Pierre Allard is new strength and conditioning coach

Pierre Allard replaces Lorne Goldenberg, whom the Canadiens fired as their strength and conditioning coach after one season.

Allard, who will be 38 next month, is a native of Montreal who played professional hockey in Europe, including five seasons with the Manchester Storm of the English league.

He has a B.Sc in kinesiology from the Université de Montréal and, in 2004, founded Allard Training.

Allard’s personal training clients include Bruno Gervais of the Islanders (who Tweeted the news; the team hasn’t announced it) and Penguins Max Talbot and Kristopher Letang.


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We abhor all forms of violence … unless it’s inflicted on a guy whose bodycheck injured Andrei Markov.

Hockeyfights.com has voted Evander Kane’s demolition of Matt Cooke the KO of the Year.



  1. C3P1 says:

    the price signing was totally set up by the auld signing.  by sigining an old, washed up goalie as the cheap backup for him, PG put himself in a position to be eaten up by price.  but the guy has too much potential to just be allowed to walk away. people hate him for this, that, or the other reason, but the fact of the matter is that he is a kid who has had literally the weight of an entire province and the hope of the greatest north american sports team in history on his shoulders since he was 21. jaro bided his time and waited for the ideal moment, then pounced.  there has never been any pressure on him to perform, so when he did well, he was a hero, and when he was bad, it was the “he’s the backup” excuse.  you cannot expect goaltenders to come in and be incredible in their first years in the NHL, even high draft picks. something that every price hater on this site seems to not realize is that there will NEVER be another patrick roy. ever. you look at fleury, luongo, guys who were not very good their first years in the league because they were young, inexperienced, and had awful teams in front of them. price has excellent technique, he can handle the puck, he’s big, hes a year more confident, and now he does not have someone breathing down his neck, which is when he clearly performs better. 2nd half of 08, nobody on his ass, awesome. first half of 09, nobody on his ass, awesome.  second half of 09 and all of 10, mediocre with good moments in there. this team has much bigger problems than who is in nets, most notably, who is defending said nets.


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  2. jerjerbigs44 says:

    Who is Clay4bc anyway? Are you Halak’s agent or something? You certainly are just as cocky. Why do you go bashing Price and everyone who disagrees with you? What exactly are you trying to prove? We will all see who is right with the Price/Halak deal within the next couple years. You seem to forget that Halak got yanked what, 3 times in the playoffs for letting in 4 or 5 in a game. He was terrible in a couple more as well so let’s say in 1/3 of the games he is brutal, 1/3 he is average and 1/3 he is unbelievably amazing. I would rather gamble with Price than have those kind of odds. Halak did carry a heavy load in the playoffs, but he is too small, can’t see over traffic, can’t handle the puck, and gives up way too many rebounds. Price mainly gets beat on 2 on 1’s and odd man rushes but is otherwise pretty technically sound. I like this gamble and hope it pays off. My prediction is that Halak will be the Tim Thomas of 2010/2011 but only time will tell.

    Let’s debate on here but not berate!!

  3. derfab says:

    1- The terms “brilliant” and “salary cap expert” somehow don’t go together. I say it is a bizarre testament to idiocy to even think it possible. Brisebois was one step above head usher.

    2- Cooke “finished his check” on Markov but never should have been given the idea that he could do so without risking his life.

    2a)-If a team allows its best players to be routinely hit, cleanly finished or not, it is not a team that can win.

    character is derfab destiny.

  4. sass says:

    don’t like to rejoice in someone’s pain, but as far as i’m concerned, he’s had it coming for a while. you play dirty, you’re bound to p!ss off the one guy who will not stand for it.

    he deserved it not because he injured markov in what was regrettably an ok hit, but mostly, in my mind, for going straight for gill’s 52 fresh stitches behind his leg in game 7. classless move of all classless moves, specially on a former teammate whom he had just won the Cup with the previous season.


    good on kane for taking him down with a single punch, too. go kid.


    ps- i’m trying to find footage of his hooking on gill everywhere and it’s nowhere to be found. if anyone has it, it would be appreciated if you could direct me to it. thanks!

  5. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah…vegetables. Those, and a lot of meat, are good for eating. But when masquerading as management, not so useful.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  6. Clay4bc says:

    Yes, I honestly think that’s all he is worth, as do many others, even of the Price faithful. We shouldn’t pay for “potential” – rather, we should pay for results. It’s not that I want to only pay a goalie 1.5 mil, it’s just that this goalie is only worth that. No one is throwing him “under a bus”, or any other vehicle. I just don’t share your irrational love for a goalie who has done nothing to earn it.

    And…he “will” mature into a great goaltender? You’re certain of this? I am all for “patience”, but he needs to show he can play with the big boys before he gets paid like them. He was relegated to back-up last season for a reason – because he was NOT good enough. All the potential in the world means nothing to me. I put the team before one player.

    Your words are “marked”, though – as per your request. Not sure what good that will do. Do you think I wish failure on Price? Think again. I want my team to win, period. I simply think Price is an over-rated primadonna, who has average skills, and worse puck-tracking ability…and I will be ecstatic if he proves me wrong.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  7. Tell It Like It Is says:

    According to the “other” papers, losing Julien Brisbois was a monster loss. They call it a brilliant mind leaving.

    Really? Let’s look at only one situation and How come they don’t talk about his big CBA error of last year that embarrassed the Habs. That error in a Habs win against Ottawa could have cost the Habs a playoff spot if the 2 points would have been taken away

    Thursday, December 10, 2009
    A procedural error by the Montreal Canadiens could cost the team a significant (probably six-figure) fine for using an ineligible player in Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

    Center Ryan White reportedly was pulled in the opening period when league officials noticed the Canadiens were using a player whose recall had not been registered with the NHL office.

    The Canadiens played the rest of the game short one forward — a situation that could have been a lot worse if White hadn’t been pulled from the ice. According to TSN.ca, the Canadiens might have had to forfeit their win if White had finished the game

    : http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/The_Grinder/entry/view/47208#ixzz0u7ooSGcf 

    This violation is considered a serious breach and the feeling is the league will come down hard on Montreal to send a message throughout the league.

    It’s believed to be the first such incident since the lockout of 2004.


  8. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Do you honestly belief that is all Carey Price is worth? Question? Do you think that Carey Price would get a better offer from other clubs that just 1.5m? I would think so!!!! Would you rather see Carey Price go to another team? What would the Habs organization do then? I cannot believe the Habs would get another goalie as cheap as what you indicated to offer Carey Price. Would they and who is your choice? Sure bet its much higher than 1.5m.

    Carey Price is young and will mature into a great goaltender. Patience is the way to go and just not throw Carey Price underneath a bus like must of you would do IF you were given the chance to do so. Carey Price is the MAN for many years to come and will shine this coming season. Mark my words!!! Take it to the bank!!!

  9. The Capitalist Pig says:

    I don’t know if Price has PG in that type of hold. Is he really that much better than Alex Auld? (I do agree on Halak though. John Davidson and his crew walked away with a potential Conn Smythe winner. That’s the downside of having vegetables in your front office.)

  10. Clay4bc says:

    Too much money, considering last season’s numbers…$1.5 mil is all he’s worth. I think it likely he will get more than that, but only because PG was too foolish to sign him when we still had a better goalie. Now Price has PG (and thus the Habs) by the balls.


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  11. Clay4bc says:

    Re: the trainer…meh…

    Re: Matt Matt Cooke…he deserves every ounce of pain he gets…but that hit on Markov was totally clean. Just finishing his check, like any player should. There are enough reasons to hate Cooke without making things up…


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  12. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Carey Price signs a 3 year deal at 2.5m per year. IMHO that should make it a done deal? Final answer. Leaves the team with 3m in Cap Space. I say get er done!!!! Go Habs Go!!!

  13. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    More is coming to him against the Bruins.

  14. kempie says:

    I could watch this clip of that gutless little puke getting knocked the F out ALL DAY LONG!!!!! The hockey community thanks you, Mr. Kane, for your contribution. Seriously, thank you.

  15. Chuck says:

    #25, here we come!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

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