No rest for the Canadiens

Coach Jacques Martin likes to give his players a day off on Sunday but with the Phoenix Coyotes in town tomorrow night, they were back on the ice in Brossard today. The players gathered for an 11 a.m. meeting and hit the ice a little before noon.

The one absentee was Hal Gill, who took a therapy day. All the indications are there will be no changes from the lineup which shut out the Senators Saturday night in Ottawa. Andrei Markov and Ryan O’Byrne both spent some time working with Josh Gorges, while Dustin Boyd, who joined O’Byrne in the press box Saturday, was the extra player on the forward lines.  


  1. ZepFan2 says:

    PK doesn’t take that slashing penalty and it’s two losses and we’re the ones with the one loss.

    I’m not worried…yet.


    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  2. HardHabits says:

    Halak was traded because he embarrased the Habs brass. PG and BG were made to look like idiots so they dumped him for nothing. The Habs got totally fleeced. Halak is by far the greatest goaltender that ever lived. The Habs could’ve gotten Ovechkin and Crosby for Halak. Those idiots.

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    Boogaard has lost his first two fights.


    Great singning, Slats.

  4. SmartDog says:

    Seems like it’s an off nite. :P

    In the EAST they are the ONLY team with just ONE REGULATION loss.  Point being, they are DOING WELL. Despite all the push-back that Boucher was just a hyped up coach with no NHL experience blah blah blah…. the “hype” also known as PRAISE keeps on coming for him, his methods, his work ethic, and his RESULTS.  We lost out big.  This is just the start. 

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  5. ZepFan2 says:

    So 7 games is a benchmark for rookies?

    All rookies are projects, no?!


    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  6. HardHabits says:

    Yes but Boucher’s style of hockey is up tempo and exciting to watch. It’s a trade off you see. People will pay top dollar to watch Jacques Martin lull them to sleep with defensive hockey in Montreal. In Tampa they need to get people in the stands so it makes sense to put the future Jack Adams award winner there. That way the NHL ups its revenues.

  7. SmartDog says:

    Ok….true, true…. I guess I was just in the mood for ringing enthusiasm.  You did say they knew every time White was on the ice.. which is exactly what he’s about. 

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  8. fbkj says:

    you clearly dont understand why halak was traded

  9. fbkj says:

    and the habs are right in there as well

    smart dog… come on man…

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    So Engqvist, White and Nash mean nothing? Docking you a grade on reading comprehension SD.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  11. SmartDog says:

    Oh YOU and your FACTS!!!

    I meant in the East… all those teams are in the west.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two losses actually and as controversial as you want to call that OT goal review against the NYI, they lost the game. Their record is currently tied with the Red Wings as well.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. HardHabits says:

    Check this out.

    STL, DET and TBL, have 1 loss

    NSH has 0 losses


  14. Fire_Laraque says:

    True dat.  Would’ve thought he’d be better seeing as we gave Halak for him.  Do you really believe Halak wasn’t worth more then a project??

  15. SmartDog says:

    So Mayer’s the one shining light?  Wow, that’s not really happy-making.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  16. SmartDog says:

    Hey Folks!

    There’s ONLY ONE team in the league with ONLY ONE REGULATION LOSS to date.  Who is it? Any guesses?  I’ll give you a hint.  It has NOTHING to do with Guy Boucher.  Nothing at all!  No way he’s as special as everyone says and the Habs were dumb to hang on to Martin instead of him.  No way no how.


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  17. Chuck says:

    Great roundup, SF. It’s always nice to see how the future of the Habs is coming together.

    Centre Hice: A New Approach to NHL Scheduling.

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, prospect update on today:

    Caught the Dogs-Barons match on and they lost in OT, questionable move by the coach to play 3 forwards that had Desharnais on the point, they lost control of the play and it turned against them, Desharnais was swimmin’ and outmatched and Alex Giroux, the reigning goal scoring champion of the AHL tucked it home past Mayer.

    What I saw:

    Mayer’s good, he has a very nice glove hand but he’s got to improve on his blocker side, reminded me of seeing Gustavsson last year in a SO, he got beat like a **** on his blocker but his glove turned pucks away. Battles well and he’s a better puck handler than Desjardins but he’s likely a couple years from being a real backup option for MTL.

    Engqvist? Slick, excellent defensive awareness and he played a solid shutdown role for Hamilton against the Baron’s top line. Could be a very useful shutdown line man for MTL in the future.

    White, pretty energetic as per usual and rang a shot off the post. Other side knew he was out there on each shift.

    Brendon Nash is a pleasant surprise, a goal and assist and he’s showing much better talent than his NCAA stats would indicate, in just 6 pro games he matched the goals output he had in 33 games for Cornell last season. Big man and seems to have solid positioning. Could be a solid 3rd-pair type for MTL.

    Yannick Weber’s point streak was snapped today, had some good offensive moments but he still gets overwhelmed in the defensive zone. He doesn’t have a lot of muscle and it’s not like he can bulk up without costing him on skating, he will need to make quicker decisions in his own zone and improve his stickhandling so he can control the puck and steal it off of the other side He can’t win his battles with the body, he has to win them with his mind and hands, be a step ahead of his opponent.

    Pacioretty was okay, but  he wasn’t using his body enough IMO. Some good puck decisions but that annoying lack of finish around the net still present.

    Desharnais had a beauty goal and assisted on Nash’s, but like I said, caught on the other side because he was outmatched completely in size and strength. Seems to be faster this season as well but fast enough for NHL, I don’t know and like some noticed in pre-season, he’s moved too easily by the opposing team.

    Ben Maxwell had a good game with an assist, but again, not sure if he’s ever going to fit into the Top-6 and he doesn’t have a grit element that makes him useful for the checking lines from what I see.

    From the Q:

    Lefebvre has not recorded any points in 2 games now and took a minor penalty, but Leblanc got back on the board with his 8th goal of the season in a 6-3 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who are packing a favourite for the No. 1 overall pick in Sean Courturier. Leblanc didn’t dominate stats-wise though, he was -2 until some late scoring drives and was 33% on his faceoffs.

    Morgan Ellis had a tough game with his Screaming Eagles, he was -2 on a 4-2 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titans and picked up 6 PIMs for roughing and cross-checking.



    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. ZepFan2 says:

    Eller’s also a rookie.


    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  20. SmartDog says:

    The Yotes captain is still out.  A solid effort and we could have a 5-2-1 record. Not too shabby!

    BTW, did anyone notice that we are now tied with the Loafs in points and games played?  All downhill for the make-me-laffs!


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  21. Fire_Laraque says:

    What about, Gorges and Gill both play more then 20 minutes per game and Eller only 10?  Also, Gorges has 4 pts, Eller, nothing.

  22. ZepFan2 says:

    You know who else is -2…Gorges. Hal Gill’s -4.


    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  23. rocketsglare says:

    Hopefully, the team can follow up from last night’s winning performance with another solid team

    performance against the yotes tomorrow night. What end to end hard work can accomplish when

    you put your mind to it.


    Go Habs Go!


  24. Fire_Laraque says:

    What about the -2?

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dan Ellis’s problems just never stop do they?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  26. habsguy says:

    HA HA HA…looks good on (should I retire or just send some pics of my @#$ around the internet).  I hope they lose all their remaining games !!!!

  27. Bryan says:

    Our good friend Sergei just scored his first of the year.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  28. mbplekfan says:

    Eller’s play has been very good. He’s competing and not afraid to get physical and go to the rough areas of the ice. The goals will come.

  29. fbkj says:

    halak wouldnt have gotten us perron, the goaltending market was about to become flooded and gauthier got a return for halak, while he was able to

  30. Fire_Laraque says:

    Are we at the point yet where we start commenting on Eller’s play or is it too early in the season still???

  31. fbkj says:

    “Gauthier wanted to do things fast and quiet”

    because time wasnt on his side

  32. fbkj says:

    what makes timeline important was free agency

    lets say the habs pussyfoot and not adress their priority (pleks) and focus on halak (who was easier to replace than plelks) pleks walks come july first, and suddenly other teams start fielding offers for halak

    it wasnt out of the realm of possibility that we could have lost both, for nothing, management knew this

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