides in Steeltown.


  14. kempie says:

    I did notice that and it’s exactly why Olli got my vote.Thing is, out here, people really don’t seem to grasp just how badly messed up the situation is. Typical for this city in general.

  15. likehoy says:

    that’s what makes soccer a beautiful sport…those swerves are hell for the keeper, but for the shooter and the attacking players watching, there’s nothing more beautiful to see that ball swerve away from the keeper.

  16. Puck Bard says:

    Interesting… See how he does this season.

  17. JIMVINNY says:

    And here I thought you’d become more positive all of a sudden.  A temporary insanity, I see. 🙂

  18. likehoy says:

    that’s awfully bipolar! but i fully agree…but i hate being a mediocre regular season team, and then getting the 27th overall pick…stupid NHL system

  19. c.robillard says:

    The team is in promising shape. There’s a definite plan to get younger, and a lot of guys are on pretty awesome “show-us-what-you-got” one-year contracts.  I think we’re in a good position to start improving as a team because we’re done looking for our identity. We know who we are. We’re the Canadiens.

  20. JIMVINNY says:

    Man am I happy that hockey pucks don’t do what that soccer ball just did.  It must have moved 10 feet from left to right after it left that Ghanan’s foot.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Note how they didn’t say if it would be a positive impact.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  22. likehoy says:

    looks like we have to tank…or make an incredible sam pollock-esque trade to steal the 1st overall pick….much like the bruins did.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    If the team has more than 2 Top 6 forwards play 70+ games, I’d bet they’ll do pretty well in the 10-11 season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  24. Natrous says:


    Current TSN Poll:

    “Who will make a bigger impact with the Calgary Flames?”

    – Olli Jokinen
    – Alex Tanguay
    – Neither (omitted)

  25. HardHabits says:

    All PG’s moves seem to indicate draft lottery 2011. 😉

  26. likehoy says:

    i think we are better cause the mandatory 82 game gelling period is over.

    i think we’re better cause the core of the team is more familiar with each other…and we have more depth than last year (pacioretty, eller, boyd) and we don’t have SK as a distraction, nor BGL.

    we weren’t a bad team last year and we suffered a lot of injuries. I think the balance of our season weighs down on if we can stay injury free.

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    At his 2nd-year output and the expected drop in quality of the 2011 draft class, I think he’ll play himself into the Top 10 of the draft. I like his size and stats, but I think he’s out of reach unless PG makes a move up in the draft.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  28. HardHabits says:

    To quote Tony the Troll, Manapart and demigod, the Habs with the 2 dummies pg and bg had a 47 win % and 88 points finishing 19th over-all and traded their MVP Halak.

    Now I will qoute Habsrule1, PrimeTime and JIMVINNY, the Habs missed the playoffs 4 out 5 years before BG took over and have made them 6 of 7 since he’s been here. The team has CP in nets who’s more mature, PK and a healthy Markov and the team has had a year to gel and the system is working since the players came together during the playoffs.

    Now to quote HH, we’re in good shape. We look like a team reaching for the heights, either winning the division or the draft lottery, anything else in between is unacceptabel!!!

  29. JIMVINNY says:

    Because of the injuries suffered last season, it’s an easy statement to make.  We started the season without Markov last year, so we’re no worse off this year, but have PK to pick up his slack.  Our top 6 have a year together under their belts, and so will be better right off the start.  Price was the starter at the beginning of the season, so that’s no different either.  We’ve got a new GM who is far less conservative in his day to day dealings than was Gainey, and the team has a much better sense of the coaches game plan.

    I don’t think it’s difficult at all to say that this team is better today than it was at this time last year.

  30. Storm Man says:

    I think it can, The team came together in the end and had a great run in the playoffs, And before you bring up the H word. Edmonton traded 99 in 88 after they won the cup and won it in 90 with out 99. This was a new team last year, lets see what happens on the ice and not what we see on paper.

  31. Curtoph says:

    Besides the goaltending situation, which i will not address, we upgraded our 3rd and 4th liners with younger assets which could be a good thing in terms of lasting longer in the playoffs, sure one could argue the experience level these young additions are lacking, however if they turn out well, we have certainly upgraded that end of our team.

  32. likehoy says:

    what’s his projected ranking? and our projected ranking?

  33. Puck Bard says:

    That’s a good point. We’re assuming PK’s ready because he had a respectable playoff run. But he’s still young… over 80 games? Not so sure.

    I’ve said before, this team is thin, everything needs to be clicking for them to work. One injury and they can find themselves struggling. They will be fighting for 8th place all season unless they get some consistent offensive production from 4-5 guys (meaning 2 – 3 need breakout years: not likely)

  34. HardHabits says:

    I think the Habs should pick Sean Couturier in 2011.

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Could be something there, Kovalchuk puts bums in the seats (Even in NJ) and if they want to make a splash and get their fans back to going to the games it would be a sharp move especially after their surprising run last season when they were supposed to sit in the bottom 5 again. They need to build on that and a 40, 50 goal winger would certainly give them an offensive boost.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. Storm Man says:

    Habs have a 6 mil dollar man 5.5mil hammer and two making 5 mil.

  37. TripleX says:

    Putting aside the pro Halak, pro Price, pro Gainey & PG and anti Gainey & PG.

    Who can honestly say the team as constructed on July 2, 2010 is BETTER than the team that ended the season?

    I look at the team and can’t say that even with a full season of PK Suban.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  38. HardHabits says:

    Both Timo and Tony came up through the HIO system. We’ll probably lose Tony for less than we got for Timo.

  39. likehoy says:

    kovalchuk would be a great fit in colorado…duchene and stastny are going to be one of the best 1-2 punches down the middle for a long time…add a winger and they’ll be great…considering hejduk is getting up there in age.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Their prospect chart, Calvin De Haan, Travis Hamhonic and Andrew Macdonald. Three of their top 5 prospects are defencemen.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  41. avatar_58 says:

    You expect a team that can offord 10 mil per for ONE forward to have offence? He’d have to be the entire line, scoring every game.

  42. TripleX says:

    MLB and NFL and to a lesser degree the NBA all have multi billion dollar TV contracts which are divided among all the teams.

    I have heard that the NFL contract is so huge that a team could have ZERO attendance and still make a profit.

    The NHL has no such money stream and relies almost solely on gate receipts.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Looking for bargains, their attendance was pretty bad last season so I doubt they’ve been freed up to spend the cap. Waiting for the UFAs to become a little more receptive to less money.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  44. Tis Himself says:

    Tony made Timo expendable!

  45. likehoy says:

    what’s colorado doing these days with their 30m in cap space?

  46. novahab says:

    I think someone better do an audit on the Pittsburgh books because I think they are cooked. Crosby, Malkin, Flury, Staal and now these two 5 mil d-men , Is Bettman keeping the books for Pittsburg, the Habs have one 7.2 mill guy and we have no rioom under the cap. I think Pittsburg is passing money under the table .

  47. aemarchand11 says:

    Depends if I was already rich. Right now? Hell yes, i got bills to pay! lol

  48. crabvader says:

    Islanders are trying to solidify their blue line, they signed Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton.

    Good bottom pairing defencemen… Now where are their top guys?

  49. Puck Bard says:

    Know this has undoubtedly been posted, but don’t mind singing again…

    Boone you know at least 400,000 of these were from Tony.

  50. novahab says:

    So Dave Hodge said yesterday on the Toronto sport network when he was with all the other Toronto fans and that kiss butt McQuire that he hates the salary cap. Sure he hates the salary cap because the Leafs can’t buy a cup, they need a GM. Oh wait a minute Dave the Leafs did try to buy a cup and they couldn’t do that right either.

  51. crabvader says:

    It has nothing to do with disrespect though, that’s the thing.

    He just wants a payday, would you sit there and settle for less if you knew you could get more?


  52. crabvader says:

    Dude, baseball players make triple what our maximum cap is.

    What’s the reasoning? These guys are far less talented and put MUCH less effort into their work than hockey players.

    I am indifferent about contracts. It seems everyone gets butthurt cause this guy is commanding league maximum.

    Just let him be! Lol, it’s ridiculous and mind-boggling that people can go crazy over what a guy wants when there are individuals in crappier sports that make HUGE amounts more.

    What I am saying is, if anyone is to complain about money making, go to a baseball forum!

  53. Curtoph says:

    Maybe I am just jealous that I only get 13.80/hr at my job… 😀 I want 10 million dollars, that’s like winning a lottery 🙁

  54. crabvader says:

    Pittsburgh is doing fine with two guys making over 8mil per.

  55. HardHabits says:

    NY Yankees average 45,667 per game. That’s more revenue right there. Football too. Basketball although with a lower capacity to fill seats still has major broadcasting contracts that the NHL doesn’t. The NHL has always been behind the NBA, MLB and the NFL in terms of salary. That would still be the case even if there wasn’t a salary cap.

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