Parros gets green light from doctors

After enjoying a day off on Friday, the Canadiens returned to the ice Saturday morning in Brossard and got some good news concerning George Parros.

“I got the green light from the doctors to play in a game,” Parros, who has been recovering from shoulder surgery, said on the team’s official Twitter account.

And fans watching in Brossard might not have recognized Ryan White, who is known for the long hair flowing out of his helmet, but showed up at practice with a new style: a shaved head.

The lines at practice were:


The defence pairings were:


(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Habs building team chemistry,

Michel Therrien’s post-practice press conference,

Players speak after practice,

Habs are a work in progress, by Pat Hickey

Nothing personal for Gallagher,

Atlantic Division preview,

Point-St-Charles honours Gump Worsley, by Stu Cowan

How Lorne Worsley became “Gump”, Stu on Sports blog

Former Habs find new jobs, by Pat Hickey

NHL’s reaction to line brawl defies common logic, by Pat Hickey

Tribute to photographer Denis Brodeur,


  1. Strummer says:

    Steelers vs. Vikings at Wembly.

    Gene Simmons does the U.S. anthem. He looks like some plastic surgeon’s had their mortgage paid-off.
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  2. Trisomy 21 says:

    I’m doing the draft for my keeper pool today. Anyone got any great ideas about who my rookie should be? I don’t want to go off the board to pick the guy but who would you rank as the top 5 rookies relative to their position?

    I’m thinking
    Baertschi > Murray > Scheifle > Mackinnon > Strome….

    Although there are wild cards like Drouin who might get a lot of ice time. Jenner who they want to start with Dubinsky (but for who long?) And Hertle who they have said will start with Thornton (for how long?). I guess there’s also Jones who’s likely to stick with the Preds for the whole season.

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  4. frontenac1 says:

    @B. I liked that one too.Truculence my arse!

  5. third generation haber says:

    Looking for a new goon???

    The Caps placed Joe Rechlicz on waivers. He had a big fight with Lucic a week ago and is one nasty piece of business.

    j.p. murray

  6. Maritime Ronn says:

    Bill wrote:

    “Is our prospect pool that deep?
    …Those posting “future line combos” that include players like Dietz, Ellis, Thrower, McCarron, Collberg, and Lehkonen are seriously dreaming. Its possible none of those guys will ever stick. Go back five years or ten years and see what kind of future rosters people were posting. Sobering.

    I don’t think the talent pool is that deep, and at forward I would say it’s quite shallow…”
    Interesting point of view – rather sobering in one aspect, yet some important points left out in the equation as to whether or not the present prospects will ever work out.

    1) Management Team and Overall Hockey Operations:

    The Habs have never been as strong as they are today concerning both the depth and knowledge of this overall group that can be seen here:

    From the GM Bergevin down, this group is all about Character and most all either have a Cup Ring, or have played in a Cup Final and were always known as either leaders or absolute character and team guys.

    There is a great mix of the past and recent present.
    GMMB is also known as a good decision maker, yet he does not live in a bubble, has not shown any AUTOCRATIC tendencies, and to date has shown great skills in Problem Solving 101 and Best Practices Management.

    2) Player Knowledge:
    There are no pencil pushers or lawyers in the Top 3 guys of Bergevin, Carriere, and Dudley. These are all solid hockey people that played the game at the NHL level and whose strengths are all about knowing players and other team’s management strength and weaknesses, be they owner financial hardship or a possible panicky group which is becoming more of a rarity.

    3) Drafting and Player Development:
    It has been well documented that NEVER have the Habs Draft Picks been so thoroughly followed and counseled as they are today by the likes of Scott Mellanby, Martin Lapointe, and Patrice Brisebois.

    In the past, many draft picks have stated they were left to fend for themselves and never saw anyone from the Habs – perhaps a tough situation for a 18-19-20 year old.
    A Recipe for Disaster!

    In the past few years, the Habs have not drafted ‘flakes’ and several in their prospect pipelline are Team Captains, Assistants, or are too young to have those letters, yet are team leaders or young guys with great character.

    Finally, the virtue of Patience which is sometimes foreign on HIO, must be part of the process moving forward.
    This is all going to take at least a good 4-5 years to figure out.

    • The Jackal says:

      No disrespect to Bill but his point of view on tis particular matter is overly negative. Habs have one the best systems in the league and they are piling up the prospect pool with assets and players they need.
      He is right that it is possible none of them make it, but it is more likely that some of them make it to the NHL and have an impact on the team.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Jackal

        Please know I enjoy exchanging with Bill, as he has no bleu blanc rouge colored glasses when he posts.

        Of course it’s much easier to feel good when a team has consecutive Top 5-10 Draft choices of top talent, yet there is a firm belief from here that besides the pure talent and character of guys like Crosby, development is key at the ages of 18-19-20 and even later

        While many of the greats were drafted 1-4, so many other later later 1st Round picks/ 2nd Round and some later picks have become all stars.
        Duncan Keith: #54 Overall
        Shea Weber: 49th
        Patrice Bergeron: 45th

        The 2003 Draft:

        …or Detroit with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franson, Lindstrom…and the list goes on and on.

        In Bergevin We Trust.

      • Eddie says:

        Bill’s point stands. Guys on this site and elsewhere have been over hyping our prospects for years.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          Bill’s points stand for 5-6-7 years ago, yet has little to no relevance for what will be in the next 4-5-6 years concerning how the present prospects will work out

  7. Steven says:

    I don’t understand the naming of Ference as the captain of the Oilers…

    Sure, he has experience, he’s reasonably good, and he’s a “class act” when he’s not flipping off the fans of an opposing team. There’s even that good homecoming story.

    But he has yet to play his first meaningful game as an Oiler. Ryan Smyth has basically been the leader there without wearing a letter his entire Oilers career, and he’s actually been there for a while. Why give the C to a guy who was just picked up on Free Agency?

    • naweed235 says:

      Well for one, I don’t think Smyth has many more years left in the tank. But ya, Ference is an odd choice indeed

    • B says:

      Ference is from Edmonton.

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      He was the “number one” choice…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Rumour has it he changed the radio station in the team dressing room.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      There may be another way to look at this.

      While Ference is new to the Oilers, and there may be a large dislike for Ference in Montreal, does any other Oiler player have a Stanley Cup ring and knows what it takes to get there?

      The sacrifices and total character and team chemistry needed?
      The willingness and ability to put team ahead of personal numbers?

      When the Bruins won the Cup, this guy was a Top 4 Dman and Top 4 guy on the PK.

      Ference is 34 which would be considered an old man on a team where perhaps several don’t even need a razor at this time.

      Ryan Smyth is the only Oiler forward over 30, yet what has he ever accomplished?
      The answer is nothing concerning the Oilers “Team”, and his career has shown it’s been always about him especially when he bailed out from the Oilers in 2007 because of ‘contract issues.’

      Great message sent by GM MacTavish.

  8. naweed235 says:

    What was that site to change the profile pictures again?

  9. naweed235 says:

    Well the Oilers just became instantly much Douchier by naming Ference their captain.

  10. HabFab says:

    Teams have until noon EST today to put the players (requiring waivers to be sent down) on waivers. Jets have another Russian (Telgin) refusing to report to the AHL… off to the KHL with you!

  11. Mavid says:

    Just 2 more days till it starts..Tuesday cannot come soon enough..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  12. Say Ash says:

    11 F and 7 D to start the season? Jacques Martin is envious.

  13. HabFab says:

    So the Leafs are Cap compliant with the trade of Colborne to Calgary but are left having a Roster of 22 players and $383k to use for injury call-ups. With McLaren out for the first month with a broken finger and Clarkson due to serve his 10 game suspension, they are down to 11 F and 7 D to start the season.

    • Phil C says:

      I assume they could put McLaren on IR and call someone up to replace him? It also would not surprise me if they moved Liles, especially if they withhold some salary. Not a good fit for the Habs, but he could be top-four on the right team.

      There should be some more deals today as teams scramble to get under the cap or look to make room on their rosters for young players.

      • HabFab says:

        McLaren will be on the IR but there is no Cap relief unless it is LTIR which is in excess of 10-12 games or 20 some days. So if they called someone up, they would have to eat into their spare ($383k) Cap Space.
        Love to see the Laffs suffering thru their own follies 🙂

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I can’t believe they only got a fourth round pick for him.

      He is better than that and probably play on the oilers do right now

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • B says:

      I’ll never forget watching a Dogs vs Marlies game when 5’9″ 170 lb Dumont got in a scrap and made short work of 6’5″ 213 lb Colborne with one punch:

      –Go Habs Go!–

  14. HabFab says:

    HabsWorld Updates the Waiver situation for the Habs this season;

  15. Bill says:

    @Trini: She’s retired, she can say whatever she wants. And it’s the kids you can’t say bad things about, not the parents, ha.

  16. Bill says:

    Eddie: Sure the Habs could win the Cup this year.

    I could win the lottery this year too. Or get struck by lightning.

    The Habs could win the Cup, and they could finish dead last.

    Do I think they have a GOOD chance of winning the Cup. No way. The defence corps is in the lower third of the league. It will be a long year for Price.

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