Over to you, Shanny

First order of business for Brendan Shanahan on Monday morning: Jordin Tootoo’s hit on Ryan Miller Saturday night.
It was the Buffalo goaltender’s first game back after the concussion he suffered at the hands of Milan Lucic.
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  1. ZepFan2 says:

    Another pic test

    Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Headshot League.

  2. B915 says:

    Well Miller admitted he didn’t have a concussion …Lucic didn’t hit Miller in the head.

    • Bullsmith says:

      This is a complete falsehood Boston fans like to keep spreading. The fact is Miller said he had disk damage (quite serious) in his neck and wasn’t sure if he had actually been concussed. However, doctors both at the time and subsequently diagnosed him with a concussion, his own doubts notwithstanding.

      Guy didn’t miss 8 games because he was faking it, and the idea that Lucic breaking his neck is somehow sooo much better than Lucic concussing him is stupid. Once again Boston fans make excuses for why the severe injuries their players cause don’t really count.

  3. Marc10 says:

    How dare Miller impede Tootoo’s progress. That’s interference and then he just piles on with punches. I’m sorry. That’s a minimum 2 games for Miller.

    What? Miller just got traded to Boston! That’s 10 games Tootoo…

  4. Ferg says:

    They used to say he was Ruff at home and Lindy on the road.

  5. habsfan0 says:

    I’m convinced Shanahan will suspend Tootoo as the latter doesn’t play for the Boston Bruins..otherwise he gets off.

  6. Frank2468 says:

    This is total garbage and I totally agree with Ruff and I’m not a Sabres fan but whats right is right. Ruff is correct that it’s open season on goalies, but the main difference between Tootoo and Lucic and by no way am I a Bruins fan either is that Tootoo went right threw the crease and Lucic was an open ice collision and thats what Shanny will say but Tootoo should have the book thrown at him 5 to 10 games.

  7. habbernack says:

    If the molsons are satisified with being average, then they’ve got the perfect coach, GM and consultant and thet don’t have to change anything

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

    • DorvalTony says:

      Is that what Gainey is, a consultant? More like architect of mediocrity. The guys need help and these three stooges can’t improve the team. I feel sorry for them after the LA game because there’s more heart than some people give them credit for. But they needs more bodies and more sandpaper!

      Brendan Shanahan is Colon Campbull in drag.

      • krankyhabs says:

        how can the habs or gainey be considered mediocrity…since the 2003/2004 season ( gainey’s first ) the habs have missed the playoffs once..2005/06: koivu gets hurt or maybe the habs go to the finals… 2007/08 lose in the 2nd round …2009/10 beat OV and Sid the Kid and 2010/11 lose in game 7 to a Hot Tim Thomas …how is Bob Gainey a stooge…Wake up hab fans they will NOT win the cup every year…those days ended in the 70’s…just make the playoffs… that is the best chance for any team to win the cup ….AND THEY HAVE DONE THAT

        • Oombaca says:


          I get the feeling that all these “woe is me” fans are either in need of medication or so young that they don’t really realize the disastrous state the team was in before Gainey turned this organization around, top to bottom.

          • habbernack says:

            Yeah thet went from being division champs to fighting for a playoff spot. Now that’s real progress.BTW I watched the teams of the mids 60’s on. Must be the meds

            ability is what you’re capable of doing.
            attitude determines how you do it

        • habbernack says:

          Was that Gainey or Halak and Price kranky

          ability is what you’re capable of doing.
          attitude determines how you do it

        • eric says:

          I didn’t see Gainey in nets.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nathan Beaulieu with 8G, 18A in 29 games. 4th overall in scoring for QMJHL Defencemen. He’s making his case for the World Juniors certainly.

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

  9. habsperspective says:

    Anyone else know someone named Lindy?

  10. KLear says:

    Shanahan has dug himself a hole with no end. Suspend Tootoo and it smacks of favouritism for the B’s. Don’t suspend him and the league looks like a farce. I’m gonna love to see the video explanation on this one….

  11. ron181 says:

    Tootoo figured that if Lucic can do it without penalty , why not him ?

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    For the amount of ice time he gets this year, AK is our second best player on the team.

  13. SmartDog says:

    This is an easy call for Shambelhan.

    Obvious infraction, no Boston player involved: 2-3 games depending on how frustrated he is at realizing his job is to keep the Bruins intact while disciplining everyone else.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  14. Bozo McBozo says:

    This just in: Shanahan has had enough of Miller’s trying to impede the progress of opposing forwards. He is gonna sit him for two games!

  15. The Dude says:

    Leblanc should go back to Hamilton for the simple reason that there are no superstars on the Habs to take him under their wing.When Lafleur was brought up he had a team of piers whom we’re from the top of the mountain but who’s going show Leblanc?Gomez?Leblanc can only be shown how to be a goalie on this Habs team et sa tout!

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    Leblanc- might just stick with that line. They were great. But that amount of offense might make JM dizzy!

  17. Bripro says:

    Perhaps someone can enlighten me.
    My buddies and I were having a discussion pertaining to the crease.
    It seems to me they should now paint it grey, as in the grey-zone.
    There was a time when you couldn’t score while standing in the crease. Then, a teams’ goal was dis-allowed if a player was in the crease.
    And hitting or even lightly tugging at a goalie was an automatic 2-minute.
    The rules seem to have receded, or the refs just aren’t reinforcing them.
    Is it me, of have the rules changed?

  18. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Happy to see that Leblanc is getting a longer look at what it takes to be an everyday NHL player. This kind of experience can only help him develop when he inevitably gets sent back down to Hamilton.

    Hopefully Palushaj can replicate what his fellow Michigan alumnus Pacioretty did last year and become a more dominant player in Hamilton after struggling in Montreal.

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    David Desharnais is the next Yvon Cournoyer!!

    • Bripro says:

      If that were only true, Ian. What a weapon we’d have! Cournoyer is my all-time favourite.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Ian – I like DD a lot but I’m not sure he has the wheels that Captain Cournoyer displayed.

      I see DD being a perfect 3rd line centre until somebody better comes along (keeping in mind we presently don’t have any hotshot centres in our system).

    • CanadienBoy says:

      DD thanks Carbo ,got the vision and anticipation of the play that a good center use to feed is winger something blind past from back Gomez has lost

    • TOP DAWG says:

      Ya Right!

      “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

    • twocents says:

      We’ll see about that.

      But, I said earlier this season that he was a better player, all things considered, than Grabovski. Many thought I was out to lunch. Well, he’s still putting up points at a better rate than Graps and he is only in his first full season.

      To reach Cournoyer level he has a lot to prove.

  20. Lafrich says:

    Tootoo tried to cut out front. The defenceman’s glove and stick get caught between Tootoo and the net/goalie. TOOTOO TRIES TO JUMP OUT OF THE WAY.

    If this gets a suspension, then it will be purely to make up for the non-suspension on Lucic.

    Seriously, if this gets a suspension, WHAT A JOKE Shanahan will become in my eyes (as if he isn’t already).

  21. TOP DAWG says:

    If Tootoo wanted to run Miller he would have just drilled into him head on. Tootoo IMO tried to jump over Miller to lessen the impact.

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  22. montreal ace says:

    I loved the way DD played against those big guys out on the coast. I love seeing guys who beat the odds, when it comes to playing hockey through hard work.

    • Bripro says:

      Which is why I found it a little unsettling at how many wanted to trade him earlier in the year.
      I’ve said it all along, he’s our version of Marty St Louis.
      He’s got great vision and a very good play-maker, and as you pointed out, his size seems to be less of a factor.

    • dontpanic says:

      he’s got guts and guts is enough!

  23. RGM says:

    The lack of consistency in the NHL disciplinary matters means that every little thing is thought to be a suspendable offence now, resulting in much braying to the heavens if the offender “gets away with it” for whatever reason is dreamed up as a rationale. C’mon, he barreled into the goalie, sure, but he was given five and a game for it. That’s a sufficient penalty against the player for a play that has a substantial grey area regarding intent, and did not result in an injury. There have been far worse collisions that don’t even get two minutes (several involving our goalie) and contact is part of the game. Yes it happened right in the goalie’s crease to a goalie that just returned from a concussion, but that type of thing doesn’t factor into a decision by the disciplinary committee. The fact that Pacioretty had his neck broken a few months ago certainly didn’t give him the benefit of the doubt with the committee, right? Not everything has to result in a suspension for crying out loud.
    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is our year!

    • habs-hampton says:

      i agree, but he will be suspended, so that Shanny can prove he’s not “weak”.

      Time’s up, JM must go!

      • RGM says:

        Who does he have to prove it to, though? Lindy Ruff? One of the biggest blowhard coaches in the NHL calls him out so he thinks that Shanny’s backed into a corner – I just don’t see it playing out that way. Generally that sort of thing tends to backfire – think of the Murray situation in LA a year ago when he called out the League and ending up eating a huge fine.

        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is our year!

  24. youngwun says:

    He shouldnt get suspended for that there was nothing he can do to get out of the way and the d-man pushed him as well. It happens and i hope he doesnt get punished for that but who knows what shanny is going to do.

    • Favorite Son says:

      If it had happened to Price, a lot of people here would be saying Shanahan should suspend Tootoo.

    • rousseman says:

      Oh bull….he didn’t try to stop, Are ya blind? or just stupid?

      • RGM says:

        Yay for rational discussion!

        GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is our year!

      • Stev.R says:

        He tried harder than Lucic. It’s not easy to just stop when you are going full speed through a turn with a guy leaning on you. It looks like he tried to cut to the middle but couldn’t because of the Dman on him. He tried to jump out of the way but that really didn’t do anything. He’ll get suspended. Shanahan will make up some bullshit that because of the angle of his skates as he progressed forward into the driving position that it transfluxed his weight into a power mode which was intentionally done in order to to injure, and he’s a repeat offender. I can see him getting 6-8 games. Mark my words. Then shit will go down, except nothing will come of it, and the Bruins will get away with it again.

  25. Trisomy 21 says:

    Is it suspension worthy though? If anything is handed down to 22 then it’s to make up for the missed call on Lucic, maybe to send a message that if you’re not a star/veteran and on a team that doesn’t rhyme with Boston, then you have to answer to your actions. Personally this doesn’t seem different than all the other goalie interference penalties handed out in a lot of games.
    But hey, I also said that Pacioretty’s hit was the same as Boogard’s, which did not warrent a suspension. Boy did Shannahan disagree, he said it was more like Matt Cooke’s!

  26. Bozo McBozo says:

    Shanahan has made his decision. Due to Tootoo’s hit on Miller, Pacioretty will have to sit out another two games!

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    This weeks report on where we place within the 30 teams. In order of a winning team.

    Goals Against-69. We sit 12th. Last week we sat 14th with 60.

    Total Points—27. We sit 21st. Last week we sat 22nd with 24.

    We are currently tied for the last play off spot in our conference, in 8th place with two other teams.

    Goals For—–67. We sit 22nd. Last week we sat 18th with 61.

  28. montreal ace says:

    The things I look at when Shanny is going to make a ruling are which teams are involved, where are they in the standings, and is it going to cost the league in revenue.

  29. Habitoba says:

    I hope Markov takes all the time he needs to get better. His salary is off the books for now. It’ll be like bring on the winning side of a trade once he’s better. No need to rush a couple knee injuries. He may be a little tentative when he gets back but that part of dealing with a huge injury. White, on the other hand, will be a beast when he gets back. Not a debilitating injury, he’s going to make up for lost time and hit everything that moves. He’s young, when I talked to him he said he loved playing for montreal and will do whatever it takes for him to stay there and prove that he earned his first one way contract… Way more than Darche (although he’s playing well, just not productive). As for the Tootoo hit, no suspension. Maybe a fine but no suspension. He was going hard to the net but had nowhere to go thanks to the Sabres’ d. No intent and got the crap kicked out of him afterwards. Hats off to David Perron on his return and scoring. The habs should be so lucky to trade for him

  30. habs-hampton says:

    It’s hard to say this, but I think Tootoo is a scapegoat. I don’t think it was that bad, definitely a penalty, but not suspendable. Shanny will suspend him for 5 games and say “see, I told you, next time we’re going to get serious”. It’s easy for Shanny to do this, cause Tootoo’s not a Bruin, plays in a non-hockey market and he has always been reckless.

    Time’s up, JM must go!

  31. Propwash says:

    Tootoo ain’t a Bruin, so Shanny is gonna take him to the back of the building and do him in with a firing squad.

    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  32. habs17 says:

    the bruins may be a bunch of goons and what not but u have to give them credit they are the Stanley Cup Champs

  33. light_n_tasty says:

    Pshh…Price got it worse than that 2 times yesterday. The difference is that JM is not a whiner like Ruff and Price is not a wuss like Miller. That should be a 2 minute minor and nothing more.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Like Price would have reacted differently under those circumstances. Please.
      Agreed on 2-4 min. minor for goalie interference. Tootoo was driving hard to the net and pinched into Miller by a defender. Hockey play.

      Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

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

    • Vid says:

      Miller did just come back from a concussion so I can understand his reaction.

    • saskhabfan says:

      It looked like how aliens used electricity to levitate the pyraminds.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        You couldn’t generate enough brainwaves to form an idea.
        What are pyraminds?

        Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

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

  34. habs17 says:

    its funny every1 thinks the league is on the bruins side u guys look like idiots when u think that, cuz all the bruin fans just laugh at you stop feeling sorry for urselves i hope ur better then that

  35. habs17 says:

    i hope louis leblanc can stay with the big club he’s played well lately just get rid of darche

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      You really wouldn’t prefer that he plays 20-25 minutes a game in Hamilton? I’m surprised because it’s pretty well known that Latendresse’s progress suffered because fans and management were so excited for the guy to be our next Lafleur. Pacioretty was a prime example of how developing in the AHL as a first liner is better than developing on the 3rd and 4th lines here

  36. Bripro says:

    @Montreal Bruin, every fan shows bias, regardless of the team.
    You’ve proven that it’s hard to be objective, when it comes to your team.
    Just look at we HIO bloggers.
    The difference between Goon fans and hab fans is that you have Campbell, and we don’t.
    Because of it, the Bs have been barrelling over the opponents for a few years now, and always seem to get away with it.
    It’s like little Milan (name selection is purely coincidental) being busted in the candy store by your uncle, the owner.
    A stern look, and go on home.
    Where as little Johnny, the hab fan, gets to stand in the corner, his parents are called, the local newspaper is advised of the little thief,
    and the entire community views Johnny as the whiner, while Milan holds the cup at Sunday mass.
    Most knowledgeable hockey fans don’t hate Lucic. They hate how the Bs get away with crookery, similar to fishing using a gov’t hellicopter.
    I’d love to have a Lucic on our team. But he’d have to change his ways, because sporting a Habs jersey is not a license to injure. Only the black and gold jersey will buy you that pass.

  37. JIMVINNY says:

    Huge differences between Lucic and this. First of all, Tootoo is taking the puck to the net on a HOCKEY play, secondly, Tootoo makes an effort to avoid miller, by trying to jump over in. The only upwards motion that Lucic made was the swinging of his arms to maximize contact.

    That being said, he’ll get 5-10 games, simply because he doesn’t wear black and gold.

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