Plekanec, Halpern day to day


The Habs had a look at a new defenceman for Thursday’s game. Name is Carey Price. Helmet looks a little weird, but he’s got a heck of a shot. Spies shot this from seventh-floor press gallery with a video camera, taken at great personal risk. An anonymous fellow spy from La Presse whom we’ll identify only as “Marc-Antoine Godin” reports that Price, er, borrowed P.K. Subban’s gloves and Benoit Pouliot’s stick for the tryout. Another photo below.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin reports that forwards Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern, who missed the third period of Tuesday’s game vs. Washington with lower-body injuries, are considered day to day and might be available to play Thursday at home vs. Tampa Bay. Neither injury is deemed long-term.

The aching Habs took their second team photo of the season on Bell Centre ice at 10:30 am, the post-trade deadline version that is considered the official 2010-11 club portrait. As he usually is for practice, Plekanec was first on the ice for the photo.

Not on hand, but to be Photoshopped into the final image, were Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges, all injured and unavailable to pose, and Hal Gill, who stayed home ill. Jaroslav Spacek, rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery, wore his jersey with shorts, knee socks and sneakers.

Only four Canadiens practised following the 10-minute photo session: Alex Auld, Alexandre Picard, Mathieu Darche and Brent Sopel. The rest of the team worked out off ice.


Carey Price lets fly after the Canadiens’ four-man practice Wednesday.


  1. Timo says:

    Only makes sense. YOu get results you get some slack. You don’t (Gomez, Cammi) – no slack.

  2. Bill J says:

    Nice timing to do it against the team that drafted him 🙂

  3. The Cat says:

    Did you read it? lol

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  4. mrhabby says:

    never get approval from any of those cities you mentioned. Be years away for Hamilton getting a franchise and the maritimes is just not economically possible.

  5. Bill J says:

    Yes I did as a matter of fact Smug Cat.

    What Incredible talent did the Habs land with this <cough cough> advantage ?

    Even Zepfan cited a DIFFERENT source of debunking your theory, and BOLDED IN CAPS for ease of reading the “fine print” you clearly are missing.

    LOL indeed!

  6. Bill J says:

    Way to back-peddle with a pathetic reply.

    “Hab hatred isn’t new, people forget the Habs were the benefits of the ‘we get the top 2 french players’ rule until 1970.”

    Above is your post I had issue with.  What benefits are you referring to then ?

    Oh & secondly 1970 ??  more like 1936-1943 (7 years) and again NOT ONE PLAYER drafted as part of this rule ever skated one minute in professional Hockey.


    So how exactly does this not change anything ?  Maybe you should stop imitating Bruce Boudreau, and take “Le Baron’s” sage words of advice from last night “FERME TA TRAPPE LE CHAT!, FEEERRRMME TA TRAPPE”

    k 😉

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    It has nothing to do with Canada.

    If you’re referring to thuggery, then that is actually a very Canadian aspect of the game.

  8. The Cat says:

    Just because it didnt have the desired effect doesnt change anything.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. HabFanSince72 says:

    an extremely dangerous and stupid thing to do.


    AKA a “hockey play”.


  10. avatar_58 says:

    Funny, the AHL can suspend. Why can’t the NHL?

  11. LA Loyalist says:

    If we start exporting Poutine, all will be well.

  12. The Cat says:

    Ok cause youre slow today Bill. its like if the next game after Chara hit Max he potted 2 goals in his own net causing the bruins to lose; would you say its a good thing he didnt get suspended? People hate what they perceive to be preferrential treatment.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  13. LA Loyalist says:

    Last year he hadn’t earned the right to goof around.


  14. Bill J says:


    “earned” such a strong word in the context you are using it.

    Are you referring to his young age ?  Or are you stating that Price had not proven anything yet ?

    Because in both of the above cases I could provide counter-evidence to debunk your thinking.

    If this is NOT what you meant, please elaborate.

  15. Bill J says:

    WOW – YOU are calling ME slow ?

    WTF does this post have to do with the Habs drafting 2 French Canadian players (who NEVER played hockey) as an advantage ?

    When I told you to “Ferme ta trap” I meant it so that you would stop making yourself look like a complete fool.  Apparently this is what you want today.


    And to address this unrelated to the topic question you have for me…

    What Chara does or does not do in the games that followed, has NOTHING to do with the illegal (or legal depending on which side of the fence you are on) hit on MaxPac.

    Any other gems you want me to clear up for you ?

  16. ZepFan2 says:

    I guess you missed the part where that “special” rule helped the ruins land Orr.

    Now name one of the picks the Habs took first with their “special” pick.

    ———————————————————————— Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

  17. CoachJoe says:

    Maybe Boivin compared what Mcguire told him to what others might have shared and decided that Mcguire does not know as much as Mcguire thinks he does.

    Name me one other ex-coach in the media who actually wants to get back in the NHL again that has not succeeded?  The league rehashes old names over and over again and yet Mcguire can’t get himself a gig.  

    So, we are stuck listening to his talent of pointing out the obvious and bashing the Habs.

  18. Bill J says:

    Actually because I am being very accurate in my discussion with the feline. I need to correct you here.

    Orr was NOT acquired due to the “special rule” Cat is alluding to (2 top french picks BS) Orr was acquired due to those “C” forms, he was signed at the age of 11 years old.

    THIS “C” form is the reason the “French player” draft thing never succeeded because back then (as indicated in your first post on the matter) because every single boy who skated with a Hockey stick was “signed to C form” long before they where eligible for this “special draft”

    However, bringing up the C forms paints a perfect picture.  The Habs NEVER had a “real” advantage, the NHL tried to give the Habs an advantage to help the team survive, but it was not a very well thought out plan.  And frankly, I’m glad it did not work.  Because if it had, this Myth could not be debunked.

  19. HalifaxHabs says:

    ridiculous statement… the guy isn’t a robot or a slave, it’s ok for him to skate around and have some fun on non-mandatory practice day, whether he is the best goalie in the league or the worst.

    NHL players are actual humans you know.

  20. ZepFan2 says:

    Well the point I was trying to make was, a C-form player from my understanding, are players that were actually worth signing.

    The “special” draft just allowed the Habs to get the scraps, ie: French players that would never make it in the first place.

    Or am I wrong?

    ———————————————————————— Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

  21. Jordio-oh says:

    based on what?

    His numbers weren’t bad enough to justify how bad everyone shredded him for things that were based largely on speculation and hearsay.

  22. Bill J says:

    Nope, this post you’ve got it bang on.

    I just didn’t want Cat to think because you alluded to the “special rule” that somehow the Habs DID land someone as part of the draft in question.

    Ultimately, every single NHL team had the same benefits.  Therefore Myth debunked.

    I too believed the myth for many years, but I really enjoy clearing it out when the opportunity arises. 🙂


  23. ZepFan2 says:

    I wish it were true and would have continued past the ’70’s.

    Imagine, we could have had Bourque, Mario Lemieux and Vinny on the same team. 😉

    ———————————————————————— Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

  24. ZepFan2 says:

    That would be awesome for us, not so much for everyone else.

    Ahh, one can only dream, eh!

    ———————————————————————— Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

  25. habstrinifan says:

    Felt it here in Ottawa too though not as strongly as last summer’s.

  26. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So Marchand elbows Umberger in the head from behind (intentionally, does that even have to be said here), and this is not on the TSN homepage. They have a “Now or Never” article talking about the Leafs making the playoffs!!!!

    WTF is wrong, why is that friggin’ news. The GMs are meeting and talking about headshots. Marchand’s hit should be the talk of the town. Heatley should be reviewed as well, although from the two times I watched the video, it looks like Ott “sold” that one.

    But TSN is talking the Leafs still having a shot at the playoffs, the boat left 3 weeks ago!!!!

  27. Bill J says:

    a Gag order was placed on the events that transpired last night in the NHL.

    They can not afford for OTHER teams to speak up, seeing as “only Hab fans complain about head shots”


  28. shiram says:

    So I was wondering, with us missing 2 centers, and having 2 rookies centers on the team, and Gomez, well we are hurting for good experienced centers! Would a call up from Hamilton replace Plekanec? The short answer is no, if DD or Eller cannot fill Pleky’s boots, no one in Hamilton is likely to be able to do it.

    Again it would be great to see Gomez step up his game, and play like the veteran he is. But even if he does we are missing at least one center.

    It got me to wondering about Cammy, who used to be a center, it could be interesting to try him out as a center.

    We’ll still be missing a ton of forwards, and someone from Hamilton will have to be called up, but maybe Cammy could do a decent job? We all know how much he loves having the puck on his stick.

    Also very weird disallowed goal last night, if it we’re a Habs goals I’d be pissed, but it seems it is just one of those weird seldom used rule. There was some interference with the ref too…

  29. RGM says:

    Really had to search around to find anything online. McKenzie tweeted about it fairly early this morning but outside of that, pretty quiet. Funny, that.

    Go Habs Go!

  30. SLONCOLD says:

    hey if you don’t like unfortunate hockey plays don’t watch the game….

  31. ZepFan2 says:

    I wonder if Cherry will talk about Marchands lack of respect?

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  32. Graves says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with the Marchand elbow. It was just [another Bruin blatantly attempting to injure someone] a hockey play. In fact, I think it was Subban’s fault. Kid needs to show more respect. He could learn a thing or two from Marchand.



  33. shiram says:

    It is hard to have any faith in the League in upholding their own rules. The zebras are also not very consistent in alot of calls they make.

    Clearly a dangerous move, and clearly an illegal hit to the head, clearly should have a suspension as well. On the youtube video I watched even a Bruins fan said it was a stupid move, and warranted a suspension.

    As per TSN, well they cater to their market first.

  34. Bill J says:

    …So says Bruce “almighty” Boudreau – cuz HE has the final say! 🙂 lol

  35. Propwash says:

    The NHL is a freakin’ joke these days.

  36. DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

    Hate the fact that Plek is out but don’t mind seeing the little big 3 reunited as they were destined when they first arrived.  If this doesn’t produce assists for Gomez and goals for Cammy this season nothing will.  Although they will be facing toughest opposition line.  Hopefully they get some chemistry going and if so stay together since Pleks can play with anyone and make them look good.

    Wonder if it’s worth trying Pouliot at centre on occasion…

  37. RC-51 says:

    Wondering if Marchand will get suspended for his elbow yesterday? Probably not! Looked to me like an “unfortunate hockey play”

  38. SLONCOLD says:

    i know he complained about the disallowed goal too lol. that was an unfortunate hockey play as well and he nor the fans should complain about it because if it happened to our habs he and the fans wouldn’t be complaining.

    it’s just a hockey play gone bad lol

    i really hate this buzz term hockey play lol

  39. Say Ash says:

    Boston fans debating Marchand:

    Marchand barely hit him at all, Umberger did what he does best…DIVE, DIVE, DIVE!!”

  40. Malreg says:

    Gabriel Dumont was just suspended for 10 games by the AHL for a boarding hit on March 13th.  Can’t find any video of it yet…

  41. Bill J says:

    Excellent analogy, I had not thought of that angle.


  42. SLONCOLD says:

    nh’sl view:

    – Marchand is not that kind of player

    – Marchand didn’t want to hurt him

    – Marchand doesn’t have a history in regards to being suspended

    – it was a hockey play, an unfortunate hockey play

    – umberger didn’t protect himself

    – umberger wasn’t hurt

  43. RGM says:

    There’s some pretty scary pictures out there that should frazzle just about anybody. The human brain goes truly wonky when it is concussed – here’s a pic of a regular brain compared to a concussed brain when doing a simple arithmetical equation: It’s lit up like a Christmas tree.

    Go Habs Go!

  44. Jordio-oh says:

    Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the Boston Bruins, is the head of the Board of Directors that is in charge of deciding if Gary Bettman keep his job or not. They give him a 5 year, 40 mill (or close) extension in November.

    So I won’t be surprised to find out the Marchand hit gets forgotten about it.

    A moral person would have a hard time trying to be perfectly unbias after receiving 7+ mill a year extension from the Board of Directors, headed by the Bruins owner.

    Imagine what kind of effect said extension has on a weasel like Gary Bettman…

  45. SLONCOLD says:

    and finally if he doesn’t like it, don’t coach in the nhl.

  46. RGM says:

    Here’s the update on Pleks & Halpern:

    “Both Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern‘s conditions will be evaluated tomorrow,” said Martin.

    The team made no commitment to recalling anyone on Wednesday from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, though when asked who would be next on the farm’s forward depth chart, Martin mentioned forwards Aaron Palushaj and Nigel Dawes.

    Go Habs Go!

  47. Graves says:

    Ha! That’s even better than the Colin Campbell flowchart of discipline.

  48. LA Loyalist says:

    More research, ladies and germs:

    “Introducing 9-year-olds to bodychecking is not safer: study” from

    Please visit link:–introducing-9-year-olds-to-bodychecking-is-not-safer-study&nbsp;

  49. Strabo says:

    Excellent video of the hit. The person who posted it does it in slow motion at the end and you can see that hit puts his elbow out at the end. Has to be a suspension, but I doubt we will see it.


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  50. ed lopaz says:

    maybe its time to start thinking in terms of 2 leagues.

    League #1 would be supporting:

    head shots, no visors, equipment that is manufactured to be a weapon, fighting, race for icing, hits from behind,

    Boston, Philly, Rangers, and whoever else would want to stay in that NHL could do so.

    league #2 would be headed up by Geoff Molson and Mario Lemieux

    no head shots, visors, equipment that protects instead of injuring others, no fighting, no touch icing, no hits from behind.

    Like the American League in baseball insisted on the DH rule, we could break away and insist on our own rules.

    We would only play against the other league for the Stanley Cup, and home team league rules would apply during the series.

    The way this current NHL is run, I’m not happy supporting it any longer.

    I would rather put my support behind Molson, Lemiuex any day.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  51. ZepFan2 says:

    According to some ruins fans, Max must be faking.

    “Well, guess who lied?

    All those protests? Air Canda, Molson, POLICE INVESTIGATIONS?

    All because the Habs coach went public saying Pacioretty had a “severe concussion”.

    Now, a week later, he’s symptom free? How does that happen?

    All lies, just to get Chara suspended for the hit.

    This makes me sick.”


    Are these people insane?

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  52. ed lopaz says:

    its not only Jacobs.

    Bettman is supported by MOST NHL GM’s.

    Thats why he got the extension.

    The problem is THE LEAGUE – NHL – does not agree with us.

    It is a league wide problem with maybe 6-10 teams supporting Molson and Lemiuex.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  53. OverseasFan says:

    No, those Bruins fans are absolutely right. People are always fracturing their own C4 vertebrae and risking paralysis.

    Kids regularly fake breaking their own necks in the morning to get out of going to school.

    Go Habs Go!

  54. PrimeTime says:

    The TSN game story last night was how WAS has so well changed their style of play. It worked out great for the broadcast and McGuire soaked it for all it was worth. You have to wonder if their stats show that the majority of viewers watching are anti-Hab fans. We know there are a lot of hockey fans that despise MTL but do they tune in to watch McGuire bash the Habs?? You would think TSN would just broadcast the game neutrally……but again maybe I’m a little biased and McGuire is a true pro! Ha Ha.Get well, Max!

  55. Hobie Hansen says:

    No Fighting, u crazy?

    I like the Mario and Molson league but allow fighting!

  56. PrimeTime says:

    If the roles were reversed you would not expect some crazed Hab fans to say something just as stupid?? Get well, Max!

  57. ZepFan2 says:

    Oh, so I’m the insane person then? lol

    My head hurts.

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  58. Strabo says:

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  59. ZepFan2 says:

    Why did you have to bring up Tony? 😉

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  60. ed lopaz says:

    I also like fighting. 🙂

    But its time to stop it.

    I was a huge Chris Nilan fan growing up.

    But just like drinking and driving, not wearing a seat belt, no helmets and face masks for goalies, the days of hockey fighting should come to an end.


    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  61. shiram says:

    As per Rds.

    Pleky and Halpern, no serious injury, could play Tampa.

    Auld could be in nets tomorow or friday.

  62. ed lopaz says:

    Mcguire bashes the Habs because thats what TSN wants, and thats what TSN viewers want to hear.

    When Mcguire was a radio color man for CJAD Habs broadcasts with Dino Sisto, Mcguire was a huge habs supporter.

    He is paid hundreds of thousands to bash the Habs.

    Its his job.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  63. CoachJoe says:

    Mcguire bashes the Habs because the GM post of the Habs is the job he truly wants.  Everything he says about the Habs has undertones of “if I were running this team”…

  64. pierre lapuck says:

    There is a simple solution.  All the NHL has to do is 1) standardize the penalty phase on plays that are reviewed.  ie: no prior incidents, first blow to the head is a X game sspension.  next is x+ and so on.  If the player has a record already then x becomes x+ whatever.  They must take the arbitriness out of this as it will always be seen as favoritism or nepotism or you know.  2) the fact that a player has no prior incidents should only be releveant in asessing penalty not in determining motive or guilt.  And 3) a NON hockey guy/gal should be the league disciplinarian if not simply for the optics of it but someone who understands HOW the fans enjoy the game not simply how the game is played.  A penalty is a penalty no matter who’s watching.

    As for the arenas and their environmnts; that’s on the league and the NHLPA.  Lets see if Fehr still has a pair or if he too will bow to the owners and we’ll see the league’s true resolve. 

    I for one want hitting and physical play.  I don’t mind the ocassional fight between two guys mad at each other not goon vs. goon or “I have to do something we’re loosing 6-1”.  What I don’t want to see is guys getting carted off the ice on stretchers, picked up with blotters, or cried over at a funeral.

    Rant off.

  65. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Dave: kudos on your appearance on OTR last night. You did a damn fine job. Articulate and personable. Hardly like a print journalist at all. Lol.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  66. HardHabits says:

    You might think I am crazy and I will gladly confirm that although I am a-religious and view the Bible, New Testament and Old, as being Mythology and non-factual, that I think the power of 21,000+ fans praying with the combined energy of the Hab faithful might have something to do with this. Pacioretty didn’t just dodge a bullet, he dodged an atomic bomb.

    Either that or Pacioretty is wolverine.

  67. forskis says:

    Who cares what others say…the Habs will be bashed if they do good or bad…besides, if you want to stoop to their level, then accuse Savard of faking this new concussion so that the B’s get cap relief, Bergeron for faking since it got Randy Jones suspended and Krejci faked his broken wrist because he was paid to help the B’s blow a 3-0 games lead….and they were saying he was faking since Day 1.

    The Habs will be bashed even if they win the Cup just like they will definitely be bashed by not winning the Cup.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  68. The Cat says:

    Hab hatred isnt new, people forget the habs were the benefits of the ‘we get the top 2 french players’ rule until 1970.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  69. Bill J says:

    No, a crazed Hab fan would NOT say something as un-educated as that.


  70. Danno says:



    This is a serious question.

    Given the level of disenchantment with the NHL, we hear more and more people talking about the possibility of breaking away from it and forming an all-Canadian league.

    And like EricinStL said down below the CPHL could be a viable entity composed of “Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and a team in the maritimes. Add maybe 3 to 4 other teams that would survive with a salary cap.”

    Now, given that the Stanley Cup DOES NOT BELONG TO THE NHL OR GARY BETTMANN, but rather it is property of the Governor General of Canada, is it conceivable that if a Canadian Professional Hockey League were formed we could repatriate the Stanley Cup back to Canada. Forever.

    I think it’s possible. And after all the BS from Bettman and co. of late  I think it’s a damned good idea who’s time has come.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  71. Jordio-oh says:

    You’re right that Bettman is supported by most GM’s.

    But my point was that the Bruins owner is the one who gets the last signature on Bettmans extension papers so the shock over the Bruins getting away with more than we think they should isn’t that shocking.

  72. RGM says:

    “Ohhhhh,” the Bruins fans will say, “you have to slow it down to make it look truly bad though. It’s a high speed game and things don’t happen in slow motion. You can take all the still frames you want of Chara ‘supposedly’ guiding what’s his name into the stanch…stant…pad but it doesn’t make it true.”

    Go Habs Go!

  73. observer says:

    Montreal has more fans not from the city than other teams have. In Toronto 90% of those cheering for the Habs live there. In Buffalo too there are a lot of Habs fans and out west. And in states, more than Leafs have for sure.

  74. Danno says:



    So does soccer. Fans and analysts alike fear the rise in violence will ruin their sport. In this article they point the finger at the NHL as the wrong direction to take. Very interesting piece from across the pond…



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

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