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Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins - Game Five

Kevin van Steendelaar, Chris Boyle and our friends at Eyes on the Prize have been running a terrific series on the Canadiens best 25 players under the age of 25.
They have counted down to number one.
Guess who it is.
Hint: He turns 24 next week.

Arpon Basu on the Canadiens’ “dead money”

Several Canadiens are skating in Brossard already

P.K. talks about his first goal

Red talks to Chris Nilan

Northeast preview

Fantasy Focus on the rest of the Habs

Derek Boogaard’s addiction

• Le Soleil feature on Mathieu Darche

Louis Leblanc ready to turn pro

Quebec City gets closer

Crosby meets the media today

• Down Goes Brown at the Bettman BBQ

Jets unis are fugly

237 Comments

  1. HabinBurlington says:

    Corey Stillman has retired. Talk about a guy that helped alot of different teams come trade deadline.
    http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3289101

  2. SKHab says:

    I am sure that somebody already posted something like this but . . . I would like to see more pictures that celebrate the things that the team did well this last season, not goals scored against them.

    Having said that I am looking forward to the season starting.

  3. caladin says:

    @skychard
    If you want news go to the Gazette page.

    • ooder says:

      well considering HIO has been posting everytime the bruins have farted
      you would think they would write something for this
      although i am sure tomorrow they will have something

      ——————
      The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  4. slychard says:

    Wow I’m shocked, HIO post’s no update on the tragic news regarding the Russian tragedy? What’s up with that? Oh I guess that can wait till tomorrow. Really disappointed.

    • Fool of Chu says:

      Me too. The title “HOCKEY inside/out” sounds a little preposterous, considering online newspapers not related to hockey in particular are all over the event (even here in Germany!), with solid information, not just speculations.

      Then again, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Jets logo or their jersey design. Suppose that wouldn’t have to wait so long.

  5. DEANDALLEY says:

    Could someone answer my question please?

    My daughter & I were thinking about going to see Carey Price tommorrow up in Vaughn. $50 bucks each per session, would I be able to get a couple of things autographed & get a couple of pics? And the same for my daughter in her session …

  6. ooder says:

    aah man what a bad summer for hockey.
    R.I.P. to the victims of the plane crash.. sad stuff
    ——————
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • Clay says:

      Tragic. Condolences to the families of all the dead.

      __________________________
      Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

      Winston Churchill

    • Duracell3 says:

      As I grow older, it becomes harder to care about professional sports, particularly this one. Having the worst summer in the history of the sport I suppose doesn’t help, but I don’t think I can find any reason to watch the game this year. The magic of the game seems very dead.

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    So in light of concussion talk with Crosby, Engels provides link to Dave Scatchard interview in which he mentions cheating on baseline tests in order to return early. Not so much that he did but he mentions how he could try not tell about symptoms etc….

    What a very enlightening yet sad interview. You can hear how desperately he wants to still be playing but can’t and shouldn’t.

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eric-Engels/Habs-Notes-Scoring-Influx-Subbans-Output-Adding-to-Roster/82/37926

    Pretty scary, but I guess not surprising. Hopefully with more education on this matter this can be prevented/stopped in the future from happening.

  8. HabFab says:

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned but is #14 on the Yaroslavl (.Kiryuhin Andrey)
    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http://www.sovsport.ru/news/text-item/479312
    team the same guy as the Habs drafted in 1998.
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/draftstats.htm?year=1998&round=All&team=MTL&supl=N
    EDIT ; Answered my own question. Wrong age and therefore the wrong guy. Had two peps call to tell me this but they appear to be wrong.

  9. ShyS says:

    decently sure price’s birthday was august 16th, meaning he turned 24 about 3 weeks ago, but nice try, boone :)

  10. Ian Cobb says:

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    We will all meet and greet at Hurley’s pub Friday eve. Some of us will be having supper there, and name tags will be given.

    Everyone is welcome to join us. Ware you team colours! and enjoy the evening.

    Saturday morning, breakfast is at Chez Cora’s at 8:30am. You can order a la cart and everyone gets 15% discount off your bill.

    We walk over to the Bell Center for the Hall of Fame Tour at 10:30am and the Bell Center Tour is at 11:30am. You need to purchase a $5:50 ticket for the Bell Center tour.

    After the tours there will be a professional presentation put on by former concussed hockey players. Kerry Goulet, Keith Primeau and other players who are Involved in educating the effects of concussion, depression and neurology rehabilitation.
    (location is the Novotel hotel, just up the street)

    At 3pm the Children’s Foundation charity raffle at the Baton Rouge rest. bring one item each if possible, so everyone gets a gift to go home with. Our pre game dinner. Then we walk across the street to the game.

    After the game the 2nd floor of Hurley’s pub is reserved for us again, to celibate the win. Anyone may join us, just identify yourself as a HIO member.

    Please be generous with your charity raffle gifts and your purchase of raffle tickets. It is a way for the HIO community to give back to less fortunate kids.

    Enjoy talking hockey and meeting your wonderful HIO family.

    See ya there.
    Ian Cobb
    HIO Fan Summit Organizer (613-968-9807) if you need anything.

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  11. chemic says:

    just wondering…..

    this site has featured almost every fricking pointless information about tha broons in the playoffs but no single word or link about this horrifyng planecrash in russia who killed nearly a full KHL-Team? really…

  12. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I know this is probably a non-story, but I find it interesting anyway, apologies if it’s already been posted…
    http://m.deadspin.com/5838013/milan-lucic-to-cop-questioning-him-about-a-fight-with-his-girlfriend-do-you-know-who-i-am

  13. RGM says:

    The crash in Russia gave me pause to think about the potential that something like that could happen to one of the North American sports teams. I realize that planes used by pro sports franchises here are usually top-of-the-line, and not nearly 30-year old junkers, but it really is a terrifying thought, isn’t it? You think of all the happiness that sport brings to people’s lives and try to imagine what it would be like if that entire team just disappeared because the players’ lives were lost in a horrific tragedy. The heartbreak that we would all feel for such a loss would only pale in comparison to the lives of the families and friends, but it would truly be cause for a national mourning.

    During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

    • Bripro says:

      I guess you can ask “where have you been?” but WHAT crash?
      I haven’t read that far down yet, but a few of you have posted it.
      I’ve been in meetings all day.

    • Bripro says:

      Never mind. I found it. What a disaster! My heart goes out to the families of those poor souls.

      http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/07/plane-carrying-russian-hockey-team-crashes-killing-43/

    • sane hockey fan says:

      True, I agree 100% with what you wrote, however I feel more heartbreak for the 750,000 people in Somalia who are starving to death…that to me is way more terrifying than a plane crash involving a sports team. Not to diminish what happened in Russia, I just feel that everyone cares so much about sport personalities and celebrities dying of things that cant be controlled (ie. car/plane accidents, illness, etc) and no one gives a shit about the thousands upon thousands of people (mostly children) who die every day of something preventable.

      I mean, look at this…http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/sep/07/somalia-famine-insurgents-prevent-aid

      • Bripro says:

        You can’t generalize like that, or dismiss one tragedy vs. another.
        I could say that Montreal’s homeless situation is also tragic, which is why we donate to Centraide, or to the Montreal Children’s hospital to deal with children’s diseases. They’re all tragic in their own nature. The only difference is that most athletes and celebrities have the resources to take care of their own. The poor and the children need our help. I’ll give you that.

      • RGM says:

        I agree with your sentiments. It is criminal that the regimes in many of these countries are too concerned with lining their own pockets and consolidating their power, and the international community does not do more. The world is filled with injustice.

        During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

        • HardHabits says:

          Maybe bring that back to the IMF, World Bank, and other Multinational Corporate interests that put measures in place that disallows these countries to grow their own food but rather forces them to grow crops for export. That and the fact the over population has been exacerbated by a culture of hand-outs and foreign aid.

          The problem is humanity needs to radically shift how it lives, works and consumes.

      • joeybarrie says:

        Many people die everyday. This is truly tragic. This is the world we live in, however being human most cannot particularly identify with 99% of them. This event while not the worst thing to happen in this world, it no less tragic. Especially to those who know these players. To have a professional sports team completely eradicated is an awful awful thing.
        Besides, dying of starvation in Somalia is no more preventable than a plane crash in Russia. You try to explain to the families of the victims that using an obsolete plane to carry around a professional hockey team is something that couldn’t have easily been changed. But such is life, and it makes people realize what they have in their lives. Cause is can be gone in a flash.

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

      • 1010 says:

        True:and I feel sorrier still for the millions of Jewish people murdered by Hitler and the millions of his own people that Stalin slaughtered.
        Are we playing one upmanship here or what?

    • olegpetrov says:

      It wasn’t a “30 year old junker”. The plane was built in 1993. That means that the plane was probably newer than many of the planes flying in North America.

      Habs fan…Nuff said

      • Natrous says:

        If you want to talk 30 year old junker, check out the plane that the Red Wings used to fly in, until this year I believe – it had to stop half way across the country to gas-up!! LOL

        Mike Modano was not a fan of Detroit’s team plane. (AP photo)
        “Back and forth to Phoenix and back and forth to San Jose?” Modano told the radio station, according to the Detroit Free Press. “On that little puddle-jumper they got? We gotta stop in Nebraska and refuel? Fill up the gas tank and go the rest of the way to San Jose? That bird can’t make it on one tank of gas. They got a new one this summer.”

      • RGM says:

        That particular one was from 1993, yes. But they’ve had other plane crashes from that line, many of which are 30+, which has prompted the president of the country to announce intentions to pull them off the active roster in January.

        During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

      • Malreg says:

        That model plane was also banned by the European Union from flying in European airspace because it wasnt safe enough.

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        Our Airforce relies on 30 year old junkers for the bulk of their fleet; seriously, this isn’t a veiled dig at the new Jets.

        ____________________________________________________
        They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

    • LA Loyalist says:

      This is just terrible.

      Count your blessings. Kiss your children. Be nice to your wife. Say your prayers if you are so inclined.

      Drink that Champagne you’ve been saving for an occasion that may never come.

      Be glad you’re not Scott Gomez :-)

  14. bleedhabs81 says:

    I apologize if this has already been posted (I have not scanned the forum).

    From the Northeast prediction:

    Frankly, if things go right, this team could be as good as the Bruins and chase them and/or the Sabres for the division title. However, if Scott Gomez doesn’t rebound from a horrid season, Carey Price is inconsistent, Erik Cole disappoints, the injury bug strikes, and Pierre Gauthier sits tight all year with this group of d-men, it could be a long season that sees the team finish outside the top 8.

    YourCanadiens Verdict: Solid playoff team.

    Well now, where do I begin…. Is anyone else getting tired of being labelled as a “good team” that “can challenge the Bruins” as long as (and there was boat load of circumstances in that article)

    Maybe it has just been a long summer, but, the predictions this year are absolutely useless. Predict something! Don’t just give me wishy washy maybe’s with a side of “as long as the sky doesn’t fall in”. Seriously! Are they contenders or not? Any team would falter when there some of their best players are injured. Pick any team. So how about we stop predicting that they might get hurt.

    Let’s look at the talent and compare with all things being equal. Let’s not make provisions for possible injuries or lackluster performances (i.e Cole). Let’s just look at the rosters and make a fair comparison. Is Cole going to be good or bad… if you pick good, then please proceed to page 2. If bad, turn to page 4.

    Is Markov going be the same player as before. If yes, turn to page 3. If no, turn to page 84.

    Is Carey Price awesome (really, why is this even a question… for effin sakes, the kid is awesome)? If no, close the book and then toss it into the fire. If yes, book me a plane ticket and reserve me a spot on Rue St. Catherine (if no, then you can still book me a plane ticket… I love visiting Montreal)

    I am done. I am no longer reading predictions…. that damn monkey on TSN had better insight.

    (muttering to myself as I hit submit)

  15. HabsFan1111 says:

    I find it pretty amazing that it seems the Crosby educational press conference appears to be overshadowing the tragedy in Russia. So his update is that there is no update, meanwhile an entire hockey team has died.

    You know you’re (NHL) hockey starved when?!?

    Thoughts and prayer to those who have lost loved ones in Russia.

    • savethepuck says:

      Besides us stating it is a trajedy and passing on our condolences to any family and friends of the deceased directly affected by the crash, I don’t know what else is expected of us. There is only so much that each individual can say on this issue and unfortunately there is other things happening in the world which people may want to discuss. This by far doesn’t make anyone commenting on other issues cold or unfeeling.

      • HabsFan1111 says:

        Not trying to call anyone out. Simply stating that some major news outlets that I’ve seen (ex: yahoo.ca) are putting the Crosby ‘story’ in the forefront. Pretty shocking if you ask me.

        • sane hockey fan says:

          Not trying to call anyone out while calling out yahoo in the next sentence. Get over yourself dude…I just went to yahoo.ca and it was the main story on the main site…oh its also the top story on TSN, RDS, CBC, CTV, CNN, FoxNews, BBC, MSNBC, is that enough press coverage for you!!! Stop complaining just to complain…

          • olegpetrov says:

            +1

            Habs fan…Nuff said

          • HabsFan1111 says:

            So if I’m ‘complaining just to complain’ what are you doing? You just visited 9 different websites to discredit my previous comment?!? I went on yahoo as I heard about the crash and I had to read the sceondary headlines below the pictures and articles of Crosby’s ‘news’ and dancing with the stars gossip to find it. I am very sorry you disagree with my opinion, I have gotten over myself, thanks for your concern. How bout you?

          • caladin says:

            +1 Sane hockey fan

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      HF111`, be aware that news aggregators like Yahoo and Google don’t make an editorial judgment on what news should ‘lead’, what’s at the top is what gets clicked on the most. DWTS and Crosby are on top because that’s what people are clicking. As the press conference was happening “LIVE”, probably a lot of people wanted to find out what the news were. As soon as it was over, there were more people clicking on the Russian airline tragedy to see if there were more developments, and that was on top again.

      To avoid being manipulated or ‘voting’ on the news, I tend to visit cbc.ca or theglobeandmail.com, they have more of a news mission and you will find that what’s at the top of the page is the most recent breaking news or most important.
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  16. HabinBurlington says:

    A quick comment to the people who are bitching/bellyaching about Crosby having his presser today.

    If you or your kids were scheduled to have a critical meeting/diagnosis/appointment that you had waited months for and it was scheduled for tomorrow. Would you still be bitching that these Doctors took 2 days in a row off from work for Crosby, or happy that they only missed the day they planned to miss.

    Get overselves, it is not a sign of disrespect that this presser is happening. These are very busy people whom it probably takes weeks for them to schedule a day or half off.

    • avatar_58 says:

      I hate to be “that guy” but tragedies happen all the time in all corners of the world, should we stop everything and pause every 30 seconds?

      My condolences to the families but Crosby has very little to do with the russian incident. You can mourn without stopping everything in it’s tracks.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    A few facts about sports-related traumatic brain injury.

    1. We don’t know the cause of the post-concussive symptoms.

    1b. We don’t know why athletes are more vulnerable to a second concussion if they still have symptoms, but they are.

    2. There is no known treatment other than time (and the usual treatment for headaches, insomnia or depression should they occur).

    3. The evidence is slim, but it suggests that players shouldn’t return to playing until they are completely free of symptoms. Headache is easy enough to detect. Unfortunately, however, one of the major indices of continued brain injury is slight cognitive impairment on standard tests, which is difficult to detect unless you have a pre-injury baseline.

    I say this because Dr Collins (who is not an MD, but a psychologist) appears to be trying to sell the idea that there is treatment for concussion. Most experts disagree.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I was intrigued by similar thoughts. While I want to trust these people as they are experts, they certainly have a different approach to concussions than what i have seen or heard from other recent concussion victims. But I guess proof will be in the pudding as they say when we watch what happens with Crosby over time.

      I still don’t think we will see him play this year.

      • shiram says:

        Year or season? I think he won’t play for the whole season.

        If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Ahhh you caught my play on words there, you bugger.

          Actually I agree with you. I think he misses the season. I would love for otherwise for his sake as an elite player. But overresting cannot be a bad thing.

    • Natrous says:

      I’m curious to know how a psychologist would treat a physical injury to the least-well known part of the body.. I’ve had two concussions (ten years apart), the second being a major one, and I highly doubt there was anything that could have helped me escape the fog that clouded me for over a month. I couldn’t recall my phone number, couldn’t understand my own hand-written course notes while at school, couldn’t watch tv or sit in front of a computer. Now we’re hearing that Psychology has an answer? Laughable.

      On the topic of TV/Computers, I’ve heard that video games can actually slow the recovery time of concussions, as it stimulates the visual cortex of the brain while your body rests (leaving other parts of the brain less strained/excersized). Has anyone else come across this information along the way? I’d love to read more about it.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        He is a neuropsychologist.

        One of the main decisions in the care of concussed athletes is when can they return. And, as I said earlier, barring the presence of headache or other neurological symptoms, one important criterion is the presence of cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologists are trained to asses patients’ cognitive function.

        So, they do play a role.

        • Natrous says:

          I don’t dispute whether or not they play a role, but treating a concussion and diagnosing the absence of one are two different things IMO. All NHL players are required to establish a cognitive baseline that is compared to the same test results post-concussion, but that simply gives the player and team an idea of how close he is to full recovery. It doesn’t treat the damage done, or improve the player’s situation at all.

          It sounded to me based on your Dr. Collins comment above that he was indicating actual treatments for concussion-like symptoms, and not simply benchmarking the progress to recovery.

  18. Apparently I missed the part where Crosby shot down the Yak-42. Anyone complaining about that presser either 1) has an extremely crude bias or 2) has no understanding how media works. Direct your impotent outrage elsewhere.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  19. J.J. of Turku says:

    Long time no see. I chose a really sad day to end my hockey vacation.
    Terrible news from our neighbours.

    I took away the list of the players. Didn’t notice it was already here…

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  20. savethepuck says:

    The Crosby press conference seemed promising. The 2 neurologists made it very educational as well. Was surprised that a full recovery and healing of the brain is actually possible, it was contrary to things I had previously believed.

  21. JD_ says:

    No timeline on Crosby’s return, but the prognosis for a full recovery is positive.

    He said he never considered retirement.

    Two of his doctors are speakin’ and, frankly, the most positive thing comin’ out of this is how impressively thoughtful and professional they are. It sheds a bit of light on not only what the players have to go through, but also the resources teams have access to when confrontin’ concussions.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Except when they don’t figure out their player was concussed, as was the case with Crosby and then they sent him out to get his brain scrambled before it had even recovered.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • JD_ says:

        These are neurological specialists, not the team doctors.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          A pity the team doctors did not decide to consult the neurologists before sending their player out after he had been hit in the head. The Penguins organization failed Crosby, that’s the only way I will ever begin discussion of Crosby’s current predicament really.

          I don’t even like him, I think most people here know that (respect his talent of course) but to me, that team blew it and now he is paying the price for it.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • JD_ says:

            If you’re sayin’ the league, let alone one team, has spent an inordinately long time with its head in the sand regardin’ concussions, I’m not sure you’ll get an argument from anybody.

            And, based on what I’ve been readin’, nor do I believe the status quo has any chance of survivin’ next spring’s round of CBA negotiations.

            My personal interest lies in what is happenin’ to Crosby – and, frankly, your like or dislike of the guy is incredibly irrelevant, Robert – as it represents a real opportunity for the general public to become a hell of a lot more informed about the nature and treatment of concussions.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            The point I was trying to to (and guess failed to) to illustrate that I’m not even close to being a fan of his and I acknowledge what a mess this has been and I have concerns about his recovery and why it’s been such a hard road.

            Brain injuries scare the hell out of me and I find it disturbing that people are so ill-informed on them. These days I try and use the brain injury term more frequently over concussion to better frame the idea of what is happening to these players.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • JD_ says:

            I well understood your point, Robert.

            But I think you would agree that, given you obviously care about your fellow humans, there is really no need to point to the possibility that that concern might somehow be handicapped.

      • savethepuck says:

        Sid mentioned in the press conference that he didn’t think he was concussed after the Steckel hit. He had a stiff neck and thought he just had a form of whiplash. This pain may of masked the concussion symptoms.

  22. Hobie Hansen says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the players, their families and the entire hockey world. Totally brutal!

  23. JD_ says:

    Crosby presser on RDS and Sportsnet.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Don’t approve of this, he could have easily postponed this a day or two under the circumstances what he has to say is not that important.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Stef says:

        I can’t believe you’re posting on a message board when such a tragedy has just occured.

      • Cardiac says:

        Get over yourself! The first reports starting coming in around four hours before the press conference and given all the logistics involved, it was probably too late to postpone it. No one anticipated this so don’t put the blame on Crosby. If you want to due the finger pointing, point it at the Pens owners, management, team doctors as well as the neurological specialists onhand.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        – Jerry Maguire

    • shiram says:

      No time-line for his return, at least they are trying to keep him safe and healthy for now.

      Edit : Docs are saying Sid will come back to a 100%, with great certainty. Issue is the time it will take to get back there.

      If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  24. Psycho29 says:

    From the Gazette’s article about the crash:

    Another team member, former Detroit Red Wing Ruslan Salei, reportedly escaped the tragedy as he travelled to Minsk earlier.

  25. LL says:

    Tragic summer for Hockey.

    RIP to the team. Love and strength to the families they leave behind.

  26. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hey folks here is the most recent roster of Lokomotiv ,just thought ya’ll may wanna see the potential men who lost their lives today.A say day indeed.

    Here is the most recent Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Roster:
    57 Anikeyenko, Vitaly D 02.01.1987 Russia
    39 Balandin, Mikhail D 27.07.1980 Russia
    18 Vasyunov, Alexander D 22.04.1988 Russia
    63 Vasicek Josef F 12.09.1980 Czech Republic
    35 Vyukhin, Alexander F 09.01.1973 Russia
    11 Galimov, Alexander F 02.05.1985 Russia
    38 Demitra, Pavol 29.11.1974 Slovakia
    20 Ditrih, Robert F 25.07.1986 Russia
    74 Kalimulin, Marat D 12.08.1988 Russia
    28 Kalyanin Alexander F 24.09.1987 Russia
    83 Kiryukhin Andrei F 04.08.1987 Russia
    23 Klyukin Nikita F 10.11.1989 Russia
    1 Liv, Stefan G 21.12.1980 Sweden
    15 Marek, Jan F 31.12.1979 Czech Republic
    32 Ostapchuk, Sergei F 19.03.1990 Russia
    4 Rachunek Karel D 27.08.1979 Czech Republic
    24 Salei, Ruslan D 02.11.1974 Russia
    37 Skrastins, Karlis D 09.07.1974 Russia
    69 Snurnitsyn, Pavel D 10.01.1992 Russia
    13 Sobchenko, Daniil F 13.04.1991 Russia
    17 Tkachenko, Ivan F 09.11.1979 Russia
    3 Trakhanov, Pavel F 21.03.1978 Russia
    21 Churilov, Gennady F 05.05.1987 Russia
    52 Shuvalov, Maksim F 23.04.1993 Russia
    72 Yarchuk, Artyom F 03.05.1990 Russia
    81 Urychev, Yury D 03.04.1991 Russia

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  27. veryhabby says:

    Lots of sad news today. thoughts and prayers go to all affected by the Russian plane crash. It is also so sad to read about Boogaard’s and Nilan’s addictions. I totally get the NHLPA helping and keeping it private. I think next time I read that a habs player is out long term, I will wonder if they are actually hurt or in rehab! but the fact is that the NHLPA has to get it into the players” heads that its ok to have a problem. No one is perfect, and it’s not a thing of shame or embarrassment. things like this happen to all types of people, and pro players are regular people too. Don’t be embarrassed, know your teammates will support you, and be proud to be seeking out help.

    Just a sad day

  28. Mike D says:

    After reading Arpon’s article I had a quick look over at Cap Geek. We currently sit with just under 4mil in cap space, but that includes Jeff Woywitka’s 650K and Brock Trotter’s 550k.

    I’m sure that Trotter is slated to play in Hamilton this year (or at least start there), meaning we’d actually have 4.5mil in cap space. I assume the same is possible for Woywitka since he’s the 8th Dman, unless he just just sits in the press box until called upon to play. If he does get sent down, we’d have over 5mil in cap space.

    Still though I don’t really see the need to add anyone else to the roster. We have plenty of Dmen in Hamilton capable of filling in for injury, plus Woywitka. If we did pick up someone as a “just in case” move, I’d rather someone like Stillman or Madden, though not as much as I’d prefer a youngster in our system get the opportunity instead. Sorry Arpon, but this time I gotta disagree.

    – Honestly yours

    • habitual says:

      I say wait and see how Marky and Georges hold up. It would be a bad move to have spent good money to pick up some aging veteran and then have one or both of them go down. Woywitka or Mitera are fill ins at best.

      (Is it just me or are hockey player names harder to get correct than math equations?)

  29. Mike D says:

    My condolences to all those involved and affected by the tragic plane crash in Russia. Yet another bad day for hockey this summer.

    – Honestly yours

  30. rocketsglare says:

    My deepest condolences to the families of team Lokomotiv. Terrible tragedy and a sad
    day for the KHL and for all of hockey. RIP for the dearly departed.

  31. Chrisadiens says:

    Ugh, this is just awful. My thoughts go out to all involved. RIP

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

  32. JD_ says:

    Just saw the tragic news.

    Thoughts are with the families.

    • shiram says:

      Reading about this reminded me of the incident with the Polish politicians from last year I think. Very sad news indeed, and hopefully they tighten up on security.

      If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

      • Propwash says:

        It’s a horrible tragedy. This is just a guess on my part, but the Russian aviation industry and airlines have shoddy maintenance practices to cut costs, and an entire hockey team paid the ultimate price.

  33. sauster says:

    Tough times for hockey all around! Thoughts and prayers to all the KHL families.
    That and the Boogard story hit like a ton of bricks!
    Sometimes you need a catalyst for change and hopefully this will help in improving the situation for all the 3rd and 4th liners that have a hard time cracking the lineup. I feel like their reality is misunderstood.

    TheHockeyRecord.com
    Recalling hockey records daily and taking an in-depth look at what they mean for the game of hockey.

  34. Psycho29 says:

    Terrible tragedy in Russia. There’s been a number of ‘incidents’ recently in Russian skies.

    From AFP-Moscow:

    “Two accidents involving Tu-134 and An-24 jets this summer that killed a total 54 people prompted President Medvedev to call for most of the aircraft to be retired by January 1 and the rest taken out in subsequent months.

    But that move was followed by a series of smaller air accidents as well as a Volga River boat disaster that killed 122 people who were taking a pleasure cruise.

    The accidents have tarnished Medvedev’s vision of a modern Russia that he promotes in messages ahead of presidential elections next year that can be also contested by Vladimir Putin — his more nationalist mentor and prime minister.”

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Honestly, am I still reading more moaning about today’s picture with the newsfeed than I am about condolences for the horrific tragedy that just occured in Russia? A hockey team has died today folks.

    It is now the worst summer in the history of the game.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  36. V says:

    Read the Nilan interview. He is certainly entitled to his opinion but feel his argument misses the point entirely.

    Bare-knuckled fighting is not a hockey issue which is why the views of hockey players/owners feel like they inevitably miss the mark by a long shot. It’s a social issue – a civilized, progressive country like Canada should not condone behaviour (in any industry) that is so detrimental to the health of those that take part, especially when it is a part of their job. The NHL is trying to hold onto a practice that no longer fits into the work norms of Canadian society.

    Mr. Nilan, is a supporting member of the NHL family and will spread FUD to deflect criticism and action on this issue. He’s probably genuine, but I’m not buying his argument.

    • habitual says:

      Work norms of Canadian society? You are entitled to your opinion, of course, as am I, and that is in my opinion an inapt comparison. You suggest that sports and the office or walking down the street are covered by the same norms.

      What do you have to say about boxing, MMA, or even football for concussions?

      I find all this dialogue about the dangers of fighting in hockey off the mark. The game would be safer for players if the league concentrated on the equipment (elbow pads) or glass boards are designed. These affect all players.

      • V says:

        Yes, I am suggesting they should be covered by the same norms, even though they are very different activities. One norm that applies to all is that no industry should be allowed to put it’s employees in positions that are knowingly dangerous to their health and well being. (another would be they cannot discriminate on the basis of gender, race, etc.) The issue is not just concussions – bare-knuckle brawling puts participants at risk for other injuries as well.

        Those other sports you mention do not condone bare-knuckle brawling. Never thought I would say this, but on this issue they appear to be more civilized than hockey.

        • habitual says:

          If that is your argument then you have just taken body checking out of hockey as well. I can’t think of a single contact sport that would survive with your norms.

          Have you considered the possibility that you don’t really like sports?

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            There is a difference between risks and unnecessary dangerous physical risks.

            For example, the city can ask firemen to enter burning buildings. They can’t send them into those buildings without adequate protective gear.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Holy Christ this is a new one.
      Canada’s too good to have fighting in our country? Too intellectual, we’re beyond that so we can’t enjoy sports? So much so that we should remove if from the sport we love. Where does it end? Hell let’s ban any R rated movies and we can all hold hands and sing after we watch the Canadian version of Transformers, where the decepticons and autobots race each other and hug out their differences. Because as a Canadian, I would be appalled to see such brutality.

      This argument is terrible. It’s a hockey issue. They will have to be the ones to figure out how to stop people from getting hurt.

  37. zenaspolenom says:

    r.i.p.
    demitra, rachunek, marek, vasicek and others

    bad hockey summer this year, still almost one month to due,
    enough is enough

  38. Psycho29 says:

    I don’t think the staff at HIO posted that picture as an insult to Carey Price.
    The truth is, every time they show an advert for “Aspen Dental” the “powers that be” at HIO get $100 in their pockets.

    Edit: I meant to add a :-) for those of you without a sarcasm detector.

  39. j2w4habs25 says:

    OMG thats so sad what happend in Russia. I cried when I was reading the post. Soo sad :( Sending my prayers and colodonces to the friends and families of these brave warriors!

    Carey Price #31

  40. V says:

    Terrible news about the flight in Russia… for two reasons.

    First, it is tragic whenever a flight goes down with it’s awful impact on passengers and families.

    Second, I have already flown over a 100,000 miles myself this year and news of any plane crash gives me a feeling I don’t like to feel.

  41. Chris says:

    What a terrible tragedy that has unfolded in Russia. Thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the plane crash.

  42. Survivor count from the Lokomotiv crash is now up to 3. One player is confirmed to have survived, Alexander Galimov.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  43. arcosenate says:

    MOSCOW — A Russian jet carrying a local hockey team crashed Wednesday while taking off in western Russia, killing 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.

    The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 crashed immediately after taking off from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River, 240 kilometres northeast of Moscow. It said one person survived the crash with grave injuries.

    The ministry said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team from Yaroslavl.

    The team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play Thursday against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season of the Continental Hockey League. The CHL is a league of several ex-Soviet countries.

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin immediately sent his transport minister to the site of the crash, 15 kilometres east of Yaroslavl.

    Former NHLers on the team roster include Pavol Demitra and Ruslan Salei and the coach in Canadian Brad McCrimmon. But it was not known whether they were on board the plane.

    McCrimmon, 52, is a native of Saskatchewan. He played defence for six NHL teams — Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix from 1979-80 to 1996-97.

    He played 1,222 regular season games in the NHL, collecting 81 goals, 322 assists and 1,416 penalty minutes.

    McCrimmon was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings. He also served as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades.

  44. arcosenate says:

    Russian jet carrying Lokomotiv crashes, 36 killed.

  45. Chorske says:

    Love, love, LOVE how personally some HIOers are taking the Price pic selection. Our website motto should be “No molehill so small that it cannot be made into a mountain”. But then some people might complain about that, too.

    Also love how it’s being interpreted as a pro-Halak conspiracy! Boone posts an article about how it’s NO SURPRISE that Price is considered the top under-25 Hab– and somehow he is part of some nefarious pro-Halak conspiracy on the part of HIO contributors?! Do you hypersensitive wingnuts even READ their posts? Where have you been in the what-feels-like-ten-thousand-years since Halak was traded? Jaysus Murphy what a bunch of gorram Yentes.

    • G-Man says:

      100% agree. Grow some thicker skin ffs.

    • shiram says:

      I don’t know about the pro-Halak thing, but there is a tendency to showcase the Bruins triumphing over the Habs in the picture showcased here this summer.
      My conspiracy theory is that since the name change, substituting Habs for hockey, they are rebranding the whole site and will stop focusing on the Habs.
      Wear your tin foil hats!!

      If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

      • Chorske says:

        Look, if the Nucks had won the Cup, we’d quietly endure pics of smug Vancouverites cheering their victory over nonfat nondairy lattes– and we wouldn’t make a peep in protest. The truth is that the Bruins won the Cup, and that, in this unbelievably boring summer of non-trades and with the weakest assortment of free agents in recent memory, that Bruins Cup win has been the big story of the summer. It would be stupidly homerish to pout and ignore that big story just because it’s about our arch nemeses.

        • shiram says:

          But when the main piece is about Price, why have a picture of any team scoring on him? It’s worse when they put the hated rivals, the Bruins.
          And it’s not about the Cup or who won it, that’s old news.

          If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

      • Habs_4_ever says:

        I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but I think your onto something. Why exactly did they change the site’s name?

        ————————
        “That’s the save of the year and it’s not even the year yet!”

        • shiram says:

          The word Habs is copyrighted I think, so the Habs org asked HIO to change it’s name.

          If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

          • Habs_4_ever says:

            If that’s the case, what about:
            Habs Hub,
            Habs Fever,
            The Daily-Hab-It,
            All Habs,
            and the countless other sites with Habs in their names.
            I think I’m going to go stock-up on the tin foil.

            ————————
            “That’s the save of the year and it’s not even the year yet!”

          • shiram says:

            I think it was because this place had the most traffic and is associated with a for profit business.
            But I’m just guessing.

            If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So your saying Halak is better? hehe

    • RGM says:

      “No molehill so small that it cannot be made into a mountain”.

      Indeed.

      Once I over-reacted to someone else’s over-reaction. Feels good.

      During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

    • punkster says:

      Something vexes thee?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6I_8HXcO54
      (13 second mark)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  46. savethepuck says:

    1. Why this picture of Horton’s goal again on an article praising Carey. They must have a photo of the save against Carolina last year.
    2. I thought they wished him a happy 24th birthday the middle of August ( I remember the 16th or 17th the anniversary of Elvis’ death).
    3. Does anyone know where they will be broadcasting the Sid press conference today? I think it’s scheduled for 1:30.

  47. adesbarats says:

    BREAK NEWS!

    Russian plane crashes with entire KHL team on board. Doesn’t sound good:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/09/07/russia-plane-crash.html

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    Watch out for the Islanders, they appear to be bringing back their playoff hero.

    I am guessing Carol Alt got sick of Russia?

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NHL&id=279&line=138424&spln=1

  49. HabinBurlington says:

    So I have suggested once before, but am reposting. I recognize tweaking will be required for this new rule I am proposing.

    All skaters dressed for games must received 8mins of ice time, not including Penalty Mins.

    Obviously if a player is hurt, this goes out the window, but that player is then gone from the game. In order to prevent teams from stating that their enforcer is hurt but miraculously healthy with 4 mins remaining in game which they are losing 5 – 0.

    Make teams play their goons some real minutes and watch them get their asses kicked on the score sheet.

    Along with this rule change bring back penalties are served in their entirety.

    Oh and while we are at it, how about refs call interference, headshots, you know that rulebook thing.

    • savethepuck says:

      The minimum required playing time can be left to little league baseball. Your rule doesn’t just affect enforcers, it affects other players like pp specialists too. I have been a proponent of the get rid of fighting in hockey, but realistically know it’s not going to happen over night. I enjoy a good hockey fight but realize what it is doing to the participants. Hopefully rules are in place in the near future for at least stiffer penalties for fighting. This will at the least greatly reduce the # of hockey fights per season and eliminate the need for these “role” players. Add to that stiffer penalties and suspensions for head shots, and the league will go a long way to limiting the # of concussions. Concussions will always be a part of the game, it’s a fast game played on ice, but any new rules that can be put in place that will help to limit the # of concussions, I’m all for.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      While an outright ban on fighting would achieve our goal, this might be sneaky enough to work. I was juggling an idea similar to that recently, maybe I got it from your earlier post. These ideas I tell you, they’re flying through the air….

      Another one I was juggling with was with the shootout. Increase the number of players taking part, and maybe select random players, or those with the smallest amount of ice time to participate. This way you get dinged for choosing Cherry-sainted ‘grinders’ instead of skilled players.

      ———————————
      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      How about you can dress the usual number of players, but you can only have 10 active forwards and 5 active D’s? If you insert any of the sitters, the other comes out for the rest of the game. This gives more time to guys who can really play but keeps the NHLPA happy because it doesn’t cut jobs.

  50. j2w4habs25 says:

    I am carious what Crosby has to say.. anyone have a clue??

    Carey Price #31

  51. LL says:

    So Hammer is still practicing with his old team in September?

    I don’t blame him for not wanting to leave. Again this season, like all previous seasons, Washington is picked as the heavy favourite to win the SC, but always disappoint.

    What’s different about the Caps this season? Vokoun?

    They had a great young goaltender in Varlamov. Unless they accumulate some heart this season, the result will be the same I think.

  52. The Dude says:

    Thank-you Chris Nilan for being real……

  53. ThatOldChestnut says:

    For the love of god, stop using that picture of Price getting beaten. Go into the database, delete it, or delete the meta-tags associated with it, whatever, just do what you have to do. Come on.

  54. Bash says:

    Nilan’s comments left me shaking my head.He suggests that hockey fights did not contribute to these deaths…those players were always depressed and just happened to become NHL goons. In fact they were pansies because they only fought every now and then and not three times a game. I have a signed picture of Chris and he was certainly a fan favourite but this is bullshit.

    Canadian hockey has always been about intimidation. “If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice!” The hockey establishment is controlled by tired suits who were brainwashed with that code. Small and skilled? Beat the crap out of him! Hack him! Elbow him!Run him into the boards! Break his ankle Bobby!

    And this mentality was forged when players were much smaller, much slower and did not enter the fray wearing Iron Man suits. Sadly the rule making and officiating has not kept up. And so the skilled players still need to know that Leander Thall is sitting on the end of the bench willing to crush skulls.

    The further irony is that the goons are now protesting their plight. The only reason they are in the game is because they are big and can throw punches. But wait! They are misunderstood. With the right coaching they can play the game! Some of them were even gifted scorers at other levels!

    More bull…

    And so we often hear the call for the super player…the elite “power forward” who can skate a little and also punch people into oblivion. And the focus is often on the latter!

    The strong winger who uses his size for positional advantage, hits often but rarely takes penalties, and seldom drops the gloves is a rarity. He may even face intimidation tactics from the other team’s caveman such as having his head run into a stanchion.

    The staged fights and BGL party invitations are of course completely stupid since neither fits the needs of the team. These sideshows will certainly die in the foreseeable future.

    But the intimidation tactics will not and the list of fallen (both skilled and non skilled) will continue to grow.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • G-Man says:

      Very true. Nilan doesn’t want to see the enforcer role going away. Players that can’t play the game are frauds. If they were such great “fighters” they’d box or be involved with that MMA mess they call a sport.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        That’s a dumb comment. If a running back is so goddamn good at running they should be a sprinter. If GSP is so good at wrestling he should go into professional wrestling.
        It’s hockey damnit. They loved the sport and could fight. They have a role in hockey. Fighting.
        If you don’t like the role fine, but to say if he was so good why doesn’t he just go in fighting, is silly.

  55. Detritus says:

    While I agree spending for the sake of spending isn’t worth it. Saying, hey we have 4M left – Let’s offer McCabe a 4 mil deal/1 yr deal! Is absolutely absurd.

    I fail to see how predicting injuries and sealing wholes (before the arise) is not a judicious use of funds? What could be better than having a player such as J.Madden try out, and presuming he is still in good shape – fill out the 4th line/press box. Then, when any forward gets hurt you can move accordingly with a minimal hickup.

    Having such a utility player around never hurts, as you KNOW people will be injured. The benefit of spending now, means we don’t lose assets later. Its fine to say – we have to preserve the cap space to close leaks in the lineup with the perfect peice. However, obtaining that peice from here-on-out costs us assets as well. We have the opportunity to add someone, for nothing. In fact, signing such a player (ie a McCabe etc.) could give us a trade chip to send elsewhere during the season for a change. Wouldn’t it be nice to be the team receiving the 3rd pick for a 3rd line player for a change?

    • Sharks9 says:

      Any guys who are free agents can still be signed throughout the season and i bet that’s what a lot of them are hoping for. We don’t NEED to sign them now. What if we sign McCabe and have a healthy year for defense, but are ravaged by injuries on offence? THEN we need to give up other assets to replace those we lost to injury, when we could’ve just used the extra cap space we have to sign a replacement.

      25 before 14

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Did I miss a Brendan Shanahan Press Conference where he announces Bryan McCabe is now allowed his trademark Can-Opener Defensive move again? Without him being allowed to place to his stick between defenders legs and start tripping them he is useless defensively.

  56. centre hice says:

    HIO, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, GET ANOTHER PHOTO OF CAREY PRICE.

    STOP USING THIS ONE.

    I HAVE READ OTHER COMMENTS LIKE THIS BEFORE BUT STILL NO CHANGE! WHAT THE #*$# IS GOING ON?

  57. Say Ash says:

    LOL! A “No Surprise” caption with a picture of Price being scored on. Time to flush out the last few Halakians at HIO staff, me thinks.

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    I am with HH, the team should not spend for the sake of spending. Keep the cap space open until the right opportunity arises to make judicious use of it, not frivolous use.
    – Thanks for inviting me on to the Top 25 project Kevin, it was good fun and it gave me ideas about how to improve and expand on my own work.
    – Apparently the Loafs have started predicting their entry to the playoffs based on half a season that got completely overrated. In similar news, the Devils are set to heavily contend this season, provided the NHL agrees to wipe their record when they fire DeBoer and only count their record and extrapolate a complete season when they hire Jacques Lemaire to take over once again.
    – Burke still has not signed Luke Schenn to a contract as well, I thought he was a visionary! Doughty, Turris, Marchand all still unsigned as well. If I didn’t know better I would swear they were greedy Russians but that is not possible because good Canadian kids are never chasing down money, right???? It is shocking, all those General Managers must be even worse that that incompetent bum Gauthier. Zach Bogosian still unsigned too, perhaps the Jets should have spent less time designing an average jersey and more time working on signing their big D who does not make the tide go out at the beach.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Sad to say but the Loafs lineup doesn’t look bad.

      They picked up three players for next to nothing from sad-sack franchises: 46 pt d-man John Michael Liles for a second rounder is a great deal, and it looks like Matthew Lombardi is healthy. Don’t know much about Franson.

      There are a few “ifs” (Connoly staying healthy, Reimer continuing his good play) but I would not count them out. And Boston and Buffalo are clearly superior to the Habs, at least on paper.

      We have as many question marks as any team. Other than that we will play boring Jacques Martin hockey, there are few certainties the Habs this season.

      • G-Man says:

        What’s so boring about counterpunching? 6th place with a depleted hockey team is dull to you, I guess. Firewagon hockey is LOSING hockey.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Actually all hockey is boring to me now. They’ve made everyone play Bruin-style hockey. I miss those Larry Robinson or Paul Coffey style coast to coast runs, the Pavel Bure Mario Lemieux split the defence dekes, the Guy Lafleur streaking down the wing, etc … That’s just me.

          I guess hockey, like pop music, was at its best from 1975 to 1990.

          • G-Man says:

            Too many Dmen who couldn’t skate and would fall down after 1 deke in those days as well as a lot of poor, untrained goaltending. The game is better in a lot of ways, but coaching is killing the game as it did in soccer.
            While the game was on the grow, adding teams willy nilly and lowering the quality of players on the ice, we got to watch a lot of poor play. Now that the quality level is back on the rise, there are no players in danger of scoring 150 pts/season in the near or far future.

          • Jordio-oh says:

            Not to nitpick, but I wouldn’t consider the 80’s as the pinnacle of pop music.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Lombardi has yet to play full contact and go above the 90% level where Crosby encountered problems. I think the Leafs need to be very careful with Matthew. I would hate to see another young player with severe problems because he is rushed.

    • Neutral says:

      Don’t mention anything on paper that’s frowned on – on this site

      I don’t agree anyway, Boston and Buffalo better than the Habs They’re all pretty evenly matched but I think the Habs are more prone to injury’s that could be the differents.

  59. Detritus says:

    I’m not sure I see what the problem with Arpon’s article is. Actually, I had been thinking the same thing.

    You KNOW injuries will happen this year. So whats the harm in having a player that can fill in during such an injury, waiting in the wings? Clearly, a player like McCabe could only fill a 5-6 role for us currently and would be redundant. However, if a player goes down – wouldn’t it be nice to be able to slide him in rather than trade ANOTHER 2nd rounder away?

    That cap space is completely unused at the moment, and as Arpon said – signing a player to a 1 year deal, would not impact the signings we need to make next year in any way (aside from the ‘tagging space’ but be realistic, thats not to be an issue with the way this team operates)

    • G-Man says:

      So, all the players in Hamilton aren’t worth a damn, right?
      Arpon Baitsyou keeps up his steady b.s. that management leaves a lot to be desired. He needs an editor.

  60. RGM says:

    That’s a classic misdirection hint. Carey Price turned 24 last month.

    During the long summer, we all get to be pretend GM.

  61. On behalf of Chris, Andrew, Stephan and Bruce, I want to thank Boone and co. for sharing our Top 25 on HIO over the last month. We had a lot of fun putting it together. A shout out to Robert Rice, who was one of the voting panel when we put this together.

    One more thing..Price’s birthday is Aug 16. :p

  62. HardHabits says:

    I can’t believe how much I disagree with Arpon Basu’s article. Spending for the sake of spending is how the USA got into the mess they’re in, but I digress.

    There is no value in wasting the remaining 4 million on a player who wont even make the team.

    Building a championship team is a slow process that is done over many years, not one summer. Better to save the money to land a real prize, like a top 6 forward next summer or use the money as part of the package to sign PK and Price long term.

    Spending the money on a 35+ player to waste that cap hit in the minors is possibly the stupidest thing I have to read from a reporter.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I like AB a lot, but I can’t see the rush to spend. You never know what injuries will occur and what holes will need to be filled. I’d like to see how the younger guys actually do before we allow JM to bench them in favour of veterans for no apparent reason. :)

  63. Chorske says:

    Not crazy about Arpon Basu’s take here. First off, with so many key parts needing to be signed next spring, that extra money hardly counts as wriggle room- that money doesn’t even cover the raises due some of our younger guys. Second, IF you use that money to pick up a vet, you don’t do it BEFORE training camp starts– you only make your moves once you’ve had a chance where your existing assets are in terms of progress, fitness level, health and so on.

  64. BOONE

    you are either a genius troll or you need more pics of price

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    FINAL ITINERARY!

    5TH ANNUAL 2011 HAB FAN SUMMIT NOV. 18,19 & 20.

    We are staying at the Novotel hotel, discount rates at 866-861-6112

    We will all meet and greet at Hurley’s pub Friday eve. Some of us will be having supper there, and name tags will be given.

    Everyone is welcome to join us. Ware you team colours! and enjoy the evening.

    Saturday morning, breakfast is at Chez Cora’s at 8:30am. You can order a la cart and everyone gets 15% discount off your bill.

    We walk over to the Bell Center for the Hall of Fame Tour at 10:30am and the Bell Center Tour is at 11:30am. You need to purchase a $5:50 ticket for the Bell Center tour.

    After the tours there will be a professional presentation put on by former concussed hockey players. Kerry Goulet, Keith Primeau and other players who are Involved in educating the effects of concussion, depression and neurology rehabilitation.
    (location is the Novotel hotel, just up the street)

    At 3pm the Children’s Foundation charity raffle at the Baton Rouge rest. bring one item each if possible, so everyone gets a gift to go home with. Our pre game dinner. Then we walk across the street to the game.

    After the game the 2nd floor of Hurley’s pub is reserved for us again, to celibate the win. Anyone may join us, just identify yourself as a HIO member.

    Please be generous with your charity raffle gifts and your purchase of raffle tickets. It is a way for the HIO community to give back to less fortunate kids.

    Enjoy talking hockey and meeting your wonderful HIO family.
    See ya there.
    Ian Cobb

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  66. Habs_4_ever says:

    I can’t belive the “genius” that chose the picture to go with this article. It’s about Price being the best Canadiens player under 25, and instead of choosing a picture of him making a spectacular save, they choose a picture where he’s being scored on…..and by a Bruins non the less. Maybe they should hire Habs fans to run this site!

    —————-
    “That’s the save of the year and it’s not even the year yet!”

  67. HabinBurlington says:

    You are causing the moderators to re analyze your post LOL

  68. Chorske says:

    That is awful.

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree, lots of tragedy. Very sad indeed.

  70. disagreed, HIO needs moar pr0n!

  71. shiram says:

    I’ll take their word for it, they probably have studied the fiedl for more years than you and I combined.

    If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  72. Oh I’m sure you know much more about brain injuries than neurologists there, Nahlsy. Get over your ego.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  73. shiram says:

    That’s true I don’t know about your knowledge on this, but those 2 neurological specialists, well I still think they know more about concussions than you do.
    I consider them expert on the fied too.

    If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  74. savethepuck says:

    The entire press conference was shown on TSN2 from start to finish.

  75. Trisomy 21 says:

    TSN has also done coverage of the accident, all the details aren’t released yet though. What do you want them to do have live footage saying we still don’t have all the details? I’m sure they will cover all the details in time. Not much more can be said about it right now, whereas there was a live presser.


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