Ovie to Habs is unlikely; Price joins Twitterverse

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Let the stampede begin: If a guy can read his text-messages and email while on horseback, he should be on Twitter, right? Well, Habs goalie Carey Price now is. Join him at @CP0031

A little commotion in hockey’s rumour mill erupted early this week with the publication of an Edmonton Journal story by Jim Matheson on Alex Ovechkin.

Matheson speculated that Ovechkin — who hasn’t been the offensive force he once was and hasn’t fully made the transition to a better defensive player — could be moved by the Capitals and the Canadiens could be a place where he fits.

While admitting Ovie is the face of the franchise, one of hockey’s most marketable players, carries a big contract and is loved by owner Ted Leonsis, Matheson suggested, “Trading Ovechkin is not as farfetched today as it was a few years ago.”

He added, “His coaches have tried to get him to be a more well-rounded player, to play safer, to learn how to play when he doesn’t have the puck, but there is still some push-back there….It was very telling, also humbling, that in games when the Capitals were trying to protect a lead during these playoffs that Hunter kept Ovechkin on the bench.”

And an unnamed former NHL coach told Matheson, “I think it’s possible. I think it would have to be a New York or maybe even a Montreal with the owner (Geoff Molson) there.”

Asked on Tuesday afternoon by Mitch Melnick on TSN 990 radio (audio) if he thought this was a possibility, Pierre McGuire — who is regularly in touch with Capitals GM George McPhee — scoffed at the idea. “Not that I know of,” McGuire said. “I don’t know. Former coach in the league that goes unnamed? I don’t know. I don’t think they’re basing that on any conversation with George McPhee, I can tell you that.”

On NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog, Jason Brough (who, along with his colleague Mike Halford were co-authors of the Vancouver Province’s very funny “Orland Kurtenblog”), wrote on Monday, “Personally I don’t see it. Not yet anyway. Let’s not forget Ovechkin still scored 38 times in 2011-12, the fifth most goals in the league. And he did it without Nicklas Backstrom for half the season.

“More importantly, for all the criticism he’s faced, Ovechkin’s still the main reason the Capitals are a thriving franchise. Before he arrived in 2005, Washington was an afterthought in the NHL. The team was bad. Attendance was miserable.

“Today the Capitals are one of the league’s showcases. If they trade Ovechkin, they risk becoming just another team again. (No offense to Backstrom, who’s good but has one tenth the star power.)

“That said, I could see a point in the somewhat near future where Ovechkin moves on. Clearly he’s been unhappy at times the last few years as the Caps made the sweeping transition from run and gun to dump it in and fall back.

“If that’s the way the team is going to play from now on, i.e. a style that diminishes his strengths and magnetizes his weaknesses, it’s not hard to picture him requesting a trade. Again, these things can escalate quickly in professional sports.

“But that’s a big if. For now, an Ovechkin trade seems inconceivable.”

Now, for the opposing view, which holds Ovie to Montreal makes lots of sense, check out Rick Keene’s Le Forum du Montreal blog.

Getting back to Matheson’s story, he also had at item gleaned from talking with Glen Sather, his buddy from Sather’s days running the Oilers. Matheson wondered how the Rangers traded Scott Gomez to the Canadiens when nobody else wanted him?

“I was at a sports banquet in New York and ended up sitting beside (former Habs GM Bob Gainey) and asked if he was looking for a centreman. I knew he was,” Sather told Matheson. Sather didn’t think Gomez’s whopping contract, which he signed as a free agent, was an impediment.

“Everybody is moveable in this business. You just have to find the right partner. Not everybody sees players the same way.

“We’d seen Gomez a lot in New Jersey and he was great there. Maybe when he got to us, he thought it was a retirement contract. Maybe in Montreal he still thinks that way. Some guys just won’t do it. He shouldn’t be at the end of the line. He’s not old (32). He can still fly,” said Sather.

Matheson asked Sather how Gomez could get that back?

“It’s very complicated,” said Sather.

84 Comments

  1. Boomer says:

    Ok i doubt Ovie’s gonna be traded. And if he is it won’t be to us. We don’t really have anything to offer in the pipes that’s worth Ovie lol…

  2. HABitual Fan says:

    No Ovie! I hate yellow laces!

    “… it’s still better than cheering for the Leafs!”

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I can visualize scenarios of both Ovechkin and Crosby traded …and/or Jordan Stall

    …these 3 ‘possibilities’ are there

    …Malkin is the only certainty of ‘impossible’

  4. nunacanadien says:

    Radulov, Ovie, Emelin, and a great Russian goalie and we have a cup in a couple of years. Enough of this hedging on Price to develop, he’ll develop, but we need to win today. Make Price a backup until he matures. Follow the Halak/Price formula and we have a winning combination…..anyway we can get Halak back in MTL with the above combo? Imagine a one two punch of Ovie and MaxPac!

    • danedmunds says:

      hopefully you’re joking

      go habs go

      • FishOutOfWater says:

        seconded

        • nunacanadien says:

          Hey we wasted how many years waiting on Price so far? How many good players have we not signed hedging that Price will keep two goals out while we score two and win. Hasn’t brought us nothing, but Halak did save us. Price will be ready in about two or three years at the rate he is going….longest rookie in training, only Prince Charles would wait longer to become King, while we wait for Price not to fold during the pressure games and come out a winner…..when we have the smallest D-men who can’t protect the zone, Price will sooner or later get hurt. Might make sense to train him this year and go after a real goalie for once.

          • rass21 says:

            im sry but u must be writing this from two summers ago or another planet the only reason this team has had any competitiveness in the past two season is having 31 in between the pipes sure there have been bright spots in offense here and there but saying the guy is two years away from being ready is preposterous there needs to be some changes in the offense game and D game to but i for sure would not rather any tendy in the habs cage

  5. adamkennelly says:

    lets be real. no way Ovie is being traded..but if he was – I would take him in a heartbeat..the type of player we have not had since Lafleur…bring him here and let him play however he wants.

  6. Max_a_million says:

    How come when we talk about old time players drinking and smoking even in the locker room, and the partying they did it’s a fun nostalgic thing. yet anytime we hear about a 20 something NHL’er going out for drinks, he is a problem player not to have or to get rid of. Markov is right there drinking with Ovi, and yet it has never been a problem for him. Haven’t we all been 20 somethings? Haven’t we all been to bars?
    When will fans and management learn? Everytime you give up a player, get rid of a player, not take a player, or whatever for ridiculous reasons you eventually pay for it. You don’t get rid of people because they have a bad day, a bad moment, have drinks, or whatever.

    Chelios, LeClair, Carbo, Roy …

    Take a nice walk down on the old port, and figure things out with a clear head.

    Ovi going out and having drinks is no reason to not want to take on such a talented player. Who as some have pointed out even if he didn’t score is an absolute massive beastly speed demon.

    • Cal says:

      That’s because the players could get away with it in the 70s and as late as the 80s. Parity means every player has got to be ready every game, not just for the HNIC telecast on Saturday nights.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    Both Ovechkin and Crosby would love to play in Montreal.

    It will never happen.

  8. Ali says:

    lol people here who don’t want ovechkin are hilarious. He has more skill than any player on our team and better than any player in this draft. You don’t just land a player like him anytime you want. And people here say no? This is exactly what I’ve been saying why there will be huge changes and people here will be unhappy, MB has no vested interest or “likes” of any player on this team. ANYONE can go. And to get a player like Ovie, anyone CAN go.

    • aj says:

      Its not that the Habs don’t want Ovechkin, its HOW MUCH is he worth? And from the looks of it, his salary is more than an eyesore to Gomez’s contract.

      • Max_a_million says:

        Ummm … Ovechkin scored 38 goals this year, which low for him, Gomez’s best anomaly year was 33 goals, has never referred to himself as ‘not a goal scorer’, is a massive 6’3 230 tough nose player. He certainly is not a Gomez who in no way could be defined as a tough rough big player. Whatever he may or may not be, he is not a Gomez.

        • aj says:

          Yeah, I know. That’s why Ovi’s that good for $9.5 Million a yr and a NTC till 2021. As I’m pointing out, he’s an attractive player but an expensive and costly asset for the Habs. Caps can keep him or any team who will carry his big contract will shoulder that. However, based on economics, he ain’t going to be a Habs player.

          • Max_a_million says:

            I would make a go of seeing if I could get him. We pay Kaberle, Bourque, and Gomez what 15 million in cap space … and they give us nothing at all. Seems like we could drop these 3, sign Ovi and add a 5 to 6 million dollar free agent.

    • nunacanadien says:

      Unfortunately, someone like Ovie or Crosby would be available in a short window of time, shorter than our Committee to Ruin the Habs ownership chaired by Geoff Molson, would not be able to respond quickly enough for Bergevin. A few jokes here and there and we’ll hate Bergevin for not landing Ovie, but it won’t be Bergevin’s fault, it’ll be the Committee to Ruin the Habs run by Geoff Molson.

      When the ownership committee that has destroyed the habs these past 20 years finally lets the GM and coach of the Habs be, well a GM and a coach, instead of puppets forced to play the smallest, washed up veterans…..

  9. aj says:

    I think the guy that the Habs ‘might’ be interested to take if its from the Caps lineup is Alexander Semin. He’s done with his contract and a UFA. So he would be one of the ppl. as a “to have” with any team in the NHL. Other than that, the Habs might want to take a look at the following:

    (a) Jordan Staal – Pittsburgh Penguins (for a trade)
    (b) Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
    (c) Zach Parise – New Jersey Devils
    (d) Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau – New York Islanders

    So far, that’s what I can find that’s worth taking if MB would want to rebuild the lineup.

    • Cal says:

      Don’t want Semin (mainly for the stupid jokes that would never stop, but also because he never seems determined enough to win). The best bet is Parenteau. The least likely are the other 3.

      • aj says:

        Yes, the best bet is Parenteau. Regardless, I wouldn’t past on an opportunity if the ‘other 3′ I previously mentioned were to be available on July 1st or during draft day in the steel city.

        • Cal says:

          I’d really like the Habs to pick up any of them. But, with underachieving Philly always in the mix and Detroit looking for a Lidstrom replacement and forwards, chances are low.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Please no to Semin. He doesnt even come close to the impact Ovechkin would have.

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    So Brad Boyes is a UFA this summer. He is coming off his big 4 year contract in which he had injury problems and failed to produce what his contract was paying.

    If we could get him cheap enough, would anyone be interested, wonder if he could find his scoring touch on 2nd line with Plex and Gionta or if indeed Bourque resurrects his scoring on 2nd could Boyes play on 3rd line?

    • nickster13 says:

      He’s lost it, not the player he used to be, so i wouldnt take a chance, i think there are other guys in the league more worth going for. And i think Bourque may bounce back.

      “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • 24 Cups says:

      Gerald – Sorry, but we are already set at centre and RW (just need a 4th line checking centre). I’ll pass on Boyes who is also very inconsistent and a bit soft.

  11. FanCritic says:

    O-vie and H-artley simply means… OH- two more mistakes Habs management made.

    • aj says:

      I thought you meant “O-Henry” just by putting the OH. You’re making me hungry!

    • Clay says:

      The word ‘made’ is past tense, denoting something that has already occurred…we have acquired neither of these individuals yet, so you may need to adjust that to something like ‘could make’.

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  12. aj says:

    For a contract worth $9.5M/yr, Habs ain’t taking a guy like Ovi.

  13. DjHarris says:

    Ovie’s a great player, I just have a bad feeling though, and agree with some of you guys about are night life :/ . I also don’t think it’s worth it if we’re giving up prospect player’s, or Pk Subban/Price!!

  14. nickster13 says:

    You’re all silly. I’d take Ovechkin in a heartbeat, he can handle the media and he is a beast, even if he isnt scoring, he hits, he plays hard, and he diverts the attention on to himself so others can thrive. Plus, he’s a damn good hockey player.

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You do realize a trade would have to occur, and the pricetag would be huge, not to mention the caphit. I think most people posting here realize he is a great player, it is the cost to acquire and the cost to keep him that is crazy.

      • nickster13 says:

        Well i dont think thats the downside most are claiming. I hear a lot of “headcase”, “conceited” , “selfish”, “bad in the room” as opposed to that “good in the room” Gomez. But i will agree that it would cost a lot, but I would totally flip our 3rd overall pick and a good roster player for Ovy in any case.

        “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

      • Clay says:

        I’m more worried about who goes the other way than the cap hit. I mean really – his hit is like Gomez’s plus 1.5 million or so. Ditch Gomez, cap hit almost taken care of, with a serious upgrade.

        Of course, that leaves the problem of the initial price tag, as you mention…but he is better than any player on our team, so…

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  15. ed lopaz says:

    OV is a perfect fit for a team that is looking to

    promote its brand, and NHL hockey in general

    fill the seats

    sell licensed merchandise

    score goals!!

    we need the goals, but it will never be a fair deal for us to make because we do NOT need the marketing components that OV brings to a community.

    Therefore, pass.

  16. neumann103 says:

    I missed most of the game last night but saw a number of posts about the eye candy behind the Coyotes bench. Was this it:
    http://bustedcoverage.com/2012/05/14/who-is-the-broad-with-giant-boobs-behind-coyotes-bench-photos/coyotes-boobs-1/#1

    “Et le but!”

  17. Cal says:

    I do not think the Habs want another inflated and overly long contract. Ovie is an offensive force, but irresponsible defensively. In short, not worth what that sucker Leonsis is going to pay him for until 2021. At a hit of $9,538,462, Ovie ain’t worth it. Oh, his salary NEVER goes down.

  18. commandant says:

    I never knew we had so many “insiders” who know things like…

    a) Ovie has a drinking problem.
    b) Ovie is not a good teammate in the locker room.

    Where do you guys get your information from?

    Which one of you is sitting in the Capitals dressing room, behind closed doors and sees the interactions between Ovie and his teammates?

    At this point people are just making stuff up to make the guy look bad.

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  19. Marc10 says:

    No thanks on Ovie. Malkin on the other hand…

  20. RobertAlanFord says:

    We don’t need Ovechkin in Montreal.

    a: we’re trying to improve our locker room.
    b: It would take less than two years til the boo-birds sang every time he touched the puck on home ice because he’s not scoring fifty goals a season. We’re supposed to be headed in a new direction here.

    c: The cost would be too high

  21. zak says:

    LA makes the final round before the Habs. How low we have sunk.

    Hire the best regardless of language

    • ZimHabwe says:

      Meh – half empty v. half full. We won the cup that last time. LA has taken these 19 years to get to the final again. And hopefully they’ll take it. I’d rather be happy for LA than disappointed about the Habs.

  22. frontenac1 says:

    I know its frustrating waiting for a coach to be named,but I like the way Marc is taking his time to find the best possible fit.Early on I thought Roy would be a candidate,but lately it not so much.Speculation now seems Hartley is in the lead. I have a funny feeling the next coach might be someone not even on the radar.Then again I had a good feeling on the 6/49.

  23. PrimeTime says:

    I wouldn’t think that WAS would be able to trade Ovie unless it was a disgruntled star for disgruntled star swap. Perhaps something like a Sedin Twins trade to WAS deal could work because neither star players have been able to get their team over the top but still maintain star attraction. MTL does not have that marquee player. MB needs to make several smart decisions but wasting cap on that type of star attraction does not follow what Molson said he wanted. MTL needs to develop their own stars that will lead the team to competitiveness. The sum is always greater than anyone part.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Good post. Any deal with Washington is going to start with a player like MaxPac as well as a Dman such as Beaulieu or Tinordi. We would also have to dump salary which might lead to moving Pleks or Gionta.

      I understand that Ovie is (still) one of the top five players in the game right now. Any trade for him means he becomes the face of the franchise moving forward for the rest of the decade. Is that what the team really wants and are the fans willing to see a top flight kid like MaxPac or Subban leave town for a high maintenance elite player?

      We have a chance to add another piece to the puzzle next month. I also have no problem if the team falters for another year so we get one more quality prospect. At that point in time, the team will be ready to rock and roll.

  24. commandant says:

    An agitating winger, with some offensive skill is up next. From the Guelph Storm….

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/05/23/nhl-draft-prospect-profile-47-scott-kosmachuk/

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    • 24 Cups says:

      This guy could be an interesting choice if he’s still around for the Nashville 2nd rounder.

      I’d love Montreal to have a Steve Downie on the roster, as long as the screw that’s loose in his head could somehow be tightened up a bit.

  25. novahab says:

    If the new GM wants to turn the fans against him bting in Ovie. He is a cancer and we don’t want him, beside I think he has a drinking problem. Stick with what we have and make a great draft pick, This team will be fighting for the cup next year if they hire Roy.

  26. habsmandes says:

    No way we don’t want Ovie, to high a contract, and he’s slowly becoming another Kovalev. He’s strictly offensive, it takes everything for him to have good defence. It used to be that the best defence was a good offence, but he has difficulty hanging onto the puck now.
    It seems the more a player gets hurt and the more money they make, the less they want to get into the rough hard nose play, just ask Gomez, he still has the wheels, but his trademark rough hard edged play that he showed with NJ and when he 1st came to Montreal is no longer there because he keeps getting hurt.

  27. habstrinifan says:

    OH yes forgot all about it. Wasnt that a great overtime period from LA-Phoenix. Great Great Great!

  28. habstrinifan says:

    I have been posting for quite a while now the mouth-watering prospect of Ovechkin asking/acceping a trade o Mtl.

    Rickk Lee Forum lays out some good ‘fan emotional’ reasons. Nothing solid just feel good fan musings. Seems ungrounded but still could happen.

    Mtl has a top 3 pick. We probably wont have as high a pick for many more years. No draft prospect reaches Cosby/Ovechkin level.

    Maybe… just maybe.. we could combine our 1st rnd pick with other assets and exchange them for Ovechkin.

    If MB could do that and, as the article states, not lose our ‘key’ players then add A Roy/Robinson coaching tandem… he would be hailed as a Sam Pollock type genius.

    It’s worth a try.

    1ST rnd pick, Plekanec, plus plus for Ovechkin….

    • Xsteve50 says:

      I have a bad feeling about Ovechkin and the Montreal nite life…..

      • habstrinifan says:

        I put a lot of stock in the motivational impact of passion… love/respect for what your mind perceives as a standard of glory. I think Ovechkin sees Mtl as say Tretiak saw Mtl. I think you would see an Ovechkin who wants to be great here.

        He must have the right coaches though.. maybe the way Kovalchuk is being inclusively handled in NJ.

        We cannot downplay the coaching aspect after we just had JM summarily form an opinion on Cole and cemented his strategy of coaching Cole based on that arms-length opinion. Just imaging JM coaching Cole for 2 seasons. Disaster.

        One reason why I believe Hartley’s acquired coaching scope makes him the best of all the current ‘top’ people being identified for the job.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I believe the new GM and Geoff Molson want to build a winner, not hope to be a winner. While I completely respect the superstar abilities of Alex Ovechkin, I don’t believe our roster is strong enough to be a winner by adding him and removing the pieces it would require to get him.

      By using our high pick ourselves, we have a chance at an elite level talented forward/center. This player will also be very cheap for the first 3 years and affordable for his second contract.

      Our best players are very young MaxPac, PK, Price and the pipeline is starting to fill up it appears. Acquiring Ovechkin means trying to win right now. Getting him does nothing to make our defence better, does nothing to make our 3rd and 4th lines any better and probably robs us of our pick and future picks along with bluechip prospects like Tinordi and/or Beaulieu.

      We have already gotten through what should be the worst season in this rebuild, the road should get better. In my opinion lets be patient and see this through for 2 years.

      So in short, I will politely say Nyet to Ovie.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Piece of the puzzle in building a winner is a big strong productive forward. Like Ovechkin? When we talk about our pick and the players we should choose arent we saying let’s get someone like him…really. I know the negatives re Ovechkin, but really that’s what I think the entire talk re our pick has been…draft a big strong skilled scoring forward and hope he is ready soon. So again… like Ovechkin eh?

        R e the defence…I think you can get Brookbank for around 1mill and bring up Tinordi and you should be ok.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Yes I hope Galchenyuk or Grigorenko become an elite forward, without the 10 year 8.9million caphit which Ovie costs. This isn’t me saying I don’t want the player Ovie, I don’t want the caphit, nor do i want to lose 3-4-5 elite prospects to have 1 player who will not help us defensively. I understand the temptation, I just don’t want to sample anymore highpriced fruit via trade at the moment. Perhaps gun shy cuz of Gomez.

          • habstrinifan says:

            Fully understand. And your arguments to NOT get Ovechkin is seated on more solid and wise reasoning than the ones I am making for Ovechkin.

            But you see thats just it. Mine is based on ‘outta the seat’ excitement.

            What’s that saying.. going for all the marbles in one move.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            LOL, gotta love your honesty Trin, and yah I do think Ovie would have a great passion with the city of Montreal as well by the way. Cheers bud.

      • JF says:

        Excellent post. Ovechkin would cost more than we could give up without weakening our roster for years to come. And I don’t think he would bring us any closer to being competitors than we are now. How close have the Caps been in recent years, even with all the star power they have?

        Marc Bergevin has said he intends to build the team piece by piece, starting with the foundation, which he believes we already have. I doubt he’ll make any blockbuster trades. He’ll deal with the Price and Subban contracts, find a solution to the Gomez problem, and probably add a big stay-at-home defenceman. He might fill a couple of holes with cheap free-agent signings, but other than that, I think he’ll preach patience while our young players develop. Shortcuts don’t work. Gainey’s attempt to rebuild via free agency resulted ultimately in our last-place finish; and Brian Burke has been trying shortcuts in Toronto since he took over, with the result that the Leafs are perhaps worse off now than they were three years ago.

        • nunacanadien says:

          Oh God, not another Gomez in the making, the sounds and the lack of noise from ownership makes me think that the Committee to Ruin the Habs is still in charge. Same old same old, just different puppet, this time a happy funny puppet named Bergevin who would happily embellish any order from the ownership Committee to Ruin the Habs…..so any GM would chase after Ovie, but no, the Committee to Ruin the Habs would chase after Gomez HD….don’t pick any of the big names being thrown around, just find a lazy washed up veteran who can BS his way to the corporate boardroom, cause boys, that’s where hockey is in Montreal, run by a bunch of corporate types who couldn’t coach or negotiate their way out of a bag…….sad but true I am sure.

    • Rick Keene says:

      Everything is solid if you want it to be. All it takes is dogged determination – in other words; balls!
      Molson or any other owner / GM in the league can obtain whoever they want. Everyone has a price! If Molson want to make the Habs contenders; One – he rids the club of all extra baggage. Not unlike a new tenant redecorating a new apartment. Bite the bullet with Gomez, Kaberle and Bourque ( although personally, I would give Bourque a chance under a good coach). Two – be like George Steinbrenner and have a ‘win at all cost mentality’. Spend money to make
      money works in business, why not when it comes to winning championships. Give up four guys to get Ovechkin, as I wrote on my site – a hockey atmosphere is what the guy needs … Three – Molson et al require a plan. Currently the Habs have the best Russian defenceman in the game and one of the better younger ones. Add the best Russian forward and Radulov, a guy who would also benefit by the hockey atmosphere. Now add the Russian rookie. Detroit won with a Swedish connection and before that – a Russian one. It is this easy if you have
      balls!

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  29. Xsteve50 says:

    Does anyone have a mailing address for Sutter, I`d like to send him a measuring stick and a copy of the rule book. He needs to measure each and every hockey stick.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Listening to the post game audio from Yandle and Doan, have to believe NHL is going to want to punish them for their comments. Yandle was pretty funny when he said the refs wear the same coloured uniform as L.A. but that they didn’t have to play for the them as well.

    Will be interesting to watch how this is dealt with by Shanahan and Campbell.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Gerald. After every game fans, players and coaches alike complain about the officiating. Been guilty of that myself. I am no longer convinced that there is a bias towards any one team. I am convinced that the officiating in the league is at an all time low. We had some officials, Lee as an example, that should not have gotten a sniff of playoffs action. Owners need to step up and come up with solutions to repair this. Funny thing over the weekend I read an article advocating a third ref. Geez!

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  31. chemic says:

    a lot of media buzz here in switzerland about Hartley and his possible job with the canadiens. it seems Hartley`s club out of zuerich is willing to let him go despite his active contract but they said also that there is no contact yet between the Habs and the club.

    Ovie to Habs, forget about it!!

  32. JayK-47 says:

    When Sather was pressed to explain his “It’s very complicated,” statement, Sather puffed his cheeks, sighed and said.

    “Well, first you need a Delorean, a mad scientist, a flux capacitor…”

  33. The Cat says:

    Anythings possible. But if Washington’s owner is to give up his team’s face, it will need a new face in return.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  34. shootdapuck says:

    Ovie and Roy a marriage made in hell!

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