Penguins move into first place with win over Bruins

The Pittsburgh Penguins knocked the Canadiens out of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win over the visiting Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon.

Sidney Crosby, with his 13th goal of the season, and Joe Vitale scored for the Penguins and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots as Pittsburgh won its ninth straight game to improve to 22-8-0 and move two points ahead of the Canadiens (19-5-4). Boston trails the Canadiens by one point with a 19-5-3 record.

Evgeni Malkin missed his fifth straight game for the Penguins with an upper-body injury.

“It seems like it’s always different guys, so that’s what you need in order to have success consistently,” Crosby told reporters after the game. “We’ve been getting that lately. Our depth is a big part of our success. We need to continue to show that.”

The Penguins played the final two periods without defenceman Kris Letang following a collision with the Bruins’ Brad Marchand.

Crosby leads the NHL scoring race with 13-35-48 totals in 30 games and is eight points ahead of teammate Chris Kunitz, who was in second place following Sunday’s game with 18-22-40 totals.

The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday following their 2-1 win over the Devils Saturday night in New Jersey and will return to the ice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare for Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Canadiens then travel to Long Island to face the Islanders on Thursday, before the Sabres visit the Bell Centre again on Saturday.

Next week the Canadiens are in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Boston on Wednesday.

Buckle up the chinstraps.

 The Canadiens announced Sunday that they have signed defenceman Darren Dietz to a three-year entry-level contract. The Canadiens selected Dietz in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2011 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has 24 goals and 34 assists in 72 games this season with the Saskatoon Blades. He also has 100 penalty minutes and is a plus-9.

(Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images

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Penguins top Bruins 2-1 for ninth straight win, by The Associated Press

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579 Comments

  1. Loonie says:

    The most impressive thing about Subban this year might just be his six penalties in 22 games.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Stop stealing my posts, Tom!

      • Loonie says:

        Haha. Steve, when did you post that?

        I sincerely haven’t seen it. So let’s just say that great minds think alike.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Just yanking your chain.

          During the past year I have mentioned (as have others) that Subban needed to gain more accuracy with his point shot and stop taking so many minor penalties.

          Every player on the team has something they need to work on. Price’s weak blocker side being an example. Galchenyuk’s inability to win a draw being another.

  2. Cal says:

    While other teams scramble and try to improve their rosters for the playoffs, I advocate doing nothing. If the Habs can unload Kaberle so he can play that’ll be fine. Another draft pick.
    Habs have 6 picks in the first 2 rounds. There is no good reason to trade any of those away in this season of the DEEP DRAFT.
    Many teams overpay at this time of year. Let’s hope MB just waits on a great deal before pulling any triggers.

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

    • Loonie says:

      First three rounds!

      ;)

      I’m not so sure that this draft is “deep”. I think it has tremendous star quality at the top. I think there’s a perception that if a draft has a high volume of franchise players at the top that it will eventually prove to be deep because guys may fly under the radar, but time will tell.

      • Cal says:

        Oops, thanks Tom.
        No matter which team gets Seth Jones, I get the feeling they will be very happy.
        I am hoping it’s not the Oilers. They don’t deserve anything after being so bad for so long.

        • Loonie says:

          The Oilers are a joke. I sincerely hope that when these star players are RFA’s that Tambellini experiences a qualifying offer mistake ala Dale Tallon and that he loses some of them for nothing.

          On the high end prospects, I believe that the teams who draft Jones, Nichushkin, Mackinnon, Drouin, Barkov, Lindholm, Monahan and Rychel will be very happy.

          Eight potential franchise players right there, and in that sense, this draft could prove to be great.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The nice thing is we have the next two weeks to watch Tinordi(before trade deadline), if they leave him up that long. That could be enough time to know that he is the insurance policy needed on defence. However, given how long Diaz is taking to get healthy, and the fact Weber got hurt, perhaps we need to hang on to Kaberle.

      For all of his shortcomings, he does have playoff experience and in the playoffs that can be critical.

    • Marc10 says:

      You have to believe the showcasing of Kabs for a few games was meant to ship him out. I would imagine they’d have told folks about it and then didn’t get any takers. He’s good to go in the pressbox until he can be bought out at this rate.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Ha! Beat you by a minute!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • NL Hab says:

      Yeah what a loser. I guess he will be a healthy scratch again next game. It is too bad, because he has so much skill but no heart.

      Et Le But

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      So another “mistake” by the BG and PG tandem to trade him.

      Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

      • Strummer says:

        It wasn’t “mistake” to trade Sergei. The mistakes were made in duing his development. Along with brother Andrei, players with this much talent can’t be allowed to fail in the system due to character flaws.
        I am certain that if the Habs had the same dedication and staffing in player development that exist on the team this season the brothers Kostitsyn would have turned out to be valuable contributers in Montreal
        ______________________________________________________
        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

        • Haberoooo13 says:

          Agreed that player development was not well done…but difficult to be “certain” of how they would’ve turned out.

          Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

        • Marc10 says:

          I don’t know that you could ever recover a couple of knuckleheads in such a toxic environment. Looking back on the 08 team, our best K-bro team, they still imploded the next season. Too many d-heads! I guess that’s why Gainey decided to let them walk (the d-heads that is). This was never going to work out. In today’s environment, neither player would last. They’d be shipped off and if we can get a good deal like we did for Cole, so much the better.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Watching the coaches on Nashville bench practically flying from waving their arms so fast was a nice bonus to watch. How SK can say with a straight face that he didn’t realize there was another Oiler on the break is mindboggling.

    • Chris says:

      The optics of that goal were terrible, but the result would have been the same were he to stay on the ice. He was beat because he didn’t accelerate quick enough in the footrace and then tried to stick-check Gagner when he should have kept skating to get back in the zone. Once he made that attempt at the stick-check and stopped moving his legs, there was no way he was catching Sam Gagner, who is a fast skater.

  3. Mattyleg says:

    Holy crap!!
    Just saw Sergei K decide to go for a line-change rather than backcheck on a 2-on-1, and the Oil score the winner.

    Amazing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. Loonie says:

    A lot of talk recently about our prospects on defense with the Pateryn and Tinordi call ups.

    I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I think some prospects will be on the move and here’s why.

    In Subban and Diaz we have two right handed defensemen for the future. Diaz could be moved but there’s really no reason to send him packing. I however do acknowledge that if he moves in the near future it changes everything.

    Having said that, again we have Subban and Diaz presumably for a few years. We also have Emelin and Gorges until further notice and could well re-sign Andrei Markov when his contract expires next off-season.

    We have the following defensemen who are or will be playing pro hockey within the next calendar year. Beaulieu, Tinordi, Ellis, Pateryn, Stejskal, Nygren and Dietz. Bennett and Thrower can make things even more complicated if they decide to turn pro. Assume for a moment that Marc Bergevin wants the SEL’s Borje Salming award winner to come to North America and that one of Bennett or Thrower turn pro. That gives us eight prospects on defense in the pro farm system, or seven if one of them(Tinordi) plays with the Habs full-time next year.

    Morgan Ellis started this season in the ECHL so there are options for Marc Bergevin other than the trade route. But it isn’t necessarily good for the development of some of these guys to be on the bottom pairing in Hamilton or in the ECHL. They need a lot of ice-time to gain the necessary experience that will make them productive NHL players.

    If Ryder can’t be brought back or Bergevin doesn’t want him back we have a need at forward with the big club and are still relatively thin at the pro level on the left wing.

    I think it would be more of a surprise if Bergevin didn’t trade one of those defense prospects soon than it would be if he did.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Tom. Trade one as long as his name is not Tinordi or Beaulieu.

      • Loonie says:

        I agree Jim. I would say Nygren’s the best candidate because of his breakout season but he’s under contract for another year and whoever acquired his rights would have to sign him and put him on loan to an SEL club.

        We could lose him for nothing.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Ryder is going to want to sign for a Cole like contract. No thanks.

      Kristo hasn’t signed and would be a raw rookie even if he did come to Montreal. Collberg is in Sweden next year. Leblanc is now a project rather than a hot prospect. A rebuilding team could just wait it out but after this season the Habs may have no choice but to go hunting for a scoring RW. A trade or one year “Jagr/Selanne/Semin” like contract.

      • NL Hab says:

        Yeah, I think next year we will have enough money left over to throw a big 1 year contract at one of those type guys. Similar to what Carolina did with Semin this year.

        Et Le But

    • NL Hab says:

      I watched Beaulieu over the weekend. I can’t see any scenario in which he is not with the Habs next year. He is just too talented. Same goes for Tinordi.
      Ellis started in the ECHL this year?

      Et Le But

      • Loonie says:

        There has to be room for Beaulieu. And I read that Ellis did start in the ECHL this season.

        It doesn’t really matter if he did or didn’t though because Bergevin can go that route with the young players if he chooses. But I think his hand could be forced to a certain degree.

        • NL Hab says:

          So does Dietz go back to junior next year or is he eligible go to Hamilton?
          So under contract next year for the Habs on D are:

          Subban
          Markov
          Gorges
          Emelin
          Diaz

          Then we can add Beaulieu and Tinordi. Very affordable back end. Quick calculation has it below $20M.

          Et Le But

          • Loonie says:

            Dietz will be in Hamilton next season.

            I don’t believe Bergevin will have both Tinordi and Beaulieu with the Habs to start next season.

            It would make one of them the seventh defenseman.

          • NL Hab says:

            Or it could make one of our veteran guys available for a trade. I think Beaulieu is a lot better offensively than Diaz which could make him available as part of a good trade package. Gionta will be dangled as trade bait next year as well. Having both Diaz and Gionta could fetch us a couple of great prospects/picks.

            Et Le But

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Don’t forget the Kaberle contract, granted we expect him bought out.

          • Loonie says:

            Assuming the captain will be used as trade bait is a huge stretch. It’s more likely they offer him a short term deal at a lower salary. It all depends on how the team’s doing next year.

            Even if Tinordi and Beaulieu were to both be with the big club the organization could have as many as seven defensemen on pro contracts not with the Habs and nine picks in the upcoming draft.

            Bergevin’s going to have to move a prospect sooner rather than later.

          • NL Hab says:

            I think Gionta gets moved the Summer or next year before the deadline. He could very well stay and sign at a much reduced salary following next year like you said, but my gut instinct tells me he gets moved. Then Josh Gorges gets that C on his chest, which should have been his a few years ago.

            Et Le But

          • Loonie says:

            Don’t get me started on Gorges. He’s the weakest link among our defensemen and if Bergevin decides to trade anyone it should be him.

          • NL Hab says:

            Your dead to me Tom. lol

            Et Le But

      • 24 Cups says:

        Let’s say that MT brings back Bouillon as the 7th defenseman next year. And that could be a stretch after the way he has played. So he still might be the #6 guy.

        That means there is only one spot open. So one of Beaulieu or Tinordi will have to start in Hamilton and wait for an emergency call up.

  5. 24 Cups says:

    The East already has four teams that are out of the playoff picture. Contrast that with the West where the difference between 3rd and 12th is just six points and involves ten teams.

    Calgary and Nashville continue to struggle. The Habs could trade their own 2nd rounder and as well as Dallas’ 3rd rounder and still have three picks in the top 40.

    • Mattyleg says:

      The standings are effed.

      Winnipeg (?!?!) are in 3rd, and are 3 points out of 9th.
      I hope re-alignment fixes that. It’s the stupidest thing ever.

      The West has a tighter race, but the East has a tighter race at the top/4th.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I agree Matty. If you feel the need to give a playoff spot to division leader who doesn’t merit it on points at least seed them 8th. To give them a 3 seed just compounds the issue.

    • Cal says:

      Hey Steve, didja see SK give up completely on the play last night, leading to the Oilers’ shorthanded goal? Classic selfish SK. The KHL must be calling him.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I just posted the video.

        The biggest difference that MB can make on this team is to keep it away from half-milers like AK46, SK74, Tanguay, Kovalev and Samsonov.

    • NL Hab says:

      Yeah, Calgary and Nashville have been stinking it up which is great for us. Like you said, we could very likely have 3 picks in the top 40 which is supposed to be a deep draft. Jordan Subban is ranked around 35th depending on which site you go on. I hope this year we also draft a highly ranked goalie prospect. The cupboard is pretty bare in that department.

      Et Le But

  6. Habfan10912 says:

    Hopefully this is the week that Prust returns to the lineup and Bourque begins to practice with contact. Diaz? I read somewhere last week he had begun some off ice workouts so he might not be too far away either. If Bourque picks up his play where he left off………….

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching the Buffalo Sabres/Washington Capitals highlights this morning, they show an interview with Kaleta bitching about being healthy scratch. Then Miller starts talking about how Kaleta shouldn’t be saying that and the team has dealt with him etc…

    When did Ryan Miller become player coach of that team? Things are pretty ugly in Buffalo right now, hopefully we don’t fall into a terrible trap week with Sabres twice and Islanders once.

    Here are some of Millers words of wisdom.
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/GARTH/Miller-Smacks-Refs-Kaleta/6/50051#.UUcAJRc4t8E

    • Cal says:

      Hey, Burly. Miller MUST be traded. He’ll be gone sooner than later, but his attitude has been bad since his concussion. I guess the two are related.

      Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. we’ll see what the Sabres are like first-hand (again).

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Gerald and Cal. I’d be very careful of this one if I were Buffalo. Miller is one of the best goalies in the league and the team is not that far away from being a serious contender. Unlike the calm cool collected Carey Price, Miller exhibits a personality along the likes of the Great Patrick Roy. We remember how that one worked out for our team, eh? For Sabre fans sake, I hope the current management team utilizes caution with Miller.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I mentioned it before, but you’re right, it’s a delicate situation.
        Miller is good, but when you have a situation where a player thinks he’s ‘the team’, and can call the shots – firing Ruff, etc – then you’re in a lot of trouble.

        Building a team around a player never works. The players have to shine from within a team system.

        Sometimes all you can do is get rid of the player and send him to a new system where he’s no longer the centre of the universe.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Cal says:

        Morning, Jim. I think Miller’s growing into a distraction. Reporters love these guys because they create controversy, but I don’t think management does. Mind you, I’m pretty sure Regier is on very thin ice right now.

    • Harditya says:

      Getting really ugly in Buffalo. Expect a house cleaning this off-season a la Habs in 2010. My guess is that pending UFAs Regehr and Leopold will be traded for picks, while Stafford and Miller will be traded as well. Cody Hodgson is an upcoming RFA, and despite Sabres’ lack of success he’s put up quite the numbers this season. He will cash in big this summer and that doesn’t bode well for their cap space. Another issue in Buffalo is that they have too many overpaid players. Ville Leino is making 6 million this year, Tyler Myers is making 12 million and Ehroff is making 8 million. Those numbers are outrageous! Although their cap hits are lower, the service they are getting for the price ..phew, sure am glad I am not a Sabres fan! Darcy Regier is counting his last few days as a GM.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I think you’re being too hard on poor Ryan.
      Seems like a nice sort.
      ;)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. JF says:

    Should Bergevin make a move at the deadline? J”T.’s take:

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.ca

  9. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    This Malkin to the habs “rumour” is plain silliness. The man is a lousy fighter.

  10. steeveedee says:

    We need to take a SERIOUS look at a dman in washington who has only played 7 games in the nhl. STEVEN OLEKSY a DIAMOND in the rough , after 7 games in the show hes already playing 28 minutes a game, he fights like an animal (see his lst fight V bowman carolina) and hes got serious hands, and a major ahooting ability, here’s hoping that the pro scouts are seeing what I am!

    larsy darcy !

  11. habs001 says:

    Suprising stat…Habs have had 128 pp opportunities…the Bruins 76….times short handed Habs 104,,Bruins 100….so ref favourtism for the Bruins not in the stats…Habs also get the 25th fewest shots against per game

  12. habs001 says:

    4 regulars on Habs that are minus..DD.Markov,Moen and Armstrong…pk 19th

  13. habs001 says:

    One disadvantage of finishing first overall is that the 8th place team that you have to play may be on a big momentum as there is a good chance that the 8th place team may get in based on the last game of the season….Habs need a low key first round match up….

    • SlovakHab says:

      There is an absolutely equal possibility that the 8th team is on a downfall as it is that they are on the hot streak. Or just winning one losing one.

      You speculation might apply to absolutely any team in the league. You can say that about 5th placed team, 3rd placed team or the 1st overall team.

  14. habs001 says:

    Serge Kostitsyn yes remember him well..lol..the golden boy for many posters on this site…when any posts regarding his minimal scoring ability was posted his defenders came out regularly stating he does not play with the right players or does not get enough ice time…

  15. The Dude says:

    There is some kind of subliminal manipulation going on here on HIO because a couple day’s back I too had this fantasy of Malkin becoming a Hab at the trade deadline. Man it would be “One Hell O Player Swap” in order for that to happen. So my question is …Who did Therrien really like on the Pittsburgh,please don’t say Cook!

  16. HNS says:

    The Bruins and Pittsburgh have a lot in common. For one they are both like Greg Norman. They are both due for a epic choke.

  17. billylove says:

    In the aftermath of the big Pens – goons matchup, here’s something to chew on. The Pens prior ten game record before facing the Habs in the 13 goal disco affair was a mediocre 5 – 5. From that night to now they are undefeated, 9 – 0. Looking back, that was a game the Hab’s know they should have won. Given a relatively soft schedule, the Pens may still be undefeated when the Habs roll into town next week. If still undefeated, I’m puttin my pile on the Habs. Then there’s the goons with the head neanderthal puffed up behind the bench. They hosted the Habs with only two regulation losses all season riding a six game winning streak. Since having their asses gift wrapped for delivery by the Habs, the once powerful looking goons are a mediocre 5 – 4. Chara is started to look a little gassed and I think the tables have turned in this beloved rivalry. In this rematch, it’s the goons who have to play a near perfect game because the Habs are a faster, more skilled and better team. I’m ready.

  18. Rad says:

    From that video clip of his fight against Montgomery, Dietz is not much of a fighter. Nor is he particularly big at 6’1″, 195. No doubt Habs coaching staff will focus him on scoring goals instead of fighting.

    • Timo says:

      I think it’s pretty clear at this point that having just a fighter on the team is not something current management is looking for. Knwoing how to fight and holding your own is clearly a bonus for every player.

    • Shamrock says:

      I think the point of the fight clip was to show Dietz leadership stepping up for his team mates, but if you need some better evidence of his mean streak along with his offensive skill set watch these clips of his 2 goal game from last month or how he hammers Tanner Eberle and then pummels him after Tanner hits him from behind in retaliation, Darren has been asked not to fight by coaching staff due to how valuable he is on the ice , yet he still gets involved when need be..and does a very good job taking care of himself and his teamates.

      ps In the first of these clips Dietz is only 17 and the announcer refers to him after a fight as Dalton Dietz,, as we know quite a few posters on this site are drooling over Dalton Thrower who plays with Dietz, Thrower has done some maturing towards the end of the year, as Dietz has done in great magnitude from his early days in Junior..

      Both Thrower and Dietz very good prospects but Dietz has just been signed for a reason, as a 19 year old Dman he is a dominating force in a very tough WHL.. and having an MVP calibre year.. Montreal should get as many fifth round picks as they can, with the success they have had selecting diamonds in the rough the past few years in round 5

      Habs D prospects cupboard quite full, Look forward to years of pleasure watching, Dietz , Beaulieu, Tinordi, Thrower, Bennett, Pateryn,Nygren Ellis, etc..Although I am pretty sure one or more of our many D prospect will most likely be involved in any trade we make as we just do not have enough room for all the D prospects we have moving forward..along with a plethora of draft picks this year..Outlook for team is unbeliavable,,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbsm4f057TI

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfgGkNahLA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUFZvmEV3mA

  19. LeHabfan13 says:

    The way the Habs stand right now. To win a 7-game series against Pitts, Boston Or ottawa. They would need nothing less than Excellent Goaltending.

  20. otter649 says:

    Total Points by ex-Habs : Erik Cole 7 points & Scott Gomez 8 points – Eight points is pretty good for someone on contract for less than one million dollars….

  21. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …WHY ??? Would the Pens trade Malkin ???

    …it doesn’t make sense ….WHAT ??? Have We got that’s worth a Malkin (a player I would donate My left testicle to charity for) ???

    …Our strength is D, but except for Letang’s injury they have everything We have, and likely more, and Crosby is one significant head-shot away from permanent retirement

    …Malkin is the NHL player I would consider ALL options to trade for, if He is healthy …but, if healthy, I can’t conceive of Shero crazy enough to trade him

  22. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    You have to look at the highlights of the Oiler- Nashville game. The Oilers scored a shorthanded goal where Sergei Kostitsyn just decided to go for a line change allowing a 2 on 1 rush. Too funny. Barry Trotz must have blew a gasket.

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …booty is something HIO can use a little more of

    …how about The Booned One also be in charge of selecting a weekly HIO Booty Girl ? …or would that put the HIO’s politically correct police into too much of a conniption ? :(

  24. Boomer says:

    A Franchise player just hitting his prime for an aging Dman on the downward spiral of his career (no offence). Come on guys Pitts would never pull the trigger

    • Boomer says:

      I should rephrase that. Markov is not on the downward spiral of his career. He’s getting on in age and might not be around for much longer in terms of years. And although he’s still a good player, His better years are behind him.

    • deuce6 says:

      Where is this coming from? That is the most moronic trade proposal I have ever heard..LOL Why in the bloody blue hell would PITT deal Malkin, let alone for a 30+ year old d-man with a bum knee..lol

      If Bergevin pulls this off (which I highly doubt) he would be nothing less than a God in MTL…

      ——————
      Brandon Prust doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel….

    • Bill says:

      It’s not even a rumour. Someone just threw it out there earlier today on this site and then people discussed it and by seven o’clock it had become a “rumour”.

      If we are going to have fantasies on HIO, lets start with Boone’s Live Blog being replaced with Kate Upton’s Live Blog With Bodypaint Updates.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  25. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    Nice to see Nashville lose in Edmonton. It would be great if the Nashville and Calgary 2nd round picks were both top 40.

  26. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …booty was ultimately My undoing :(

  27. LeHabfan13 says:

    Read into it what you want. Rumor has a Markov package deal in place for malkin and that is why MB brought Tinordi up. Myself, not believing any of it.

    I believe there will be no big moves at trade deadline for the Habs. Possible a couple of 1-year rentals for the playoffs. wait and see.

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …51 % of Habs Fans vote Da BirdsWhomCanNotFly will be in 1st place by the end of the season ???

    …Ughh :( …this shines a spotlight on the unwashed underbelly of unbelievers among Habs Fans

    …for shame !!! :(

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sean McIndoe doesn’t like Ryan Getzlaf’s contract:

    “This can’t be right, can it? Ryan Getzlaf got $66 million? Tied for the fourth-highest cap hit in the league? For a player who’s never scored more than 25 goals in a season and had only 57 points last year? And he’s locked in until he turns 36, even though forwards usually peak offensively in their mid-20s? And he has a no-movement clause?”

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    Obviously Therrien and the rest of the staff noticed that there was something very wrong with Erik Cole this season. He has all of one point in 7 games with the Stars.

    Too bad. Maybe he just doesn’t want to pay the price anymore. He certainly avoided driving to the net this year.

    Although he didn’t play for us very long he had his career best year with us and helped us get Galchenyuk. Without him we might have finished last and gotten the Yak.

    • Bill says:

      I don’t know what is up with that guy. He was a beast last year. He had an off year like this in Edmonton, hopefully he can rebound next year, because I really like him as a player.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        From Below.. I am not sure on the Edmonton roster being a “total drool” Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, RNH … Galchenyuk, Price, Pacioretty, Subban trumps that by a large margin IMO

        • Bill says:

          Hey dude. Add in Gagner, Paajarvii, and Schultz and that is a tremendous young core. Six top-six forwards and how old is the oldest? Schultz on D is tremendous. Yeah, they need more, but what other team has seven really young players that good?

          I love Montreal’s core as well, but it’s not as deep or as young as that.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • SlovakHab says:

            Eller, Gallagher, Tinordi…

            not as young, but equally deep. By the time they develop a goalie and a good D, their forward superstars might not be there anymore.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Bill Simmons had an article last month in Grantland in which he explained that with the Lance Armstrong fiasco, he now believes any great reversal in production or performance in either direction bears scrutiny and skepticism. The piece really had an effect on me, and I thought of how dominant Erik Cole was last season, and how pedestrian he is this year. Not once was he able to race around a defenceman on a rush to the net, as he did routinely last season, two or three times a game. I wondered whether he thought this season was a scrub, so he decided to give his kidneys and liver a break in the off-season.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/03/is-erik-cole-out-of-shape.html

    • Timo says:

      Then why is Moen still with the club?

  31. Old Bald Bird says:

    Just looking at those Dietz clips reinforces how far below the NHL JrA is. It amazes me that anyone can step up from there to the NHL in one swoop, so kudos to Chucky especially because there was no exposure to the A at all. At least Gally got some.

  32. HabFab says:

    habsworld_net – #Habs Alex Galchenyuk last played in the #OHL in mid-December but still finished tied for 40th in league points (& 1st in points per game).

  33. habbernack says:

    Prediction; leblanc and bournival will never make the habs,

  34. ProHabs says:

    Is there any truth to all of these rumours of Malkin to the Habs for Markov.

  35. Boomer says:

    At the beginning of the year I wouldn’t of thought that Buffalo and Washington would be battling it out for second overall pick. Then again I didn’t think our Glorieux would be fighting for first place. Strange year!

  36. Mr. Biter says:

    UND 5-0 in early 3rd period.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  37. Mattyleg says:

    This is a continuation about Ryan Miller below, but it’s part of a bigger concept.

    When a player (Ryan Miller, in this case) considers himself ‘the team’, and that GMs and Coaches have to be fired to suit him, then there’s trouble.

    Look at Washington.

    Flames have had that problem for a while now, (without the ‘fire the coach to suit me business, tho) trying to build a team around one or two players rather than watch one or two players emerge from a team system, which is what Buffalo always had.

    I was amazed when Buffalo was doing great a few years back; they had no stars on the team. Briere was only emerging, they had a young Miller, but it was a team concept – Afinogenov, Connoly, Gaustad, Roy, Pominville… they didn’t have any top-ten scorers, but they chewed up the league with their team.

    Now Miller considers himself to be the one calling the shots, and the GM has allowed it. It’s no wonder they’re where they are.

    Washington too, for that matter.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      When Gainey and Carbo first started, I thought they were attempting to follow the Buffalo model of the time. If that’s what they were trying, it sure went off the tracks quickly.

  38. Boomer says:

    Crosby or Stamkos??
    How ‘Bout BOTH!!!!
    GO CANADA GO
    Olympic gold repeat!!

  39. habbernack says:

    That’s good, Boston looses a game on us and we get 2 games on the Pens

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay, where is Frontenac? There is no reason that only one poster here should be under the influence!

  41. LeHabfan13 says:

    I think MB will be quiet on trade day. Go with what we have and enjoy the playoffs. Big things will happen this summer.

    What will happen is a big ????????? mark.

  42. Timo says:

    Hah. Devils have a first round pick whose name is Stefan Matteau. Talk about ironic.

  43. naweed235 says:

    LOL… I love how some people just type something on a forum like “Letang might be out for the rest of the season” and somehow that becomes reality… the guy probably just pulled a muscle or something… relax… there was no contact or anything that would suggest his injury is long term…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So just where did someone mentioning Letang did indeed miss the entire 2nd and 3rd period become reality that he is critically injured? Someone mentioned he was hurt, no one that I saw wrote “yes he is gone long term”. Seems to me you are overreacting to a poster stating what indeed happened today.

      • Timo says:

        Maybe you are overreacting to his overreacting to a poster stating what indeed happened today. What do you think about THAT, Burly?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think it is very possible that i am indeed overreacting to an overreaction, and this overreaction has nothing to do with copious amounts of Guiness and Jagermeister which I consumed this afternoon. :)

          • Bill says:

            You are way out of line man! Back off!!

            Sorry, I think I overreacted to your overreaction to the overreaction.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Timo says:

            You are an overreactor.

          • punkster says:

            I’m no doctor, I only pretend to have studied under the great Dr. Recchi…but I believe you are having a reaction to an overreaction of an overreaction…and as a Habs fan I would guess you’re embellishing.

            ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I think I need to learn how to be less reactionary.

    • Timo says:

      I honestly believe that from how a team prepares for their opponent it helps if that opponent has all of it’s superstars ready to go. That way there is less likelihood of underestimating your opponent. Whether Pens have Letang or not Habs will whoop their sorry asses back to their igloos.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I watched the game, and Kris Letang was hit on the hand/wrist by a ‘light slash’ from (surprise surprise) Brad Marchand. I suspect he has a hand injury, and it could be a bad one if it hit an unprotected area.

      Now in the context of the NHL, which specifically states in its rulebook that a ‘light slash’ is not slashing, it was par for the course and didn’t merit a penalty.

      61.1 Slashing – Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

      What Mr. Marchand did was not forceful or notably dirty in today’s NHL, but it goes to show again how ludicrously the game is managed. Brad Marchand was well behind Kris Letang, in no position to play the puck. He was clearly beaten. Mr. Letang had position on him. Somehow, it it tolerated that the guy defending and without the puck who is behind the play is allowed to whack at the player trying to make a play, score a goal, and entertain the fans and viewers at home.

      Why is that? The NFL doesn’t allow a certain amount of holding or interfering with a receiver, or light tackling of a quarterback after he lets go of the ball. The NBA doesn’t allow a certain amount of incidental mugging of Lebron James. Somehow, the NHL doesn’t think it’s in its best interests to showcase offence and its most talented players.

      So here we are. After Erik Karlsson, now Kris Letang, the most dynamic and entertaining remaining defenceman in the game, is knocked out of action by an illegal but tolerated play. All because Don Cherry harrumphs “Let them play!” on Saturday evenings.

      I agree with Don Cherry. I think we should allow Kris Letang to play, and Erik Karlsson to play, by removing the Brad Marchands and the Matt Cookes from the game, or at least by forcing them to play hockey instead of mugging other more talented players.

  44. SmartDog says:

    Re. Kristo signing (or not). I don’t know the history of this, as some of you seem to but this is a college kid right? So let’s assume he has a brain. And a year ago that brain’s gonna be sayin’ WTF, Montreal is a MESS…. sure wish I was going somewhere where things were looking up instead of down. Well now Montreal IS that somewhere.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      In an interview, he makes a specific reference to the fact that the NHL would be in a lockout this season, and that this played a factor in his decision to return to school. Again, the kid had options and made a decision.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    Looks like Subban left 1.75M on the table over two years when making comparisons with Ekman-Larsson’s new deal.

    • Shamrock says:

      Max left money on the table to sign long term, he loves playing for a city that eats and breathes hockey,, Pk is not doing to bad with the thickness of his wallet, and his pay day will come but hopefully we get some of that Detroit Red Wing mentality here and guys do not get overly greedy and try to build something special and keep our core happy and together..

      Ps I do not remember any players asking to renegotiate their contracts when they are having off or bad years.. Just saying, let stop trying to over pay guys just because other organizations don’t get it…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Steve, I respect and understand what you mean by that post. However, PK has a very bright and intelligent agent in Don Meehan, he also was dealing with what appears to be a bright and intelligent GM in Bergevin. I think both sides realized that there was a time and a place to get PK what he deserves when he deserves it.

      I don’t doubt for a minute that MB will give PK his just desserts when the time is ready. There is more to building a long term special career than your second contract and both sides came to an understanding. Both knew that if PK continued to develop as projected he would/will get his big contract and in the meantime allow PK to develop into the player we all think he can be.

      Too many young players are hampered by the contracts they sign, look at Tyler Myers, whether it is related to his contract or not, he has taken a huge step backward. PK now has breathing room to finish his development and both sides will be rewarded.

      • Shamrock says:

        Very good point, some players are really tripping over these huge deals they sign, and the expectations that follow, great point. Special players deserve long term deals, and special i mean skilled but also big time committed to winning and improving the team..So easy to make mistakes with owners dishing out money everytime they get a sniff at a UFA.

        Which seems to lead to a regular punishment to the fans in forms of the inn-ability or affordability to bring our family to a hockey game and the endless streaks of lockouts to curtail there own spending habits..

      • 24 Cups says:

        Gerald – Funny thing is that I really wasn’t expressing any opinion on the matter. I was just giving an update now that the yearly breakdown of the Ekman-Larsson contract has come out.

        As far as long term money goes, the die is cast for Montreal. Price, Subban, MaxPac and Galchenyuk will eat up the payroll with big time coin. Who knows, maybe even Eller. All other salaries will fill out the cap with what is left over.

        MB can stall the inevitable but it’s the agents who will eventually decide how the money works itself out.

  46. Shamrock says:

    Here is my re-post (below from yesterday) concerning Kristo and Dietz Now one down and Kristo too go,as soon as NCAA playoffs and or frozen four ends or maybe earlier if UND falters, UND leading Mich Tech 1-0 first period, series tied 1-1

    I was talking with Jim Montgomery (former Hab & Montreal’er and coach in USHL Dubuque) recently, and I can tell you Danny Kristo will sign with the Habs, will not reveal Jim’s source. The reason I write this is for posters and others on social media site’s to relax on the kid he has never once said he was entertaining becoming a free agent. It was a lockout year and he had a chance to finish his school at a college age and go for a national Championship, TRY an chill the haters on social media or we can lose this entry level contract replacement for Michael Ryder.

    As for Darren Dietz no chance he re-enters draft as some have speculated, i have seen him play on many occasions, and throughout my travels through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Boston, North Dakota, and all of Western Canada i do not think I have been more impressed with a junior prospect than I am of Darren Dietz…

    PS the one that got away from Lac st Louis Lions Mike Matheson having a tremendous freshman rookie year at Boston College, poor kid will have to play in Panthers organization,, unless who knows,, Also Calgary Flames have some talent coming from a couple of Matheson’s teammates at Boston College Johnny Hockey Gaudreau who is so damn good but so damn small, and Bill Arnold, Flames have two good young BC prospects

  47. habstrinifan says:

    Senators win again! They are actually incredible.. and are beating the Leafs in their success lately… despite not having at least two of their very key players. MaClean is simply good.

  48. Bill says:

    The signing of Dietz is great: a few people were suggesting he would re-enter the draft. Now if Bergevin can sign Kristo and keep him from walking for nothing, I’ll be doing flips.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have a good feeling about Kristo signing, we have a complete different mgmt. player personnel dept. than we used to. Many have preached doom and gloom here for awhile as it relates to Kristo, Dietz etc… I hope things work out well for us.

      Kristo could be quite a scoop for us.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Bill, I think saying “a few people were suggesting” is overstating this. Poster ‘Chris’ brought it up as a possibility, in the sense that it was technically possible for him to not sign with the Canadiens, re-enter the draft and get picked in first or second round, which would boost the value of his Entry Level Contract compared to what it would make him as a fifth-rounder. We discussed it further and I guess we agreed that while possible, it was improbable that he would do this, for various reasons. This was in the context of HIO’s enduring discussion about whether Danny Kristo will sign with the Canadiens.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Here is what Chris said, posted on the “Tinordi excited about making his NHL debut” thread on MARCH 15, 2013 AT 10:39 PM.

        “Darren Dietz could very easily decide that he might be better off re-entering the draft after having a monster season in the WHL this year. A 5th round draft pick, Dietz has posted such strong numbers since being drafted that he could easily scoot up into the second round and maybe even the first round based on what he’s become. The first round is a long-shot, but if he does extremely well in the playoffs and Memorial Cup, his profile can go sky high.

        He might look at the Montreal depth chart (Emelin, Subban, Beaulieu, Tinordi, Diaz, Gorges, Thrower, Nygren) and decide that another team might be a better fit.

        I doubt this happens. Dietz almost certainly will sign with Montreal. But he’s also got options, just not quite as good as those of Kristo.”

        • Chris says:

          Thanks for the clarification, Normand!

          The only reason I brought up Dietz in that context is that it always irks me how often people think that there is a loophole for NCAA players like Kristo. I was trying to point out that CHL players also have “loopholes” that they can exploit to go back in the draft, or, heaven forbid, to become UFA’s at age 22 if they are willing to forego North American hockey for four years.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            No problem Chris. And I agree. If players are to be ‘drafted’ and their rights held by the team until they’re 27, and the terms of their first contract dictated, they have to have a little bit of freedom to opt out. It’s not a “loophole”.

  49. commandant says:

    The Sabres are playing like a tanking hockey club. They are all out of sorts, no system, no effort, nothing.

    Lets hope they don’t figure it out before Tuesday.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Danno says:

      Unfortunately, since we are at the top teams like the Sabres and Icelanders look to us as measuring-stick games and give us everything they’ve got.

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    • Sportfan says:

      I wonder if they will get rid of Vanek and Miller and rebuild or try to build around those two?

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

      • Mattyleg says:

        God.
        Got to get rid of Miller.
        They could get some good value back for him, and they’d get rid of his sh!tty attitude in the room.

        Posted about it before, but it still gets under my skin how self-satisfied he was when Ruff got sacked. I’m sure he was behind it, and I hope he’s enjoying what he’s got for his troubles; bitching to the media and blaming his teammates for every goal that goes past him.

        God, what a di¢k.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So just to confirm, your a big Miller fan Matty? :)

          • Mattyleg says:

            Heh heh.
            Does it show?
            I didn’t care one way or another about him, but after I saw how smug he was after Ruff was fired… Everyone was saying “wow, it’s a big shock,” and “I can’t believe it happened,” Miller said “Yeah, I guess it was time to get new faces around here,” my respect for him plummeted. Plus all his bitching and selling his teammates down the river for every goal.

            (did I already say all that…?)

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I heard and saw his interviews also Matty, and I did indeed wonder how much a role he played in the dismissal of Ruff. His reactions seemed quite telling. I still think he can play, and perhaps the Sabres had become far to comfortable with the same coaches/GM’s but yah I have little to no empathy for Miller either.

  50. Talik Sanis says:

    Brady Vail, the player we selected with our fourth round pick in the 2012 entry draft, will apparently join the Hamilton Bulldogs this Tuesday.

    https://twitter.com/winstarparker/status/313401412879003649

    Though Vail essentially matched his point production from last year, his plus/minus suffered a precipitous drop. However, reports on his defensive play have generally been quite positive; in a West Conference OHL coaches poll, Vail was rated the second best defensive forward. His production doubtlessly suffered due to the injuries that decimated the Spitfire’s defense and forced the team to deploy him as a defenseman. His unsightly plus/minus stat is a partial product of playing for a team that bleeds scoring chances.

  51. saskhabfan says:

    Somebody on the last thread asked if an old post could be found about some dolt saying trevor timmins should be fired.Well here you go,a post made by the local HIO dolt,retromikey. He was replying to a post that said gauthier,gainey and martin should be canned.

    RetroMikey

    December 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    don’t forget the fourth stooge…Trevor Timmins

    and

    RetroMikey

    December 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I am hoping Gauthier will admit that the nucleus of players we have on our current roster (and on injury reserve) are not playoff material.
    Hope he admits that that we have to rebuild and will have to make trades for prospects and draft picks to bring this once proud franchise back to where it should be.
    Hope he admits that Bob Gainey is still working with him as an advisor and that he and Bobby should step down along with Trevor Timmins

    • H.Upmann says:

      I don’t know who hired Timmins, but that helped to insure against some of the gongshow BS that was going on when BG and PG were around- but not enough of course (Mcdonaugh & Gomez). I’m starting to think if Timmins wasn’t around the last few years, we’d be bitchin’ about a whole different team.

      I remember reading a piece on Gainey about how he was into this book called “The Tipping Point” and something about the idea that a single move can be a huge catalyst in a huge direction… Now that to me sounds like gambling. Not selling for scraps, blowing up the team, and trading for Gomez was some tipping point.

      • twocents says:

        Andre Savard hired Timmins and Gainey retained him and promoted him when he arrived.

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        I would say the single thing that BG did was let his UFAs walk in 2009. In 24 hours he forked over 18 million per year and the smurfs were born.

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Nice work Sask. I was going to do some searching tomorrow when I’m sober but you just saved me the trouble. ;)

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Bill says:

      I can remember lots of posts trashing Timmins in the old days. A lot of people brought up Andre Kostitsyn in 2003, Chipchura in 2004, Fischer in 2006, even Price in 2005. People rolled their eyes at the McDonagh pick, and when Pacioretty didn’t make the Habs right away, people immediately said he was a bust.

      2009 was a high-water year for Timmins trashing. Like anyone else, he has made mistakes – Fischer an obvious bust – but the biggest problem he’s had is having some his good picks traded. Anyway, right now we are watching Pacioretty, Price, Subban, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, and Emelin demonstrate the prowess of Timmins and his staff.

      And let’s remember that one of Bergevin’s first moves was to invest more resources into bolstering the scouting and development staff … awesome move that will help Timmins even more. He should have some fun this summer with all those picks the Habs have stocked up.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  52. TheLogician says:

    did Julien mention this one after today’s game, in support of his noble cause to purge the game of embellishment?

    for some reason, i have my doubts.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqCAXAdv6uc

  53. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.

    Love that poll.

    Reminds me of the RDS polls that would ask a question like:
    Who will win the Rocket Richard Trophy?
    During a game against, let’s say, Tampa Bay.

    The options would be:
    Stamkos
    Crosby
    Malkin
    Ovechkin
    Whoever.

    The winner of the poll?
    You guesed it.

    My friends and I would laugh and say that the poll should be “Who is on the team we are playing tonight?”

    So in that vein, the poll question should read:
    “Who is in first place right now?”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  54. Sportfan says:

    Neal and Kunitz are steals for pittsburg I know they have Malkin and Crosby, but those two have been a great fit for the team.

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  55. billylove says:

    I still like our chances against either Pens or goons in a series even if no big moves happen. Barring major injuries, I see the Habs continuing to improve and we could likely see a stronger group when the playoffs arrive. I tried to keep the expectations down about Tinordi’s debut and found myself very satisfied indeed. This kid will become a SOLID dman with offensive abilities.

  56. habzfan2003 says:

    Someone was on here earlier mentioning the UND game was being played tonight… anyone know for a stream?

  57. mark-ID says:

    I would personally love it if we could land a guy like Regher. I think he could come for relatively cheap since he would be a rental. I envision Markov with Emelin, Regher with PK, then Bouillon with Gorges. Diaz would become the spare in my mind. Personally in a playoff series I’d prefer seeing the bull out there.

  58. Vid says:

    Bergevin has certainly made some good moves/hires but whether he should get the majority of the credit for the team’s turnaround this season is debatable. I’d argue he has had a good amount of luck as far as the player roster is concerned.

    A lot of players who are playing significantly better this season were already on the team. ie Eller, Diaz, Emelin, Bourque.

    Other players have performed to their expected levels ie Plekanec, Desharnais, Gionta, Pacioretty, Subban.

    Having a healthy Markov makes a big difference too.

    Gallagher has been a revelation however he was already in the Habs system. It was quite lucky to get top 3 pick and Galchenyuk was a no brainer.

    Bergevin has not made many acquisitions but hiring Therrien was obviously his most significant and to date best so far. One could argue this has allowed several existing players on the team’s roster to perform better although it’s hard to say how much credit Therrien should get as far as individual player performance. Therrien and his coaching staff however definitely get the lion’s share of credit for implemeneting a much better team system.

    Looking at the player acquisitions, signing Prust was obviously the best. Armstrong and Bouillon are not remarkable. The trade for Ryder has been good in the short term but what happens in the offseason will determine the true intent behind this move.

    When we look at the player roster, there really hasn’t been many changes. Certainly the player additions alone don’t equate to bringing a last place team to first place.

    Time will tell eventually. Carbo was thought of as a good hire had one good season before his fast descent. Many past Habs acquisitions had one good season, only to drop off after or move on to other teams.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      MB put the team in place that has fostered a different attitude and a different style of play. Chucky or Gally wouldn’t have made the team with the previous administration, and if they had they would have been riding the pine. It frightens me terribly to contemplate.

  59. Bill H says:

    Penguins 2 Bruins 1. Music to my ears. This is a three way horse race for the top spot.

    Boston only holds 1 game in hand now, and they trail us by a point. We have gained ground on them as we have 16 points over the last 10 games, while they have only 13 points.

    The Penguins are on top for the moment, with 2 points more than us, but we have 2 games in hand. They are the hottest team in the league right now, with 18 points in their last 10 games, and are on a 9 game win streak. Yikes.

    That is going to be a real showdown next week with back to back games against Pittsburgh and Boston.

    I didn’t have the pleasure of watching the game last night, but that is great to hear Tinordi looked good. He may still need seasoning in Hamilton, its hard to say. It sounds like he came to the game with a fair bit of poise.

    Let’s hope we get some reinforcements before the big games. Prust, Diaz and Bourque back in the line up asap. We will need them for the home stretch and a long playoff run.

  60. Danno says:

    That banged-up clothes dryer little Sidney shot pucks off of would be worth a pretty penny today.

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  61. frankcasting says:

    I am so stoked about Tinordi’s debut, he looked right at home, he could be the piece we need to go far, his size is a big plus. Plus it was amazing to see Carey win a game for us. Give me one more good forward for the stretch drive and playoffs (not Vinnie, no no no)

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  62. frontenac1 says:

    Bruins have lost their mojo. The coach knows it, the players will know it soon.You heard it here first.

  63. habsfan0 says:

    NHL trade deadline day is 2 weeks from this Wednesday.
    Marc Bergevin will be busy.

    • Timo says:

      Maybe busy evaluating and reviewing potential trades but doubt he’ll do anything major and drastic.

    • DAVE. N says:

      I suspect he will be fielding calls; and won’t be making too many moves

    • Body_of_Price_Repels_You says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see him shift Ryder again if the offer is right, likely back to the West coast. He could fit well with Vancouver and the Sedins. Also, any of Phoenix, Nashville, Anaheim, or potentially Columbus might have interest in him. Also, to increase value to cash-strapped teams, pay 50% of his remaining salary. It may make a difference to some of those teams

      I like Ryder, but if he could net us another 2nd rounder + and our forwards are expected to regain their health I would not be upset.

  64. AH says:

    Yes, Dietz!!! I saw him play live last week here in Edmonton, this guy is going to be a good one!!!

  65. Sportfan says:

    Where ever they finish I’d like to see them facing Ottawa and maybe even Winnipeg, Ottawa would be a great playoff series cause of distance and the fact we’d take over their arena and Winnipeg would be the Battle of the Fans

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  66. Timo says:

    Come to think of it, I’d rather Habs not finish first. Everyone will start using that underdog BS, and pressure will be even bigger to go to the finals.

    Montreal finishing 3rd or 4th is fine with me. Either Bruins or the Penguins will get knocked out in the first round anyway.

  67. Danno says:

    The Great Irishman, Carey O’Price:
    http://dennis-kane.com/the-great-irishman-carey-oprice/comment-page-1/#comment-73057

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  68. DAVE. N says:

    Habs sign prospect.This is an excellent signing..Been watching alot of these younger players this year.

    http://twitter.yfrog.com/h6l8wgpj

  69. habs_54321 says:

    unfortunately losing krejci and kelly isn’t a huge loss to the bruins,

    they have seguin,marchand and peverley who can all play center position

  70. disgustedhabsfan says:

    First

  71. Habs_4_ever says:

    Now that they did us favor by beatling the Bruins they can start loosing themselves.

    ————————
    “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

  72. Habs_4_ever says:

    First!!!

    (edit) I thought I’d feel better about this.

    ————————
    “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

  73. Chrisadiens says:

    I’m pretty inebriated, but are you suggesting Malkin for Markov?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  74. LTHF says:

    Anyone know the status of Ryder?

  75. Bill says:

    I think it’s pretty likely that the Pens will find a way to keep Malkin. He’s the second best player in the league by a very slim margin, and only because the best player is a generational talent. They’d be crazy to trade him.

    With Crosby and Malkin, it almost doesn’t matter who plays with them. They will make those guys score goals. Or just do it by themselves.

    And as someone else pointed out, IF he were traded, it would be to the West, and for a lot more than Markov, Kaberle, and and a pick.

    Nice to dream though, I’d love to have a Malkin.

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  76. commandant says:

    If, if, the Pens ever decided to deal Malkin, there is 0 chance they would give him to a club in the Eastern Conference.

    They’d trade him West, and ask for a Kings ransom. And thats even if they trade him.

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  77. Mattyleg says:

    Officially he is ‘single’, but he has a long-term girlfriend.

    Sorry, bud.

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  78. Bill says:

    With the Habs being so awesome on the road this year, I’d almost rather they finish 6th and take on the Southwest winner in the first round. The cherry on top would be if Toronto and Boston could pound the snot out of each other in another first round meeting.

    Assuming Toronto makes it. Which I am assuming.

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  79. commandant says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure.

    If one of the top 3 hockey players in the world is available by trade, there will be quite the bidding war.

    As for signing him, don’t be surprised if the Pens find a way to make space for him.. The Jordan Staal trade was a precursor to this.

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  80. HabinBurlington says:

    i am more inebriated and I am wondering the same!

  81. sheds88 says:

    Southeast winner :)

  82. Bill says:

    No, I want them to play New Mexico. Oops, lol! Thanks.

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  83. LTHF says:

    funnnny!!!! if thats the best you can do—say nothing!

  84. Mattyleg says:

    Jes’ jokes.
    :)

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  85. Bill says:

    Come on, it was pretty funny!

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  86. Bill H says:

    Markov and a first rounder for a rental? No way Bergevin would do that.

  87. Boomer says:

    Its got to be Tampa. Might be a different story next year though!
    I’m not sure if he was or will be paid for the Olympics by Hockey Canada…

  88. Boomer says:

    The sad thing about Calgary is they don’t have a lot of young talent in the pipes. Future isn’t looking much better either

  89. Bill says:

    I don’t care how bad Edmonton are again, it can’t last. That roster is a total drool.

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  90. Rad says:

    Oilers are only a couple of points out of a playoff spot, with a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. The Mike Brown trade has helped them, as has the return of Mark Fistric and Ryan Jones from injury. Taylor Hall is a thoroughbred. I think the Oil will make the playoffs this year, if only because the other teams below them are so bad. As for Calgary, they are just plain bad, which augurs well for the Habs. Remember what Timmins said last June when drafting Sebastian Collberg? He said that the top of the 2nd Round is like drafting in the 1st Round, because several legitimate 1st Rounders often fall into that top half of the 2nd. Calgary’s demise is Montreal’s gain.

  91. Mr. Biter says:

    Proves tanking year after year doesn’t allways make you better.

    Mr. Biter
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  92. HardHabits says:

    I agree with that.

  93. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If I was San Jose and could get Tyler relatively cheap, I would take a shot. If Larry Robinson can’t turn this kid around, nobody can.

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

  94. ed says:

    too bad Big Bird isn’t here working with Tinordi.

  95. wjc says:

    Canadiens have a great coaching staff in place, no need for Larry Robinson. Tinorti is doing fine without him.

    Coaching staff doing a good job, no need to insult them. Robinson was great, but you cannot teach greatness.

    wjc

  96. Cal says:

    Considering the overall Ds performance this season, JJ’s been pretty good. Have to give him his due.

  97. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If you have not seen it, here is a good video of PK interacting with the coaches between periods.

    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=66&id=221040&lang=en

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  98. Cal says:

    Nice clip. It really shows how the coaches are working with the players to get the best out of them.

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