Playoff fever boosts HIO

What a difference a deep run makes!

In May, 2009 – with the Canadiens long out of the playoffs after one embarrassing round – Habs Inside/Out had 777,947 page views.

Last month, the views were up to 2,403,430 – even factoring in the server debacle that knocked us out for a few days after the Canadiens’ elimination.

That’s a whopping 209 per cent increase.

Patrick V. Hickey is spending his bonus money on a new old car.

David Stubbs has bid for Charlie Hodge’s jock on eBay.

I’m spending 90 per cent of mine on booze, loose women and recreational pharmaceuticals. The rest I’ll probably just waste (gag stolen from the great Tug McGraw).

Numbers are from Google Analytics, courtesy of Gazette marketing stats wizard David Klimek (he’s still single, ladies).

115 Comments

  1. mike g says:

    Above all, his system demands hard work.

    That’s what you need if you want to be the champs. JM knows that. Why do you think he never won in Ottawa? Because Yashin and a whole bunch of other guys never wanted to work for success. Yet, everyone blamed JM for his teams lack of being able to win the big game. Well, you don’t win the big prize unless you work for it.

    I don’t see one guy, not even one, on the Hawks team that grabs his behind. They all work harder than anyone else. That why they are 2 games away from winning the Lords Mug.

    There are so many factors that go into building a champ. You need talent, skill, luck, discipline, etc…..But above all, you need hard work. And without that single ingredient, you will never win anything. Insert hard work into a team lacking in another department, and you can still win.

    It’s just that simple. Some understand it, others don’t.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  2. Willy the bum says:

    CHING CHING!!!

  3. mike g says:

    When you are in the NHL, not pee-wee, and you are told to do something, you do it…

    When ur trying to prove yourself night in and night out like he was, you listen to what the coach says. If he says go to the front of the net because ur 230 lbs, you go there. When ur not the fastest player in the world, don’t try play like Gaborik. If you listen to what the coach says and you do it, he will have confidence in you.

    Tom Pyatt is our best example this year. He was a throw-in in the Gomez trade. Last year would you rather have had Higgins or Pyatt on this team? Guaranteed we all say Higgins, because we had no idea who Pyatt was. But look at the impact that those 2 guys had on their teams this year. Higgins was traded twice, and was hopeless. Tom however, played a big role on our 3rd line, worked his butt off, and even got a few cracks at our top lines. Did he produce big numbers, no. But the effort was there. If on one shift he had to go into the corner, or backcheck alot, he did it. If he had to go to the front of the net on another shift, he did it. Why?, because he doesn’t take anything for granted and works for his ice time.

    And, he was rewarded accordingly.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  4. habs4later says:

    I’m willing to bet he doesn’t score more than 15 goals.

    scoring those goals in Minn was just a 1 hit wonder. won’t happen again. what useless piece of garbage.

  5. JasonM says:

    Lats > Benny

    Let’s see if Lats will win next season again. I’d love to see him score 30+ goals.

  6. mike g says:

    I have no police evidence, incase that’s what your looking for.

    That would be impossible to get. But being someone who played high level hockey for 18 years, I can tell when a player works hard honestly, and when someone is trying to make it look like they are working hard. You can probably do the same, you don’t have to have played hockey.

    Tell me, do you think Andrei K works very hard? Is he tenacious, and play with so much intensity that he deserves big minutes?

    Or should Pleks and Josh G get those big minutes, because they earn it?

    Picture someone at your office having the same job as you. You work overtime and alot harder than him, while he’s on his cell phone all day with his buddy. When it comes time for a promotion, he gets it and not you. That doesn’t sound right, does it? Well, JM knows that, and he coaches with those who earn their ice time, regardless of who they are..

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  7. Storm Man says:

    Who cares what Tender foot has to say, He can go walk around the mall of america at the end of summer and talk about how great he is. Unless you are part of this team I dont give a crap what you have to say.

  8. c.robillard says:

    As much as I love Markov’s play, I just see him demanding a high-paying salary next year, and based on the modern track-record of the Canadiens, we may lose him to free agency for nothing

  9. mike g says:

    I’m not gonna sit here and defend JM, because I don’t think he’s perfect either…

    But why is Josh Georges so popular with JM? Why is Hal Gill so popular with JM? Why did Max Lapierre go from JM’s dog house, to favorite 3rd liner? And why are Cammy, Pleks, Gomez, Gionta, Tom Pyatt, Dominc Moore, Subban, etc…so popular with JM?

    IT’S CALLED HARD WORK. Those guys work for their ice-time and every inch on the ice. That’s right, even the young kid Subban, who’s develloping just fine.

    But why are the K bros not popular with JM? Why wasn’t Guy JM’s favorite? Why was Pouliot scratched in the playoffs?

    IT’S CALLED NOT GIVING EFFORT. That simple, no effort no ice time.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a huge JM fan, but Fatendresse undid himself in Montreal. Guimauve had confidence, he thought he was the best thing ever, the problem was he had no work ethic.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  11. terrygain says:

    Once again, what proof do you have that he didn’t work hard? Is the truthful answer, none?

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Video evidence from his 4 years playing here, Guimauve was a more annoying floater than Kovy because while at times could dazzle us with an amazing game, Guimauve would just score a garbage goal and make us wonder why he couldn’t try and do that more often by not being a lazy pile of crap.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  13. mike g says:

    Some people don’t understand that when a coach benches you, he’s not telling you that you suck or that he dislikes you.

    He’s trying to send you a message. And it’s how you respond that defines you as an athelete. If you show signs of life and basically force the coache’s arm to play you, he’ll have no choice to play you. But, if you sit in your corner and cry and do nothing to give the coach reason to play you like Guy did, well then you deserve to sit. That’s called not responding, like when a heart stops pumping and there’s no pulse. If a hockey player has no pulse, he’s worthless…

    When Guy was a healthy scratch, but then had to be inserted into the lineup at the last minute and he wasn’t even at the game (he was sleeping at the hotel), that tells you alot about his desire to play and work for his spot.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  14. terrygain says:

    Denis Savard said it was the job of a coach to give his young players confidence. I agree with him. You guys will defend Martin until this team is destroyed.  

  15. terrygain says:

    What proof do you have that he didn’t work hard in Montreal? He spent last summer getting in shape with his buddy Lapierre.  Aren’t you the least bit curious as to why he thrived in Minnesota under a new coach? I don’t blame him for resenting the fact he was moved out of Montreal before he had a chance to prove himself.

    You’re going to see this scene replayed again and again until Montreal hires a competent coach. 

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Players have to be self-motivated to a certain extent, he was a terribly lazy player who thought his roster spot in Montreal was an entitlement and he didn’t work hard enough to keep it, an embarassment to the CH and a mockery that people would do the “Gui!” chant when he was on the ice. MIN told him he’s going to have to work if he wants to stay in the NHL and that must have been the shocker of the year so he started putting his talent into action.

    Self-admits he stopped trying this season because he figured JM wasn’t going to keep him around, so instead of fighting for his roster spot, he floated so much you’d swear he was the Goodyear blimp.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  17. Mr. Biter says:

    That would be a great move. Saves about $9,000,000.00 cap space and no one knows how AM will play when he returns and what he would want next year as a UFA.

  18. mike g says:

    What if I tell you that Guillaume’s head wouldn’t even fit through your garage door for how big it is?

    Minny isn’t getting more out of him, he’s getting more out of himself. He’s a kid who’s been spoiled since the juniors, and thaught that he didn’t have to work for anything in MTL because he was “Guillaume Latendresse”. As long as he was gonna stay here, he would have been a 3rd/4th line player, for one simple reason; he didn’t wanna work for his sucess. All he wanted was fame, and fame doesn’t fall onto you.

    Mike Cammalleri has fame right now. Jaro Halak, our backup goaltender at the beginning of the year stuck behind a 5th overall pick, has fame right now. Why?, because of simple hard work. Guillaume wouldn’t do this for fame. He would make excuses about how others weren’t allowing him to have success and be famous.

    Minny seems to have changed him, simply because he’s worth nothing there. He’s a scrap, he showed up there as a nobody. Here he thaught he was king, and would have never played well enough.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack


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