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• Randy Phillips feature on Louis Leblanc

• Pat Hickey on the price of new Nordiques

• Here’s a surprise: Pierre Karl Péladeau won’t be investing in a new QC arena

• Chantal Hébert on Stephen Harper’s dilemma

An American expert on the cost of new arenas weighs in

• They may not see much action, but their faces are on game tickets this season: Ryan White, Yannick Weber, Alexandre Picard and Ben Maxwell

Adam Proteau of THN tabs Habs for seventh

We’ll watch ANY hockey

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• Eric Duhatschek on Alex Tanguay

Jacques Demers on the mend

Jaro meets Blues fans

You be Lou Lamoriello

62 Comments

  1. Mattyleg says:

    …so you’re saying that you’d move back to Montreal if it became more American.

    Hmm…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. Greg says:

    Guys, watch that video and tell me that the coach you see at 2:20 isn’t Sergei Samsonov with a moustache.  Tell me with a straight face that it isn’t.  Then I’ll call you a liar.

     

     

    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  3. Mattyleg says:

    How dare he?!

    So soon after Metropolit left… It’s an outrage. Just the kind of thing I’d expect from such a horrible organization! This is all Gainey’s fault!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    What I meant, Leblanc and Kristo tear up the Q and NCAA respectively, Tinordi builds his game in London, than the trio unite in 11-12 for the Bulldogs and really put on a show.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  5. Rice Miller says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Broons also have to find a way to dump a little over 3 million worth of salary to meet their cap quota, so maybe one or two of those players might not be there at the start of the season.

    I work with Savard’s uncle and he thinks they’re trying to move him. He also says his nephew has short listed Ottawa, Toronto or Montreal as his choices of where he wants to play. I can just imagine the up roar from the ‘Allo Police’ crew, when they figure out Marc Savard doesn’t ‘parlez vous Francais’ He also says Marc is a little perturbed by their attitude towards him, especailly after he came back earlier than expected from his head injury last year.

  6. mbplekfan says:

    Lets give the kid some time to develop and learn about a 2-3 game a week schedule.

    He has his hands full with being on the ice much more often and mental fatigue may be a factor.

    One full year in junior and at least one in the AHL is in his future.

  7. Storm Man says:

    Funny you would bring that topic up. The Expos asked for Quebec to step up and help with a new Stadium guess it fell short on priorities that day. If Montreal would get a NFL I would move back in a heart beat. Safe to say I won’t be moving back full-time anytime soon.

     

     

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  8. observer says:

    they were 1st in conf the year before had injuries but still got as far as they did. except for kessell from year before most players are back and added some new parts. not as if they traded away their star goalie.

  9. observer says:

    to get his confidence back

  10. observer says:

    but would you say the same if it was for a stadium for the expos or a nfl team in montreal?

  11. Jordio-oh says:

    I was reading the hockey news predictions and noticed that Paul Bissonnette not only has a blog with THN, but he also has his twitter back again. I’m causing a commotion at work because of how hard I’m laughing at these tweets. He’s such a meathead, but his stuff is fresh.

    Waste the best 30 minutes of your day right here:

    http://twitter.com/biznasty2point0

  12. Storm Man says:

    Good to see one premier has balls. Ed Stelmach says Alberta’s priorities are Education and Health. Ed goes on to say cash for new hockey arenas should come from private sources. Harper you need to grow a set now.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    From the Twitter of notable journalist Marc-Antoine Godin, @MAGodin: “Carey Price has been practicing with an old friend’s junior team this week in BC. http://bit.ly/9VFdoX

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  14. Gil says:

    Sea Dogs are going to be a really strong team this year.

     

    I’m hoping i get to see 10 or 15 games at Harbour station.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Disagree, proud member of the NMRP (No More Rushing Prospects) movement at Habs I/O. Leblanc’s physical training at Harvard obviously paid off (1st in physical testing at the WJ Camp) but a season in the AHL I think would be best. He and Danny Kristo (old USHL teammates with the Omaha Lancers) could unite and tear up the AHL together, they’d also likely be spending that season with Tinordi, nice team-building with the kids.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  16. Greg says:

    I can’t wait until hockey news on HIO is about hockey again.

     

    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  17. HFX-HabFan says:

    Interesting.  I would have put him down for number 22.

  18. habs-hampton says:

    He picks Boston for 2nd because “They’ve got so many talented players with something to prove – most notably, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin, Marc Savard, Milan Lucic and both Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask”

    Is he serious???  I have no problem with Horton and Rask or even Savard, but Thomas? Lucic? Seguin?

    Give me a break.

  19. Chorske says:

    OMG. Maybe… if Calgary builds a Wayback Machine.

    Calgary is screwed.

  20. mike g says:

    If he gets some bounces, and plays alot of PP time, 60 pts is possible….

    70 pts is alot for a guy with absolutely zero confidence. After the 1st 20-25 games, you’ll be able to tell what type of year he will have. I wouldn’t draft him in a pool unless it’s a really deep pool with alot of teams, for the sole reason that he’s playing in Calgary.

    If it was a more offensive team, I’d gamble with him.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  21. derfab says:

    There is no question that Leblanc has the necessary smarts and grit for the NHL. The intensity of university hockey, with its low games to practice ratio, is underestimated as good training ground in this sense. With time to fill out physically, and the opportunity to play 25 mins. a game in junior, he could be ready to leap-frog the AHL and cause a stir next year.

  22. Puck Bard says:

    Commenter’s note on Tanguay:

    “Easily 70 points for Tangs and 85 for Iggy in 2010-11.”

    Ba-ha-ha-ha!

  23. derfab says:

    Language police got me. And it took a whole half-cup of coffee to write my brilliant diatribe!

  24. derfab says:

    I have no love for Peladeau et. al. but I think that a strictly quantified, financial perspective on this subject is, by definition, limited and unfair.

    An NHL venue and club in Quebec shouldn’t be confused or compared with Walmart and McDonalds, and just might be qualitatively worth more than a symphony, ballet and arts center combined.

  25. mike g says:

    Yup..

    St John Sea Dogs

    Quebec Ramparts

    Drummondville Voltigeurs (get to see Sean Couturier, best player in the Q)

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  26. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    So I am finally going to get myself out to see a Montreal Juniors game this year. Any recommendation for opponents I should see? I know almost nothing about QMJHL teams.

  27. habs03 says:

    Seems like Jeff Halpern will be wearing number 15 this year. 

  28. Praj12 says:

    October 7th is so far away!! I want the HABS to beat up on the LAFFS now!!

  29. Mattyleg says:

    Just saw on RDS that Péladeau doesn’t want to back it.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. Harani says:

    Been out of the loop for a while but what happene to Kovalchuk’s contract?

    “It must be love!”

  31. HabFanSince72 says:

    La Presse has been good about exposing the fraud that a publicly financed arena would represent. Public pays owner reaps the profits. I think even in Quebec the tide might turn.

    It’s amusing to see that noted small-government conservative  PK Peladeau would be the beneficiary of this public largesse.

     

     

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s the last of it’s kind, NHL’s bringing in new rules to limit these kinds of contracts and cap circumvention but 15 years at 100 million dollars was approved,

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  33. nickster13 says:

    Nice hockey clip! skill level in the KHL is pretty solid

  34. New says:

    Largesse? Is that what they term an investment where the public pays, you put in a floundering team, make a bucket of money, write some off to charity and have a wing or small building named after you, sell for a huge profit, and bank the rest in the Cayman’s to avoid the taxes? Largesse…good word.


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