Optional practice for Habs

The Canadiens had a team meeting, an off-ice workout and an optional skate for six in Brossard this morning.

Goalie Alex Auld, defencemen Yannick Weber and Alexandre Picard and forwards Tom Pyatt, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty skated.

The Canadiens are home to the Calgary Flames Monday night at the Bell Centre before flying out immediately to Buffalo, where they’ll play the Sabres Tuesday. Then it’s back to practice with a game Friday in Ottawa vs. the Senators and home next Saturday for the homecoming of former Habs captain Saku Koivu and the Anaheim Ducks.

134 Comments

  1. habs365 says:

    what ever Bruins fan wrote this..is very ignorant and uneducated

  2. observer says:

    You don’t try to pressure the QB your coach is trying to lose the game and he will succeed 98% of the time. Sanchez even had enough time to waive Edwards to the sidelines where he caught the biggest pass of the game.

  3. Everlasting1 says:

    Season ain’t over.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  4. CBrady12 says:

    O’byrne = Komisarek 

  5. CBrady12 says:

    it’s funny how only 5 months ago that was the ONLY debate…

  6. Mark C says:

    Well, Montreal’s one cold streak took place on the road. It’s a chicken and egg debate; was the team cold because of playing on the road or was the team just cold, and all those road L’s killed the record.

  7. Everlasting1 says:

    In addition, the Habs have the 2nd best penalty kill %, the Blues 20th.

    Habs are 11th best on the pp, the Blues 25th. 

    This all looks good on Capt. Kirk!

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  8. Mark C says:

    That also counts majors, their 22th in minors.

  9. CBrady12 says:

    what a dumb post

  10. Mark C says:

    Kinda of missing the point on O’Byrne’s +/-, O’Byrne is on the ice for almost 1 ES goal per game (0.90). Spacek leads Montreal in this stat at 0.69 which is a huge difference, over 45 games which is how many Spacek has played it is an additional 9.45 goals. If Montreal scored like Colorado, Spacek could be plus 15 or 16. +/- is a really poor stat to judge players on, and it is beyond useless when comparing players on different teams. O’Byrne has done well in limiting goals against at ES, but he’s been weak on the PK. O’Byrne has been on the ice for 10 PK goals in 31 games, Hammer and Spacek have been on the ice for 13 goals in 45 and 43 games respectively. But those goals don’t count, most of O’Byrne great +/- comes from goals scored at ES, which he has very little to do with.

    Forget any coaches; the reason O’Byrne is playing well is because of playing with John-Michael Liles. Liles is like Markov, who O’Byrne played well with. O’Byrne has to play with a player like Markov or Liles to cover for his short comings as a player.

    SK74 is getting a point every 24:05 this season with a 22.9 SH%. His first 3 seasons in Montreal were as follows: 27:37, 34:27, and 36:59, if his shooting % were closer to his career norm is point production would be about the same as his time in Montreal.

     

  11. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yet they only allow 28.1 shots per game. 5th best in the league in terms of SA.

    Montreal is 11th in terms of SA. One could debate that Habs goaltending has been better than St. Louis’s this season. Haha, not trying to spark a fight here bud.

  12. Everlasting1 says:

    Here’s a stat for all the whiners of unfair officiating hehe..St.Louis are the 2nd most penalized team in the league with an average of 15.9 pim/game. 

     

     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  13. Bill says:

    It can barely be disputed that Martin has a negative effect on young players in Montreal. The young players who leave blossom. The young players who stay stagnate or decline. No point going into all the names over again … it’s been well-discussed.

    You spend a lot of time diminishing what several young players have managed to do since leaving Montreal, why, I do not know. Probably in attempt to buttress your biased point of view? However, some of the information you provide does not support your own argument. If Colorado is, in fact, a bad defensive team, that makes O’Byrne’s +13 look better, not worse. The Habs are apparently a good defensive team – good goaltending anyway – but OB’s +13 would rank him first on the Canadiens’ roster by a substantial margin.

    You also pick away at S. Kostitsyn’s production, not regarding the fact that it has steadily increased along with ice time since the start of the year. As for your sarcasm regarding his “whopping total” of 23 points, please note that that would place him sixth on the Habs, one point behind Gionta and AK46, ahead of Gomez, ahead of Pouliot (whom you cite as an example of a young player performing well in Montreal?) and way ahead of talented prospect Eller, whom Martin has effectively buried.

    Your sophistry reaches its nadir when you argue that if we credit Sacco with OB’s performance, then we must credit Martin with Wisnieski’s performance. No. Because Wisniewski was performing just as well before coming to Montreal.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  14. Hagar says:

    Love the pic. Where did you get it? 

  15. habs03 says:

    Its tough to get line match up’s on the road since we don’t get the last change.

  16. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Sounds good, but no one could pay me enough to go to Dallas or Atlanta for anything. Stars game is over, but I’m requesting off any Thrashers road games in advance. Add Glendale to that list!

  17. habs03 says:

    Come on are you serious, Auld will not get the back to back, even if he plays lights out, you kept saying how Auld was going to play Saturday vs the Rangers and JM still went Price. I wouldn’t be suprised to see Carey play all 3 games until the Ducks game and Auld plays that. But one thing is for sure, Auld is not getting back to back games.

  18. HUDSONHAB says:

    I would say Auld vs Flames. He has not played at the Bell Centre yet. I don’t think.

    ….Hab4life….

  19. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man, those are terrific numbers!

    Me and the entire Hi/o members will pay you to go to every road game haha

    Gotta keep the undefeated streak going!

  20. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    As I mentioned below on another topic, I have been to 4 Habs road games so far this year… and they’ve won every one! Very luck, Saw one home win as well. I’m 5-0 total, looking for 6-0 Tuesday.

  21. Hagar says:

    Gotta please the home crowd.

  22. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I’ve seen the Habs in person 5 times this year, twice here in Buffalo, once on the Island, the Leafs game at Centre Bell, and the NYE game in Florida… So I’ve managed to see Auld TWICE though he has only started six games, and I ALMOST went to the game at the ACC in December. If Auld starts Tuesday here (I’ll be at the game), I’ll flip out. Nothing against the guy, but half my games seen shouldn’t be with the benchwarmer in net!

    In other words, I’m with ya… so it’s not selfish at all haha.

     

  23. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW! I just noticed this (call me slow haha)

    Habs record at home: 15-6-3

    Habs record at road: 10-11 

    What a vast difference, holy cow!

  24. jimmy shaker says:

    Auld for sure vs the flames because Carey hasn’t been historically stellar vs the west over his career, and Price on tuesday for sure because he does have a great record vs the sabres during his tenure in the NHL.  And Price can’t play both because JM wants more starts for Auld so Auld will go.  And the only way you might get screwed out of seeing price in buffalo is, Auld has a very light routine 20-25 save shutout over the flames, than JM will have to give AUld the back to back, but I truly doubt ALex will get a doughnut tomorrow night.

    Shaker

  25. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I reeeallllly don’t like the childish fits people have with each other on here, which is why I rarely comment, but I am SO TIRED of these ridiculous posts about how horrible Jacques Martin is in general and with young players specificially. There is no basis for any of it. Subban playing well again… must be DESPITE his benching and MARTIN, Pacioretty WAY better than last year when he looked like a paper doll on skate (IN SPITE OF MARTIN), Weber looks like an adequate D-Man (IN SPITE OF MARTIN), Price, a career year with a new goaltending coach brought in by MARTIN. Thankfully he’s managed to overcome this mishandling, though. Only a matter of time before Desharnais, Weber, and Eller are ruined to the point that they can’t play on this team… because so many believed they were capable of it to begin with right?

    O’Byrne has 6 points since joining the Avs with a Plus 13. He’s sure not getting those points that make him a +13. Must just be a great defender… yeah sounds good except that they are the FOURTH highest scoring team in the league, and their team GAA has went down .1 to a still awful 3.12 since he joined. They also have the FOURTH worst Goals Allowed total in the NHL on the year. What leads us to believe that he’s so markedly improved? Because he gets TOI on a team that has little or no defense and routinely wins games 6 to 5 ? Also, what do you stop being ‘young’? If everything that O’Byrne does so well (supposedly) in CO is due to someone else’s coaching at age 26, then I suppose we will give him credit for everything Wisniewski does since coming to MTL at age 26? Only fair… 😉

    As for Sergei, 9 of his points including 5 goals and 4 assists (out of a whopping total of 23, a guarantee of a great career if I’ve ever seen one) have come in a span of 6 games out of 40 played. He’s done nothing for 3 games now… must be having flashbacks. I guess the Pouliot debate has to wait since the fat ass in Minny is injured, but anyone should be able to see that Benoit is a better player here than he was for the Wild.

    This point of view has no grounds. “DISCUSS” haha

  26. sm00re says:

    JM’s system was a big factor in last year’s playoff run. He holds players accountable in an intelligent way — he gives veterans a little more time to pull it together (Spacek finally on 3rd line D pairing). As for him not being able to develop players: O’Byrne got outcompeted and Sergei forced management to deal him. JM is doing a good job with Price, PK, Webber and MaxPac.

    JM is the first coach in a long time who wins games through his coaching and I’d really hate to see him go.

  27. dre1744 says:

    Thats  my  trademark…….

  28. dre1744 says:

    yup haven’t missed a day in over 5 years  here.   And  I don’t  have a easy office job either!!!!!!

  29. deuce6 says:

    I just read that Colin White may be available…Think PG should make a pitch..I would love to get him in MTL..Good stay at home, 3-4th pairing guy with leadership/toughness..

    ——————

    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  30. RGM says:

    While we’re at it let’s bring back Sheldon Souray and Radek Bonk too.

    Go Habs Go!

  31. twocents says:

    O’Byrne and Sergei started having problems under Carbo. Both were demoted in Carbo’s last year.

  32. Hagar says:

    A penny for your thoughts on our development strategy.

  33. adam76 says:

    It was the 7 (seven) exclamation marks that sold it for me.  

  34. habsfansince91 says:

    I hope its Price. Mainly because I’m going tomorrow night.

  35. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Hey there fellow HI&Outers, does anyone know who will be getting the start in net against Calgary?  Maybe Alex?  I hope so … I am going to the Game in Buffalo on Tuesday night – would really like to see Price play there again … I know that is selfish … but I do not get to go to a lot of games – if anyone has the inside track to the net minding rotation … please let me know!  Thanks

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  36. avatar_58 says:

    No, sorry. I don’t like him anymore after his playoff attitude.

  37. fbkj says:

    i was at roy’s first game back

    no tribute

    i understand totally different circumstances BUT

    paying homage to a player on the opposing team

    its just not happening (ive been to many…. maaaaany games over the years my friend)

    i see your edit: tv, thats a whole other story, tributes aplenty probably

  38. Duracell3 says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a game where a former player has come back for the first time so I couldn’t say, most of those players would have probably been before video tributes anyway. If for anyone, it’d be Saku, given length of service, impact, and the fact that he plays for Anaheim versus say, the leafs or sens.

     

    I should also point out I didn’t mean just at the game on the jumbo, I meant by TV as well for there being something. Although yet again, if they made no note at the game, that’s just embarrassing.

  39. TorontoHabsFan says:

    What a reasoned, well-thought, cogent argument!

  40. habs365 says:

    a lot of young players are looking for easy coaches, not like the old days..if they were sent to the AHL instead of being traded..they’d think twice..they get good money and that’s how they should play..there’s a lot of AHL players that would love to get a chance with the NHL and probably never will.

  41. fbkj says:

    not trying to be a dick here but tell me ONCE in team history when they ever did a tribute for a player on the opposing team…

    im not saying im against it and ill be at the game in my koivu jersey, but this is not how the habs roll

  42. adam76 says:

    He had a bad run starting in Halifax.  I love guys like you, I bet you take a week off work the second you get the sniffles.

  43. Duracell3 says:

    I highly doubt they’d do anything after he retires, which in my opinion does not reflect well on the city or the team.

  44. Duracell3 says:

    Not sure about pre-game, but there will at least I’m sure be a video on a  timeout, perhaps not if there is something pregame, at least on TV if not at the game.

  45. punkster says:

    …and then?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  46. gatorhabs says:

    We tried that already,  didn’t work out too well.

     

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    Interesting article by Richard Labbé on why our players do better elsewhere, with especial reference to Sergei and O’Byrne.

    The writer tries his best to be fair and balanced, but it ends up a serious indictment of Jacques Martin.

    He will finish the season, but if the Habs want to be a team that develops young players he has to go or completely change his approach to younger players. (Not only young players – he’s helping sap the confidence of vets like AK46 as well).

    http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/hockey/planete-lnh/201101/09/01-4358486-pourquoi-les-anciens-du-canadien-font-ils-mieux-ailleurs.php

  48. habsfansince91 says:

    Patriots are going to make a comeback.

    Edit: they just scored a TD and converted the 2-point conversion to make it a 3 point game.

  49. Hagar says:

    You know if Louis showboated at all during his 4 pt game?

  50. dre1744 says:

    hell no….  he  is a pussy  and won’t play hurt!!!!!!!

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Jets are playing well! I had the Pats winning by 7. I wonder now.!

  52. Ian Cobb says:

    Here is where we place in the 30 team league, compare to last week.

    Most
    important team stat for a winning play off team is the amount of goals
    that a team gives up against the rest of the league. We have stayed all
    year between 4th place and 2nd place. Martin sure has us play off ready
    defensively.

    Now we start to develop the power play and a more
    consistent manner of face off wins and puck control at both ends of the
    ice, producing a few more goals for us.

    Not to worry boys and
    girls, even with our injuries, we will peak at all facets of the game
    just in time for another great run into this play off season. Although
    we are sure going to ware out the edge of our seats and our finger
    nails will be a lot shorter.!

    Goals Against—107,   We are in   4th place.   Last week we were in  3rd place with  99.

    Total Points—– 53,   We are in  12th place.   Last week we were in 12th place with  49.

    Goals For——-112,   We are in  24th place.   Last week we were in 27th place with 105.

  53. TorontoHabsFan says:

    A potential trade target whose name you should get accustomed to hearing – Alex Tanguay.

    As a UFA he’d cost little (3rd rounder I’d reckon) and he’s rebounded nicely from his lost season in TB – 32 pts in 45 games (which incidentally would have him 2nd on these Habs).

     

  54. fbkj says:

    friday night is hockey night in buffalo

    and they are in a division with 3 canadian teams

    this is the natural result

  55. fbkj says:

    not the teams style, the crowd will cheer for saku, but a ceremony or tribute of any sorts probably wont be had while hes still a player in the league…

    this is what their past handlings indicate to me at least

    i could be wrong…

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    QMJHL Prospect Update:

    C Louis Leblanc had a 4-point game for the 3rd time this season with 1G, 3A as his offence created the first four goals in a 5-2 win for the Montreal Juniors over the Halifax Mooseheads.

    D Morgan Ellis had a season-best +4 with 1A as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles snapped a 5-game losing streak.

    C Michael Bournival created the scoring for his Shawinigan Cataractes to stage a comeback with 1G, 1A for a 3-2 lead, which became a 3-3 tie and went into OT and an eventual 4-3 SO win.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  57. jennifer1984 says:

    E) habs aren’t playing and Steelers won yesterday

  58. jennifer1984 says:

    london!!!!

    im from stratford but my mom’s from london.

    i miss home :(

     

    anyway have fun at the game!!

  59. punkster says:

    So what’s your guess?

    a) The Jets suffer a total collapse this half

    b) The Pats decide to crank it up to 50% effort in this half?

    c) A temporal anamoly creates a rupture in the space/time continuum and the stadium is thrust 100 years into the future, a future where the New York Jets and their bionic owner/quarterback Joe Namath leads the team to his 27th consecutive championship season!

    d) You don’t really care because the Habs aren’t playing today.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  60. Mike D says:

    Yes.  Yes it is.

    – Honestly yours

  61. Mike D says:

    I have no doubt that the REAL fans will give him a great ovation (I’m hoping for a 10 minute standing-O myself), cuz they realize that it wasn’t his choice to leave – Gainey just didn’t offer him a contract.  My only fear is that there won’t be enough of those types of fans there.  I’m trying to keep my expectations in check but considering everything I went through to get the tickets, to (hopefully) get the jersey in time, plus all the travel I have to do in the middle of winter just to be there, it’s kinda hard.

    I realize the autograph thing might be a bit far-fetched, and likely not something Saku would do given his humble nature, but because of the charities he has I thought it could be a possibility.  The Ducks play in Toronto on Thursday but have Friday, Sunday and Monday off, so it’s feasible from a scheduling standpoint.

    Keeping my fingers crossed…

    SA-KU! SA-KU! SA-KU! SA-KU!

    – Honestly yours

  62. 1010 says:

    The high sticking call and the penalty given to Stamkos last night show how bad the situation is in this league. It’s very apparent the refs are calling what they think they see and cannot follow the play in this league. Add into that their dislike for some teams (our habs) and their love affair with others ( how about those leafs?) and it’s no wonder teams are pressured into not commenting on this crap.

    Best refs in the world are they? Then Houston, we got a problem.

    It’s very sad.

    GO HABS…

  63. punkster says:

     

     

     

    There once was a youngster named PK,
    Who we all think is having a field day.
    His moves are so sweet
    And he loves to compete
    And the crowds simply can’t help buy hooray!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  64. silent_witness says:

    that would be amazing, but keep your expectations low, it probably is wishful thinking… but you never know with Saku Koivu, the man who gave his heart to this city.

    I really hope the REAL fans chant his name with pride and give him an ovation worthy of his character.

    SA-KU SA-KU SA-KU

     

    Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

  65. habsfansince91 says:

    I hate the Patriots, but I hate the Jets even more.

  66. Mike D says:

    Does anyone know if Saku will be having an autograph signing or anything this weekend while he’s in Montreal?

    I know it’s not overly likely, but I figured it was possible cuz he still has active charities in the city (or at least I think he does).

    – Honestly yours

  67. solomio says:

    Too many optional practices. Habs need more pratice in order to start clicking more. Oh yeah and establish an offensive system which they don’t have. Free form and naturals is all well and good but some low end cycling would be good and knowing where their team mates are gonna be positioned would be good too. There are too many errant passes in the offensive zone for my liking.

  68. thebigguy says:

    Was at the game last night. Noticed that most of the Rangers were chirping at Subban until those 2 powerplay goals shut them up. From then on, Dubiknsy was invisible.

    Also, isn’t it great having young players (Pacioretty, Subban) who can get into the head of the other time.

  69. Mike D says:

    I really hope so!  I’m driving all the way from London, ON to Montreal just to see his return.  I’d like to see them do it during the pre-game AND have it televised, but that may be wishful thinking. 

    Regardless, I can’t wait to be there when they announce him and have 21,272 other fans at the Bell Centre go balistic with me!

    I just hope the Koivu jersey I ordered gets here on time (Habs jersey of course, not his Ducks one – that would just be blasphemy).

    – Honestly yours

  70. silent_witness says:

    Will there be a tribute for Saku Koivu during commercial break at the Bell? The same way the Leafs paid tribute to Sundin when he played at the ACC as a Canuck.

     

    Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

  71. habsforthecup says:

    Sabres have 22 b2bs. We can’t really complain…

    Oops, this is supposed to go lower, sorry!

    – A

  72. Propwash says:

    Yesssss, interception!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  73. Propwash says:

    Ugh, I hate the Patriots.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  74. Matt_in_TO says:

    Funny, I thought next Saturday was the homecoming of Yapierre.  We all know who RDS is going to be paying attention to.

     

    – In Price We Trust

  75. Chuck says:

    Dave, are you suggesting that the lowly Sens won’t provide a level of competition any tougher than a practice?  😉

    Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban

  76. Duracell3 says:

    If the habs can lose to the Islanders, they can lose to anyone in this leauge, or probably in the AHL, on any given night.

  77. silent_witness says:

    Will there be a tribute for Saku Koivu during commercial break? The same way the Leafs paid tribute to Sundin when he played at the ACC as a Canuck.

     

    Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

  78. habs63 says:

    What the S!

     

    Another back to back? Do other teams have this many back to backs?

  79. le_vrai_jacques says:

    and 3 back-to-backs to start next month

  80. Danno says:

    Bettman is a bastard. That is all.

     

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

  81. hab_skill says:

    This week should yield a couple of wins (knock on wood).

  82. jimmy shaker says:

    After reading Chuck’s link on the Cubs hate attack on PK and further down someone’s blog about Price’s vogue.  I’m actually changing my stance on saying Price was wrong for vogueing after the Pitts win, Price wasn’t wrong, he was just pumped and excited.  Fleury, on the other hand was wrong for his mocking of Price.  SO if there ever was bulletin board material for the habs next game vs pitts, there it is.  I say keep on Price and apologize for being a little bit too reserved.  And to end how was that racial rant not punished by the law?

    Shaker

  83. punkster says:

    Good for you JS :)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  84. fbkj says:

    tricky situation

    racist rants are protected under the 1st ammendment in the states

    add to that it was said on the internet

    add to that on a canadian dudes blog

    result: not much law can do about anything and this is without asking which branch of enforcement would be responsible for taking such action

  85. adam76 says:

    All teams average a handful of back to backs a year, just like Montreal.

     

    Why would a commissioner HATE the team second in attendance and second in merchandise sales?

  86. Danno says:

    I’ll bet not too many get two back-to-backs in the same week.

    Bettman takes the Habs for granted. We are guaranteed revenue used to subsidize his bankrupt teams in the south.

     

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

  87. GrimJim says:

    I just did a quick NHL.com check. If I counted correctly, Mtl has played 8 b-t-b and have 8 more to play; Pitt has played 8 b-t-b (including a week of two b-t-b like Mtl has next week) and has 9 more to play while Phil has played 10 b-t-b with 5 more to play. And I’m not checking all 30 teams…

  88. Jordio-oh says:

    I went through all of the teams in our conference and we’re in the middle of the pack. Some teams have 2-3 less back to backs than us and a few teams have 2-3 more. i can’t remember which teams sit where, but i know we’re average.

  89. Danno says:

    You’re right. Those numbers don’t lie.

     

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

  90. habs63 says:

    Thanks guys for looking.

    That seems like a lot of back to back games for all the teams.

  91. JasonM says:

    How bad are the Refs in this league?

    Check this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O7D3TGhOvg

     

    Chara high sticks own teammate who lies sprawling on the ice bleeding profusely. Pens were assessed 4 minute penalty on the play.

  92. NoTinFoilCups says:

    And Russian colour commentary no less!

  93. 24 Cups says:

    Panthers’ Bryan McCabe out for at least a month after getting hit in the face with a puck.

  94. naweed235 says:

    hey does anybody have a link to that end of the
    period incident last night when there was a scrum and Gill was taking
    care of two Rangers at once? I found that hillarious and I just wanna
    show it to my GF.

    thanks

  95. twocents says:

    This just in.

    Apparently we have a competitive team who can beat any team in the league on any given night and which can play with top teams even in a lengthy series.

    This team will be competing for a playoff position throughout the season. The odds of this team not making the playoffs are small. Once there, anything can happen and the team is comprised of many veterans who have experience with going deep in the playoffs.

    Having said all this, this team can improve and will be missing two important elements of its roster for the remainder of the season. Due to this, continued support and enjoyment of the team requires the viewer to be patient and understanding of the situation. If these attributes are practiced the fan is likely to be happier and have a more clear-minded view.

  96. drivefor25 says:

    That makes WAY too much sense!

     

    Fan since ’71


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Optional practice for Habs

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Carey Price

Coming off Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks and last night’s 3-1 victory in Boston, Canadiens coach Jacques Martin offered his troops an optional practice this morning in advance of tomorrow’s home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

A dozen players hit the ice in Brossard: goalies Carey Price (who plays tomorrow for his 15th start in 16 games this season) and Alex Auld and, in no particular order, skaters Scott Gomez, Alexandre Picard, Mathieu Darche, Dustin Boyd, Tom Pyatt, Jeff Halpern, Lars Eller, Maxim Lapierre, Travis Moen and Josh Gorges.

The rest of the team participated in dry-land workouts, notably a little indoor soccer.

Below, Price says last night’s win came with a style of game similar to how the Canadiens played during the postseason last year. (The first Habs Inside/Out-shot video clip, by the way. Expect to see more of it.)

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494 Comments

  1. DearyLeary says:

    1) I thought we’d be in the 6-7 slot by season’s end, so this has been a pleasant surprise.

    2) Price.  All have been playing great, and I’ve expected big things from Price from the beginning, but he’s playing lights out so far.

    3) Gionta, he’s like Superman’s little brother.

    4) Tough call… I’m gonna say Halpern, just because I already expected to be Josh to do what he’s doing.  Halpern is earning 600k this year.  He’s killing penalties, and winning faceoffs.  He’s giving confidence to Darche and Pouliot, and is off to maybe a career type year.  I don’t know if this is what PG was expecting when he signed him, but he’s getting every penny’s worth out of Halpern.

    5) I’d bring Pacioretty or Palushaj up from Hamilton, let him duke it out with some of the wingers (Max, Pyatt, and Moen haven’t been a hinderance, but I’m not entirely convinced they’ve been big contributors).  A little competition, see if either one is ready to take the next step.  It’s hard to complain when the team’s winning though.

    5b) On a non-personel issue, I’d love for Martin to keep up a more agressive style, akin to what we saw last night.  With smart dump-ins, good retrieval, puck support, and timely pinches from the D last night, Boston looked lost, all of which can’t be chalked up to fatigue. 

  2. Say Ash says:

    It’s OK, I’m sure he found a way to console himself.

  3. christophor says:

    It’s how they played against Pittsburgh much of the time and Washington some of the time. 

    They weren’t averaging over 40 shots against a game. But they generally won the games in which they gave up that many shots.

    From these unlikely wins, mostly due to goaltending and shot blocking, people romanticize the whole experience being like this:

    -the habs were in their end the whole game

    -the leagues best players were getting buckets of shots from inside 10ft, all game

    -the one or two habs counter attacks that happened per game panned out.

    Really they weren’t terribly outplayed by Pitt and even though there were games where Jaro played like a demon, they actually held their own a lot of the time against Wash, even when they lost.  They could easily have had game 2. People assume the whole playoffs was like the third period in Game 2 but with Jaro performing miracles.

  4. geo_habsgo says:

    Jar Jar I didn’t  know you were a habs fan! 

  5. Say Ash says:

    Ah, Montreal. When I left the silly language debates behind, I didn’t realize they were keeping my cost of living down.

  6. habaddict_andy says:

    Looking at how Higgins looks so delighted to be with the team, makes me think he must have been bumded out about the trade.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  7. punkster says:

    1. No, but you know how unreasonably, rose-coloured glasses, glass half full, positively optimistic I can be

    2. Price (by a moustache hair over Pleks…but wow, Pleks is lights out awesome, ain’t he?)

    3. Tough one. Have to say Gomez because of his forecheck, backcheck, stickhandling and skating skills. People often use goals or points as the measure but the complete players are more well-rounded.

    4. Gorges. He’s a rock.

    5. Rotate Picard with The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, Markov) on occasion. Give him some experience and allow them to recharge for a game or two.

    Hey, I may be on to something with this 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse thing. Now which one is which?

  8. habaddict_andy says:

    I think you are refering to the Kovalev’s Christmas hangover.  Not this time Chorske.  This is a complete new team leadership wise.  Last year we struggle the whole year.  But we came together in playoffs.  That’s my opinion anyways.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  9. DearyLeary says:

    I must say, Pricey rockin’ the Mo is fantastic.  He looks older, maybe he’s getting special powers from it.

  10. fbkj says:

    naw, 10-15 out of the city

  11. krob1000 says:

    Bobby Holik is that you?

  12. Everlasting1 says:

    Two Blues on that list..scratch Oshie.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  13. Chorske says:

    True story: a colleague at UBC was saying that they sometimes have trouble attracting new faculty because it is impossible to find affordable housing in Van. I have to admit that Monteal, despite a crazy boom (total seller’s market these days), is still relatively affordable.

    This always makes people sick: we pay 730$ a month for our 6 room apartment (three bedrooms). But that’s only because my girl has been living in the same place for twenty years. 😉

  14. Say Ash says:

    lol! pic 2 is classic – check out Higgins’ left hand

  15. Jar Jar Binks says:

    bugs wanna his munchy and he wanna it now

  16. habaddict_andy says:

    I think the lady is Batwoman.  Still cool.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  17. Chorske says:

    1. Sure, the Habs usually get off to a decent start. The true litmus test comes during the annual December meltdown, not to mention the annual western road massacre. I am actually more surprised at how poorly some of the other eastern teams are doing, most notably NJ and NYI.

    2. Price, for dealing with external pressure. Pleks, for dealing with his internal pressure.

    3. Gionta, by about ten trillion miles.

    4. Darche. What a great story of perseverence there.

    5. Probably trade Spacek.

  18. Jar Jar Binks says:

    missa likein whena da habs win

    goin da habs goin

  19. twocents says:

    Yes, he has.

    There are moments when he has the puck, you can tell that he sees the play very well and he can control where it’s going. Never seen that from Pacioretty.

    Eller is very smart on the ice. He makes mistakes, sure, but he’ll improve there. He is also not showing signs of frustration.

  20. habaddict_andy says:

    1) I did say we would fight for the division title.  That is where we are at the moment.  We beat to great teams this week and that is a good reason for me to be excited.

    2) Subban – some thought he could not possibly repeat last years playoff performance.  He’s exactly doing the same thing.  Very impressive.

    3) I would’ve chosen Gomez but he’s not scoring as much.  Gionta is more likely the most complete player.

    4) Halpern to me is the hero so far.  Not afraid to go in the mix.  That is awesome.  Pouliot is also doing really well.  Keep this line together, it’s doing wonders.  I have to admit I was dead wrong about Pouliot.  When Bugs was incouraging this guy, I thought he was not thinking straight.  But Pouliot is liking his line and showing some great hands and doing the right things.

    5) I think JM is doing just about right.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  21. ZepFan2 says:

    I’ll try again. Benny was not a lamp lighter when he was a rookie. Give Eller the same amount of time Benny had and then come back and give your assesment.

    Besides, we have a #1 goalie!

    Zero replies is always telling.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  22. Bugs says:

    Everyone has a great set of skills and attributes, Deuce. Every kid will be better in 2-3 years.

    I don’t see his skills being superior to other prospects in our organization at the moment though.

    Has he shown you more than the Pac-Man for example, who also has skills and will be better in 2-3 years? Honestly? Cuz it looks the same to me.

    Halak = Pac-Man?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  23. twocents says:

    1. No

    2. Price

    3. Good question, can’t honestly say, splitting hairs.

    4. Halpern

    5. Shea Weber straight up for Spacek. We become very very hard to beat.

     

  24. showey47 says:

    You should have given a warning about picture number 2 of 8. You see a different side of AK also,which is funny to see.

  25. Bugs says:

    Which is probably why we didn’t give a num1 goalie to get him at the time.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  26. twocents says:

    I appreciate that.

    I was just pissing around.

  27. gauver says:

    1.  Neither.  I would have accepted it as a reasonable expectation based on the team we saw in the playoffs. (yes, more players then just Halak played well)

    2. Price.  Expectations were high for Plekanec and Subban, relatively low for Price.

    3. Gionta

    4. Halpern

    5. Sidney Crosby for Scott Gomez

  28. andrewberkshire says:

    I just always had a respect for the trade, my grandfather was a carpenter. When I was a kid I loved going into his garage for the smell alone.

  29. joeybarrie says:

    10-5-1…. A little better than I though, but I tought we would be doing pretty good.

    PRICE.

    Gionta

    HALPERN…No doubt. I think we are getting what we hoped for with Gorges, I don’t think he has been unsung.

    I would not do anything. CLEARLY JM IS A BETTER COACH THAN I AM. CANT EVEN COMPARE.

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

  30. Corio says:

    It was exactly the style they played in the playoffs last year, both against the Canucks and Boston.  Only difference is they allowed less shots!  Keep it up boys! 

     

     

  31. Timo says:

    1. No. The Habs had relatively easy opponents thus far and stayed healhty, and it’s early in the season. This was on unimaginable that they’d do ok with essentially the same roaster where no 25 game gelling period was required.

    2. PK. Price I expected to be what he is right now because well… he is a good goalie. PK is entering his first full rookie season and quite frankly I thought JM’s “managing” would get to him. So far he’s been very very solid.

    3. Gionta – can score (sort of), doesn’t mind traffic and has best defensive sense of the 3

    4. Although Pouliot has made a great turn around (i am very impressed with him this season), I say Gorges cause the dude just keeps on taking the beating game after game and still gets up and does his thing.

    5. Do you even have to ask? MAB is back on the top D unit and gets all PP time.

  32. Say Ash says:

    It’s on his business card, I believe.

  33. NightRyder says:

    1. Not crazy, just off by two wins.

    2. Price

    3. Don’t you have to produce offensively to be a complete player?

    4. Halpern.

    5. Gomez for Crosby. You said ANYTHING I want…

  34. Say Ash says:

    I know, I know. But still, I’d have to go half way to the Yukon to get that kind of deal in “Vancouver”.

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. Way optimistic, banking on an explosive scoring campaign by Cammy and Gionta.

    2. Price, I’m a huge fan of his but I didn’t think he’d play so well without barely resting.

    3. Gomez seems better at the takeaway and D, while I love Gionta, his size/lack of reach does hurt him in the D zone a bit too often. Cammy is just offensively minded, he’s better than last year but he’s never going to be a top 2-way guy.

    4. Halpern, a ton of faceoff wins and an expert on the PK, he’s giving the team a huge boost in PK efficiency, 96.9% on the road is just obscene.

    5. Just move AK back to Plek’s line.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  36. RGM says:

    Soon we won’t have our favourite tool to kick around anymore…

    Go Habs Go!

  37. habs365 says:

    His best days are behind him….in his younger days he was a good player….averaged around 25 goals per year….wouldn’t waste money on him now….the habs has to look for a player that scores 20-25 goals a year….that would probably fix or at least help the second line….other than that….more money wasted….

  38. SmartDog says:

    Great to have a winning team…

    5 (UPBEAT) QUESTIONS:

    1. If someone told you in August that the Habs would go 10-5-1 to start the season, would you have thought they were crazy or at least – way optimistic?

    2. Who’s been more impressive so far – Price, Subban, or Plekanec?

    3. They’re all touted as specialists, but who’s the more complete player – Gionta, Gomez, or Cami?

    4. Who’s the team’s unsung hero so far- Halpern, Pouliot, Gorges… or??  (I won’t include Subban… there’s been a LOT of singing about him, some of it even by other people. :)

    5. The new head of whatever mafia is now in charge of Montreal’s streets has the power to get one favour from JM, owing to some photos he has from his Florida nude-beach days…  he offers YOU the power to make ONE roster change – anything you want.  What would it be?

    SD

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  39. HabFanSince72 says:

    2 bedroom flats go for $400K and more in Mile End. Candiac is 30 min out of Montreal.

     

     

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Finished my copy of Todd Denault’s “The Greatest Game” That I picked up at the Summit raffle, well worth your time if you want to examine the 20-year build up that was the New Year’s Eve Game.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Miro was scratched from 7 games in 2009 and had 1G, 5A the whole time, averaging about 10 minutes a game, inability to play with the two most dominant players in the 2009 playoffs is not a healthy indication of his reliability.

    He’s too enigmatic to be liked by JM to insist he is brought in.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. HardHabits says:

    Alan Walsh, takes the “cl” out of class. Should be his new slogan.

  43. twocents says:

    Well, it all depends what you’re looking for.

    If it’s money, a healthy and safe work environment, and a career that you can continue into your golden years, there are better choices.

  44. HardHabits says:

    Interesting line combos. I like them.

  45. ZepFan2 says:

    Like your boy Benny lit it up when he was a rookie.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  46. Storm Man says:

    You don’t say…… Allan Walsh talks BS in the media???? this from such a class guy…….. Just take the cl out of class.

  47. joeybarrie says:

    Are the Habs about to sign Satan???????

    Satan has ALOT of money. I doubt he would hassle himself for 500-700k extra minus taxes so he could float around and not care, especially coming halfway into the season. Another poster pointed out that he had a good playoffs last season and probably wants to play some good hockey again. Not that long ago he was a 30 goals scorer. He was one of the forwards with the most ice time last playoffs.

    He is a GOOD PP player gettig 33% of his goals on the PP, AND he won a Stanley Cup 2 years ago. Played with Hal Gill. I don’t know if this would be such a BAD thing. He can be used on the 2nd and 3rd line in a pinch. JM LOVES veterans.

    INTERESTING at the least. Would I rather have Guerin? IDK. two good options IMO.

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

  48. Don Carnage says:

    So where is that fella who said the Habs were going to be stomped and crushed by the Bruins xtra.. something or another ?? 

     

    :0)

  49. Chorske says:

    Candiac is NOT Montreal. 😉

  50. twocents says:

    Bugs I am willing to bet you, in some suitable medium, that Eller becomes a very good player within the next two or three years.

    In my view he clearly has a great set of skills and attributes.

    Carrot or drum… sticks?

  51. Mattyleg says:

    ….yeah, but you have to live in Candiac…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. andrewberkshire says:

    An excellent trade.

  53. andrewberkshire says:

    HA! I’m just glad we’re not gonna waste valuable cap space on someone like Satan, too much of an enigma.

  54. secretdragonfly says:

    Satan needs to get a new agent.

  55. Say Ash says:

    Man, I forgot how cheap living in Montreal is! Eight hundoh for five bedrooms? Wow.

  56. twocents says:

    Being a carpenter I’ve an unfair advantage.

  57. Harani says:

    On an aside, Carey Price has bought a 800 000$ 5-bedroom house in Candiac. Looks like he’ll be settlign in on the South Shore with his gf. Good for him. (source: 25stanley.com)

    “It must be love!”

  58. Chorske says:

    That’s good. As soon as I found out I was scooped on the Church Lady SATAAAN?? avatar, I lost interest.

  59. andrewberkshire says:

    According to Renaud Lavoie, you hit the nail RIGHT on the head. He says the Habs told him they have zero interest in Satan, all media BS by Allan Walsh.

  60. NightRyder says:

    Jannik Hansen wants to fight you now.

  61. NightRyder says:

    Let’s go with it would be a very bad thing.

  62. Bugs says:

    In-depth report on everybody’s favourite Dane.

    Lars Eller making a splash.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  63. twocents says:

    I don’t like the idea of Satan being signed, and when you combine it with Walsh, I really don’t like it and highly doubt PG is actually considering it. The comment above makes it sound like an agent trying to prop up the value of his player and makes all of this even more remote.

    I say, as long as we are winning, keep trying to work it out with the assets we have, come January, if nothing has clicked for any sustained time, then think deal.

  64. andrewberkshire says:

    Renaud Lavoie says Habs tell him they aren’t signing Satan, phew!!

  65. Chorske says:

    ARRRRRRRRRRRGH

    this was going to be my new avatar. And someone beat me to it!

    well that’s just…. inconveeeeeenient.

  66. andrewberkshire says:

    Apparently Walsh also said the negotiations involve other teams.

  67. Propwash says:

    Ventuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaa…… Yes Satan? All kidding aside, I’m not sure if it will be a good or bad thing to sign him, if it is actually going to happen.

  68. habs365 says:

    right now the Habs are playing good defence….excellent goaltending from carey….and one of the best penality kills in the league….for now that’s the reason why they’re winning.

    I have watched most of the Habs games and find they don’t have a balance attack….having said that….the first line is looking good….with cammy..pleks and gionta….they only thing I would like to see on that line….is to move cammy to the right side….he has a wicked one timer there….and try gionta on the left side….if it doesn’t work out….switch them back.

    the second line is not for lapierre….sure he might have lots of drive and a decent shot but that’s it….I know you’re gonna jump on me for this….that’s alright….everyone is entitled to their opinion…I would move halpern up on left wing….and put ak46 on the right wing with gomez….ak plays better on the right wing….that’s where he was getting his points with pleks….I honestly think the second line would be almost or as good as the first line with this combo

    the third line….jm could have pouliot..eller..darsche….they could produce bonus goals now and than….which is needed badly….you can’t have a talented young kid like eller playing on a checking line….he won’t learn anything and this kid is gonna be ruined.

    the fourth line is for players like….moen..lapierre and pyatt that play a checking role and they’re very good at it no shame there….every player on a team has a specific role and they are put in a certain position and situation to carry out that role….that’s how you produce winners

    congrats to the Habs….you’re playing great guys….just a little more scoring.

    The Rocket.

  69. Hobie Hansen says:

    Satan would be OK I guess…nothing to jump and down about that’s for sure. He’s 35-years-old and maybe a 15-goal-scorrer if he were able to stay healthy for 82 games. There’s a reason he’s not playing for anyone right now, kinda like MAB.    

  70. andrewberkshire says:

    From what I’ve heard about him over his career, very similar to Kovalev, moody and quiet. Interesting guy, but goes into funks all the time and isn’t exactly a great teammate.

  71. Mike says:

    Anyone know about Satan?( The players)  Anyone know how he plays. I remeber he was decent last year when he signed. What about in the locker room?

  72. Julie H says:

    If only I didn’t work during the week. I’d totally be willing to drive out to watch them practice and than snatch up a few atuographs and photos.

    Question of the day: does anyone on this site (brilliant newspaper collumnists included) have any insight as to when the 2011 Habs Blood Drive will be? I don’t know if my ears were off last year or what but I only found out about it the day of and I was in class T.T

    I really want to go this year. Also if any Montrealers would like to accompany me just let me know :)

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  73. secretdragonfly says:

    I’m afraid I don’t have a definitive answer but for the last couple of years the clinic has been held in February.  If you keep checking back on the Hema Quebec website, I’m sure they’ll post it as soon as it’s confirmed.

    http://www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/donner/don-de-sang/ou-donner-du-sang/prochaines-collectes.en.html

  74. HabFanSince72 says:

    … his one point through 16 games …

  75. Hagar says:

    Yeah, the returns the Rangers got for Gomez have been dynamite for them. That prospect did nothing for them last year and probably gonna do little, if anything, for them this year. Maybe one day he’ll be amazing for them. So far though, we’re the clear winners.

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wasn’t Ryan Mcdonagh another Timmins bust until he was traded?

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  77. krob1000 says:

    glad to see Gomez showing up for an optional …that is a good sign..maybe last night got his confidence going and he wants to keep the momentum rolling…good sign. 

  78. volcano62 says:

    Good to see Price continuing to set an example to his teamates. He always showed up to optional practices in last years play-offs also even though he was the official bench warmer.

  79. HabsoluteFan says:

    Was thinking the same…I think loosing Gionta on his wing really woke him up. I find he’s been playing solid hockey since they got split up.  I wish he could get a better winger than Laps (I don’t dislike Max, I just really don’t see him on our top 2 lines).  I don’t care about the point production, I just want to see him playing well and contributing to the teams success.

  80. soperman says:

    Ahhh, the optional practice – it is not the indicator of dedication that some people seem to think.  Apparently the rest of the team were doing off-ice training – a valid use of time, particularly if there is no specific aspect of your game that must be practiced on the ice.

  81. Say Ash says:

    Not to mention offing Higgins and gaining Pyatt.

  82. dh says:

    I wasn’t happy with breaking up the Cammy/Pleks/AK line at first but I’m starting to like Max and AK on that line.  They seem to add some grit.  Lot of net presence and all three can shoot.

    Actually, last night it looked like we had 4 lines rolling pretty well.  And the D parings looked good.

    Maybe we can get one of Carolina’s D to dis PK like Lucic did …

  83. andrewberkshire says:

    I think McDonagh will still be a very good player, I’m still not sure how Gainey got talked into including him considering the Gomez trade was a salary dump for the Rangers.

  84. showey47 says:

    I agree,i watched him in a couple of ranger pre-season games and was very solid. Got to see valentenko also,found him a little slow in the skates but has a heavy shot which he likes to use whenever possible and is decent at shot blocking. Would love to have exchanged fischer for mcdonaugh in that trade. I’ve also heard more then once that the orginal deal was a 3 way trade with us, ottawa and the rangers with heatley ending up in new york.

  85. andrewberkshire says:

    Also would have liked it better if Fischer was the guy instead of McDonagh. I don’t see a loss in Valentenko however because I don’t think he’d ever play for the Habs. Luckily this org still has a lot of defensive depth with Carle, Weber and Brendan Nash on the cusp, Subban already a stud, and Tinordi several years away.

  86. GrimJim says:

    Wasn’t Mac Bennett getting some good reviews last season? He’s a UMich freshman so he’s a few years away as well…

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  87. NightRyder says:

    DANG.

    The St. Louis Blues locked up David Backes on Friday, signing the veteran forward to a five-year contract extension.

    This is the kind of guy we need. 

  88. andrewberkshire says:

    Backes is good, but at that contract he’s massively overpayed. On pace for 11 goals, averages about the same as Gomez in his career thus far.

  89. bertuzzisucks says:

    Pyatt is a very strong penalty killer. Pyatt is fast. That’s it. His type are a dime-a-dozen.

    Pyatt can’t score. The 3rd or 4th liners have to contribute at least one goal every 10 games.

    Pyatt averages 1 goal every 20 plus!

     

    Who cares about Pyatt and Higgins.

    Gainey was desperate and unfortunately he wqas sucked in to Sather. That’s the best move Sather has ever done!

  90. CBrady12 says:

    Lol we werent going to resign koivu and there were no centers availble through UFA and we needed a center otherwise it woulda been pleks, lapierre, metropolit, ??? that looks almost worse than the leafs…

  91. forskis says:

    The Rangers got to sign Gaborik because of the trade…the Rangers did not make the playoffs last year with Gaborik in the lineup (did not even take part in the final shootout) and he has already been injured this season….the Rangers have not benefited from this trade so far.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  92. andrewberkshire says:

    Apparently the habs are about to sign Miroslav Satan according to Allan Walsh.

  93. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Where would he fit?  I don’t see the pattern….

  94. showey47 says:

    Was it  you andrew who said you were blocked by allan walsh on his twitter? It was either you or “yathehabsrule”. Possibly both.

  95. Mattyleg says:

    Curious.

    Where is he now? He signed with the Bruins… then…?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  96. Mark C says:

    Satan played well for the B’s last year and was one of their best players in the playoffs (13-5-5), all that said not sure he’s the “answer.”

  97. Chorske says:

    Sweet Jesus.

  98. Chorske says:

    The BEST thing about Miroslav Satan is his Wikipedia entry, which begins with a disambiguation, to prevent any confusion between the Czech hockey player… and the Prince of Darkness.

  99. showey47 says:

    I don’t know about this. I think i would rather take bill guerin if given the choice of the 2. Satan is younger but guerin adds a big body with net presence which would help our PP.

  100. bwoar says:

    Do have a source for that?  Nothing on the big-mouth’s twitter…. did see a rumour on JF Menard’s most excellent website, is that where you’re coming from?

  101. FB says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else not like the fact that links open in the same window.  Any way to get it changed to open in a new window….. I know I can right click and select open in a new windows.  I just find it annoying.  When I click back it never ends up in the same place that I was when I clicked the link.  Just a suggestion.

  102. B says:

    In a tabbed browser, clicking on a link with the mouse wheel opens the link in a new tab for me.

  103. bwoar says:

    No dude, use your browser to open a new window if you wish.  It’s very poor UI design to subvert the normal function of a hyperlink (i.e. open in same window) without a very good reason.

    What links are you referring to?  I don’t have the same experience as you with the back button.

  104. NightRyder says:

    Speaking of massively overpaid…

    My point was we have long needed a guy who combines 25-goal hands with 150 PIM sandpaper and 6-2, 220-pound size.

     

  105. andrewberkshire says:

    Unfortunately for Backes, aside from one abberation of a year, he’s a 10-15 goal guy. I like him as a second line power forward, but I’d be looking to sign him to 2.5-3 million a year, not more than Lucic is making, because honestly Lucic is more skiled.

  106. NightRyder says:

    My point seems to escape you. This wasn’t a “we need to sign Backes at any cost” rant.

    However: 15-25 goals, 45-60 points, 100-150 PIMs, 6-3, 220, banger, can drop the mitts.

    The type of player we have been missing for a long time. You win titles with guys like that on your second and third lines. Andrew Ladd, you mentioned Lucic, etc.

    15-goal, 50 point small centres playing 20 minutes a game and hogging $7.5M in cap space are not conducive to being able to create the kind of depth necessary for a four-round run, unless we get a young kid or three massively outperforming their contract.

    And at this point, Pacioretty and pals aren’t likely to do that.

  107. Chorske says:

    So basically all he has going for him is size, and his affection for the penalty box.

    Size, size, size. It’s an obsession.

  108. andrewberkshire says:

    Nothing you’ve said escapes me, I just think you’re overestimating a fabricated need. I’m saying the player you’re talking about isn’t as valuable is you’re pretending. Andrei Kostitsyn for example, is as hard to move as Backes, a better scorer, takes fewer dumb penalties, and hits just as hard. Yet people bitch constantly about his lack of production. Guaranteed if Backes was on this team, PIMs or not, you’d be one of the first in line to bitch about how little he helps the team because he doesn’t put up big numbers.

    Classic case of ‘grass is greener on the other side’.

  109. NightRyder says:

    Yeah, all he has going for him is size, speed, nastiness and skill. What a horrible combination.

    Last two years: 48 goals, 102 points, 271 PIMs.

    Let’s bring back Andreas Dackell instead.

  110. NightRyder says:

    Your use of Kostitsyn as a counterpoint is so daft, I cannot in good conscience offer a response.

  111. Chorske says:

    And size! Don’t forget his size.

  112. NightRyder says:

    And his size!

  113. Chorske says:

    LOL

    You know what buzzword I really can’t stand these days? JAM! A player has JAM. That dude plays with JAM. He’s got JAM in his game. Urgh. We go through these regularly- a couple years back it was SAND. That player has SAND! He’s got SAND in his game. Pffff.

    About Backes. I don’t mind a bit of meanness in a player- but I tend to prefer the kind of overall team toughness we saw yesterday. I mean, Eller standing up to Chara? Sure, Chara could break Eller’s face, but that’s not the point, is it? So I don’t think Backes would bring anything new- the Habs are playing with a high level of team (vs individual) toughness, and it’s fun to watch.

  114. Everlasting1 says:

    He’s 6’3″ , 225.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  115. NightRyder says:

    The return on Gomez for the Rangers was the cap space to sign Gaborik.

    Anything else is just gravy.

  116. Hagar says:

    Yes, Gaborik. Gaborik is a machine when he’s healthy & he’s healthy all the time. His ppg have also never taken a hit when he plays in the playoffs. For a 7.5 million, he’s exactly the kind of player I want on my team for a cup run.

  117. forskis says:

    A few people mentioned Higgins below…I would bring him back to the team for next season at the right amount of money…he was a Habs fan, knew what it meant to be a Hab and just got carried away with the perks of being a Hab…he still performed adequately for the team as a PK guy and chipping in with goals…he seems miserable after NY, Calgary and now Florida…I think it has become a job to him and not something fun.

    Now that he knows what he has lost, I think he would play all out if he were brought back to the Habs.  Plus his father can go back and dig up the Habs jersey he buried in his backyard after Higgins was initially traded…if he had lessons that needed to be learned, I think he has learned them.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  118. Mike says:

    Horrible idea in my opinion.. What can higgins do that Pouliot/Pyatt/Eller/Lapierre can not?

  119. Mattyleg says:

    Not sure if I’m with you on this one.

    I was a biiiig Higgy fan when he was here, but yeah, fell into the ‘Montreal Lifestyle Trap’.

    I don’t think he’ll ever get his game back to where it was when he came up from Hamilton. It’s sad to see, but I think bringing him back would be a mistake.

    Also, I wonder if he has addiction issues. He hasn’t looked well -puffy face, etc.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  120. Mike says:

    With gomez and gionta.

     

    I think Pyatt will sit or eller? Hopefully pyatt. Or send eller down.

     

    Satan made 700k last year.

  121. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t like it either.

  122. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    I mean in the locker room.  Never paid much attention to him, but it doesnt strike me that his style/persona fits with what they have going…..

  123. Mattyleg says:

    Yo, you guys got home from Mtl okay, I take it?

    Good meeting you and your little lady!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    Not me, which is surprising because I’ve chirped him quite a few times.

  125. andrewberkshire says:

    Arpon Basu retweeted a CKAC reporter.

  126. fbkj says:

    lulz, just started following you

  127. andrewberkshire says:

    I was wondering why that name sounded familiar!

  128. andrewberkshire says:

    As Arpon Basu pointed out to me, he was horrendous the year before in the playoffs for Pittsburgh… So which Satan shows up? Hoping this deal falls through.

  129. Chorske says:

    The other thing that is weird is that we need a LEFT winger. Both Guerin and Satan are natural right wingers. So I don’t really get the move- do we really need a warm body that badly? Do we not have perfectly serviceable people in the system who can grow into that left wing role?

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    I guess theoretically you can shift AK46 back to LW, then have Guerin play RW with Gomez and AK46.

  131. Chorske says:

    Funny you say that, because I thought the best chances AK46 had both against BOS and VAN were when he pulled over to the left side as we was coming in to the net. That probably wouldn’t be that hard a shift for him. Gawd, what a difference from last year, I can’t believe we’re talking about how versatile AK46 is.

  132. andrewberkshire says:

    Well originally AK46 was a left winger if you remember, but Carbo switched him to RW, and he played better there for awhile, and JM did the same thing last year. With the way he’s playing right now he’d probably be effective anywhere.

  133. andrewberkshire says:

    I would rather Guerin if the cash is the same, you?

  134. Chorske says:

    Guerin is MY age. Get off my lawn!

    I’d still go with Miro, I was underwhelmed by Guerin during the playoffs last year. Miro’s slightly bigger, and I think he has the better recent history. I also don’t think Guerin would take that much of a pay cut. I suspect Miro might.

  135. andrewberkshire says:

    I think Guerin is desperate to start playing again. Also he had 9 points in 11 playoff games last year, while battling a back injury. Not bad I’d say. I also think he’d fit into the room a lot better than Satan.

  136. Chorske says:

    Guerin is a former captain too, exactly the kind of guy the Habs like these days. Also, a North American, so Habs-Professor would be happy.

  137. andrewberkshire says:

    N.A.G. VETERAN YOUTH MOVEMENT FTW!!!

  138. showey47 says:

    you forgot “THE LAROCK FACTOR”.  BTW,who ended up the the laraque t-shirt i donated as a “boob” prize at the summit raffle?

  139. Chorske says:

    I can’t remember- but I got a huge kick out of seeing a guy proudly sporting a Laraque jersey, apparently without irony, while walking home after the game.

  140. GrimJim says:

    I think it was punkster’s wife

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  141. forskis says:

    If I remember my stats correctly, my response would be:  score 20-25 goals per season.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  142. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    I’d rather take a flyer on Mike Ryder….

  143. Mike says:

    last year he had 8 goals an the year before that he had 12.

     

    He also was notorious for missing empty nets and He barely ever went into the boards to fight for the puck. He also is not a big/ strong body to fight in front of the net so what value does he bring. I would rather Satan if he can be a good locker room guy? Since he is 6-3

  144. HabFanSince72 says:

    And 1 goal in 9 games so far this year.

    Pass.

     

  145. forskis says:

    His first three seasons in Montreal, he scored 23, 22 and 27 goals….the right environment could bring those numbers back.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  146. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahahahahaha beyond awesome. I still think he should sign with the devils and be allowed to wear a 3 digit jersey.

  147. andrewberkshire says:

    My thoughts exactly, and I think Guerin fits into the locker room better as well.

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    CKAC reporter j_filosa on twitter, retweeted by Arpon Basu.

  149. bwoar says:

    Many thanks !

  150. andrewberkshire says:

    No problem, and Renaud Lavoie shot it down so we have nothing to worry about.

  151. GrimJim says:

    I thought Walsh wanted to be the Prince of Darkness…

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  152. Say Ash says:

    at least satan was a top trend on twitter

  153. secretdragonfly says:

    I’d definitely take the Prince of Darkness, though, if he’s available and his agent’s name isn’t Walsh.

  154. fbkj says:

    walsh is a sithlord… this would explain jar jar’s presence…

  155. fbkj says:

    anything that keeps bieber out of the trend cant be that bad…

  156. secretdragonfly says:

    Ah, it’s all making sense now….

  157. punkster says:

    Oh for Pete’s sake, would somebody please get drunk and start an argument here!

    Borrrrrring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

     

    😉

  158. samTHEman says:

    Gomez is underpaid

  159. Bugs says:

    I brought up what Jack Marty said about Eller and that did the trick what good.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  160. Timo says:

    Price sucks!!! Halak is way better.

  161. Propwash says:

    MAB, @league minimum, playing the 4th line.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  162. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban has 7 points so far, clearly he’s not trying.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  163. showey47 says:

    who the heck in their right mind would pick a laraque t-shirt in a summit raffle?lol

  164. W35T5ID3 says:

      I LOVE THE MAPLE LEAFS!!

    T.O. 4 LIFE—-SCREW THE HABS!

  165. HFX-HabFan says:

    Price’s pads are too white…it’s boring…

    (I’m really reaching here)

  166. samTHEman says:

    Hey guys, if Martin insists on playing Eller on the 4th line, how about a line of Moen – Eller – White ? Seems exciting. Hypothetically speaking ofcourse…no one knows when White is getting the call. I still believe Martin should bring back the 1st line as it was.

    Andrei – Plekanec – Cammalleri

    Lapierre – Gomez – Gionta

    Pouliot – Halpern – Darche

    White – Eller – Moen

    Pyatt

     

    Markov-Gorges

    Subban-Gill

    Spacek-Hamrlik (both played well against vancouver but the truth is for veterans they get stuck in their zone quite often and look out of synch most nights)

    Picard

     

     

     

  167. Mikey_39 says:

    Rumours goin around that Satan might be signed by the habs.  That’s Miroslav Satan and not Lord of the Underworld Satan.  Not sure what to think if this is true…

  168. fbkj says:

    reported earlier in the day… also debunked earlier in the day…

    baseless rumour, habs dont want him

    at least according to what ive read here and on twitter

  169. rocketsglare says:

    Holly Mother of God. The Habs can’t be serious about Satan.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  170. joeybarrie says:

    So I have been mulling it over all day and I think it would be a mistake. Satan is not JM’s type of player. I think if we are going to get a 2nd line player, we should get a GOOD one. Spend a bit for it, it’ll be worth it.

    We have a GREAT 3rd line, and the missing component is the 2nd line forward. Instead of raising Pouliot to the 2nd line, raise the third line to a better line scoring more goals.

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

  171. 24 Cups says:

    First Guerin and now Satan.  I thought we were doing well after 16 games.  I’ll pass on both.

  172. Clay4bc says:

    I’ve always liked Satan…the Oilers have never been the same since the day he left – nor has Buffalo.

    I’m not saying he’s the reason, but if you can’t keep the devil way down in the hole,  it’s good to have him on your side.

    Seriously though…I think he’s washed up, but if we get him I hope he proves me wrong (like Price has so far this season).

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  173. Timo says:

    Man, no game days are boring. Canes got blown by the flyers last night… they will be pissed tomorrow. Habs better wear goggles.

  174. Say Ash says:

    Boring? We nearly added the Prince of Darkness to our team today.

  175. punkster says:

    Caners better wear Depends!

  176. Mikey_39 says:

    I agree, we are playing well.  But everyone is talking after a two game win streak.  As habs fans, we’re ready to give extensions to the whole team when we’Re winning, and ready to blow up the team after a loss.   We’ve seen how good this team can be, just as we’ve seen how bad they can be.  Despite the good record after 16 games, I think we still need a top 6 forward.  I don’t know if Guerin or Satan are solid options though

  177. GrimJim says:

    I didn’t know Ozzy could skate?

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  178. Mikey_39 says:

    Gotta say that I’m loving our D combinations right now.  And I’m not just saying that because of the rose colored glasses.  Markov-Gorges, Gill-Subban, and now that they’re both playing really well… Spacek-Hammertime.  

  179. Ian Cobb says:

    At a boy Sam!

  180. Clay4bc says:

    WINNER!

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  181. KenD29 says:

    You’re right. Gauthier, give him a raise!

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  182. ZepFan2 says:

    Who knows, Bugs. Maybe the third time posting this nonsense somebody might comment!?

    Nobody argued except you. In fact, you couldn’t handle the argument and dismissed Johnny in your oh so arrogant way.

    “-Cannonball or poop dropping in toilet splash?

    “Cannonball.””

    Yeah, really insightful stuff.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  183. fbkj says:

    while were on the subject of crappy websites, tell me this isnt the most overkill youve ever seen… after maneuvering over the epic “ENTER” rollover, you get greeted with a SPLASH page

    id say avoid their devs portfolio but some of em are a friggin hoot

  184. HFX-HabFan says:

    Lacking actual hockey insight, Bugs’ blog attempts to be funny by creating fictitious situations with real players.  Problem is, it’s not funny…if you want funny stuff, go to DGB, they can actually make it work.

    Anyway, I haven’t been back to that blog since sometime last January when Georges Laraque was repeatedly referred to as “George” (I got a kick out of this because Bugs always gets his panties in a knot over anything dissing the French, yet on his blog he calls a French guy by an English name).

  185. punkster says:

    Bugs, two things:

    • I like the new site format. Easier to read, clearer pics, better positioning of pics with storyline.
    • I have as much patience with Eller as I have with Pouliot. Peas in a pod I’m thinking. Give him time.
  186. punkster says:

    Where do you find this stuff? Wild.

  187. fbkj says:

    certainly cleaner, still amateur hour though… its not hard to build a blog with a bit of punch, take HIO for example, love the simplicity of it but its got some minimalist zing that elevates it to a comfortable level…

     

  188. ZepFan2 says:

    “I have as much patience with Eller as I have with Pouliot. Peas in a pod I’m thinking. Give him time.”

    Basically what I said. Of course I was instantly dismissed as being wrong.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  189. fbkj says:

    i used to be a creative director for a pretty large firm, changed career to marketing, but i still roll with peeps in those circles enough that it puts me on everyones email list for certain gems, both good and bad

  190. Bugs says:

    That’s funny, cuz this is the what, 10th time you’ve commented on it?

    …couldn’t handle the argument…

    (chuckle) yyyeah, that’s me alright.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  191. punkster says:

    Points taken. Thing is, not everyone has the vision or patience to work on the visual art side of things. I suppose blogs are quickly emerging from the cute stage and struggling to be recognized at equal or higher levels than mainstream media. Not all bloggers are on that fast track and are just satisfied to let their writing or their ideas be their calling card. Maybe…just my random thoughts.

  192. Bugs says:

    It’s not my site; it’s my bro’s. He decides.

    I have no problem with being patient with Eller; I DO have a problem with him being propped up to justify the trade though and being asked to overlook his non-production under the pretense that he’s “building experience”.

    Cuz we can get Desharnais up here to “build experience” too and I’m quite confident he woulda popped more than 1 pt in 15 games while doing it.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  193. Bugs says:

    Total fabrication.

    Never said you were wrong.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  194. fbkj says:

    well you did fly off the handle and made zero sense and also requested someone not do something you just did yourself 5 seconds later, you also tried the holier than thou card even though you poop, i mean stoop to the same level etc

  195. punkster says:

    I retired from marketing a couple of years ago. Nowhere near as plugged in to the new media as today’s folks but I learned the business as the internet was being developed and growing. Brave new world!

  196. SeriousFan09 says:

    Desharnais fits into a checking line role the way Don Cherry fits in at a black tie dinner. He’s too small and too easily moved, AHL defenders can push him around with one hand.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  197. fbkj says:

    its mind boggling how the smallest little things have changed soooo much, i hear ya

  198. punkster says:

    Well, WTF do you expect. You’re a Zep fan 😉

     

  199. Bugs says:

    A hockey player plays hockey, Yahoo.

    I doubt he would be reluctant for the spot assigned, whether 3rd or 4th, winger or centre. If you can play, you can play. Just that simple. Like a 1st liner would be out in the weeds playing on the 3rd, c’mon!

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  200. fbkj says:

    totally agreed and normally id keep my mouth  shut, who the hell am i, i would argue, being neurotic does come with a certain level of self awareness… however i cant help yet bust bugs balls… is it fair, probably not, but it is funny to knock that kinda arrogance down a peg or two…

    i am very much anti bullying… i dont want to come off that way… but sometimes when you read something that basically translates into “YOUR ALL A$$HOLES BUT ME…” i bite

  201. ZepFan2 says:

    Sorry, to disagree. You did, in your smug sort of way. You just made excuses for Benny.

    Eller plays on the 4th line. What exactly do you think he can accomplish on the 4th line?

    He’s learning on the job. Like Benny did.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  202. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, they suck. lol

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  203. fbkj says:

    well you certainly didnt answer his question after he had to repeat it, a few times, even dumming it down for ya so it would be crystal clear

    “I’ll try again. Benny was not a lamp lighter when he was a rookie. Give
    Eller the same amount of time Benny had and then come back and give your
    assesment.”

    ^

    you didnt answer this

  204. Bugs says:

    Ah. Ok.

    First of all, I would never say “your all a-holes but me”; I would say “YOU’RE all a-holes but me.” But that’s only because my degrees demand it, not because I think it.

    Which leads me to secondly: get your translator fixed cuz you bite and bust for no reason. Ce n’est rien, FB, rien du tout. Ce n’est qu’un jeu. It is only a game.

    Most posters see my shtick for what it is; why can’t you?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  205. SeriousFan09 says:

    He wouldn’t be reluctant, JM would be though putting a player out there that is so easily muscled by others. Not fast enough to get away with being small and he doesn’t have a freakish strength like Bouillon does.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  206. ZepFan2 says:

    About as funny as Johnny’s penis joke, I suppose.

    Yeah, you basically told Johnny he was done. I count that as not handling an argument.

    When push comes to shove, you try and dismiss people and change the subject.

    I’m not counting the replies I post. Are you counting how many times you’ve posted that link to that stupid article?

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  207. punkster says:

    I see Bugs in a differeent light I suppose. He has always been a s–t disturber but in the nicest way. He gets people to react and more importantly gets them to think before responding. Try engaging him in a serious, unemotional chat sometime and you’ll see. State your case, backed up with facts, and he respects your view. May not agree but won’t cut you down. Unlike a number of knee jerk reaction trollers here he is not spoiling for a flame war, he’s looking for a discussion. With a side order of humour, of course.

  208. fbkj says:

    again you can call me johnny, fb… its so inside of a joke that even im barely in on it…

    anywhoo

    your schtick, i dunno, guess it  just rubs me the wrong way

    your habits of, in not so many words, but in tone, tells other people how they should be feeling on any given talking point, which to me is something i try not to do in my life… i view it as an infringement of boundaries actually, sounds dramatic yes, but thats how i see it…

  209. Bugs says:

    Benny skanked it up in Minny, Zeppy. If he HADN’T, they wouldna traded him. I don’t care about Minny. Far as I’m concerned, it’s their FAULT he skanked it.

    So ok, Lars is learning on the job, that’s really sweet; again, I got nuthin against that. What I’m saying is that UNTIL Lars SHOWS US anything that proves he belongs, why should he be propped up on our top lines, or take precedence over other prospects who can ALSO learn on the job?

    Answer: to justify the Halak trade.

    Mind you, I was FOR this course of action at the start of the season, but I ALSO expected more than 1 pt in 15 games.

    Please forgive me for having this opinion and for stating whatever I did that you perceived as me saying “you’re wrong”. Because I know I didn’t say that.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  210. fbkj says:

    it is what it is… i was actually hoppin the kid was goin to the summit and won my tickets i donated, just so i could find angles how to mess with him via: my favorite usher lady 😀

    in a funny way of course

  211. fbkj says:

    that and getting beaten up for being the french kid on the block only to have you tell me im not french doesnt sit well

    neither does you belitteling the fact that my anglo mother had to use me as a translator to do simple grocery shopping when i was 4

  212. ZepFan2 says:

    Sigh…for crying out loud, he’s on the FOURTH LINE!

    What is it you want from him?

    When Benny played here. What line did he play on? Was it his fourth line duty that got him those 15 goals?

    And, if it’s not to slag Eller over the Halak trade. Why do you bring up the Halak trade??

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  213. Bugs says:

    So why can’t you say that instead of being vile and childish? Surely, you don’t think I adopt the same attitude with everyone here, do you? Agreements of this sort have been worked out in the past. No need for cussing or feeble baseness. Sure, I’m a prig, but I never disrespect anybody. I refuse to. Only time I have is with you and Yeats which is a testeament to how well you have “busted my balls”. Show some respect; talk like a man, and I’ll do the same, how does that sound?

    Johnny?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  214. fbkj says:

    EDITED:

    OLIVE BRANCH DELETED

  215. Bugs says:

    I like how you picture it as a fait accompli that I can’t reason properly to such superior points brought on by, surprise, surprise, youselves! and that “like I always do” go run and hide under the crushing grip of youse’s logic. When all I said was Eller wasn’t ready.

    As for replies you aren’t counting, well, heck, what ARE you counting?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  216. ZepFan2 says:

    Maybe not a fait accompli, but you did tell another poster he was “done”, no?

    You don’t ususally run from an argument, this day you did. I see it’s been worked out, cool.

    I’m just saying, give the same time Benny was accorded, to Eller. If he’s still pointless, than yes, you definitely have a point and I’ll even make a post about how you were dead on and I was completely wrong.

    Can you at least agree it’s not easy scoring on the 4th line with limited toi, than it is on one of the top 2 lines?!

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  217. Bugs says:

    No, I won’t do that, Zeppy. Not for a rookie. A player plays, no matter what.

    Tell Desharnais that he can come up but he’s only to see 5 minutes a night on the 4th line til he shows us something, and he’ll say no???

    I want Eller to SHOW ME sumpin. Anyhting. He showed a nice pass and a nice shot two games ago and that made me happy becuase there had been precious little to be seen beforehand when he had MORE minutes. Yes or no?

    Now, I want to see more.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  218. Bugs says:

    Again that’s you sayin it; not you provin it.

    You wanna bash my French culture from such a position, you have to have credibility to do so. You say you have it, but you never proved it. Sorry, Johnny, but you got what you deserved from that standpoint.

    Furthermore, I was the only French kid in Edmonton and I never got beaten up. You sure that’s what it was for?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  219. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, DD would do wonders on the 4th line. He’d be another Lafleur.

    4th liners are asked to check other teams top lines most nights. Eller’s ice time has been minimal and you want him to be the next coming of Mario, get real

    Eller has shown you “sumpin”, you’re just blinded by the Halak trade.

    Better stock up on Rolaids, I’d say.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  220. Bugs says:

    Funny, cuz Poolio’s still going strong while his 2nd line LINEMATES are struggling…

    I don’t bring up the Halak trade in connection to Eller. I DO bring it up when I hear how “we couldn’t’ve gotten more” or how “Halak was traded cuz he wanted out”. Then I bring it up. But Eller shouldn’t have to answer for the trade in any way.

    No, talking about Eller doing jack-all, I bring up that he should either be on the 4th or in Hamilton. He’s had his shot on the top lines, playing 12-15 minutes. Did you not see? He did jack-all. I guess he must be getting better and better as his minutes become fewer and fewer cuz this is what’s happening.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  221. Chorske says:

    Only French kid in Edmonton??

    Damn, there goes another great theory regarding your true identity.

    Curse you for being such a cypher.

  222. punkster says:

    Sorry to take so long to get back to this. A refreshing walk clears the mind.

    I think I know where you’re coming from with the Eller thing and I can’t disagree. I really didn’t care who we got in that trade only that at some point in the future, the nearer that point the better, those we received in return prove to be of equal or greater value to what we traded. Hard to evaluate what that value may be, goalie versus forwards. But the whole evaluation will also rest on how our remaining goalie performs on his own.

    We didn’t trade Halak to get Eller. We got Eller because we traded Halak, if you know what I mean. We had the luxury of two good, young goalies and for whatever reasons (debatable each and every one) we moved one. Turns out that so far we kept the less expensive one who is playing well, got an potentially good youngster in return and freed up a bit of Cap space for other uses. We don’t really know yet if this was a good deal. I trust Jack Marty to make the right decisions as to how quick to bring him along.

  223. ZepFan2 says:

    “I bring up that he should either be on the 4th or in Hamilton.”

    Umm, Eller IS on the 4th line. That’s what I’ve been saying in every post!

    Benny also did his time on the top line. He did nothing as well. It’s called chemistry. It’s working now for Benny, it wasn’t for awhile.

    We aren’t losing cause of Gomez not racking up the points, a crappy (but recently promising) PP, Cammi not smokin’ them, Gio not lighting it up or Eller not getting his 1st goal.

    As soon as all those fall into place, look out!

    Until then, remember the mantra from last year (gel time) and apply it this year to Eller. Or not.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  224. fbkj says:

    gloves back on douchebag this is the second time you didnt know how to take an olive branch

    i am older than you

    as a child, all the english kids parents (there were a lot more of them then) were either losing their jobs or moving to toronto, the language issue was less than 10 years removed from the october crisis

    seriously bugs, i got what i deserved by you making little of what i had to do for my mother?

    i hope you show up at the next summit :)

    cuz if you do, as am i, in many…. many ways

  225. fbkj says:

    also credibility?

    hey dinknob i have another poster here who can vouch for how his friend was insulted by me speaking french

    no he wasnt insulted by its quality

    and last i checked, edmonton is one of the cities that blossomed by the talent/$$$ vacuum out of my city, caused by, my culture

    so obviously you werent going to receive the same reception WE (not you) experienced here during those difficult years

    which only hardened my resolve about personnal freedom

    i respect yours, respect mine, but if you thought i was bad before… lol

  226. Bugs says:

    So show me. Instead of making the mother point bigger than it actually was so you can posture it about.

    Montre-moi ton français. And the whole argument is yours. You WOULD be in your rights to bash the French.

    I don’t understand why you refuse to show me. Unless…well, you know.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  227. fbkj says:

    sure

    lets meet tomorrow

    id love to show you

    edit: im going to be at atwater and st-catherine tomorrow, have to return the boxee box at future shop, i can squeeze giving you a “south shore hello” if you are game

    12:30

  228. Bugs says:

    Oh, ferpetessakes…

    The last refuge of the incompetent instead of French, Johnny? French that would GIVE you the WHOLE argument? I don’t get it. I honestly don’t get it. Double-talk en masse? Sure. French? No. “He said, she said, they said, but I won’t say.” Doesn’t make sense. Goes nowhere except in circles.

    And you say you’re NOT done?

    C’mon.

    Johnny, c’mon. You are done.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  229. fbkj says:

    tomorrow, 12:30

    lets have a chat

    ill be waiting

    you insulted my mother and my family

    ill gladly let you hear all the french you wanna hear

    and ill feel glad doing so never insulting your family members

     

    TWELVE THIRTY

  230. Bugs says:

    And I’ve been saying “so what?!?”. So WHAT if he’s on the 4th? If you put CROSBY on the 4th playing 5 minutes a game (even though it wasn’t 5 mins a game ALL year, just recently, but let’s say it is), do you think he gets just 1pt in 15 games?

    Yes, I KNOW I’m using a radical example but it’s simply to point out that if you got GAME, you BRING game, whether you play with Jarri Kurri for the whole dang game or my aunt Biddie for a minute’n’half.

    That’s what I’M saying.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  231. fbkj says:

    if eller’s last name was lapointe youd have zero problems

  232. Bugs says:

    I what??? I insulted WHO now? That’s disgusting.

    You’ve lost it, bud.

  233. fbkj says:

    you insulted my mother

    i want my smiley :) pound of flesh

    12:30 ill be waiting for you bugs, we can “talk”

     

  234. Bugs says:

    THAT was an olive branch???

    Damn.

    Ain’t ever seen one like that before.

  235. Bugs says:

    That’s weak, Johnny.

    You know it is.

  236. Bugs says:

    Never insulted your mother. Pure stupidity and frankly disgusting.

    And you’re being a child.

    And you KNOW you’re being a child.

    Right?

  237. fbkj says:

    its the truth, you gravitate towards french names like a moth to a flame

  238. fbkj says:

    will that be your excuse for not manning up to your words, crystal clear as day, ive added kicking your ass to my agenda, tomorrow, if you dont show, welll

  239. Bugs says:

    Lemme see if I get this straight: the rhetorical strength of your argument rests on your ability to see into an alternate universe wherein Lars Eller’s body would have a French name and with such as the case, I wouldn’t’ve said what I said about him today?

    That’s what you’re comin with? It doesn’t work, Johnny. It’s not an argument.

    But I’ll be a nice guy: name me frenchies I “gravitate towards” and I’ll match with frenchies I wanted OUT.

    Cool?

  240. fbkj says:

    finnishing up my coffee

  241. Propwash says:

    Oh, thats it, yer goin’ down!!!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  242. W35T5ID3 says:

    KESSEL IS GOD.KOMISAREK IS DA MAN.GRABOVSKI IS BETTER THAN ANY HAB FORWARD.

    ….HAHAHA…

  243. Propwash says:

    *pukes a little*

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  244. fbkj says:

    even worse.; who the hell donated that?

  245. showey47 says:

    well…..umm……no speak english,lol. I put it in as a boob prize.

  246. punkster says:

    YOOOUUU!!!!

    You gotta be kidding, how could I NOT take it? The giggle factor alone is worth it. A collector’s item. And Yvonne got a huge kick out of it too. Thanks!

  247. Chorske says:

    Should have spelled it LAROCK, all in caps

  248. showey47 says:

    2010 Draft combine test results. Bournival and Tinordi did pretty well.

     

     

    http://www.anaheimcalling.com/2010/5/30/1493683/nhl-draft-combine-fitness-testing

  249. HFX-HabFan says:

    If we were to sign Satan (here’s hoping Gauthier doesn’t even consider the idea), would Eller give up his 81?  He wore 61 with the Blues last year (Maxwell), and 20 in Peoria (O’Byrne is gone now).

  250. W35T5ID3 says:

    …..the mysteries of the world….

  251. LA Loyalist says:

    thought Satan always wears 666… just sayin…

  252. SeriousFan09 says:

    Only game worth wathcing tonight is TB-Pittsburgh from an entertainment standard and since I’m a Koivu guy, watching Ducks-Stars later on.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  253. showey47 says:

    Going to watch avs/jackets if obyrne plays tonight.

  254. punkster says:

    Your slice sucks!

  255. SeriousFan09 says:

    Can’t stand to watch Avs this season, without Anderson and no blue line, beyond hideous.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  256. GuyDoon says:

    He’s -1 after three shifts! I am sure though that Ryan will do very well in Colorado. This was a good trade fo rhim. His dad will get to see him play more often too. As I’ve said before, Ryan is a really nice guy. It isn’t in him to play with an edge – which he has to to make it in the NHL. Once his confidence returns, he should be fine. I hope he does. I was hoping for the Cup to come to Victoria with Ryan next summer, as a Hab of course!

  257. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Even at the end of first, he was on ice for the tying goal.  He is second in ice time for the Avs, only behind Liles.  Two hits already, above the average for a Habs defenceman for a full game.

     

  258. Chorske says:

    Losing Mueller is worse, I think.

  259. SeriousFan09 says:

    Forgot all about Mueller, that hurt them badly as well.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  260. punkster says:

    Holy crap, did I unleash a heallstorm or what?

    Well, my work here is done. I’m going for a walk.

  261. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know, 35 years ago a Quebec team would’ve been something. Bernie Parent, Gilbert Perreault, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe? One hell of a starting lineup.

    Today, Vinny and his bad hand, St. Louis (A rock star but only 1 man), ummm… Brassard or Perron and then you have Beauchemain and Robidas on D? Good thing they’re not facing any actual hockey powers, might be able to retain their pride.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  262. HFX-HabFan says:

    A “Team Quebec” would have decent options in net and some solid firepower up front, but there aren’t a lot of blueliners in the NHL from Quebec- Beauchemin, Robidas, Vlasic, Letang, Bouillon, Gervais, Demers, our own Picard….decent, but hardly Olympic calibre.

  263. Mikey_39 says:

    Ugh I’m so tired of this garbage.  I hope they do get their own team.  And they go to the olympics. And get embarassed.  Lose every game 10-0.  

    We live in the most amazing country in the world, and these people do everything they can do disassociate themselves from it.

  264. Number31 says:

    @darrendreger: Hockey Que will need NHL and PA approval to use NHL players for any international event. So far, that hasn’t happened.

    I already know where this is heading the moment they omitted mentioning Luongo. So where’s Team Ontario? Team BC? QUEBEC IS A PROVINCE OF CANADA GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SCULLS. It’s NOT like Scotland in any way, shape, or form! But it’s for some made up Quebec Cup tourney with like 3 other actual countries of which Switzerland seems to be the strongest in terms of a “hockey nation” so it looks fixed for success. Though hopefully Jonas Hiller goes in a shuts them all out 😀

    Of course if they pull this crap for the next Olympics, I say the NHL players should man up and say “sorry, I’m too busy playing for my country”.

  265. Everlasting1 says:

    They may not get their independence, but they’ll be damned if they can’t get their own national team! I’ve always thought Quebec produces the finest hockey players.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  266. SeriousFan09 says:

    2 goals past Martin Brodeur in under 6 minutes by Colin Fraser, former 4th-liner of the Blackhawks. Anyone else think Marty’s hanging in there too long?

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  267. novahab says:

    Now that PG freed up a million dollars whats is his next move. Are we a top six foward short so it seems or are we a fighter short who can score the odd time. I really thing we need a little toughness who can plays with Gomez and Gionta to protect them and open up the ice. Any ideas I am short that money is burning a hole in PG pocket.

  268. savethepuck says:

    pretty sure they will assess what we need inFebruary not now,.  I am sure our needs may change

     

  269. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jarred Tinordi just had his 2nd fight in 3 games, but he’s getting a 2 minute instigator, 5 minute fighting major and  10 minute misconduct out of it according to the Knights Twitter. Fought Barrie Colt Defender Stephen Gaskin after he’d taken a shot at Tinordi’s teammate Michael Macdonald.

    Will see when I can get a video of it.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  270. Chorske says:

    I think this idea started swirling around HIO last year. He never was one of these lean, trim, young looking guys- I always thought his build was kinda Vince Vaughn esque. And I can only imagine what condition his knees must be in.

    He is still a Hab killer.

  271. ZepFan2 says:

    Did he at least win?

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  272. SeriousFan09 says:

    Waiting to find out, can’t get any solid details other than he scrapped.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  273. samTHEman says:

    My apologies for bringing his junk over here. Here’s what eknoob has to say about the o’byrne move:

    On the Habs…

    Word’s out the Canadiens are looking like they are finally addressing the concern on defense. You won’t find a bigger fan of PK Subban than myself. If every NHL player was like PK Subban
    the NHL would be the most popular sports league on earth. And Markov
    is a great player. A definitive All-Star, no matter who’s picking, but
    he is at best injury-proned, at worst a problem.

    Yesterday the Habs traded O’Byrne to the Avs for a prospect. Now I was
    never a huge O’Byrne fan, but the Habs aren’t really in the position to
    go trading a D-man with size unless there is something else on the
    horizon. You can be assured the Habs front office remembers how the
    ability to fight off bigger forwards in front was the eventual downfall
    last year.

    The two names I am hearing are of course Bieksa and also, Robyn Regehr.

    One source told me…”There is a deal in the works. 95% done.”

  274. ZepFan2 says:

    Hopefully he destroyed the guy. Especially if he’s getting all those minutes in the box. 😉

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  275. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hoping that’s partly why he got all those PIMs, not a big fan of fights but if he’ll stand up for his teammates and give big hits, it’s something the Habs could use.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  276. Chorske says:

    The Habs are 10-5-1. Explain to me how there would be ANY urgency in ANY move they make.

    Same thing exactly applies to VAN (Bieksa).

    As for Regehr- what do we have to give to Calgary that would drag them out of their swamp? Nothing. The Habs are a great team, but they are underrated precisely because their team-first mantra means that no one player is the pool-friendly, high-scoring guy Calgary needs to pull out of their nosedive.

  277. SeriousFan09 says:

    Swap Spacek for Regehr? Nah, Spatch wouldn’t waive his NTC even though Sutter might be dumb enough to do it.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  278. samTHEman says:

    There’s no urgency to make a move right now, but who wouldn’t want Regehr. He brings size, grit and toughness that would bolster our blue line. Something we lacked last year in the playoffs against Philly

  279. Chorske says:

    Seriously, as dumb as Sutter may be, he isn’t this dumb. He’s a seller, and we’re not on the market at all. Why would we be? So it just isn’t a good fit.

    The Habs are a stand-pat team at the worst of times. This is the best of times. Why would we make such a big move now? Especially on D. Defense and goaltending are NOT our problem. We need a left wing, but not so badly that we can’t groom one from within.

  280. punkster says:

    Well now (adjusts tin-plated thinking cap on back of head) just suppose this here GM guy in Montreal knows a little something more about GMin’ than the majority of folks on this here site. Ya think maybe all this here recent movin ‘n shakin, trades and waivers, freeing up Cap space and the like may be a prelude to something? Or is he jist a doin’ it for fun?

    Ya suppose?

  281. DearyLeary says:

    Yeah, Eklund’s a moron. 

  282. Chorske says:

    I’l refer you to the same answer I gave NightRyder about a hundred posts ago.

    Size schmize.

  283. Chorske says:

    I think that every time a GM in this town farts, everyone here thinks a poop is coming.

    Sometimes, a fart is just a fart.

  284. SeriousFan09 says:

    I was thinking more towards the trade deadline, if CGY or another team with a bruising defender are out of the playoffs and looking to stock the shelves, Habs picking up a guy like Regehr would give them something they’re missing. In the playoffs, Habs need someone to intimidate players crossing the blue line, last year OB landed a couple of excellent hits on Backstrom to shut him down when he was killing the Habs, someone to clear the crease and punish people on every shift might be necessary.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  285. Castor says:

    This is an honest question. Has EKLUND ever been right about any possible trade? I honestly would like to know.

  286. habs_1993 says:

    O’byrne seems to be doing well in his first game

    Leads team in ice time, +1, and 6 hits so far

    Alll the luck to him in Colorado

  287. Castor says:

    Don’t pursue psychiatry as a career please.

  288. Harry says:

    Harry Koivu

    Sorry this is a worried young man…why did the reporter post it?

  289. showey47 says:

    In OB’s first game so far with about 7 minutes to play,22 minutes of ice time (probably more then he has played all year in montreal),+1,3 shots,6 hits,4 blocked shots. Good luck big guy,i know you will do well there.

     

    EDIT: avs win,obyrne leads both teams in ice time with nearly 25 mins,good start for the guy. I hope he keeps it up. Tampa also gets bombed 5-1 by pittsburg.

  290. Chorske says:

    Fair enough I guess. BUT, according to Capgeek, Regehr gets 4 million per until 2013-2014. What with needing to sign Gorges and some dude called Markov, I think that is too much coin for a rental.

  291. SeriousFan09 says:

    Didn’t think his term was that long, gotta be someone the Habs can pursue though, maybe Jovanovski since he’s a UFA? I’m not confident Spacek + Hamrlik will have a lot left in the tank by April.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  292. Chorske says:

    I would also add that having just looked over CGYs roster, there is not a single player without a no-movement clause that I would want on the Habs.

  293. HFX-HabFan says:

    Nice for him to be back in his old number 3 again too.

  294. Mark says:

    So Neiderreitter’s in town tonight (Saskatoon) to take on the Blades. He’s up to his usual cheap shot sh*t, but thankfully the Blades won’t have any of it. There was a scrum in front of the benches, Neiderreitter cross checks a guy to the ice and keeps at it once he’s down. Zahn from the Blades sees this and absolutely kicked his ass! I was so glad to see that little punk get put back in line! Can’t wait ’til he’s back in the NHL so someone a little bigger can further clean his Swiss coocoo clock!

  295. Harry says:

    Harry Koivu

    The Carey Price videoclip  shows him to seem
    very stressed and his performances since the start of the season have
    been exceptional…worry though that he is from this clip seeming  so
    anxious … concerned for his state of mind, no humour he shows real,
    but painful  concern….hope someone can watch him  so he does not have
    an emotional breakdown…he is young and has been challenged by the
    obvious challenge, being declared number one….almost feel he may be
    exploited by the team to exhibit a fear of opposition he seems not yet
    able to cope with,so the taped reactions, although so far this season
    his performances being beyond belief….

    Let him lighten a bit or he may crack

  296. Harry says:

    Harry Koivu

    The Carey Price videoclip  shows him to seem
    very stressed and his performances since the start of the season have
    been exceptional…worry though that he is from this clip seeming  so
    anxious … concerned for his state of mind, no humour he shows real,
    but painful  concern….hope someone can watch him  so he does not have
    an emotional breakdown…he is young and has been challenged by the
    obvious challenge, being declared number one….almost feel he may be
    exploited by the team to exhibit a fear of opposition he seems not yet
    able to cope with,so the taped reactions, although so far this season
    his performances being beyond belief….

    Let him lighten a bit or he may crack

  297. keepthefaith says:

    Thanks for the update. I think OB can be a very good defenseman in this league with a bit of a confidence boost.  Sorry to see him go and wish him all the best as well.

  298. Ian Cobb says:

    Good night gang, big game tomorrow night.

    I had kidney surgery last Monday and still a ton of pain. Taking another pill and headed to my bed.

  299. Timo says:

    Ian, if you need better kind of pills you know who to ask :)

     

  300. Timo says:

    It’s a wonder a guy plays a lot better knowing that he won’t get nailed to the bench or sent to a press box should he make a little mistake. Sigh, I hate JM.

  301. Ian Cobb says:

    I want my mommy! to scratch my back and get me to sleep.   THE PAIN IS KILLING ME!

    Why can’t they just shoot an older fella. See ya tomorrow, maybe.!

  302. JohnBellyful says:

    Sorry to hear you’re in piss-poor shape, Ian :)

    Seriously, I hope it’s nothing serious and that your pain eases soon and will disappear altogether tomorrow night when the Habs make it three in a row.

     

    “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.”

  303. since1988 says:

    I remember at some point last year or maybe the offseason Bob McKenzie credited him at breaking a trade first other than that it is usually garbage

    “When people agree with me i always feel that i must be wrong” – Oscar Wilde

  304. Bill J says:

    This post is so last spring.

  305. SeriousFan09 says:

    Feel better Ian!

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  306. Bill J says:

    The thing with him is this.

    He literally fabricates stuff up using internet talk, reports of GM’s in other cities, scouts… etc…

    And then thinks up ideal trade scenarios.

    ANYONE can do that, and the more you create the better the odds to actually get one right.

    I read somewhere his % revolved around 2-3% – not great stats by ANY standards.  If he was employed at this job, he would have been fired long ago.

  307. showey47 says:

    Remember its not the blue pill,lol. Take care buddy.

  308. Timo says:

    That sucks, Ian. Sorry to hear it, my friend. Hope you feel better soon. 

  309. kempie says:

    We need a top 6 guy preferably with some size, speed & hands. So we have to ask: Is either Pouliot or Eller going to be that guy before April? If so (and I believe this is the case) then, by all means, improve the D but I doubt that Hamr or Spotcheck could be traded for another 5th or 6th big bruising D at this point. My guess is that these moves are because management has found an opportunity with an unsigned player or through a trade where we move either Pouliot or Eller along with picks & prospects for someone higher profile (Dustin Penner?)

  310. Harry says:

    played 24:51 minutes…….hope Canadiens have plans with salary cap (and real dollar savings) as O’Byrne is a solid and still young hockey player….after UFA at end of year, hope Montreal has a solid defense for 2011

  311. Bill J says:

    Haven’t we seen this one before ?

    Brisebois Part Deux ?

  312. Bill J says:

    Ouch!

    Hope you feel better soon.

  313. twocents says:

    Hope things ease soon Ian. Take it easy.

  314. Harry says:

    I had no worries about Price last spring and his playiong this year is fantastic. but this interview after the fantastic show against Vancouver and Boston is scary…hope it is out of context, because if this is where he is at and no upbeat after such great wins, something there is really not right

  315. twocents says:

    You hate every coach the Habs have… while they’re coaching here.

  316. Chorske says:

    Ouch. Get better, Ian. Take care.

  317. Bill J says:

    Something tells me you clearly do NOT know Carey Price very well.

    That is simply how he is.

    And when you think about it, it’s perfect for Montreal. 

    Last year was hard, because he is still young.  But he grew from it rather well I think.

    If you are seriously concerned, youtube him in interviews.  You will see he is ALWAYS like that lol – with a few mild hiccups.  Seriously check it out.

  318. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Is it too early to start the “Bring Ian White To Montreal” campaign?

  319. Harry says:

    Have checked it out..this one interview is really showing him stressed…hope it is ok with him..I never had a problem with his ability in the past but was worried only about the booing and the possiblity of that lasting as with Koivu…all that went away with Price’s performance in net this year but this interview  shows the pressure to perform and it is on him from somewhere right now , and this is something not seen even last year when he was not playing as much and more cheerful even with Halak in net……

  320. habs365 says:

    I would take Bieksa….not so sure about Regehr….Bieksa is a good playmaker….didn’t we just get rid of a defenseman….someone should tell management they need offence….they must think they can play 82 games and win with defense….they’re forgetting about what philly did to their defense only system…. in the third round of the playoffs april 2010…

  321. Puck Bard says:

    Take care Ian.

  322. fbkj says:

    you take care of yourself my friend

  323. sprague cleghorn says:

    Take care, pal.  Sweet dreams of the 25th.

     

     

  324. habs365 says:

    The Habs have three things going pretty good….the defense….the goaltending….and the penality kill….if they ever get the offence going better….who knows how far this team could go….the offence is not good enough yet to win a cup….not much sense making the playoffs….if you’re gonna come out on the short end of the stick….16 teams play for the cup every year….15 teams in the end are called ( almost teams ) and that’s not the kind of team you wanna be playing on….

    The Rocket did ok.

  325. andrewberkshire says:

    Glad the surgery went well, my friend. Take it easy and good luck with the healing process.

  326. andrewberkshire says:

    O’Byrne played nearly 25 minutes in his debut! Awesome Ryan!

  327. fbkj says:

    yeah but… i feel bad for him, the pepsi center is so frigging gay

  328. fbkj says:

    so anywhoo, ive called out bugs, and want to have a face to face chat with him tomorrow

    should be interesting

  329. dre1744 says:

    And why do we want Ian WHite for??????????

  330. dre1744 says:

    Take care big guy!!!!!!

  331. rocketsglare says:

    Wish you a quick recovery!

     

    Go Habs Go!

  332. Bugs says:

    Hang in there, Mr.Ian. Need you to put me in my place now and again.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  333. andrewberkshire says:

    Never been there, but Colorado has been my second favourite team ever since ‘Le Trade’, so I’m especially happy he’s doing well.

  334. andrewberkshire says:

    Saw that, doubt it’ll happen though. Bugs likes being anonymous.

  335. fbkj says:

    im giving him a dream oportunity to be

    not the voice he thinks he has

    dont blame him, but, ill be there

  336. fbkj says:

    denver is cool… for about 5 seconds

  337. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ll take your word for it, won’t be travelling for awhile after this year, at least until I get a real job!

  338. fbkj says:

    what do you do?

  339. ZepFan2 says:

    Lol

    Where’s this? I missed it.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  340. fbkj says:

    its gonna go down tomorrow

    atwater park

  341. ZepFan2 says:

    Don’t you mean pigeon park?

    It’s official now? lol

    So what is it, mano a mano, or are weapons involved?

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  342. fbkj says:

    double posts suck

  343. LA Loyalist says:

     

    Sure glad we blew off Koivu and got Gomez. I’ve got a $20 that says Gomez will score again… before Christmas…

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  344. fbkj says:

    less pidgeons since wendys closed down :(

    rules are im showing up, buts isnt, thats a given

    and if he does, more fun for me

  345. LA Loyalist says:

    Your health is in our prayers, good sir.

     

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  346. VancouverHab says:

    Best wishes from Vancouver big guy.

  347. andrewberkshire says:

    Student, so nothing that gets me money. Just spinning my wheels right now, getting married in the summer so I’m saving everything I earn.

  348. andrewberkshire says:

    I think Koivu leaving was mutual. He’d had enough of the pressure. I got that feeling from his interview after the Habs were swept. Also I just don’t believe that if he wanted back Gainey would blow him off, not in his character.

  349. LA Loyalist says:

    Honestly I couldn’t watch it. He looks calm on the ice and that’s what matters. Glenn Hall used to throw up before every game. 

    Goalies are generally weird.

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  350. ZepFan2 says:

    Just read the banter between the two of you.

    I doubt you’ll be meeting Bugs anytime demain.

    ————————————————————————

    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  351. VancouverHab says:

    I don’t care if Gomez never scores again. If, come playoff time, he contributes like he did last year he’s worth every penny.

    I love Koivu the person, but I hated–and I mean hated–the losing culture of the Hans during his era.

    It may be unfair, but that’s life in the Big Leagues. Gomez is a hockey winner. Koivu isn’t. 

    (In the bigger game of life, Koivu for many reasons is a winner, & I still proudly wear his name on my Habs jersey and will until the day that I die.) 

  352. VancouverHab says:

    Hmm….that’s important wisdom. Thanks.

  353. A. Berke says:

    Ian,

    Get well soon my friend, my best wishes.

    Ali

  354. andrewberkshire says:

    “Gomez is a hockey winner. Koivu isn’t”

    That’s BS, look at Koivu’s international record for example. On a second tier national team he’s won a ton of medals. Just because he was stuck with continual crap rosters in Montreal doesn’t make him a career loser.

  355. samTHEman says:

    i take robaxisal. its a muscle relaxant with codeine. 32.5mg per pill. take 2 at a time and works miracles!!!

  356. VancouverHab says:

    Well, I’m glad to have that perspective, because I wish as much good to Koivu as possible: no-one deserves it more.

    That said, don’t you kind of make part of my point? The roster back in Koivu’s day was crap, and now, post-Koivu, it isn’t.

    Could Koivu have stayed (instead of Gomez, say) and helped out? You make an argument that he wanted to go. Maybe. And that would be a happy ending for me.

    So in either case (Gainey thought he lacked a certain je ne sais quoi when it came to winning, or Koivu himself wanted out), looking at the team now as a totatl package, we are in far far better shape than we were then.

  357. Clay4bc says:

    Sorry to hear that, but glad you made it out allright! Get well soon, Ian.

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  358. beebZ says:

    Speedy recovery!

  359. SeriousFan09 says:

    Koivu’s international record speaks for itself, he’s won a number of honours despite the small pool of hockey talent he is working with compared to other nations when it comes time to play on the international stage. 3-time Bronze Medalist, 1 Silver Medal including 3 as captain of the team.

    Nobody hated the losing culture of the team more than Koivu in that era, to this day his playoff scoring rate is. 89PPG and 18% of his goals as a Hab were game-winners. He never played as well as he could have after those knee injuries in the 90s or the battle with cancer in 2001-20002. He’d been worn down as well by dragging a team with few leaders and few solid players for so long and dealing with a media that had partially turned hostile against him and at times, tried to turn the public against him as well.

    He’s invigorated by less pressure and playing with his great friend Selanne in Anaheim, he is playing the game rather than trying to keep a franchise on his back and it’s a good time for him in his life. I wish him well as always, salute his heroics and know that if Williams hadn’t been a piece of garbage in 2006, the only 1st-round playoff loss in the last 10 years would’ve been Boston in 2009.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  360. habstrinifan says:

    Get well fast and completely.

  361. punkster says:

    Hang in buddy and we’ll link up for another game soon.

  362. LA Loyalist says:

    Koivu was neither the GM nor the owner. His own work ethic was not met by some players on those teams. Think about how you would handle it in your work place if some people were coasting or sloppy and making it harder for everyone else. I have a clown in my work right now like that and it’s a problem.

    Anyway, I was lucky enough to briefly meet Koivu this year, he seems at peace, he’s scoring (6 games in a row as of last night). He scored 6 game winners for the Ducks last year. When the team goes badly it’s Getzlaf who gets piled on.

    I thanked him for what he had done in Montreal, I hold him up to my son as a role model of a hockey player and as a man and to blame him for the sh*t teams he played on here is wildly unfair and incomprehensible to me.

    I guaranty you he will receive a standing O when he is in Montreal in January and he deserves it.

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  363. Number31 says:

    ….um what?

    Dude just doesn’t like a camera in his face.

  364. habsfansince91 says:

    Don’t forget about Gui!

  365. sholi2000.com says:

    Looks like a great bunch of countries coming to play hockey, they should invite Saudi Arabia and Iran too.

    PROUDLY CANADIAN

    They Call Me Shane

  366. fbkj says:

    the interesting part, will they ask anglo quebeccers to try out

  367. Mikey_39 says:

    I’ve always wondered that.  I mean there’s there’s this desperate need for quebecois players on the Habs, but would they be happy with an all-star homegrown player who is an anglophone? Or does he have to speak french?

  368. fbkj says:

    sadly there are some who would view a unilinguial anglo quebeccer in no worse light

  369. HFX-HabFan says:

    IE Mike Bossy back in the day.

  370. Chorske says:

    Not sure how Italy, Switzerland, and France fit in with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  371. RJB says:

    Italy does, holy cow is that country in shambles… as an Italian, I am embarrassed.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  372. Chorske says:

    For Petes sakes. Are you comparing Italy to Saudi Arabia and Iran?

    Really?

  373. RJB says:

    Well the Italian government has been in a state of emergency for over a year, which has allowed the prime minister to deploy the military to police the country.

    It is hard to compare the countries to begin with because Saudi Arabia is a Theocracy, but controlled by the religious leaders or controlled by the military, both are wrong.

    Human rights issues in Italy are about to be a point of major contention, the country is corrupt beyond belief. 

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  374. habsfansince91 says:

    don’t forget that there’s two different governments; the actual government and the mafia, which is a mjor problem in Italy right now.

  375. RJB says:

    Well thats the thing, he deployed the military under the rationale that it was to combat the mafia, but hes also infringing upon the Italian citizens basic rights. Its just unbelievable right now. 

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  376. sholi2000.com says:

    Was trying to be funny but failed.  France and Italy have less than stellar hockey programs.  The tourney is a joke. 

    They Call Me Shane

  377. habsfansince91 says:

    Completely agree. There’s no logic at all.

  378. HFX-HabFan says:

    In other countries, it would be considered treason.

  379. habsfansince91 says:

    I can’t believe that Hockey Canada authorized this. It’s completely ludicrous.


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