Picard is a bargain

One of the good things about the salary cap – from a team’s perspective – is that there are some bargains out there.

The Canadiens added veteran defenceman Alexandre Picard on the weekend and he signed a two-way contract which will pay hinm a meagre $600,000 if he sticks in the NHL. That’s less than the $850,000 he made last season in Ottawa and Carolina. Picard will collect $105,000 Cdn if he plays in Hamilton. He and Curtis Sanford are the only Bulldogs earning more $100,000 and that’s a recognition of their veteran status.

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  1. Castor says:

    Honestly, if Gomez was making 3 million, he’d be my favourite player. It’s hard to ignore his salary, but if you do, he’s great.


  2. WarHero says:

    Did you not see the “(if at all)”? Also, keep in mind that Markov is hurt for the first 2 months or so and Picard has more NHL games under his belt then any of the boys in Hamilton. He may (but I doubt it) see some third pair action.


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  3. light_n_tasty says:

    No x 4, Markov.

  4. Bill J says:

    ARGH! were and all it’s other versions, are my Achilles heel I must admit lol

  5. G-Man says:

    1. No 2. yes 3. no- vacation time 4. no. 5. Most probable: Capt. Gomez

  6. Number31 says:

    1. No.

    2. No. Even Hawks fans admit to overrating him. I’ve watched him many times this year and frankly I don’t like his style at all. I find his play sloppy, almost everything is “solved” by a paddle down, rebounds go wherever, a rather typical Euro-style goalie (ie sits on his goal line), his glove hand is usually upside-down, and say what you will about their low shot-total but he has zoned out many times too (just didn’t matter since the Hawks already had 5 on the board). Frankly there are other options out there for a better price (or even the same price). And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Turco fan :p

    3. This speculation about a hold out is bollocks and, well, speculation created by news hungry bored journalists who have nothing else to do with their summer and seriously lack in any Habs news so they feel they have to use their opinions of made up malarkey to fill articles instead of just getting a blog. He could be waiting for his birthday to sign for some reason. He could be waiting until he comes back here to sign in person. He could be busy at camp training and will do it after. He could be a little bit preoccupied with family considering the Cariboo region of BC is practically entirely engulfed in flames so I think he’s got his mind on something a little more important right there…

    4. Hell no.

    5. Whoever they pick is fine by me but if it were my choice and those were the only two options I’d go Gionta C, Markov A.

  7. ooder says:

    I was thinking just that the other day… get them to play with each other (lololol that sounds funny)

    and bring them up as a unit in the near future.

    make a KLA line, it won’t be the KLM line but good enough :)


    88 is the new 23

  8. showey47 says:

    1) no,too big and too young to give up on. Would develop properly if he was allowed to make the same mistakes and still play like mab did.

    2)If i was running the hawks,yes. Huet should have been dumped over a month ago.

    3)Price isn’t officially a holdout till training camp starts.

    4)he would probably be useless in JM system.



  9. Mr. Biter says:

    Hey, i liked MAB, the most exciting player in hockey. Feared by all goalies at both ends of the ice.

  10. RGM says:

    Well Bill I guess he showed you.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  11. mbplekfan says:

    Picard will spend most of the season in the pressbox or in Hamilton. I pick Hamilton.

  12. Muckbringer says:

    load it with leafs best players over the last 48yrs

  13. HardHabits says:

    Yes. Gomez. A great edition.

    Wrap your pea brain around that.

  14. punkster says:

    Oh, this otta be good.

    So tell us what you think. What would habstown do if he were GM?


  15. yathehabsrule says:

    Then please enlightnen us to your thoughts on the topic, oh wise one.

    Not sure if you watched any hockey after the Olympics, but many felt that he began to show his value as the season progressed and through the post-season. We’ve yet to see the offensive numbers comparable to what he had in Jersey, but his two-way play is certainly an asset.

    Don’t forget that injuries had him playing with different players most of last season.





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  16. habstown says:

    you’re a joke!  Gomez a great addition?  you’re too funny. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    you know nothing about hockey.

  17. HardHabits says:

    Since you’ve corrected me on the fact that it indeed was a trade and not a signing, my bad, I must inform you that the expression is correctly spelt as it were. :p

  18. Storm Man says:

    Molson Coors Q2 profits up 27 percent maybe now we can sign Price :)

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    That would be an awesome line to watch, please let it be…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  20. Number31 says:

    At that price I don’t mind Picard so much now. He’s essentially a taller MAB at a cheaper price so whatevs. I just hope he’s not out there when we need O’Byrne to throw some hits around…

  21. Bill J says:

    Then I would far prefer Leblanc join him in the AHL.

    And MAYBE – Kristo wants to join the party, and the future #1 line in MTL gets some ice time together in HAM.


    Avstin – Leblanc – Kristo.

    Leblanc & Kristo have played together too ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. SmartDog says:

    1. No.  I like O’byrne and think he’s worth his salt.

    2. No

    3. I agree this is a red herring.  So no…. and as people said he’s not a hold-out.  Wrong word. Though he is our last important signing.

    4. I’m surprised more people aren’t tempted by Ryder at 2 million.  I am… but I agree with the majority – no.  Only because I think he’s a square peg and can’t seem to find the hole he fits in.

    5. Markov.  I favor Cami or Pleks actually.  I love the way these guys talk more than anyone.  I like they way their moxy and I see them talking to younger players a lot.    But I’d take Marky over Gio because I think Marky is the anchor while Gio is a leader in a different way.  I also fear having our leader be the smallest guy in the league.  More attention, more slashes, more hassle is not what Gio needs IMHO.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  23. Muckbringer says:

    dont want to sound sarcastic, he is indeed an asset


  24. Bill J says:



    Philip, a member as of this post for 5 days and 7 hours.

    Likely born in 82 judging on your fan since.

    You my young friend know QUITE a bit less about hockey then I do.

    There is ultimately no point in discussing this any further. Goodbye Noobie.

  25. Muckbringer says:

    sure, just dont send him in alone

  26. Bill J says:

    Gainey didn’t sign him (before uninformed young minds believe this somehow lol)

    Gainey traded for him, to essentially be the “center-piece” as it where to build the team around.

    11 players in one day, is “chemistry clean house”.

    Gomez & his work ethic is what started this rebuild, and I for one could care less if Gainey messed up the first 5 years, he started the 6th with a bang.  And I like it much more then ANY Habs team I’ve seen in the last 15 years, and yes that includes Theodore’s great season.  Because they played as a team. 

    I agree HH, if we stop worrying about the Cap issue.  AS we are clearly not GM’s and should not worry about it, Gomez is a great asset to this team.

  27. Bill J says:

    #4 – Paper Airplanes.  Those would be expensive Paper airplanes I tell ya.


  28. Muckbringer says:

    agreed, we couldve traded price and others for vinny with his cap hit…WHEW!

  29. Bill J says:

    lol @ baby-sitters.

    Boone IS the baby-sitter.

    Seen anything from Hickey, Mio or Stubbs?

    LOL edit

    Hickey clearly is on the case since this thread was made by him, lol but I meant in general.  Seems like Boone was the one keeping us busy :)

  30. punkster says:

    Not if you and PB go on a tear.


  31. HardHabits says:

    Time for Hยฒ’s 2ยข? As much as people go on and on about Gomez’ salary and his supposed poor numbers (yes I see intangibles) I for one am glad to have him on the team. Just comparing him to Ryder as has been done tonight on these pages shows just how valuable of a player he really is. It’s a great signing IMHHO by Gainey, salary cap notwithstanding. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. punkster says:

    I’m going to look at these questions differently than some of your others, take a kind of step back rather than let my Habs familiarity cloud my answers.

    1. No. OB is young, he’s big, he has skills and he’s learning, things all teams look for in a solid D man. It is often pointed out here that Ds take time to mature. Give him more ice time and let’s see how he performs this season.

    2. Tough one given the timing. Yes, if he was in the mix when we traded Halak because he is likely a more capable choice than Auld. But the timing wasn’t right so, no I wouldn’t take him now.

    3. No. You assume the hold-out is Price. Others assume the hold-out is the Habs. There are other explanations out there as well (it’s the holidays, or, the deal is essentially done anyways, or, the Habs are shopping him, among other things). It’s a business decision for all parties concerned so I’m not holding that against anyone.

    4. Yes. Again this is an easier one when you stand back.

    5. Gionta.


  33. Jbird says:

    1) Nope 

    2) depends on many too many things.

    3) No – and like has been said, he is not a hold out.  If he does not sign by camp then yes it would reflect very poorly on him – I would suggest reconstructive brain surgery for him if he did that.

    4) No

    5) Gionta

  34. Bill J says:

    I don’t normally answer these, but eh… I do want to hear your answers though BTW ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. NO, not today anyways.  Totally depends on the development of the youth down in HAM.  Development of Tinordi, and whether Gill wants to return after this season.

    2. NO.  No reason to start the young goalie competition again, it IMO did not work for the Habs.  And created a sh!tstorm of a debate in MTL about a position that really never was the problem in MTL.  Scoring WAS the problem, and I believe a delay in team chemistry is to blame.  This season will be better IMO.

    3. I do not believe it is a hold out as much as him considering his options. IE he may have several contract offers on the table, term, salary being the two main points.  This is just my personal speculation.  So to answer your question, NO… Because I believe he is thinking about it, and I respect him for that.

    4. Hell NO! – NO NO NO NO, we do not need paper plane throwing players on this team.  The various elements that made the 2008-09 & previous seasons rather “inconsistent”, have almost all left.  And frankly speaking the Habs are better as a result.

    5. Given the choice of THOSE two particular candidates, GIONTA. Because while Markov seems to be a perfect fit.  The team captain in the absence of speaking french, MUST be a good English speaking communicator.  As the team Captain is often required to speak to reporters.  Markov has improved, but IMO when comparing these two, Gionta gets the edge.  Personally, I think Cammy makes a better Captain.  He lives in the “area” as compared to ANY of the other candidates, LOVES the media and handles himself extremely well at it also.

  35. HardHabits says:

    What ever happened to the night out on the town? Surely you can leave us kids alone with baby-sitters for a few hours.

  36. HardHabits says:

    Does Chara go undercover in this reality show?

  37. Muckbringer says:



  38. Muckbringer says:


    youre mad

    they know its gonna happen so why rush

    id only take ryder on a break away

    anybodies guess

  39. HardHabits says:

    1. Not until the trade deadline and only if an opportunistic enough situation presented itself or was made.

    2. I can make anything work however I wouldn’t go for Niemi while Price is still in play.

    3. I don’t see it as a Price hold-out. Very little details have been divulged and anything up to this point is purely speculation.

    4. Ryder makes Gomez look like a steal. So no!

    5. Neither. I’d rather Plekanec for some odd reason! But if I only had the choice, Markov if he gets signed and can stay healthy otherwise Gio. All good choices however. I think Gomez, Gorges, Gill and Cammy are candidates too.

  40. Muckbringer says:

    sorry, to answer your questions better

    3, no

    5 gio

  41. Rugger says:

    1-4 No, 5 Gionta

  42. Muckbringer says:

    1) no way

    2) bullocks

    3) i think he is on vacation 

    4) no, were good on forwards

    5) cammi

  43. HardHabits says:

    that whisper of “Dustin Byfuglien” by Pierre McGuire was scarier than any slasher or horror film I’ve ever seen. man that dude’s creepy.

  44. Rugger says:

    Not sure if there ever were new ideas in movies, books, songs or even thoughts.

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. No. Give him one last chance. 2nd round pick is worthless.

    2. If I didn’t have a keeper yes. If I had Price or Halak, no.

    3. He’s not a hold out. Not remotely.

    4. If there was a paper airplane competition I was interested in.

    5. Markov. He’s the man.

  46. HardHabits says:

    It reminded me more of eXistenZ by Cronenberg than the Matrix.

    Having heard AB’s rave review I went in with high expectations so I left the film a bit disappointed. However, in retrospect I still think it was a very, very good movie, an excellent sci-fi flick, just not as great as every-one is going on and on about.

    That’s probably because movies are getting crappier on one hand and are becoming rendered more inutile by the minute because of the Internet and society’s over-loaded sensory diet.

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. No

    2. Not worth 2.75 million, he owes Keith every cent he gets above his previous salary.

    3. No, plenty of RFAs are still unsigned and his agent is doing what all the agents are doing, angling for a few extra bucks.

    4. Nope

    5. Captain Gionta


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Benched in favour of MAB” is factually incorrect,as I’ve shown you.



  49. HabFanSince72 says:

    So what if he didn’t play 125 in a row?

    By my count he was a healthy scratch in only 3 games in the reg. season.

    55 games played. 19 missed with a knee injury. 7 missed for personal reasons. That leaves only 3.

    The idea that JM ruined him by benching him after evey little mistake is  not fact-based.


  50. Mike Boone says:

    A pleasure deferred, bro. Sunday was too sunny to spend thre hours indoors. I’ve got vacation coming up, so I’ll see it soon.

  51. SmartDog says:


    1. Would you trade O’Byrne for a (probable) late 2nd round pick (say to San Jose or Vancouver)?

    2. If you could have had Niemi for $2.75 million, would you have made it work? 

    3. Does the Price hold-out situation reflect poorly on him in any way? 

    4. Would you take Ryder if we could get him for half-salary at 2m for one year?

    5. Given the choice: Captain Gionta or Captain Markov?

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  52. HardHabits says:

    That makes Gomez look like a bargain. A real bargain!!!

  53. Muckbringer says:

    just wanted to share this. is me and my father/boxing day. thats me in the foreground with the toque. hope it brings you shivers too. http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20092010,2,558

  54. K-hab25 says:

    Hey, I resemble that remark. :-) Baseballs boring!!

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    Book your room for Nov.5 & 6 at this # and tell them you are with Habs Inside Out Group or HIO to get the deal rate everyone.

     The hotel  number for Novotel reservations is: 1-514-871-2138

  56. ZepFan2 says:

    Oh, okay.

    I posted those stats because the OP mentioned giveaways. I’m just not a big MAB fan. To me he’s a one-trick pony.

    And for the record, Keith may have had 25 giveaways, he did have 18 takeaways. lol


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  57. g says:

    Have to respectfully disagree. I thought it was a bit to similar to the Matrix-instead of accessing the Mainframe or Network, Inception uses a dream to access a different world. Honestly we’re out of new ideas.

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.โ€ Dryden

  58. Ian Cobb says:

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    so you know that I received your money order and all requested

    I have been given a great price per seat and all the tickets that we are going to need this year. So get them while there hot.

    But remember what we don’t pay for will go on sale to the general public for more money in a couple of weeks.

    So get your money orders in to me for the number of seats you need for both sections, ASAP. With all requested information.

    sure looks like a larger group this year, Come out and have a great
    time meeting with our HIO community and talking about our Montreal

    I am working on some special guests to join us that I have been asked not to make public.

    Fan Summit Updates
    The hotel  number for Novotel reservations is: 1-514-871-2138.. Mention you are with the HIO group to get the deal price.

  59. ZepFan2 says:

    And he didn’t play 125 games in a row. Now did he?!

    I beg to differ on your memory when it comes to O’Byrne. You’re just not a big fan of his.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  60. B says:

    Because you are the one who posted the give away / take away stats. I responded with another set of similar stats to illustrate that those stats may not tell the whole story.

    FWIW: Bergeron averaged about one give away every 24 minutes played in the playoffs, just about the same rate as Duncan Keith. I am certainly not trying to equate Bergeron to Keith overall, just pointing out that it goes beyond a subjectively gathered (and often questioned) real time stat.

  61. alestar says:

    No. Thanks.


    XXIV…and counting

  62. alestar says:

    Bush league officiating: calling everything (real and imagined) until the play-offs start, then the refs randomly call chintzy penalties and let all the blatant fouls go…


    XXIV…and counting

  63. RGM says:

    The Mooseheads are awful and the Metro Centre makes the Mellon Arena look brand new. Granted, if the Habs were to come calling that might inspire some badly-needed renovations to the joint.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  64. ooder says:




    88 is the new 23

  65. HabFanSince72 says:

    He didn’t play every game under Carbo, but he was explicitly put in the line up after bad games.

    My memory isn’t shot.


  66. RGM says:

    Indeed there are: http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg16/RGM81/Josh%20Gorges%20PC/IMG_7089.jpg

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  67. HabFanSince72 says:

    I love the paranoid  “he was benched in favor of MAB” meme.

    First, MAB only played one season here.

    Second, MAB replaced Markov for half the season and for the Pens and Flyers series. He didn’t take Oh-Oh Byrne’s spot.

    Oh-Oh Byrne played 55 games in the regular season, despite missing 19 with a knee injury and 7 for personal reasons. In other words he was not benched.

    If anyone took his spot in the playoffs it was PK.

    He has played 125 NHL games including a full season (minus injury). He hasn’t been shafted.


    Now don’t get me wrong. I hope this is his breakout year.





  68. mbplekfan says:

    Anybody want Ryder back at 4 million???

    Im sure the bruins would take almost anything to unload him…

  69. ZepFan2 says:

    Then your memory is shot.

    He played 33gp in 07-08 and 37gp in 08-09.

    The most was last year at 55gp and that was under Martin.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  70. Favorite Son says:

    Even without Picard in the mix there still wasn’t room for O’Byrne. Markov, Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, Gorges and Subban are the top 6.

  71. Favorite Son says:

    Some say he’s worse than MAB…doesn’t matter though, he won’t play with the Habs.

  72. Kristopher7 says:

    Boone, what did you think of Inception?
    I apologize if you’ve already answered this question.

  73. punkster says:

    Yep, went on Andrew’s recommendation too. Excellent movie!


  74. Storm Man says:

    The first movie I saw with Dicaprio in it was The Basketball Diaries from that point on his body of work in movies has been great ( Maybe 2 or 3 movies) that were not his best move as a actor but Inception was a great movie and look forward to watching him play J. Edger Hoover in the movie Hoover coming out in 2012.

  75. crabvader says:

    He NEVER played 125 in a row. They were all blotchy spots on the calendar. Inconsistent game time because he was being benched in favor of MAB SIMPLY because we had no offense from the blue line.

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