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• CKAC reports Brent Sopel has a broken arm, which means he’ll remain undefeated as a Montreal Canadien for a while. Sopel tweeted very early this morning that he was on his way to the White House, where the former Chicago Blackhawk would join his Stanley Cup-winning teammates of last season to meet President Barack Obama at 3 pm this afternoon.

HIO’s Dave Stubbs was interviewed this morning about Pacioretty-Chara on Dan Patrick’s widely syndicated U.S. radio sports show.

And in non-hockey news …

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543 Comments

  1. mrhabby says:

    sopes..has a broken arm. iam shaking my head. for christ sake hockey gods we have had enough. give it up damn it.

  2. HardHabits says:

    I don’t really see what we have to worry about as Habs fans. We’ll make the play-offs by the slimmest of margins now. End up with a useless draft pick. I am sure in a few years the Habs will trade away a few more up and comers for a rebuild project that makes our team the smallest and most vulnerable in the league to injuries once again.

    Couple that with 16 games against the Flyers, Bruins and Leafs who are building teams stocked with bigger players who have an inbred hatred of the Habs. Marry that to a corrupt league that stacks the cards in favour of American teams and it’s a recipe for more of the same over and over again.

    I want to see the team that took the 1976 Cup again.

    It’s tank time people. I hope over the summer the Habs trade away Gio, DD and Cammy, send Gomez to the minors or waive him and start from scratch proper.

    The Pacioretty injury is on Bob Gainey’s head because he was too naive to think the league would actually enforce their rules or live up to the spirit of their intentions.

    The NHL is corrupt. There is collusion and glaring conflicts of interest involved. And it’s not going to change.

    People want to know why I supported tanking. What do you think? Anyways, it’s back on the agenda. There can never be a championship team in the NHL built with half the forwards being under 6 feet tall.

    People say the Red Wings this and the Red Wings that.

    They have 4 players under 6 feet and 3 of 4 are elite. The rest are big and tough and that is why they never get run like the Habs do.

    I blame Gainey because he built this team and the end result is a player almost died and there was no response. If this happened in 1976 Chara would have either gotten the crap beaten out of him or he would have left the arena on a stretcher too.

    There are two choices. Eye for an eye, or turn the other cheek. Last I remember in Roman days the Christians made excellent lion food. March 24th on the menu will be roast habitant fed to the bears.

    We need gladiators not prayers. This is hockey. I love all our smurfs but I wouldn’t want to see a team in today’s NHL with more than one of them on it, regardless of their heart and skill.

    Bob Gainey is one of the people I respect most in the world but he screwed the pooch on this one.

    Back when Gainey traded for Gomez, that wasn’t the move which raised my eye-brow, it was signing both Cammy and Gionta that sent off alarm bells.

    We cannot plan a parade with this line-up. I favour another demolition and a true rebuild, with NHLers not peewees.

  3. fbkj says:

    wont comment on your opinion of saying french canadian but i too was wondering why stubbs was pronouncing it mawntreal and not muntreal

  4. Jocko says:

    Here is the link to the TSN story:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=357561

    each time I see Bettman, I am floored by how blunt he is and how his comments are just plain dumb for a guy in that position.  I mean, his comments towards Air Canada were fueled by his temper.  He was basically telling them to shove it.  If I am a CEO of any other sponser of the NHL, I am thinking I had better never comment on the state of the game, or this little Napoleon may say shove it to me. 

    He is classless.  To keep this guy as the face of hockey is stupid, and at 7.2 mil per year to boot.  Guess we have to suck it up this guy is around for another five years!

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  5. Off-side says:

     

     

    Mr. Stubbs,

     

    I listened to your interview with Dan Patrick.  Apart from everything, I find it insulting that you would narrow your comment about the police intervention to the mention that it originated from a “French Canadian media base”.  Why not simply say “a media source?”.  As an anglo, I find your comment stinks with racism.  Shame on you for saying this.  Secondly, since when did you start pronouncing our city the American way?

    Even more sick to my stomach now.

  6. Rudy says:

    Why? The money doesn’t go to the NHL and I will wear it proudly when Boston plays the Caps the next game.(hopefully in the first round, but doubtful)

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  7. HardHabits says:

    Does it matter? The Bruins still are tougher and meaner than the Habs. They lost Savard but have filled that gap and still lead the division. The Habs have gotten thinner. How many call-ups do the Habs have in the line-up?

    I am saying put a team that doesn’t allow itself to get abused. Forget the retribution. As I said injuries will happen. I am asking that the Habs put themselves in a position where retribution is not needed.

    The Bruins would not take these liberties nor the Flyers if the Habs had more size and grit and less Desharnais’, Giontas and Cammalleris. Add to that Plex and Gomez, Spacek and Hamrlik and you see the trend. Small players or players who are not known for their toughness.

    In the end the Habs have a reputation for being small and dirty and whiners who can’t take a clean hit.

    Not the team I am enjoying being a fan of.

    All eyes will be on the game on the 24th. What I don’t want to see is the Habs win the game only to lose Price or Subban. Don’t tell me the Bruins wont go after our stars.

  8. jew4jah says:

    $25 each at http://www.charasucks.com (they claim a portion of teh funds will go to the MGH in the name of maxpac

     

     

     

    chara = חרה

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    It is mindboggling how childish and petulant this guy can be.  If i am the CEO of other sponsors, i also wonder why i sponsor in a league where the Boss could give a rats ass about his sponsors. 

  10. G-Man says:

    The reason the Quebec Justice minister launched the investigation is precisely because the NHL is not “policing it’s own sport.” Pacioretty could have been killed because Chara was pissed at him. The NHL abdicated its responsibility, so someone has to step in and force the issue. All the blind people who have watched the hit and said Chara did not do it purposefully miss the point. The fact is that he did it. He broke Pac’s neck and concussed him and the Boston-centric NHL discipline boy Murphy saw nothing wrong. This is unacceptable. If the NHL wants legislation from without, they will get it with their criminally negligent attitude.

    What’s that now, 20 concussions thus far this season or more? How can the NHL not get it?

  11. observer says:

    Just some of Gary Bettman’s gambling connections- Tocchet the bookmaker, referee in chief Van Hellemond the compulsive gambler, Boots del Baggio, World Series of Poker commissioner his half-brother same mother Jeffrey Pollack and so on.——– Delaware North began as Jacob Brothers in 1915 and was founded by three Jacobs brothers. The current operating name for the holding company was first used in 1980. Today, the company remains family-owned and operated by Jeremy Jacobs who also owns the Boston Bruins and the arena in which the team plays

    1939 – The Jacobs brothers expand their business by acquiring a racetrack, marking the beginning of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North’s largest operating company

    Late 1990s – Delaware North begins on a path toward becoming the largest racino operator in North America by adding gaming to some of its racetrack properties

    2008/2009 – Won a contract to operate a 4,500 slot machine racino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. It lost the contract in 2009 when it could not make a $370 million upfront payment to the state of New York

  12. Off-side says:

    There’s no need to mention “French-Canadian”.  By doing this, the implication is it’s “them” and not “us”. 

    As far as “Mawntreal” goes, I guess he’s trying really hard to identify with the Americans. 

  13. SPATS says:

    I’ll keep posting this, from another angle, CLEAR intent to injure at 1:24 of this clip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zq7b6QhVdA&feature=aso

    Murphy could not have seen this angle, and if he did, shame on him.

     

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why is Matt Cooke still playing HH? Shouldn’t Lucic and Chara have annihiliated him by now for what he did? They didn’t. Boston loaded with enforcers and they haven’t targeted Cooke each game they’ve played with PIT like he’s a marked man.

    The person responsible for Pacioretty’s injury was no one other than Chara. Gainey couldn’t have chosen better than a 6’2″ power forward with guts and is seemingly indestructible. Pacioretty was made a target by someone I don’t think anyone in the NHL could really take on in a fight, Chara is simply too big to be challenged really.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. wd40 says:

    the guy is a human bobble-head doll

  16. shiram says:

    I don’t think our team and it’s players are wimps. Do you think Desharnais is a wimp just because he is small?

    Physicality is part of the game, and that’s fine, but there is a line where it degenerates into plain violence. The Bruins seems to cross that line frequently, and if the League was more self-aware it would be adressed. Hopefully it can be solved by the GM’s.Players also need to show each other more respect.

    Pouliot fought Krejci, and what has that given us? Lucic now has a bone to pick with Pouliot, and maybe another rivalry will start between 2 players. Will one of them get injured, maybe.

    I would like to have some solid gritty players on our teams, just dont want to see our Habs use such tactics as the Bruins and Flyers.

  17. Hobie Hansen says:

    My Friend is Russian and he says Montreal with a Russian accent, is that OK or should he be deported?

     

  18. observer says:

    who moved the bench to the other side and put a turnbuckle between them? none other than bettman who probably was paid thousands himself to award contracts to put the them up in ALL 30 arenas.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Unfortunately, our wonderful NHL doesn’t have a great reputation for alot of our Past Commisioners and quite a few our team owners and a certain Union Leader named Eagleson.  Problem is it is now 2011 and you would think the corruption would be gone!!

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m well aware our stars have targets on their backs. Boychuk went for Subban’s knees on Tuesday night only for White to unleash the most furious fight I’ve seen from a Habs player since Ryan O’Byrne laid into Patrick Kaleta in the 2009-10 pre-season. Nothing will change, people want a piece of Subban out there and I’m worried every game with the Habs right now.

    Teams will always take liberties depending upon the kind of night they’re having and beating another team badly always has them looking to get in the extra hits for some measure of revenge or if there’s an intense rivalry. I never denied MTL needs to get bigger but I’m not sold ‘bigger and badder’ means your guys are safe. Maybe you win more staged fights and deliver more highlight-reel checks but the stars still wear targets on their backs and nothing seems to make people relent from trying to destroy a player they’ve lined up nowadays.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. Timo says:

    Deport the perpetrator.

  22. kakey says:

    At 00:04 is the sound of death hoovering above.

  23. observer says:

    Mr. Stubbs,

    funny but im not french nor are all those team 990 announcers but see it the same way. what angers me is the wimpy canadian politically correct media who wont ever investigate bettman and what he has done to this game especially in 2nd class canada. today brunt says “quietly bettman received a 5 year extention”. so why doesnt the media find out who exactly voted him this new deal? ALL 30 teams or JUST his board of directors that he has STACKED?

  24. HardHabits says:

    That’s hockey. Always has been. The fact is with more grit asd size the damage is lessened. Part of winning is being lucky enough to not have too many players injured. As ed lopaz astutely points out the USA is society founded on violence. You should watch the new Spartacus series. The Romans knew that blood and guts sold tickets. So does the Starz network.

    But I also agree that Habs hockey is smart hockey. That is what made the Habs champions all those years. But it’s also tough hockey. We need more toughness and IMO a few of the smurfs have to sacrificed, and not on Bruin’s ice, by way of trades.

  25. JF says:

    Darche is rehabbing a groin injury.  He was reported to be skating the other day, so should be back soon.

  26. Off-side says:

    You’re missing the point.

  27. Timo says:

    you are. old news. He is full of that brown stuff though…

  28. HardHabits says:

    Just prepare the slaughter. You know it’s going to happen.

    Why is it always the Habs? Because the team is over all smaller. We have forwards incapable of defending themselves against the Flyers, Bruins and Leafs. It’s going to be more of the same. Just listen to Jack Edwards call the game. He lusts for violence. He endorses it. It’s not going to end.

    Gomez should have two handed Chara at that moment. I am tired of this sh*t. There’s nothing we could do. They are too big.

    Well you know what? Fold the team then because this is the big leagues and we’re little leaguers.

    I would gladly have Brian Burke as GM right now. There’s no excuse. The league has shown they have no intention of dealing with illegal hits that cause concussions or injuries.

    If a ruling comes in that any hit that is interference, boarding, a slash, knee on knee, elbow, hit to the head, any contact that is illegal, as the Chara hit clearly was, and is reckless, as the Chara hit clearly was, that causes injury, if these conditions are met with an immediate suspension then I will change heart. Until then stop the smurf experiment. It failed.

    We need to get tougher, bigger, meaner, dirtier if need be. Otherwise warm the beds in the infirmary.

  29. Mad Habber says:

    No Bettman reminds me more of those troll dolls with the long hair..

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve taken flak before for suggesting DD is not a long-term Hab regardless of his success. I know he has to leave essentially so the Habs can put more size into the lineup. I’ve been haraunged for saying I don’t see any real answers coming from bringing 5’9″ Nigel Dawes in to the lineup. I know we need more 6′ + guys in the lineup and while I plug Brendan Gallagher, I envision him on RW with Lars Eller at centre and Pacioretty on LW. Or Nicklas Jensen if we can draft him. You know me HH, always the futurist and I have faith the farm has the answers many are after.

     

    Seen the series btw, not bad.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  31. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ahh, finally somebody who’s making sense!

    It is definitely a bit much to have Plekanec, Gionta, Gomez and Cammalleri making up the majority of your top six! It’s suicide!

    One or two of them is great but we’re simply over powered. Anyone with half a brain in their head can see that!

    Make some damn changers before next season. We’re not talking goons here, although a couple nasty forth line players would be appreciated.

    Get some bigger bodies on the top six, get a tough stay at home defenseman or two and get some real checkers and grinders for the bottom lines.

    How long does it take for management to see that we’re getting smacked around and injured by bigger teams every year!!!

    They way the Bruins play is a joke and the real way a team should be constructed is somewhere between us and them…

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Tuesday 15th they are planning an NHL decision protest outside the Bell Center, before the Washington Habs game.

    Here is a clip from the last serious NHL protest held in Montreal. Check this link out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO4XPedB9mA

    Will Bettman show up ??

  33. HardHabits says:

    I’d like to know who voted as well and if there were any “nays”.

  34. Hobie Hansen says:

    How original…

  35. observer says:

    jacobs delaware park racetrack last year or the year before had got the state of delaware to allow legal sports betting at their track. which in other words flat out bookmaking of all pro and college sports – they were stopped days before the nfl season was to start by the supreme court.

  36. joshua94k says:

    If it were not for Cammalleri’s goals in the play-offs last year we would not have made the Conference finals.

    If not for Gill, Gorges, Hamrlik, Subban, etc blocking shots and keeping Crosby and Ovechkin off the scoresheet, we would not have made the Conference finals.

    Scott Gomez had 14 points in the play-offs last season and played a strong 2-way game.

    If it weren’t for Bob Gainey, we would be like the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team in confusion.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    I repeat, who ‘served justice’ to Randy Jones when he hit Patrice Bergeron and Matt Cooke when he hit Marc Savard? NOBODY. The Bruins, the Big Bad Bruins haven’t done a bloody thing, figuratively and literally. Their top players were targeted and they didn’t let anyone know they wouldn’t stand for this, they stood around impotently.

    Penguins lead the league in fighting majors, they’ve still lost a few guys to injuries, targeted hits or accidental collisions on players of all sizes. I still say Grabovski suffered a concussion when Chara slammed him into the boards a few weeks ago. The TrculuLeafs didn’t stop him from doing anything to their guy.

    The Habs need more size (and that will come as their drafting in the last couple seasons indicates and undrafted player signings)  but ATM there isn’t a thing in this world that can intimidate Chara from not doing what he wants, when he wants by any player.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  38. HardHabits says:

    Every team knows what it needs to do to beat the Habs. Impose themselves physically on them. Forget the injuries. I blame the league for not having the courage to actually impose punitive measures for the types of hits I am mentioning.

    There should have been a slew of suspensions handed out this year but the league did nothing.

    Injuries will happen. I don’t want to see the Habs get mauled again. Were you even born in 1976 RR? No Habs team in the 80’s would have stood for this.

    Imagine how the game would change if players like Claude Lemieux, Ovechkin, Chara, Chelios and the list goes on got suspended for numerous games for their infractions.

    Fighting would diminish and so would the goonery.

    I am only blaming BG for naivete. The NHL is the true culprit.

  39. shiram says:

    You say you “love all our smurfs”, but isnt that insulting and derogatory? And as much as it was painful to watch what happened to Max, I don’t want the Habs to be doling out those kind of injuries.

    What you are talking about is basically escalation, and from that it can only get worst. The issue is not with our team, but with the league, and the players, and the troubling thing is none of those are showing the players respect.

  40. 100HABS says:

    Dan Patrick is clearly not a full-time hockey fan. Chara, a Norris winner, can DEFINITELY time his hit to put Max in the stanchion. He most certainly did IMO.

    The best and most relevant comment I’ve read so far is Sedin saying Chara lied about not knowing it was Max and not knowing where he was on the ice.

    There should be an appeal process for teams when the league doesn’t do their job. Ex-players and coaches are the jury.

  41. Hobie Hansen says:

    Gill, Gorges, Hamrlik and Subban are not small…

    Yes Cammalleri scorred some huge goals and I love him for it!

    Gainey and Gautheir are doing a good job except finding players with a bit more size and grit.

     

  42. observer says:

    just out on dvd or on  torrent on the web now. won academy documentary award. big business which is what the nhl under bettman is. why enron’s ceo died in jaIL, ETC. WATCH THIS MOVIE PRODUCED BY OWNER OF PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND HIS WIFE –

  43. “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • SeriousFan09 says:

    I am asking a question no one feels like answering. Why is Matt Cooke still in the NHL if the Big Bad Bruins are so scary? Why haven’t they hit this guy 10 times a game they face him and made him retire because he can’t get through a PIT-BOS game without feeling like a truck hit him and backed over him?

    He did what he did, he walked away and Big Bad Boston did nothing. Get back to me when you have an answer to that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • G-Man says:

    Actually, I would like to see both charged. If you cannot replicate what Chara did on the street without being charged, why does playing a sport exempt him?

  • HardHabits says:

    And how far do we go? It’s a two edge sword. How many series have the Habs won against the Flyers?

    I guess we can resign ourselves to beating the Bruins and have our little we won a series riot every few years.

    The team as it stands cannot endure the grind of 4 rounds in the NHL. As it stands the Habs a cannon fodder for the Bruins.

    What do you think will happen on the 24? I am thinking Body Count.

  • shiram says:

    I can understand how you feel, I am definately frustrated at the league, but even then I cannot change the roster on the Habs.

    I think we have some great element in our team right now, and that with our young players we can move forward and improve, if we can add some grit and toughness in there as well, thats good, but not at the cost of our team identity. If we we’re not missing a good number of keys players I think we could still go a long way in the playoffs.

    Hopefully what happens on the 24th is hockey, and not a travesty of violence.

    I will not change my opinion though, I don’t want to see the team I love resort to what the Bruins are doing, and not just the on-ice violence, but also the insults and tirades.

    The team I love is about skill and strategy, and thats what I like to see in hockey.

  • VancouverHab says:

    Gomez is 5′ 11” — not ‘small’…

  • shiram says:

    The Bruins physicality have not had much success in winning games against us in recent times.

  • Mattyleg says:

    I guess Death likes to keep a clean apartment.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  • 100HABS says:

    I’d like to know why he was so quick to move Québec and Winnipeg teams out and it seems so impossible to move a money-losing out of Pheonix. Half his job is dedicated to keeping the Coyotes in a losing market while Canada is begging for teams.

    How much effort did he put into keeping the Québec and Winnipeg teams where they were?

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Born in ’84, draft year of the incomparable Mario Lemieux who spoke out against this as a player and now as an owner. Also the year of  Muller, Hull, Roy,  Robitaille and a host of other fine players.

    I know the book is out on the Habs about how to best defeat them, physically impose themselves on the team but my argument stands. The Habs do need to get bigger, I’ve never argued against that but I don’t think we’re going to see a real change of what happpens to a guy like Max even if we are. Pacioretty would still have been in that position if Ryan Clowe was on the other wing and Getzlaf was his C. Chara would have still been able to grab the first guy to go at him and ragdoll him.

    League has to change and I think the Habs need to get bigger but we should not kid ourselves that ‘getting bigger’ will protect us. Didn’t protect Marc Savard. Didn’t protect Sidney Crosby. Didn’t protect David Perron. Malkin’s 6’3″ and his knee gave out just as well, MCL/ACL gone.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • Off-side says:

    I guess if we focus on the earthquake for a moment, we could say the same thing about the Chara thing.

     

    You bet it is worth mentionning!  There was no need to throw the French media under the train, and that’s precisely what he did!

  • Malreg says:

    You’re not allowed to go around bodychecking people in the streets either, so that’s hardly relevant.

  • wd40 says:

    agree with everything you said. 100%

  • observer says:

    Not only did he move them BUT then immediately instituted a new rule that for any future purchase of a team that team could not be moved for the NEXT SEVEN YEARS. Last 2 years we saw how he blocked Balsillie who offered double what they ended up getting for 2 different franchises. The man is a thief – the Canadian media is silent.

  • wd40 says:

    Chara might be a jackass, but he’s not stupid… they controlled the situation from the start (just heard the media post- game was allowed to ask him 3 questions).  furthermore, with pending “legal action” (not sure how serious we should take this), I’m sure he’s being coached as well.

  • HardHabits says:

    It’s true I do not want to see the Habs become the Bruins or the Flyers. The Habs teams that beat those clubs did it with physicality and skill. We lack the physicality and until we mesh that with skill we will suffer the consequences. Hockey is a physical game. You can’t win without physicality.

    I don’t want to escalate. I just don’t want to see other teams impose themselves on us anymore. We are getting our asses handed to us. We can win games but Flyers and Bruins are dirty and will cause injuries as they are not gracious in defeat.

    The team is not built for an NHL championship and that is the point. They are however built to get abused and that will continue.

    The Habs were dominating the Bruins and what was their response. They tried to run Subban, they managed to severely injure Pacioretty and when the game was over Lucic still tried to goad Pouliot. They are classless goons and they have to be met with ferocity not wimpishness.

    The Habs are wimpy. You can only cry wolf so often.

  • HotHabs says:

    it would be interesting to see a W5 investigative news team or other respected crew look into all of this NHL stupidity and its commander in chief – a one-on-one with Bettman and a hard-nosed interviewer.  I’m already salivating…

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Seriously? Amid all that has happened? What exactly has happened that disallows discussion on race but allows frivolous debate on the size of Gomez’s savings account or why Martin doesn’t smile and frown like the rest of us or why we sit here and discuss hockey at all. The way I see it there are thousands of things much more worthy of debate than anything thats even been mentioned on this site, but yknow, we do it anyway.

    I guess off-side and i should be weeping prayers in some church somewhere for Pacioretty’s recovery?

    For the record, I do hope he gets well soon, but acting as tho this site should be some 24 hour vigil is ridiculous.

  • jbroderi says:

    I am also in agreement. To mot have an external appeal rpocess available, both to victim and the guilty party, is not only negligent, but foolish and completely unacceptable in any other sports league or business in general.  There is too much power put in the hands of one or two men, and even if their intentions were good (i won’t state my opnions on that, good sirs and madames) they still can make mistakes.

     

     “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  • Psycho29 says:

    I didn’t know French Canadian was a race….

    This is all so unimportant….

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Bruins haven’t defended themselves though and they have all the tools. Tough guys and bullies, a bully coach and Campbell’s kid to buy them protection from daddy dearest. I find it hard to believe if Boston really wanted this guy, they couldn’t nail him. If they wanted him, they could get him. No one is that slippery if a team like BOS really wants to pound him.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • shootdapuck says:

    Amid all that has happened is this worth discussion?

    Come on!

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Stubbs is Jamaican, mon!

  • observer says:

    ALL  of them(both sides) making more money than any in the sport made before ————  http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/11/smith-to-players-plan-is-to-decertify/

  • HardHabits says:

    Because Matt Cooke as much as he is dirty is also smart. He skates with a spidey sense, and with his head up. He is also a predator.

    This goes to my point about having him suspended for his hits.

    And it’s not about the injuries. They will happen. It’s about the Habs being unable to defend themselves when push comes to shove. We turtle and it’s disgraceful.

  • fbkj says:

    again, not commenting

  • HabinBurlington says:

    I don’t know if i am way behind posting this, but in today’s Globe, Chara is now saying he didn’t even know it was Paccioretty that he hit!  I mean come on, he is really full of Sh*t now.  Does this not verify the fact he has been lying all along!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/chara-says-he-wasnt-sure-who-he-hit/article1938684/

     

  • avatar_58 says:

    and what? Hope all draft picks are Chara sized? Pacioretty was 6’2 200+lbs…..that’s not big enough? What, he needs 7′ defenders on both sides of the ice?

    Newsflash – the best players of all draftss are usually 5”11 and shorter. Very rarely do you get that amazing HUGE player that has strength and skill to pop 50 goals a season. So how long should the habs tank for? 3 years? 5 years? Yeah, that’ll happen.

     

  • HardHabits says:

    If a conviction is handed down, I want to see the NHL charged, not Chara.

  • shiram says:

    Well that’s fine, but as I said, it feels to me like someone is trying to milk the situation.

    I don’t have any issues with anyone wanting to buy those tshirts, I just would not buy or wear one myself.

  • fbkj says:

    grats stubbs patrick is the man…

  • ed lopaz says:

    you are absolutely correct. 100 Habs.

    If the NHL would have taken about 2 days longer to render their decision, they would have never been able to let Chara walk.

    and that is why they ruled so quickly.

    I had heard that the Habs WERE APPEALING – but maybe I heard wrong.

    facts:

    every pro hockey player knows where he is on the ice at all times

    every pro hockey player knows who the opposition has on the ice at all times

    every Pro hockey player knows that the bench area is extremely dangerous and caution should be taken

    everything else that Chara is saying is suspicious because he has been lying about the facts.

     

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

  • TheDagger says:

    HAHAHA Full marks on that one.

  • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Wow, we truly have some bad mojo. Could we get that little gnome-like woman from Poltergeist to come and “purify” our franchise?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  • punkster says:

    “It is time to stop being stupid”

    The owners, governors, commissioner and his management staff, the NHLPA, the players, agents, the NHLOA and the fans have to stop the stupidity.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Yes he is a dirty SOB always has & always will be.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Thanks.

    The Hockey Gods are very cruel to us this season

  • dpeet says:

    Check out Gutless Chyra

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0lgtzt8iL0

     

    Chyra Suppose to be Mr NICE guy, rotten to the core..Chyra always trys to hit the little guys..

  • wd40 says:

    Apparently from blocking a shot.

  • Chuck says:

    Fantastic article.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    So now there is only one way to rid the NHL of Betman. Do I need to say anymore?

  • samTHEman says:

    This has probably been posted here earlier but I’ll post it anyway incase someone missed it.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/stars+Henrik+Sedin+Thornton+into+Zdeno+Chara+decision+Bruins/4419822/story.html

    HUGE SHOUT-OUT (I almost said shut-out…Carey effect) to Henrik and Joe for comming out and saying this. It’s too bad guys from Pac’s own locker room didn’t come out publicly with such strong comments (besides Eller and Price who were a bit subjective). Wouldn’t be surprised if Thornton gets fined for questioning the league’s integrity.

  • blu3chip says:

    Don’t expect too much from Americans.

  • Clutch10 says:

    I’ve finally gotten watched both end to end angles, and i just unbelievable, that the league or anyone for that matter can say that he didn’t mean to push him into that stanchion. I sickens me.

    I’ve been a habs fan since 1979 ive gotten to see my team play about 12 times in Toronto. I’m finally  driving 1000km to Montreal to see the city and watch my team play against washington on the 26th. I’ve never been more excited in my life but after the game against the bruins the life and enthusiasm has been sucked out of me. I hope my feelings can change by then.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    HHOF member and Member of Parliament Ken Dryden speaks out.

    http://bit.ly/gGu3Ey

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Would U expect anymore from these kinds of people.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    How did Sopel break his arm?

  • Off-side says:

    Unbelievably sick.

  • observer says:

    just now during isles-bruins game – isles announcer blame pacioretty for being reckless going there, bell centre for turnbuckle, air canada “nutcase” who puts in his 2 cents AND praises bettman for telling him he can take his business somewhere else– howie rose another new yawk city homey of bettman of course

  • samTHEman says:

    the isles announcer can stick it where the sun don’t shine. in fact, he should be made aware that nobody gives a flying rat’s ass what he thinks. let’s see how he feels when a 6 foot 9 255 pound norris trophy winning defensemen throws his body into his despicable puny ass, and that’s assuming he can even lace a pair of skates. GTFO…

  • wd40 says:

    It SICKENS me too, and I can’t — for the life of me — understand how there is any “gray area” to this at all.  It was brutal, pre-medidated, and Mr. Chara new EXACTLY what he was doing.  This action deserved a suspension.  

    Effing Bettman.. “(we)…  are extrodinarily comfortable with the decision”  

    I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS! 

  • jrshabs1 says:

     It’s over. Move on. Nothing more to see here. In a perfect world the Habs would be chomping at the bit to play the bruins on the 24th. The AHL and whomever else callup’s would all be in the lineup. The gloves would drop at the start of the 1st. The benches would clear..and then it would be all done. The Habs would get their revenge and the world would be perfect again. Instead we live in 2011, where nothing out of the ordinary will happen..maybe a fight, maybe not. The entire league will continue call us smurfs and whatever else and the bruins will continue to take liberties with the Canadiens…because they can. The Habs need a change in philosophy because it’s quite apparent the league hasn’t changed there’s

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Go Habs Go!!

  • wd40 says:

    i think my head is going to explode. 

  • Chuck says:

    Promote him?

  • Sheldon says:

    I still think the way to go in the game in Boston is to have rifling pucks at Chara’s face — or any other Bruin for that matter — as part of the game plan. Crap, it’s so easy to do and it is always incidental to the game. If I can nail a prick in a beer league game in the mug who tried to take out my knee on a previous shift, just think what a professional with skill, i.e. not Moen or Pyatt, armed with  composite stick could do to Chara’s “good” looks.

  • Sheldon says:

    Everything aside, he and more importantly the NHL did a tremendous amount of damage to the sport. Many parents will not let their kids play American football for obvious reasons. It’s now that much harder to convince them that ice hockey is different.

  • Jonson says:

    TJ Oshe is beast, he is solid as rocks. its hard to hit this guy cause they end up being hit instead.And he is very clean too. would of been a nice trade for Halak. ALthough Eller is awesome.

  • RiverviewCanadien says:

    Great article.

    Thanks for the link Robert.

  • Habnofear says:

    Are we not as guilty as Chara ?Stop watching and tune out! An empty Bell center for a couple of game ‘s or the rest of the regular season will fix this ! And same goes for the fans in Pittsburgh concerning Crosby.We are the enablers by not backing OUR beliefs and continuing to funnel money’s into this sham! If we all truly want to prevent the next injury or DEATH STOP WATCHING! We the fans have ALL THE POWER….USE IT !

  • sidhu says:

    Great article on yahoo sports:

    Let’s just start by saying that what Zdeno Chara did was reprehensible and deserved at least a five-game suspension.

    It’s my belief that he knew what he was doing, but that he didn’t, obviously, intend to break the guy’s neck. There’s a certain amount of message-sending that I would have expected in a game like that, but Chara crossed the line, doubled back, and crossed it again. Repeatedly. That he may have ended Max Pacioretty’s career is obviously terrible, and I think something should have been done on the league’s part. That he didn’t get suspended is ridiculous, if for no other reason than because of the inevitable PR fallout.

    Then Chara hid on the bus until a Bruins employee told him he had to face the media, said he didn’t know where on the ice he was, had the temerity to say Pacioretty jumped into the stanchion, and later stated he didn’t even realize it was his frequent antagonist whose face he was driving into a wall at 20 miles an hour, as if that made the act any more palatable. All those statements are bordering on pure fiction.

    With that being said, this controversial hit, combined with the swirling tempest of concussion witch hunts, headshot debates and suspension culture in the NHL today, made everyone go completely off the rails.

    (Later, as if to really underscore the absurdity of the whole thing, the NHLPA, via its big cheese Donald Fehr expressed its concern for … whether the stanchion was properly padded. None of this is made up.)

  • FrankenChara says:

    We lose to I-lenders. No good mood.

  • 1010 says:

    Charas’ instincts to go hide were correct. The more he talks the more ridiculous the man sounds. He didn’t know Max was the player involved (he says) but seconds earlier Chara lines up on the right side of the ice for a faceoff and guess who is the forward lined up on his side? (No answer needed…right?)

    Now are we to believe that a veteran player isn’t aware of what player he will most likely have to beat to the puck if it goes anywhere on his right side?

    The guy really should shut up. His lies are making his original denials even less believable.

    GO HABS…

  • Rugger says:

    And two BIG L’s.  The forum ghosts have followed them out of town,

  • observer says:

    isles announcer praises the good turnout of 12,000 fans at the game. over 15 years ago quebec and winnipeg ALWAYS had more at every game.

  • jennifer1984 says:

    that’s too bad.

     

    also i dont know why some people (not on here that i read it) that asked why Price was using the term “turnbuckle”

    but i was watching the  US broadcast and they used that term during the actual hit.

  • Clay4bc says:

    Your comment made me smile…thanks.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  • punkster says:

    Cute pic. You busy later? ;)

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Sheldon says:

    I don’t think he was canned. He was hired by the NHL.

  • observer says:

    they are playing great now. down 2-0 to the bruins then scored in final seconds of 2nd period then came out flying in 3rd scoring 2 more quick goals. isles have won 4 of last 5 the other a shootout loss. this may be wishful thinking but their announcer said the isles players still think they are in the playoff race.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Can we get the NBA to hire him back then?

    Maybe The MLB, MLS, NLL, NWB, PGA, LGPA, The Onatrio Teachers Pension?

  • Sheldon says:

    Given the support down here, the Isles players deserve to be in Canada. Howie Rose their announcer called the Rangers’ 1994 Cup on radio and decided to move to the Isles because he thought he hat hit his top that night at MSG.

  • punkster says:

    Disagree HH. Shoot the bad guys and more will take their place, a new gang will ride into town and they’ll be bigger and meaner than the last one. We lose the perspective that this is a game…a game …FFS people should not be crippled or god forbig killed just for a game.

    Change the rules, change the penalties, change the methods of how the rules are developed and applied, improve the officiating…the list is long and it will take time. But escalating the violence is not a solution. Change the game. Force it to modernize and develop to adapt.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Sheldon says:

    I would not disagree. Others might not like it, but there are two more potential observations supporting the “tank for glory” view.

  • observer says:

    He was Stern’s assistant. Bettman was a former great NBA Center. Played for the New York Knickerbockers in their hey day.

  • FrankenChara says:

    I will snap all you Habs necks. Go hide behind the refs.

  • Sheldon says:

    I have now watched the video ad nauseum. Chara is fine until the final frames before Pax hits the pole. He clearly put his arm up and threw him into it. I don’t think we even need to try to gauge intent here.

  • habs001 says:

    some people think in 2-3 years two best teams will be the islanders and oilers…

  • punkster says:

    I’m sure you can imagine the shitstorm this has caused over here but the magnitude of it is what amazes me right now. Seems that everywhere I went today and yesterday it was the only topic of conversations, the grocery store, the bank, Home Depot, calls and texts from friends and ex co-workers I haven’t heard from in months, Facebook, all  3 of my brothers and my mom (sadly still a Leaf fan but a hockey nut all the same). Heck my landlord was here an hour ago to replace a tap and that’s all he talked about…and he hates hockey. Unreal.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • jennifer1984 says:

    good im glad someone can smile around here!! it’s been a long few days!

    but then i also smile thinking of my mom and her lack of hockey knowledge. it’s really too cute. however she does get a  little angry when my sister and i watch games together. we start out on the couch and usually end up a foot from the tv yelling and throwing our arms.

    its quite a site to see

  • drivefor25 says:

    Dryden for Commish. What a great idea! I’m serious.

    Fan since ’71

  • Mr. Habs says:

    I wonder how the NBA canned Bettman’s arse?

    Can the NHL teams withold their revenue sharing dollars?

  • punkster says:

    Any way to send a message to those buffoons I’m all for Stephen. That’s why I support putting pressure on the sponsors…big money players. I’m for any other methods that gets it through their thick skulls.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • HardHabits says:

    It wouldn’t change a thing. All they’d do is fine Montreal or try to move the team. The Habs had an answer to the Broadstreet Bullies of the 70’s. That is the way to go.

    I hope they bring up Conboy, Bonneau, Henry, and anybody else from the Dogs that wants a crack at the Bruins. I was only a teenager at the time but watching the Flyers win two Cups was like a nightmare. Then came 1976. That was glorious beyond compare. We need to rebuild a team that is both tough and skilled. Skilled alone doesn’t cut it especially when the team is small.

    The league wants this. I say let’s party. It’s time for old school hockey justice to be served.

    The Bruins will not stop. White humiliated Boyton. So Chara decapitated Pacioretty. If White hadn’t jumped in Subban would have been a target all night.

    I like the idea of shooting pucks at there faces. Whatever it takes. A good old two-hander. Just listen to Jack Edwards’ play by play. He sounds like he’s having an orasm when the violence starts. That is Boston. That is Bruin hockey. It’s thuggish and cheap shot orientated. It’s rooted in violence. They are the scum of the earth. We need to get Wyatt Earp on those criminals.

  • HNS says:

    I’m considering a Nancy Kerrigan / Tanya Harding re-inactment staring Chara as Nancy Kerrigan….. Other Habs fans in other cities (and we know we are massive and global), can do the same in their city. The Whole thing cost me about $40 bucks. Wish I could have seen it. And the Booins won too! SWEET!!!!

  • novahab says:

    The latest news now is some of Crosby’s family members are suggesting he retire. Hey Bettman I guess your thoughts would be if Crosby wants to retire no problem there lots of other players in the NHL. First step in cleaning up this league is getting rid of Bettman. Better hand him over to the FBI he dirtier that shit.

  • Sheldon says:

    Not having a team in Quebec and Winnipeg is sad, but so is the state of the Isles. Although a Habs fan all my life, their run of four in a row might have been the greatest exhibition of textbook hockey ever.

  • jennifer1984 says:

    awesome!!!!

     

    im so glad that other fans are standing up!

    and even my mother heard about it. she does live in ontario and isnt a hermit but has no liking for sports other than her weekly volleyballs games and golfing.

    she always asks when half time is during hockey (if we’re at home watching) and why the team dumps the puck down the ice during a penalty kill instead of trying to get a goal. she’s cute.

  • tonymr says:

    Completely agree. If we really want to salvage the game, we have the power. Let’s spread the word.

    tonymr

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Yes they can if they want. It’s a union. Just like any union everyone is supposed to get protected. Just like most unions they protect the Arseholes.

  • Clay4bc says:

    Hi Dave. If I had hockey friends here, I wouldn’t need you all here on HIO to vent to.  :( Actually I have zero friends here from Canada. A few Americans who love Baseball and the NFL, several Europeans who could give a rats behind about hockey, and many Asians (from various countries) who wouldn’t know hockey if it bit them in the ass. No one to talk to this about except my wife (who fits int othe various Asians category, and thus doesn’t care – although she was suitably horrified by the hit. She wonders why I “waste my time” with this sport. I begin to wonder the same).

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  • 1010 says:

    Don’t you know it’s much more damaging for a young child to see a middle finger raised than it is to see a guy break his neck? Come on.

     

    GO HABS…

  • observer says:

    no, they cant take sides. both players are members

  • HNS says:

    Islander 4  Booins 2……eat my arse Chara

  • observer says:

    islanders beat bruins 4-2

  • Danno says:

    The Hit Man is really the Sh!t Man

     

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

  • Habnofear says:

    Punkster my friend,when we stop the money train we will have change…and the fans are the money train. The next game in Boston should have an empty seatS in it as well where a Habs fan fanny’s are sposed to rest.Hab fans  around the World ,francophone and Anglophone if you really mean what you say then stop pussy footing around and call TIME -OUT!

  • larisalapointe says:

    The LA Times agrees the NHL dropped the ball on this one too.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-elliott-nhl-violence-20110311,0,6560594.column

  • Maksimir says:

    Just great – in the 2 games since ‘the hit’ Chara has a goal and 2 assists so far.

  • Sheldon says:

    Agreed, the only guys who may be dumber than the NHLPA are the now-decertified NFLPA. Those dudes are gonna be entirely rat-f’ked!

  • prankstergod says:
    • i believe bettman is from long island – might colour the guys’ thinking a bit.  at least the fans are booing chara everytime he touches the puck.  i think momentum is building toward change – air canada, via, mario, dryden, etc..  the nhl will have to listen and base people such as this announcer and every TO-based goon commentator will eventually find themselves embarrased by their ridiculous endorsement of thuggery and violence in the sport.
  • Chorske says:

    Dawes is going to get a look, for sure.

  • punkster says:

    It’s not so much younger as more intelligent and sensitive minds.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • HNS says:

    I live 20 minutes from the Nassau Coliseum. I paid some kids to give out flyers I made with the article from the Gazette with directions. Guess some  Islander fans took it to heart. I’m working so I can”t watch the game.

  • Habmyster says:

    Where is the NHLPA in all this.They always seem to protect  the aggressor & remain silent when it comes to the victim.SHAMEFUL

  • punkster says:

    Hey there Clay…how does all this play over there with your hockey friends?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Sheldon says:

    Channeling his inner Gaston Gingras!

  • wd40 says:

    My brother-in-law’s friend’s sister works for the Magyar Olimpiai Bizottság

     

  • Habmyster says:

    Untile the people who run hockey change & bring in younger progessive thinking minds we are still going to remain in this denial that nothing really needs to change.

  • punkster says:

    Much better tactics than escalating the violence and thereby increasing the chance of more concussions, Stephen. Not sure if boycotting a few games would work though but your target is correct. The league as a whole has to take real action and that will mean changing the game.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Gorges_the_great says:

    I get this feeling he’s going to be booed in most places now–or at least more than before.

  • Gorges_the_great says:

    Is there a way to support the Habs without supporting the NHL?

  • Keith says:

    That’s excellent! The goon faction (NHL) is losing the public opinion battle. If it’s happening on Long Island, it can happen anywhere!

  • observer says:

    if there was only one? i’d rather bettman got injured bad than chara.

  • Habmyster says:

    I guy gives a finger at center ice & gets 6 games break a neck=0

  • Clay4bc says:

    Thanks for that. Dryden, intellegent as always.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  • Chuck says:

    I hear that the Wiz has been getting suitably wild with his shots on net.

  • observer says:

    but as i said below isles announcer howie rose of new yawk city blamed pacioretty for being there, scoffed at guy from air canada, blamed bell centre for turnbuckle that btw is in all 30 arenas and said bettman answered the air canada guy back correctly.

  • Dee says:

    Love the tee shirt LOL!I would like to see a tee shirt with BETTMAN,CAMPBELL,DALEY,MURPHY and anyone else at the top of the NHL on it that says, THEY ALL SUCK,FIRE THEM NOW!Jeremy Jacobs & Betttman are best of friends.So that tells the story why the Bruins get away with a lot.So Bettman gets a $7.5 million contract for another 5 years! Nice to get that kind of money when you say,things happen in a hockey game,it was the right decision made PLEASE!First he has no idea what hocky is,he came from a sport that is called basketball a big difference from hockey.My opinion is that whole group should be let go,Bettman,Campbell especially Campbell conflict of interst (His son plays for the NHL)called Savard a faker or somthing to that affect,nice call from the person who is giving out suspenions!Tell me there is no favoritism for the Bruins.Remember the e-mails that went out from Campbell questioning WHY did his son get a certain penalty?I don’t think one person should be making the decision if a player should be suspended or not,they should have at least 3,4 almost like a jury.If campbell is the only one making the decision,what if he’s not having a good day,maybe he had a argument with his wife before he left for the office,then this comes up and he is still in a bad mood and says to hell with it the player gets a # of games or gets nothing.This mess is not going to go away and it shouldn’t It’s not going to be about Max it will be about the NHL.Somthing has to done someone somwhere has to put Bettman in his place.I don’t know if it will be the old boys club,it might be the new younger owners that are coming in to say enough is enough,like Molson.What’s with the NHLPA are they suppose to back up the players?

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    I spread the word as far as I can when I find a sane article!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • HNS says:

    SOPEL NOW?????? WTF!!!! God must be a Habs fan and took it out on Japan. The Canadiens have as much luck as the Kennedys!! This is a nightmare…..At this point they might as well let the Dogs out on the 24th and let them do a recreation of SLAPSHOT. My head hurts.

  • notbigbird says:

    “It’s time to stop being stupid.”

    Thanks Ken.

    Dryden for Commish!!

  • Sheldon says:

    Dave, I shit you not, my plan is doable and entirely within the rules of the game. Just think of the millions who could have been spared throughout history by a determined skilled marksman with just one shot!

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    With Mara and Picard still available for rotation, doubt it’ll happen but likely same as last time, Brendon Nash.

    At forward, Engqvist or Dawes.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • punkster says:

    Haha…good call. Not exactly a full scale carpet bombing but more like surgical missle strikes?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Does any HIO member know anyone who has ties to the MOB?

  • jennifer1984 says:

    not sure if its been posted but i read on twitter that Islander fans are booin Chara every time he touches the puck!

     

    we are not alone!!!

  • Sheldon says:

    I like the way you think!

  • punkster says:

    By the way SF, who’s the next logical callup on D and then on forward?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Mr. Habs says:

    LOL Chuck.

    Not qute what I had in mind … LOL ….

  • HNS says:

    Release Hinkley from jail and tell him that Bettman had sex with Jodie Foster?

  • Mike Boone says:

    The enduring bad karma of all that centennial hubris.

  • CalgaryHabsFan says:

    What have we done that has so offended the hockey gods?

  • adamg84 says:

    GRRRRRREAAAAAATTT. 

  • Chuck says:

    I actually thought to myself, “Man, I would have rather been hit by Chara.”

  • shiram says:

    I was in Taiwan some years ago, and they had a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, I cannot begin to fathom how it must feel to be in such a larger one. My thoughts and wishes of well being go out to Japan.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Sopel? COME ON…

    This is insanity.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • jennifer1984 says:

    do you remember last year when we had Habs injury “bingo” and were waiting for Bruiser to be called up to replace Youppi?

     

    one year we will catch a break!

  • LA Loyalist says:

    Harold Ballard was incontinent?

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Evolving simply means manifesting. We are beings limited to the physical.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Yes. Eat up..it’s a good thing :-) The truth sets us free.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Les Habitants says:

    +3

    1 for each reply

    LMAO!! That was awesome Bugs, every line! Thanks for that!

     

    loved the “The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  • Everlasting1 says:

    I see you’ve been eating from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge. The word ‘ti’ in the sumerian language could also be interpreted as meaning ‘essence of’ (dna) or ‘life’ rather than ‘rib’. 

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • SBAH says:

    forbidden Tree of Knowledge??

  • Everlasting1 says:

    I believe most ancient stories have basis in actual historical events, but that they’ve been misinterpreted/mistranslated. Intentionally or not.

    WE are aliens. For no other reason than the fact we stepped on another planet – the moon. In a mere 100 yrs we’ve gone from a fabric and wood aircraft to ion-propulsion jet engines. Think how far a civilization can progress in 1,000 yrs.

    Truth be told, we have been visited by aliens since our creation. Every myth, legend, religion, lore speaks volumes. They are interdimensional beings.

     

       Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26 “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • HardHabits says:

    OK. Then the aliens evolved too right. Or they were inseminated by other aliens. So who started the experiment. There is no missing link.

    Evolution for Dummies

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSEvbxu6yPQ

  • Everlasting1 says:

    What took you so long HH? Aren’t you a believer of history, if not religious?

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • aussiehab says:

    u jelly?

  • SBAH says:

    The “Gods” did not want the burden of digging/tilling the gold, bdellium and the onyx stone out of the land, so they “mixed” their DNA with the DNA of a creature (that was already natually evolving) “missing link” sound familiar?

    The “Adam” was most likely created to do the digging/tilling of the land for the “Gods”. Eve was created with the DNA in the bone marrow of the “Adam” so that the “Adam” could reproduce its self.

     

     

  • Bugs says:

    We gloat about ALWAYS being in the hunt, not “thrice (giggle) in 18 years”. That’s why you never make the playoffs, friend, because you ACCEPT defeat. You’re born and bred to lose. Like your father and his father before him.

    Six years now? Shocking. Disgusting. Never be tolerated here. But you accept it. Used to it. Part of your heritage. I mean.., your HERITAGE, man!

    Sorry, but compared to that? Oh yeah, we can gloat.

  • Leafy says:

    Wow.  I just found another reason to loathe Habs fans.  An obsolete, unwarranted sense of superiority.  Funny though!

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Leafy says:

    If you were Detroit I’d accept that, but you’re not.  You’re a Habs fan.  Most of your team’s success came before you were probably alive (unless you are older than I think you are).  Our teams records against each other and in general for many years are not all that far apart, so (as expected) you’re a little too puffed up there Wordsy.  Since you last won a cup 18 years ago, how many times have you been to the conference final?  The Leafs have been there thrice.  Anyone have the points totals and playoff results for the Habs and Leafs, year over year since 1990?  Leaf fans have suffered much, too true, but you don’t have that much to gloat about either.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Habnofear says:

    1967 was the last time hockey was played in Toronto ,in fact Montrealers had too move to Toronto to reintroduce the game of hockey”A failed experiment!” So if your team” the Laff’s” ever makes the playoffs again it should  correspond with our Sun going Supernova…….That’s to refill your system,lol

  • Leafy says:

    Yes, the media would be working over time, but not the fans and the sponsors (methinks).  The fans would want pay back, but would not be crying for some benevolent outside power to come in and fix it for them, they’d want to fix it themselves, on the ice, man to man.  Big difference between the historical recipients of charity and government support, and the historical providers of it.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Absolutely. And all the virgin births..Abraham, Moses, Noah, Isaac, Jesus, etc. – artificial insemination of abductees by alien entities.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Bugs says:

    So what do you know? You’ve never seen success. So how could you recognize it if you did?

    What WE’RE doing is right. Ok? It’s always right. Never forget that.

    That’s why we’re up here and you’re down there.

  • SBAH says:

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

     

    Genetic Manipulation?

  • Gindan69 says:

    Hello, friendly laffer. One question. Had Chara destoryed Kessel, would we not be hearing the same thing from the Toronto contingent and the majority of the “national (Toronto is the only place that counts)” media? I think so. Too bad it didn’t happen in Toronto, because the noise would be 10x bigger and something would be done about this. As it stands, if things keep heading down this slippery slope, someone ends up dead on the ice.

  • Mad Habber says:

    It’s perfectly normal hockey play to hold a player until he runs into a stanchion? Perhaps in Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia where the main objective is to harm the other team rather than score and prevent goals.

    If this happened in Leaf land you can bet your bottom dollar there would be an outcry. As you’ve said below maybe not form the fans, since most of them are to embrassed to actually admit they are a Leaf fan.

  • ed lopaz says:

    for $500,000 and a guaranteed spot in the Olympics, Komisarek walked away from the Habs org.

    luckiest thing that happened to us that off season.

    of course, he was injured if I recall, and missed the Olympics any how.

    same type of Karma will get Chara.

    its not just the hit any more.

    its the lies that he has gotten away with.

    lie: he didn’t know Max was on the ice

    lie: he didn’t know where he was on the ice

    lie: he didn’t intend on guiding Max’s head, with his left arm, directly into harm’s way.

    Even if you support goons in hockey, I doubt that you are living in a family of liers.

    Bettman – the biggest lier of all.

     

    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.

  • Leafy says:

    You don’t have to troll cuz the Leafs and their fans are featured prominently on all the Canadian sports media.  This is the only place to find out what you guys are up to, so I have come “all the way” (click) over here to troll.  I admit it.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Habmyster says:

    Cheez this is coming from a guy who had the attorney General of Ontario to come in & charge the FLYER players for  beating up the Maple Laughs.Also you guys are still pissed that Wayne did not get a penalty for high sticking Dougy the killer Gilmour.

  • Leafy says:

    A slight exaggeration, but close enough.  Yes.  It’s no secret that Leaf fans have had cause to be very unhappy with the stewards of their crest.  We’ve had the worst of both types of owners– private and corporate.  It has not been fun for us.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Habmyster says:

    Cheez this is coming from a guy who had the attorney General of Ontario to come in & charge the FLYER players for  beating up the Maple Laughs.Also you guys are still pissed that Wayne did not get a penalty for high sticking Dougy the killer Gilmour.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    No guts to take me up on my offer eh Henry!

  • Leafy says:

    It took 80 years to get 23 of those cups in a (mostly) six-team league.  You’ve had one cup in the last 20 years.  Not a good trend.  Like I said, an exaggerated sense of superiority borrowed from the successes from days long gone.  I should know, the successful past of my team goes back even further, but they may as well be the same cuz it was before either of us was old enough to know the difference.  But like I said, in the last 20 years my team has been to the conference final three times, yours only once.  I’m just saying– you should check your ego at the door, cuz it is, quite simply, undeserved.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Bugs says:

    I know how self-absorbed and delusional I am but I don’t know about the others.

    So lemme ask you, friend, you who are NOT self-absorbed and delusional, would you agree that the leaf organization has been the poster-child for abject incompetence in professional sports management for 40 years and a laughing stock all across Canada?

  • Everlasting1 says:

    I’m certainly no froggie, but I won’t lie, I do enjoy the occassional bowl of thick pea soup. I’m wondering what Don Cherry’s take would be on this. The soup, that is. 

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Komihater says:

    And they are deceptive.

  • Sheldon says:

    Nice choice!!!

  • observer says:

    get your facts straight – one of those companies via rail is owned by the canadian government and they dont make such statements unless they were ordered from above. this incident and bettmans non-action and everyone knows the circumstances and jacobs and bettman blood brothers and moving teams out, and not letting teams move in and destroying all the traditions of the sport turnbuckles, 2 benchs together on same side, 2 refs, sub-goalie in a hallway so they can sell one more seat on each side of EMPTY RINKS IN USA, 3 point games for some games but not others,all his gambling connections — maybe this was just the final straw that broke bettman’s back in canada – they wont take his bullsheit anymore!!!!!!!!

  • Les Habitants says:

    … and wendy clarke was fat and slow

     

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  • Danno says:

    You just proved the Leafs are the biggest embarassment in the league.

     

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

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Leafs suck. You’re an idiot.  Go back to Garbage town Ontario.

  • Leafy says:

    Komi is a big disappointment for all involved, including himself.  I think the correct term is, “a bust”.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Les Habitants says:

    you think I’ll waste my time reading your sh!t!

    leafs have not won a cup since goalies started wearing masks! you got your own problems to deal with.

     

    Never in a million years would I go on a leafs site and waste my time talking with your brain dead fan base.

    Show how pathitic you really are…

     

     

      The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  • Leafy says:

    Reposting– must get this out of my system…

    I’m sorry, but I had to come and listen in.  Are you aware of how completely self-absorbed and delusional you guys are in here?  If you’re not moaning about special political treatment you’re moaning about special treatment for your hockey team.  Only in Quebec could an executive from state-fed companies artificically forced to stay in Montreal to prop up your economy and give your froggies somewhere to work, would you see top executives fire off rambling letters threatening their sponsorhsips.  That little friggin’ New York lawyer Bettman saw right through that self-serving popularity play– those two Quebec-based offices are Montreal Canadiens team sponsors, the only ones they’d be hurting are the team, the city, and their fans if they pulled out, to say nothing of the fact they’re under contract and cannot (and have no intention of doing so anyway).  And you all just eat it up!  First you get smacked-down by the Bruins in that scrappy game, then in a perfectly normal hockey play, one of your precious players gets accidentally messed-up on a bad spot in the boards and now all you cry babies unleash a tsumani of moaning and groaning and the media loves every minute of it, whipping y’all into a frenzy so they can sell you more of their spin, and so the cycle continues, “oh my God the game is so violent”… Bugger off!  Hypocritical, whiners!  Where’s all that talk about wanting a tougher team now?  If this happened elsewhere and they gave Chara a one game suspension, it would be a nothing issue, but because it happened in the drama queen capital of North America, we all have to endure this endless belly aching.  *THIS* is just *one more* reason why everyone dislikes your team and you, their fans.

    Wow.  That was a nice burn.  I wonder if they’ll post that?!  LOL!!

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • FrankenChara says:

    Thanks for Seguin. Nobody hates the Leafs because they suck too much. Something I hear Wendl was good at.

  • HardHabits says:

    You mean we are mortal? Deep. Pass the doobage.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice backwater, ignorant racism calling all Montrealers a bunch of ‘froggies’ you self-righteous moron.

    Leafs Nation has the CBC kissing it’s ass and building it up into a Stanley Cup Team every Saturday. no NHL team enjoys so much sunshine blown up it’s backside and CBC only does it because their HQ is in Toronto so in order to sell out for viewers they delude you into thinking your team hasn’t been the most pathetic franchise in the NHL over the last 44 years.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • shootdapuck says:

    Do your research! Via Rail is a Ottawa Sponsor!

    Keep drinking that Burke Koolaid on the Golf Course in April!

     

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  • larisalapointe says:

    LOL

  • punkster says:

    Hey, your opinion is valid. I personally have no problem with you stating it. From my point of view though your viewpoint is part of the problem which permeates this and other pro sports. Turning a blind eye to the unrestrained violence and its consequences that this league promotes is understandable though. Its been years in the making and will take years to undo. We just hope the starting point is now, before more young guys from the U.S. or BC or Alberta or Quebec or Europe or even Toronto end up with career threatening or life ending injuries. Wouldn’t that be nice too?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • SBAH says:

    but seriously, can you tell us how you really feel?

  • Sheldon says:

    Man, that was just vintage dildonica! You have outdone all who have ever posted on HIO! Good on ya!

  • punkster says:

    Ah, but it needs some background music…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jery4TU-zM

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • ed lopaz says:

    hey, how do like Komisarek?

    He’s tough as nails isn’t he? unless Lucic is around, then he craps his pants.

    Get the golf clubs cleaned yet?

    Yup.

    FOUR!!!!!!

    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.

  • OneTimer says:

    A little more long-winded than average, but he still gets 10/10 for trolling. Good job!

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Just proof of man is fallible lol

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Lies, deceptions..these are their ways. Not all the Annunaki clans were evil/tyrannical. The serpent was man’s false interpretation.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • LA Loyalist says:

    Proof that there is no such thing as evolution: Leafs

    Proof that God makes mistakes: Leafs

    Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy: Montreal Canadiens

  • Bill says:

    “Froggie” …? You just lost any credibility anyone would’ve been willing to grant you. You’re just another unsupervised teen with a lap-top. And if you’re not a kid, you should be really embarassed with yourself. I mean, I’m embarassed for you and I don’t even know you (not that I would want to).

    Go to leafsinsideout and play with others like you. If there is one.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  • Everlasting1 says:

    ” That the sons of god saw the daughters of man, that they were fair and took them wives all of which they chose” – Genesis 6:2

     

     Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Bugs says:

    24 Cups does that. You wouldn’t understand.

    But rejoice! Cuz we’re not asking you to.

  • HardHabits says:

    jesusneverexisted.com

  • HardHabits says:

    I believe that man is a great story teller.

    I am not denying that there could be a creator but still tend more towards Deism as opposed to Theism which is rooted in Theology.

    Religion is political and is created for social order.

    What I do have a problem with is accepting that a Tribal God is the creator. I also believe that life exists on other planets and possibly originated off of the Earth.

    But think about this. What if we are alone. What if there is no life anywhere else in all the galaxy. That is freaky.

    I also doubt that there is a beginning to time and/or space but that existence always was, hence no causa prima.

  • SBAH says:

    so its the lie(s) that keep us bound! This is kinda messed up but the serpent didn’t lie to Eve, her eyes were opened!

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Not at all. Quite the opposite..we are beings experiencing a physical 3d existence. Our ‘souls’ is cosmic energy that can never die, and separateness is an illusion. This is the ‘forbidden’ knowledge. Deep enough for ya?

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • wd40 says:

    Wow, i could actually feel my brain cells dying listening to those guys.  

  • Chuck says:

    Wow… those guys suck.

  • boris420 says:

    Copy the entire link…the formatting got messed up cause of my picture.

  • DearyLeary says:

    Hey, now the NHL can redeem themselves by suspending Chara for shooting a puck next time!

  • joshua94k says:

    The Canadiens lost a game after winning five in a row and some fans are writing the season off , complaining of small forwards, not enough tougness etc.

    The fact is there are only 3 small forwards (Gionta, Cammalleri, and Desharnais). Many teams would love to have the scoring touch of Cammalleri, the speed of Gionta and the work ethic of Desharnais. 

    The Bruins are suppose to be a ‘big’ team. They collapsed in the play-offs last year.  

    The Canadiens can compete with any team. They have played amazingly without key players the past two seasons. This season they have defeated, the Canucks, Flyers, Penguins, Lightning, Sharks, Bruins, Capitals among the top teams and are in a play-off spot.

    If they can overcome the unfair officiating against them (they have the most minor penalties called against them) they can go far.

    They have already proven they can play through adversity. Now without Markov, Gorges, Spacek, Sopul, Paccioretty, Darche, it is not going to be easy. But these guys wear the red, white, blue.

    From failing hands we pass the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  • LA Loyalist says:

    Oh just don’t.

    Desharnais goes to the net. Mats Naslund went to the net. Henri Richard went to the net. Saku Koivu goes to the net — for the Ducks, they love him.

    And penalties? We play undisciplined hockey. Why? Ask Mr. Happy.

    The problem isn’t size, it’s stones. Gomez thinks the net is what he has left after taxes.

    He’s the smallest player on the team. He’s arguably the smallest player in the history of the franchise.

     

    Sorry, I just don’t like this stuff being read into the record like it’s fact. It’s not fact. It’s your opinion, which happens to be wrong.

  • wd40 says:

    lol… those ignorant islanders fans!  he didn’t even know Pacioretty was on the ice! Chara wouldn’t hurt a fly!  he’s not that kind of player.  i mean, come on, do you think he really meant to hurt Pacioretty that bad?  oh sure, he meant to hit him, you know, finish his check and all, rub ‘em out, you know, but i mean, I’m not even sure Chara realized HE was on the ice at the time. 

    SIGH.

    I can’t believe I’m still enraged over this.   I think, had Chara admitted his mistake, and been served a suspension, my anger would have subsided (somewhat, anyway).  I’m enraged!  I can’t believe they are trying to SELL this horsespit.   I’m so angry i could bite someone’s face off. 

  • observer says:

    watching isles bruins telecast on atdhe and islanders fans giving chara a hard time. isles announcers say fans there think he deliberated tried to injure pacioretty. bost 1 nyi 0 rigt now

  • A. Berke says:

    Buttman and his cohorts are just as bad if not worse than  the Mafia.

    Refer to my comment above re involving the IRS (and about Al Capone).

    Ali B.

  • ZepFan2 says:

    You’re not alone.

    I have zero interest in hockey right now.

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

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    no, i wasn’t debating you really, more or less agreeing by saying that even in a ‘real’ deomocracy heathens can be put in power. we’re on the same page.

  • observer says:

    about time canadians should stand up to bettman. he’s only 5 foot tall! but he’s slimy!

  • Off-side says:

    Sadly, it’s passed on from generation to generation.  Like you say, some have zero contact with anyone from Quebec and still harbor those ugly feelings.  Imagine, 2011. 

  • fbkj says:

    your completely not alone, my interest has wained… bigtime… the day of the maxpac hit i ordered my playoff tickets now i could really care less

  • ZepFan2 says:

    lol

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

  • observer says:

    i believe deal with nhlpa ends in 2012?  i hope very experienced fehr is watching closely —- c/p – pft.com –

    The league overplayed their hand. They’ve relied on their anti-trust exemption and now they are about to have it challenged in court, where they will surely lose.

    Anti-trust exemptions are only legal when a CBA exists. Once the union decertifies, the league loses it’s right to act as a single entity and any rules they impose across the franchises are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

    An anti-trust suit by the players also opens the door to congressional involvement.

    And while the owners may have been able to hide their books from the players, they can’t hide them from congress, which has subpoena powers.

  • fbkj says:

    id agree with that

  • observer says:

    what i meant is having a vote doesnt mean it is democracy. and for the nhl in this case too UNLESS all 30 owners had a vote in it. if it was just the board of a handful who probably were put there by bettman – hell – i dont want to hear the comment that the “owners” are thrilled with him as theyu just extended him 5 years. those who get to the top are scum- these kind like bettman are money and power obsessed POS.

  • fbkj says:

    blasphemy, stern is my oprah

  • HabFanSince72 says:

    Nah just lazy.

  • observer says:

    stern another classless new yawk yapping mouth like bettman

  • fbkj says:

    maybe they are silent because they are part of the mafia too?

  • ManApart says:

    Too busy to comment on last night’s game, but want to give my man Jaro props for the win. Habs were kinda lazy looking, but a win is a win for Jaro and D’Ags, where this is pretty much the highlight of their year. Maybe the first time in my life, I was cheering for the other team. i mean it’s not like the Habs couldn’t spare 2 points. Halak deserved it after the bad luck season he and the Blues have had. Hopefully St. Louis gets their act together and aquires some depth and a few real defenseman to go with Pieterangelo, because they have some pretty decent key pieces for next year. On to the Pens.

  • HabFanSince72 says:

    The NHL as mafia – an ongoing series.

    Speaking before a congressional hearing, Gary Bettman stated that most concussions in the NHL are the result of accidents.

    “Your honor, the burning down of this man’s restaurant was just an unfortunate accident.”

  • Danno says:

    I loved this line…

    “That this happened in Montreal–where the game is forever enriched by the passion of Canadiens fans–is more significant than it happening in any other NHL market other than Toronto. Because these fans won’t let it go. The important hockey people of Montreal, with tremendous influence on the game, won’t let it go.”

    WE WON’T LET IT GO!

     

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

  • HabFanSince72 says:

    Did Jeremy Jacobs say anything when Savard was injured?

    They.

    Don’t.

    Give.

    A.

    Damn.

     

  • fbkj says:

    stubbs has tweeted to me, dan patrick has interviewed stubbs, i now have two degrees of seperation between myself and howard stern

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiAkDSw3ciU&feature=player_embedded

    yay

  • Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Not sure if this “History will be made” video about Chara’s hit has made the rounds yet, but thought I’d post it in case you haven’t seen it. Pretty poignant:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I2pjf7Vp9Q

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Anti-semitic, eh?

    Hitler and Hamas were elected legit. Saddam was a true farce though.

  • russianrocket27178 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I2pjf7Vp9Q&feature=popt11us0b

     

    I thought this was a powerful video regarding the hit. Colin Campbell should watch it. Its 1 minute

  • fbkj says:

    for serious?

  • Off-side says:

    Well said.  I would like to believe that Stubbs’ comment was a mis-speak.  For the most part, I love what Stubbs writes.  But when I hear any kind of racial finger-pointing, it bugs me to no end.  There was simply no need to say “…the French-Canadian media…”, “the media” would have sufficed. 

     

    The people who want to shut down the discussion, as this one I began below, are the same people over and over who fail to see the divide.  Who fail to see the damage that racism does.  Who fail to understand that being racist is not only an assault to a race, but also to a culture, an ethnicity, a religion, etc…

     

     

  • HotHabs says:

    oh, you potty-mouth…

    watch out for the secret moderators… they are probably updating their “naughty words list” right now!

    LOL

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I was more pissed off by people attempting to shut the discussion down than by Stubbs’ ‘mis-speak’ or whatever it was. Like I said, people do that stuff all the time, and mean no harm. But anytime racial and cultural issues are brought up, the response is to shut it down. This accomplishes nothing.

    Furthermore, to imply that because Pacioretty has a broken neck and Japan had an earthquake, we cant speak about bigotry, as one of the responders did in reply to your post is nonsense. If all the horrors of the world are to dominate all discussion, then I suppose we should just shut this site down and go discuss global warming and FGM until we’re blue in the face. But instead we talk hockey. We’re human… whoops!

    Also, i have posted some replies in your initial thread, though probably too late. woulda backed you up sooner but I was napping.

  • TheDagger says:

    With the fans gathering into the shape of a big ol’ middle finger.

  • CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I’m an unhealthily serious fan, and I couldn’t watch the game against St Louis. It wasn’t the habs. It was a gut level disgust at the NHL. It’s been building, and this was just a tipping point. I’m a sucker and I’ll be back because I love the game well played. That’s what the Bettmans of the world bank on. But I honestly never thought I’d have a halak/price matchup in March and turn it off because it seemed like a load.

    Interesting, as Jack Sparrow would say.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Via Rail now raising their voice as well.

    http://bit.ly/hdHzSH

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • Chorske says:

    Just heard an interview on SRC with one of the doctors from the Montreal General. She estimated that as long as Pacioretty isn’t among the 20% of patients with similar concussions who never recover, he could be ready to resume play and practice by the summer. She said the neck bones would take about six weeks to heal, and that he would require extensive physio. She was more worried about the concussions, which tend to be unpredictable in terms of recovery. But she actually said that although his concussion was severe, his range of symptoms seem to be relatively mild. She came up with an optimistic scenario where he would be able to resume practice within months.

    All I can say is: I was sure he was dead. I have not seen such a sickening incident since the Malarchuk one. The fact that he can walk around, let alone might eventually play again, is a testament to the medical staff, and to his level of conditioning and toughness.

    I thought I would pass this on because its the first relatively feel-good thing I have heard on this issue. I hope someone can link to the interview, because it certainly eased a persistent knot in my stomach.

  • sillywalk says:

    What’s up with the attention being paid to the Bell Centre for that stanchion? That same configuration is all over the place in the NHL.

  • habs365 says:

    The talented hockey players should all retire… when they’re in a wheelchair for the rest of their life it won’t be so nice… they,re the one’s that’s been targeted by the unskilled goon hockey players… if hockey was based on talent only… the NHL would have a hard time coming up with 20 teams…..

    The best hockey player in the world is out right now because of goon hockey…I go to the rink to watch talent, Crosby, Ovey, Malkin etc…clean Hits and even a good fight I don’t see anything wrong with that… as long as no one gets injured… two tough guys getting it on makes for excitement and I think a lot of fans would agree..but a player can’t be on the ice to cripple another player cause he doesn’t like the way he plays against him he plays that way to take him off his game… that’s been around since hockey begin and always will be…to all the players out there…goon or talented…if you can’t take it you shouldn’t be playing hockey….

  • TheDagger says:

    Well of course he would shoot it down. I don’t know how much I believe of the claim, probably very little actually. But it’s not like McCown to pull an Eklund.

  • CanadienBoy says:

    Well done/p>

  • shiram says:

    Great to see a very rational response from Via Rail.

  • CanadienBoy says:

    That’s what happen when you let American lawyers run the shown , time for  Lemieux , Molsons and others to get involve

  • Mark C says:

    Uh, yeah. White Russian?

  • secretdragonfly says:

    From one lawyer to another – good for Via for taking a stand. 

  • shiram says:

    Just don’t pee on my carpet… you see it really ties the room together.

  • fbkj says:

    Hi Bugs hope all is well with you and yours

    not that this is proof of anything but campbell isnt exactly a fan of savard

    The most damning portion of the emails is this exchange (read them in full here), regarding a high-sticking call in a February 2007 game. The players’ names were redacted. From Campbell first; emphasis ours:

    To Stephen Walkom/Tor/NHL@NHL
    Subject Re: Delayed Penalties/High Sticks 02/#/2007 4:24 pm

    A bend in the road is a dead end if you round the corner and Dean Warren is standing there. Your answer re: his high stick calls and the score of the game were horse [bleep]. The 3rd call on [player] was while they were down 5 on 4 and on a def zone face off vs that little fake artist [player] I had him in [city] biggest faker going. And Warren fell for it when he grabbed his face on a face off. Your supposed to see the act, not call the embellishing act. Dean Warren has to go with [referee] There must be a way to get rid of this guy. Is there a way we can tract (sic) and total minors called by referees this year. We could then get the minors they call per game. … or with 2 [referees on the ice] it is impossible? Warren and [referee] out of [club's] games. Give them to [referees].

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Have-Savard-emails-exposed-NHL-s-Colin-Campbell-?urn=nhl-285531

  • wd40 says:

    same here.  maybe because they were losing, but I don’t think that was it.. i just didn’t have any emotional involvement in the game last night.  i just lost interest midway throught the 2nd.

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    The sponsors and the government were involved in this immediately before the media circus. And what does the media say about government involvement? To stay out of it. Well who the fu(k is gonna do anything? And don’t pretend that at least half the mediadoesnt think there was anything wrong with this play and decision to begin with. ‘Blame the boards’ they say.

    Look, I am not attacking Stubbs. I like him better than anyone else on here. I just think what we heard in the interview misses the point. And the culture commentary is bigger than Stubbs, its the fact that when someone (Off-side) points it out, he is told to shut up. Unacceptable.

  • Mark C says:

    Obviously you’re not a golfer.

  • Bill H says:

    Great article by Eric Engels.  People are coming out with stronger and stronger opinions.

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eric-Engels/Bettman-Offends-All-Sponsors-Most-Notably-Molson/82/34380

    I keep coming back to it. The NHL isn’t going to change this endemic of unnecessary violence without the players spearheading the movement.

    There are a couple of owners who care about the safety of the players. And let’s not kid ourselves, Mario Lemieux and Geoff Molson are much more important than whoever the shmohawk is that runs the Phoenix Coyotes (Gary Bettman?).

    But most the owners don’t care enough. If they don’t care enough to remove Bettman from the equation despite the abysmal state of his Sunbelt strategy; if they don’t care enough to remove him after his league embarrasses itself time and time again with impotent regulation; if they don’t care enough to remove him after he shoots from the hip without their approval–like he did yesterday in front of a U.S. Congressional contingency….well you get the point…

    The players, who have no problem showing solidarity when it comes to fighting for what % of the revenue they own rights to, have to find a way to do so as it pertains to their own safety.

    To all the players who have publicly stated they have no problem with Chara’s hit, that they won’t question his intention because proof is too hard to come by, that it’s “just a hockey play”, I view your statements as cowardly.

    It is cowardly, and irresponsible at this point to not use this opportunity to change this game for the better. Next time, it could be you laying face-down on the ice while your family in attendance has your life flash before their eyes. But don’t worry, you won’t remember the incident…

    6) “I’ll tell you this: if you say that you don’t know where things are around the ice, I think you’re not telling the truth,” Henrik Sedin said. “You play the game for 20 years, you know it’s there.

    “I don’t think players know where the limit is. That’s the bottom line.”

    “What are you doing to do the next time Trevor Gillies comes down and runs a guy into the thing? You can’t give him anything. And you tell the guys [Chara] has no history, so the next time he does it he still has no history because he didn’t get suspended. I don’t see the reasoning behind it. Give him at least something to show that’s not acceptable.”

    Boy am I happy Henrik Sedin said it.

    Doesn’t matter if I say it.

    I was reluctant to voice my pure hockey opinion on this incident because I couldn’t prove it. I didn’t want to stir a controversy by alleging I believe to the core that Chara knew exactly what he was doing, that he knew it was Pacioretty, that he could’ve rubbed him out well before they got to the stanchion, and that he followed through on the hit to send a message (not with the intent to break Pacioretty’s neck).

    I’d have been met with “you’re biased”, and though I’d staunchly retort that I’d feel the same way if it were Pouliot or Cammalleri on Krejci, you likely wouldn’t believe me.

    Instead I presented why I thought the results of an illegal play were devastating enough for Chara to receive some kind of punishment for them.

    Sedin agrees: “It’s gotten to the point, you have to suspend guys if you hit the head. You have to do it even if guys say they didn’t mean to do it or it’s an accident. You have to start somewhere.”

    So thanks for doing that Henrik. Thanks for having the balls too many other players don’t have. Will never agree with another person who thinks you’re a soft player…

     

  • shiram says:

    Yeah, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion, man.

  • observer says:

    i said days ago jacobs of the delaware north gambling interest not only is chair but is bettmans biggest supporter and some guy said i was anti-semitic for stating it. the question here is and i have been involved in these board situations and asked this below because ive seen people manipulate things like votes. like democracy – you know? the lefties say they want democracy and if there is a vote it is democratic. well it is not. hitler, hamas, saddam hussein, etc. all were elected. in companies when they give bceos $20 million bonuses as company loses $400 million that year THE BOARD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO VOTES. So i ask mr. stubbs or hickey who voted for his extention? ALL 30 of the owners cast a vote and it was majority yes? Or just the board that BETTMAN HAS MOST PROBABLY STACKED? AND how many are on the board?

  • HotHabs says:

    could we use it as a new form of profanity?

    forget f-bombs!  try:  holy stanchion… mother-stanchion… for stanchion’s sake… go stanchion yourself… that is so stanchioned-up…and so on

  • Bugs says:

    So why didn’t he do nuthin when Cooke savaged Savard?

  • secretdragonfly says:

    Sens.

  • Bugs says:

    To be fair, his great-grandfather Bing made TEN times as much singin. Only time HE got hit in the head was by a paira flyin panties, knowumsayin?

    Sooo.., it’s certainly food for thought.

  • Ton says:

    im on the ground, lol

  • fbkj says:

    you mean it didnt?

    when did it appear then?

    and who is responsible for this?

  • Ton says:

    too much, if someone manufactured them for a joke holy stanchion they would sell well.

  • fbkj says:

    he was replying to what stubbs said about the incident of people calling the police in the interview and also pointed out that there is reasonable logic in doing so, nothing about what patches said, but about what stubbs said in the patrick interview

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I would like to intially clarify that I am not Canadian, do not live in Canada, have no verified English or Quebecois heritage. I am giving just a few opinions which are certainly just that, opinions, but what I feel are unbiased. If you feel it doesn’t have a place here, then just move along. If you dont think its an important issue, youmust be ‘cloud computing’. I ask anyone who disagrees to opine in response.

    Regarding everyone’s favorite social issue in Canada, I agree with poster Off-side below, who was somewhat berated for even mentioning it, that there was no reason to state the radio host calling for public calls to the police was French Canadian except to place distance between his “French media” and Stubb’s English media, consciously or not. I suppose if you just call it the French media everyone will know its just silly, right? I am not implying Stubbs is a anti-francophone, but subtle statements like this are contagious. Often I find myself here in the states needlessly describing someone as ‘a black guy…’ or ‘this Mexican…’ etc. Its not necessary and is a product of an us v. them social mentality. We are all guilty to some degree, including minorities, but its part of a bigger picture.

    This post will get razzed assuredly because so many out there are a part of making this ‘bigger picture’. Not the subtle, unknowing one I feel Stubbs made, but the INTENTFUL, hateful sort. From the french media / athelete / coach bashers that post here to the outright hatred from so many Quebec anglophones toward all things Quebecois in the comments section of any article this blatantly bigoted paper produces. It’s just as disgusting and ridiculous as the CNN message boards, the US venue for a ‘Cold Race War’ where we can all hide behind avatars and handles. That being said, I am very aware that certain sections of racial and cultural minority cultures are more than opportunistic at seeking to take advantage of any opening where they can claim injustices, be they real or created, and no group is more or less guilty than another.

  • secretdragonfly says:

    You mean “rubbed” it into a pole, right?

  • observer says:

    when i saw him not move a muscle i thought only of dennis byrd and others i’d seen on football fields who never walked again. that was if pacioretty was still alive. worst thing i saw in hockey ever and ive watched a longtime.

  • Chorske says:

    broken arm- it’s on the main page :S

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    What are you what-ing about ? Do you not read or listen to whats posted here? That is the point of coming somehwere to have a discussion – to discuss specific topics…

  • fbkj says:

    for the record i didnt dismiss it… just didnt comment… :D

  • Chorske says:

    So much good stuff discussed in that interview, and THIS is what people focus on?

    People are strange.

  • Bugs says:

    Aw, I thought fersure you were about to say “until I drove it into a Chrysler”…

  • Chorske says:

    YOU read the posts, doofus. Previous posts report that Pacioretty has explicitly stated that he will not support police charges against Chara. Additional posts mention (and several posters confirm) that without the support of the victim, few assault charges go through.

    I think you’re late to the party, is all. And crapping on the newspaper types who have kept this issue on the front burner to such an extent that the PM, sports minister, VIA, Air Canada etc are lining up to voice their disgust… well, crapping on them seems silly, don’t it?

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I actually felt there was very little value in anything in the interview and was simply a re-hash of some things we already know, while also leaving out important pieces of the story. Followed by the commentary of someone (Patrick) who seemingly knows very little about hockey and its players.

  • observer says:

    and they keeping talking as if the turnbuckle just appeared there for no reason

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    No, I did actually take note of your response. Other replies simply said, as has been said again here, something to the effect of ‘with all thats happened, this is not worth talking about’. Well, thats bullshit. Race in the US and culture in Canada are possibly the biggest problems each country faces within its borders. Quite frankly it threatens Canada’s very existence and has held my country back for 200 years.

  • LA Loyalist says:

    Is Sopel gone, gone? What injury? What did I miss?

  • Timo says:

    Actually, the pole jumped at his car.

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    There was a ‘discussion’ further down the comments where someone brought up this point and was dismissed as though it was not worthy of mention. Pacioretty is injured – apparently that is the only permissible topic.

  • Off-side says:

    YES!!!! Thank you, CanadienFanTrap!  I appreciate your support.  Stubb’s interview deflated me.  It deflated me because in a time when we need the anglophone and the francophone societies to stick together with the Chara/Pacioretty thing, he is creating a divide.  I’m certain there already exists a barrier between the two sports medias, but really, at a time like this, you gotta UNITE.

  • observer says:

    tats what i said

  • Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Wow…same mind!

  • Shiloh says:

    Having a bout of delayed rage – it hit while I was out with the dog. I want Ron MacLean gone form HNIC. Cherry is Cherry, but MacLean the Weasel has been carrying Bettman and Colonoscopy Campbell’s water for far too many years. Remember how he crucified Burrows after the referee was basically caught cheating? He will go to ridiculous lengths to support Tiny Buttman’s regime.

    MacLean (I hope I speeled it wrong) – you are not worth watching.

  • Off-side says:

    Would have loved to been a tweet on the wall.

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    As I mentioned in this read, bigotry truly threatens the existence of the US and Canada. So often I read and HEAR, including from a girl i just dated a few times in Ontario, so much hatred for Quebec and its people. They should just leave if they want, we dont want them, we’re sick of subisidizing them, blah blah blah. It is so dumb and sad that its almost funny. People, and alot of them, really believe that Canada would be better off without Quebec, that they would thrive. The fact is the whole nation would be crippled. “They wanna keep using OUR looney so we can tqke care fo their economy” One of my favs…you better hope they do if they seperate or your dollar will return to the inconsequential value it once had.

    To be honest, I go to Montreal and Quebec City more often than I go to any other American city outside of Buffalo and Toronto just as much. I am always treated kindly and welcomed in Quebec, not just by workers in the tourist industry, but by actual everyday residents I talk to and have befriended, despite being “English”. And, by and large, the place where I hear the most vitriol in the debate ? Ontario, people from Ontario, and other anglos from Alberta, etc. The worst part is few of them even spend time in Quebec or even know any Quebecois people. I was once told how stupid it was that Quebec “wants to leave Canada but they call themselves Canadien”. Christ, go read a book.

  • ZepFan2 says:

    *shakes head*

    That’s just cruel.

    ;)

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

  • observer says:

    An owner wants to sell his team to a buyer who offers him twice what the losing money team 0owner could get from anyone else yet Bettman stops him? This is organized crime. The Canadian wimp media want to completely ignore Bettman’s gambling ties! This mob runs the league! Just like when Norris did for many years.And the Canadian media was silent then too.

  • fbkj says:

    *shrugs*

    im bored

  • RGM says:

    I’m sure that I’m not alone with this feeling. Since Tuesday night my interest in playoffs races, highlights, scores, and outcomes has drastically diminished. The hit itself was deplorable – for several moments I thought I had just seen a man killed on the ice. That is truly a horrifying thought. Further affecting my ability to enjoy NHL hockey is the position of the NHL and its “extraordinarily comfortable” feeling in choosing to not hold Zdeno Chara accountable for his actions. It has, as Mr. Molson said yesterday, shaken my faith in the sport and the organization that governs it. To be honest I didn’t even care that Montreal lost last night. It was, on Monday, a game that I was very much looking forward to seeing, as the long-awaited Price/Halak duel was finally going to happen. I barely had the interest to turn on the game, and my attention to it was sorely lacking compared to my usual “glued to the screen” enthusiasm.

    I am greatly worried about the direction that the game is taking. When I heard that Bettman’s contract has been renewed (for Scott Gomez money!) for another five years, I just shrugged because it means five more years of the same. His snarky petulance regarding Air Canada’s statement reminds me of why he is such an unlikeable little man. That an airline stood up for an injured player to a greater degree than the League in which he plays did…something is horribly wrong.

    I don’t know whether a suspension would have mollified this feeling. It’s impossible to know, and ultimately moot. All I know about how I feel I pretty much laid out yesterday in my letter to the NHL. I am furious and it has affected my ability to enjoy watching hockey. I hope that this will pass, but I will never be happy about the way the events of this week transpired. The image of Max Pacioretty laying prone on the ice, unconscious with a broken neck and his brain scrambled, will be what I associate with Zdeno Chara for the rest of his career. It is a cruel irony that earlier during the game I said to my wife that I wasn’t even sure why it is that Habs fans have always booed Chara. They have ample reason now.

    I’m relieved to hear that Pacioretty is up and walking, and is back home, and is Tweeting his gratitude and all of that. That is the most important thing of all. But my relief at that is still dwarfed by my anger at the NHL for failing give his case the justice it deserved.

    Go Habs Go!

  • observer says:

    just tamed and politically correct and gutless and blame the french media

  • boris420 says:

    WOW Via Rail also joined the party…

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=357604

  • LA Loyalist says:

    Great letter, as a hockey parent, too, in a circle of hockey parents, we are all gravely concerned. I have other hockey dads here in California, knowing I’m a Habs fan, asking me where to write to voice there concern.

    This is not going away. Keep it up and thank you!

  • observer says:

    if the spineless canadian media did their job bettman would have been long exposed and destroyed for his gambling ties!!!

  • Sportfan says:

    SO this is what i stumbled upon on tsn.ca they were talking about an unfortunate extension that happened last year with Gary jackassmen and the board approved it but this raised my eyebrow

    “The Globe adds that one of the biggest backers to get Bettman the extension was Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is the league’s chairman of the board of governors. As chairman, one of Jacobs’s duties is to keep the commissioner and the other key executives under contract.”

    Really the owner of the Bruins is at the top of the league wonder why nothing happened to Chara. Team owners should have such an impact like that and same goes for people like Campbell should have the rights he has because his son is playing. sure Murphy did the choice but honestly it comes from Campbell as well this league is totall Garbage in my mind atm I only support the Habs and any Canadian team thats not the leafs.

    I wish it would be two Canadian teams in the finals just so they lose so much ratings it would be a kick in his pants

  • Chuck says:

    “Stanchion you, and go shove it up your chara.”

  • wd40 says:

    “We are the stanchions, my friends (whaon whaon) .. and we’ll keep on fighting ’till the end..  ”  

    nothing?  not even a snicker? <crickets>  

  • LA Loyalist says:

    I used to drive a Dodge Stanchion. It was ok until I drove it into a pole on the Decarie.

  • Chorske says:

    Could be. But I was more worried about whether a sympathetic, hard-working 22 year old would ever walk again. I now find out that he might be able to play again, and sooner than many of us had speculated. So i prefer to focus on THAT.

    At any rate, with Sopel gone, I think we can safely write this season off as snake-bit. We WILL make the playoffs, and any success we have after that will be gravy and a lesson in the school of hard knocks. I see this as a chance to give guys like Dawes a good look, and for guys like Pouliot to step up.

  • fbkj says:

    listen to the stubs interview, then scroll down

  • fbkj says:

    i can haz search results plz

  • HotHabs says:

    certainly catchy, isn’t it!!!  but, upon serious reflection, I believe “chara” would be much dirtier profanity…

  • observer says:

    yeah i know habs threw in a bad game last night and this time could be understood, but they really didnt play that bad and had a 1-0 right to near the end of the period when with the faceoff deep in habs zone gomez to me – for no reason was waived out of the faceoff circle, blues then won the draw which came back to the point and puck was soon in habs net and game completely turned from that point on. watched st. louis telecast they too thought gomez was waived away for nothing.

  • Chorske says:

    Uh, what?

  • secretdragonfly says:

    Yes, the google can have that effect, lol.

  • Chorske says:

    What in the name of Sam Hill are you ON

    Lâche la drogue, like they say in the Heast Hend.

  • fbkj says:

    thanks, using the google was makin me nutty

    cheers

  • CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Away from the topic of race and culture, I would like to know if this is a verified fact if this crazy “Frenchman” actually instructed people to dial 911 as stated or if he told them to simply call the police. Either way, the public should not be flooding the police station with call on this matter, but I will also pre-empt some stupid replies by saying YOU CAN indeed call the cops WITHOUT DIALING 911 to make a complaint.

    As far as involvement of the authorities I think Stubbs and Patrick miss their own point. The NHL is supposed to police themselves? That’s nice. But they don’t, so who will protect the guys with brain injuries and broken necks? The big bad media with your scathing articles indicting Chara? Lastly, regardless of whether this warrants criminal charges or not, SOMEONE needs to at least properly examine the situation. You are not lawyers or elgal experts and NHL arenas are not sovereign land outside the realm of the law. Also YOU DON’T NEED PROOF OF INTENT TO BE GUILTY OF A CRIME. This is a newspaper’s site we are on, right?

  • fbkj says:

    yes youve said this many times

  • observer says:

    at best chara has ruined the habs season.

  • observer says:

    the benchs were on OPPOSITE sides of each and every rink UNTIL the 5 foot new yawk city shyster BETTMAN  became commissioner and later put them both on the SAME side of the rink and with a TURNBUCKLE separating them in EACH OF THE 30 NHL RINKS. Probably awarded contracts to construct them – with payoff to himself of course as well.

  • drivefor25 says:

    The Canadian Press story says VIA sponsors the Habs and Sens.

    Fan since ’71

  • fbkj says:

    okay i hate asking questions that i can find out on my own with a bit of digging, via sponsors 2 teams habs and?

    leafs or sens the other?

  • wd40 says:

    well, if nothing else, i have a new word in my vocabulary.  stanchion.

  • HotHabs says:

    another tactic to downplay the truth about the incident.  let’s blame the building.  maybe we should file a class action suit against the architects?

  • HardHabits says:

    I feel like my biggest interest lately is seeing what becomes of this incident, the final outcome. I still can’t believe that there is a divide in opinion. There is much anti-Canadiens hatred in the world as I am seeing from the things I’ve read. Fortunately it appears that these people are in the minority but the mere fact that they exist is discomforting. Some of the things I’ve read on Facebook for example and the comments on many of the articles posted here are making me almost as upset as the hit and the league’s inaction made me feel.

    I am not interested in tuning out because I am uninterested in this Neanderthal mindset taking over. This is an important battle and I feel that we need to re-engage ourselves as hockey fans and not allow ourselves to be morally destitute and disconnected.

    Imagine how the players feel. It’s important that we Habs fans tune in and support those players and at the same time denounce those that would seek to take the winds out of sails because of this incident.

    In this moment too we should put our petty squabbles aside as I think we all should be on the same page and support the team and the organization rise above the fray, as the have in the past. Either that or it’s time to fold the franchise and relegate it to the history bin.

    Since that wont happen I urge us all to recapture our passion and transfer our enthusiasm back to the team so that they can recapture theirs.

  • secretdragonfly says:

    Very positive indeed and thanks for sharing.  I was lucky enough to miss the Malarchuk incident but seeing Richard Zednick’s gruesome neck slashing is something I will see for the rest of my life, along with Pacioretty’s near-decapitation.  Never, ever, ever want to see anything anywhere close to those again.

  • Danno says:

    That’s really great on the part of VIA. But Bettman will just try to railroad them.

     

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

  • HabFarmer says:

    I sent out a spam mail to a bunch of sponsors; this is what it said:

    Dear Corporate Sponsor,

    As parents of hockey playing children, we are becoming increasingly concerned with the escalating level of violence in the NHL.  The culture of disrespect and violence sends the wrong message to children playing hockey, and makes our lives as parents increasingly difficult as we try to explain to children that this is not what the game is about.  We fear for the physical and emotional well being of our children as they progress through this sport we love, and as they face both its rewards and challenges.

     

    Please, as good corporate sponsors, speak your minds to the NHL and its governing body and let them know that you cannot, in good conscience, support a business which has so little regard for the well being of its employees and supporters.

    Weirdly enough I got some answers back.  Scotia Bank said that they would continue to work with the NHL to ensure fair play and such and maintain a voice in the league.  Visa basically told me to shove it.

    A man’s attitude… a man’s attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin’ you agree with?

  • Mark C says:

    Hear, hear: In VIA Rail’s opinion, the NHL’s quick and ineffective ruling on the Pacioretty/Chara incident of last Tuesday is totally unacceptable as it does nothing to try to reverse the alarming trend of vicious hits that have sidelined some of the games greatest talents.

    VIA Rail says you sirs do not know how  to run your operation.

  • shiram says:

    The Dude, is that you?

  • Danno says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=710-G2SgsNE

    Amen to that. We will never forget this.

     

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

  • HabFarmer says:

    I believe it was Gomez that gave Halak the tap after the save.

    A man’s attitude… a man’s attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin’ you agree with?

  • Mark C says:

    This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Story currently being shot down by Crosby’s agent.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • TheDagger says:

    Just heard Bob McCown on Fan590 that Crosby’s family is encouraging him to retire!!! Trying to find a link, but these computin’ machines is hard.

  • shiram says:

    I have not noticed Bugs on here today, maybe I missed him. His boy Pouliot sure did look out of place last night though, and you have to wonder if he will be back next year, and if so at what price?

    I’d like to see him back, but if he remains a 3rd or 4th line, he can’t command much of a raise. Hopefully he gets a number of games in a top line, and can shake off the jitters or whatever is blocking him from performing.

    I didnt see who it was, but on a nice save from Halak one of the Habs came and rubbed his helmet, showing great camaraderie. Too bad we could not really test him.

    Pittsburgh at 2pm… ugh well hopefully it’ll be still raining and I won’t feel too bad about being in the house on a saturday afternoon.

  • AH says:

    Markov, Gorges, Spacek, Darche, Pacioretty, now Sopel…is this team jinxed this year or what?!! At this point my expectations are low. If they make the playoffs, great accomplishment. Anything they do in the playoffs will be gravy given all the injuries they’ve had.

     

    GO HABS GO!

  • Ton says:

    we need one or two more to come forward, there fear right now, union/nhl etc…….flower been told to be quiet….crosby I told you so would be a good one….thoughts  Job well done to stubbs on your interview on us radio. very good job.

     

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Habs+coach+hopes+debate+discipline/4425298/story.html

  • Danno says:

    How can we quantify this tragic loss? How far would we have gone in the postseason with a healthy Max Pacioretty who was brutally snatched away from us by a vindictive goon. There is no doubt we would go further. Possibly very deep. But now we are lacking the power forward Pacioretty was becoming and we will never really know how close we could have gone with him on the team instead of recovering from a broken neck and a concussion.

    Zdeno Chara knew exactly what he was doing.

    This is a grave injustice and this will not stand.

     

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

  • habs-hampton says:

    He was previously suspended in 2005.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=28

    I’m pretty sure there’s a clause in the NHL constitution that allows you to ask a teammate to go to his Daddy and request a pardon.

  • nick says:

    Hey – When the NHL looks at a players history as to whether or not they should be suspended, and for how long… Do they look at how many times they’ve been thrown out of a game? Or do they only rely on the number of suspended games.

    Here I have, from last season an article where Chara wasto get an automatic one game suspension… He was let off the hook having never been suspended or whatever…

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=526887

    Ok fair enough. Doesn’t have a history…

    He hits Max the other night, gets thrown out of the game… Murphy looks at it and says, oh this guy doesn’t have a history we’re letting him off the hook. Whoa wait a second… He was let off the hook last season… Is that not worth mentioning?

    In a year from now, if he accidentally kills someone via cross check to the head… The league in theory can come back and say the same thing again… “He’s never been suspended before for this kind of stuff”.

    Unless they start somewhere, this is a vicious cycle which will repeat itself.

  • joshua94k says:

    Someone should pass this message to Scott Gomez. Please donate some of your $8 million to purchase thousands of ‘Chara Sucks’ T-shirts and pass them out to those attending the Peaceful Protest Demonstration outside the Bell Centre next Tuesday.

    Now that would be a Kodak moment. An enlarged framed print can be sent to Bettman anc Campbell.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  • observer says:

    the owners? that is what the media should question and find out. do they mean all 30 owners had a vote? or only the boardmembers who may total 5 or 6 owners and are loyal to beyttman and probly put there by him.

  • A. Berke says:

    It’s very unfortunate that the owners decided to give a 5 year extension to the scumbag runt (a.k.a. buttman) and at this rate he’ll probably take the game down sooner or later and there seems to be no way to get rid of him.

    HOWEVER, there IS a way (IMHO):

    Need to find an accounting hound with the competence of Sheila Fraser (Auditor General) and start digging covertly NHL books (computer hacking works). I’m more than certain that there would be some irregularities. Then we tip the IRS.

    Heck that even worked to bring down Al Capone.

    Let’s not get angry but get even.

    Ali B.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    I agree with U. There must be some way to get him out.

  • Off-side says:

    I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

  • Chuck says:

    The Bruins’ owner, as the league’s chairman of the board of governors, is instrumental in keeping Bettman in power, and the head honcho for handing out diciplinary action has his son on the team. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • NightRyder says:

    I was unaware Bettman’s cap hit is pretty much the same as Gomez’s.

    Commissioner Gary Bettman will be the face of the National Hockey League for a while yet, negotiating a five-year contract extension last November, The Globe and Mail reported on Friday.According to the newspaper, the nine-member executive committee unanimously approved the extension.

    *The Globe adds that one of the biggest backers to get Bettman the extension was Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is the league’s chairman of the board of governors.

    **Bettman’s current contract, which pays him $7.2 million annually, was originally set to expire this summer.

    *Now try to figure out why Chara got nothing.

    **The smarmy, petulant little troll has indeed made his owners a whack of money in the last two decades or so. But the gravy train of rapidly escalating franchise values is plateauing. His strategy of taking the game from where it was beloved to where no one gives a bleep is rapidly unravelling as we speak. Teams are playing in front of 8,000 people. The game is not on anything resembling a real network in the states, unless you count McGuire and his NBC cameos, which I don’t.

    He is universally loathed in Canada by fans and media alike. He oozes arrogance and condescension, likely the result of his Little Man Syndrome and being picked on by hockey players as a kid.

    He recently spit in the face of a major sponsor. He doesn’t care about the safety of his players. He has no sense of the history of the game. Has he made the owners money? Absolutely. Unfortunately, his job should also encompass the duties as a true caretaker of the game.

    He has succeeded in the former, though as mentioned, that gravy train is likely to slow considerably. He is a remarkable failure when it comes to the latter, which is what matters to the millions of us who love the game.

    He must go.

  • SBAH says:

    If anybody did that to Campbell kid Gregory, how many games would they have gotten?

  • observer says:

    was the guy who hit crosby suspended? maybe bettman was also mad he beat the usa in ot?

  • rbby_habs says:

    If Chara did that to Sid the kid or Ovie…he would have been suspended 10 games

  • Chuck says:

    Damn that Chara!

  • Ian Cobb says:

    You just have to see this 3 min clip–Chara

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K0_1pKzXaI

  • punkster says:

    I am extraordinarily comfortable with my position at this time.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • punkster says:

    Weird though, my 2 replies to my own post were showing up under the other one below. It’s a league conspiracy! They don’t want me to speak. I WILL NOT BE MUZZLED!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • fbkj says:

    you get a pass for not having been involved in any supplemental modding in your 3 year HIO career

  • HardHabits says:

    Guess who just outed himself as a mod.

    Here was/is my reply.

    I believe charges must be made against the league. The NHL is culpable here. That would be the most damaging. Like they did with steroids in baseball. This is corruption at the highest level. I watched Bettman’s statement he made to Congress and the most telling comment is he said they felt a suspension would not have changed what happened. He also goes on to talk about how the NHL has the best testing for concussions etc. Everything after the fact. Nowhere will he acknowledge that penalties against these acts would curtail the violence. His is issue is merely with insuring that the injured players get adequate medical attention. Nothing about prevention. certainly nothing about suspensions. It’s appalling.

  • punkster says:

    Holy crap! That was a sort of out-of-body experience, eh?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • punkster says:

    Haha…I wish. Then the Tank Train would never see the light of day ;)

    Good point  though. I wonder how anybody would bring charges against them?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • LA Loyalist says:

    You need to log in more often :)

  • HardHabits says:

    By far the worst pun I have ever heard.

  • Everlasting1 says:

    He’s no pun :-P

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • LA Loyalist says:

    You realize this means Godzilla and Mothra could be released from their underground chambers at any time…

  • observer says:

    now this is bad! i lived not far from 3 mile island near harrisburg when it happened there. ———http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/11/japan-issues-emergency-nuke-plant-leak/

  • fbkj says:

    how did you do that?

  • punkster says:

    Let me try this again…

     

    I’ve hesitated to wade into any heavy discussion on the whole issue until Max was out of danger. I was hoping the some of the vitriol would die down and a bit more level headed thought would come out. We’re starting to see some of that now as sponsors, players, journalists and other media types look for solutions and fans express their wide ranging viewpoints.

    Intent and blame become secondary concerns. The primary concern and responsibility lies with the league starting with the owners and their employees, Bettman and his management team. That is where the changes must take place before any valuable impact can be felt on the ice and for the fans. Now, there may be new owners from time to time, the faces may change, the locations may shift but they will always be in control of the league. What can change is the level of their involvement and that is through the Commissioner the league governors appoint.

    I’m not going any further with this just now but I will ask you all these questions:
    Where should our focus as fans be from this point forward?

    • Chara and a suspension?
    • Physical revenge against Boston?
    • Bettman and his management team?
    • The owners?
    • The Players?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  • habstrinifan says:

    NO!

     

  • Sheldon says:

    Life catches up with all of us eventually only to hand us over to death.

  • SBAH says:

    How ironic would it be for Colin Campbell’s son to pay the ultimate price of death due to a “dirty hockey” hit?

    Think about it.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Too terrible to thing about, Campbell is corrupt and his son is a thug but he doesn’t deserve that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • HotHabs says:

    Big Z strikes again… when will the insanity end!!!

  • habsfaninboston says:

    Let’s just pack up and head for the links.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice compilation, I love the guts this kid has around the net.

    Hopefully he recovers quickly.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • Mark C says:

    Here’s the head shot that has knocked him out of action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOqHQgjYoag

    Another horrid play.

  • fbkj says:

    was gonna say the same thing

  • wd40 says:

    Is there a warranty on Sopel?  Can we get our money back? 

  • observer says:

    Wonder if he broke his arm shaking hands with Obama?

  • Kooch7800 says:

    Sopel out now….this is insane.  This club seems to be cursed the last few seasons with injuries:

    Markov, Gorges, Sopel, Spacek, Cammy (back now), and obviously Max all to pretty big injuries.

    Hopefully we get some good Karma soon

  • Mattyleg says:

    This is fantastic!

    We’re definitely going to win the hospital-league hockey trophy now!

    Aren’t we?

    Wasn’t that the plan…?

    Wasn’t…..it…..?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  • TheDagger says:

    The would be Mike Grier he is pinching off there at the top…

  • jbroderi says:

    This was my comment from yesterday about why I think Chara had intent.  Not premeditated intent, but “oh, here is an opportunity to send a message” intent.  Hey, it happens quick, but intent is intent.

    If you feel like you have time, read my reasoning and then look at the two pictures in this link.  One of the hit, and another of Chara angling out PK, the way I said he would have under normal circumstances.

    Tell me what you think, even if you think I am spending way to much time at work examining this to death. 

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/chara-says-he-wasnt-sure-who-he-hit/article1938684/

    Funny, just thinking about Chara’s action of shoving Patches into the direction of the stanchion. people can say he didn’t do it on purpose and didn’t know where he was but that makes no sense. We all know that a guy trying to beat a defensemen to the outside close to the boards will usually get pinched off by the dman.

    Normally, at any other part of the rink like so many morons always seem to mention, Chara would angle patches into the boards with his left shoulder and pinch him off, with both players bumping the boards, and patched effectively taken out of the play. The issue is, if you watch the replay, Chara let up from himself pinching off the boards, which dman normally do when he looked up at the stantion. Instead of the shoulder contact, you clearly see Chara extend his left arm towards patches which guides him into the post. The movement Chara did would make no sense if it was right in front of a bench or with normal glass. That shove was basically at a 45 degree angle to the stantion, where normally, he would pinch him off. Chara was still a foot or two from the boards when he straight armed patches into the post. With no post, that straight arm would have done nothing but propell patches along the boards and would have led to him beating Chara to the outside.

     Maybe I am grasping at straws, but if Chara didn’t know what he was doing, then he would have made a completely different physical play. Sure, it happens fast, but so does shooting the guy sleeping with your wife (not from experience, don’t worry) Am I out to lunch here??

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  • habs-hampton says:

    Chara should just shut his yap. He’s sounds stupider every time he opens it.

  • Top Corner says:

    http://www.thescore.com/buzz/articles/122988-win-ottawagh0st-on-chara   —-  Prob. a re-post but hey…

     

    These clips were obviously spoofs , but you know what…i’am really hoping there is someone out there making ‘clips’ of REAL segments and interviews of players (richards,marchand, etc..)and media type(cherry,milbury,stock,mcguire…etc) making “hints” and alluding that someday a HABS player is going to “pay” for there lack of fighting and being to small…not tough enough to back it up….blah blah blah

    Know what i mean Vern ?  clip after clip , then leading up to that terrible hit.  Then the lack of remorse from the bruins camp. 

    Was this the “moment” they were warning us about ?  Was this our punishment for trying to put together a skilled team that FANS want to watch night after night ??? !!! 

  • avatar_58 says:

    Really? Because minus Patches injury it might have been 6 straight wins and no negativity.

  • Hobie Hansen says:

    I don’t remember mentioning the chara hit?

  • Kooch7800 says:

    too bad as well.  Sopel wasn’t playing that bad.

     

  • 123456 says:

    i hope PG still has the receipt

  • light_n_tasty says:

    Can’t have been better than Jersey since December…

  • Timo says:

    Also was very surprised to read that since mid December Isles have the best record in the East. If only they didn`t have that what… 15 game losing streak that`d be in a midst of the playoff race now. Personally i think they could use Gomez.

  • Psycho29 says:

    They must have an amazing record since DiPietro got KO’d….. Coincidence or not???

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Not at all, I just thought we were in agreeance on how bad Poo Poo has played, and figured we’d talk about how good my boy Eller is.

  • Bugs says:

    Changing the topic rather quickly. Was my Poolio retort that incisive?

  • Psycho29 says:

    You mean the posts where you challenge other posters to meet you somewhere to settle your differences?

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So did you know Lars Eller is from Denmark?

  • Bugs says:

    You mean LAST night? Yeah, he was bad.

    I’d say…what, HALF as bad as Gomie was in the 8-6 Boston game?

    That sound about right?

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    stop trying to change the subject bugs, lets talk about how bad Poo Poo sucked the other night.

  • Timo says:

    I want those luscious french lips back, Bugsy.

  • Bugs says:

    Ladies, c’mon.

    Far as I’m concerned, you’re both pretty.

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    whaaaaa whaaaa, the mods are mean to me bugs. whaaaaaa whaaaaaa.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Bugs, the Mods delete from members in here & let certain member insult & say what they want.

  • Everlasting1 says:

    How about Storm Man’s jugular avatars? I had more respect for him back then.

     

     Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • shootdapuck says:

    LAFF loving, 45 year frustrated, delusional Burke groopie, TO types …. all cut from the same cloth!

     

     

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  • Leafy says:

    Close enough.  Quebec-leaning, federalist, statist, silly-servant infested, government types…  all cut from the same cloth.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • Lafrich says:

    Wow. On the island. Impressed.

  • RiverviewCanadien says:

    1 and 2 are in order as they happened…the point is, he likes to take liberties on unsuspecting players, and he has been doing this forever. Sometimes you just have to let up. Or refs have to call charging again.

  • RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree 4th was clean (had to throw it in), but you get the picture. You know the type of hit this guy lays. Repeat offender of questionable hits.

    His style, but it must be nice to have a player who can GET AWAY with those hits…

  • RiverviewCanadien says:

    It’s been used in the past…You want to tell me even HE does not know where he is on the ice?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82K59UETcTc

    BS…

    There are countless examples of players being hit into this part of the arenas. Is it all just a fluke that the timing was right on? Come on, depending on which direction you are going, you know what line tells you EXACTLY where you are, and also seeing players on the bench helps.

    Bottom line is, Chara does suck. He risked a players career and life, for nothing, down by 4 goals with seconds left.

    There is no other word than <insert profanity> to describe him (throw the NHL in there as well). I am pissed and I will remain pissed until Max plays again.

  • Nahlsy says:

    Solidarity with the Isles, they’re sick of the double standards too

  • dre1744 says:

    Can you imagine the backlash the league would get if they actually  suspended umberger!!!!!

  • Stephan Lebeau says:

    Still fuming from the MaxPac hit.  How many years have we been searching for that illusive power forward with a scoring touch?  I live on the west coast good ole usa and I used to be so proud promoting hockey to all my friends out here.  That is until this past week.  Now I’m almost ashamed of the WWF crap that goes on.

    Love him or hate him, do we not miss watching Sidney Crosby play?  I certainly do.  Instead I get to watch the New Thug League.  Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows the fans come to watch the superstars play.  Why on earth would the NHL not do its utmost to protect its greatest assets?  Could you imagine someone cheap shotting Tom Brady or Peyton Manning and getting away with it?  How is Murphy impartial to all this, when his boss is clearly associated with the Bruins?  Was Ziegler really that bad?

    I cannot understand the NHLPA’s stance on the issue.  They’re going to study the safety of the Bell Center?  Are there retards all around running the NHL?  Just because someone played the game does not instantly make them intelligent enough to manage the game.  I think Rejean Houle proved that forever.  As Dave Stubbs pointed out, since the Bell Center opened in 1996 how many previous stanchion incidents have there been ?  Zero!!!  Thus, I don’t think the layout of the building is the issue here.  Then we hear about “well if the hit occured on open ice it’d be nuthin”…………. well thats like saying well a boarding penalty was the players fault because he stood too close to the boards.  Had he been at center ice there would be no problem.  Seriously, this is the level of intelligence in this sport?

    I used to hate the Canucks and honestly I still hate the Canucks, but I have respect for what Sedin said.  Also, for Joe Thornton.  Someone today in Detroit probably doesn’t care about what happened to Max, but someday this could happen to Zetterberg or Lidstrom etc…… Why do these owners who dole out the huge contracts allow their top assets to come under attack in this manner?  If they think this goonery stuff is going to sell the game, well it obviously isn’t working.  Also, Bettman you’re in DC this week to promote the game yet you can’t provide any legtimacy in your league office, do you not feel stupid, or do you not care?

    Scotty Bowman should be a special advsior of some sort in the NHL league office.  There is a man who knows the game. 

    Finally, someone on here able to start one of those middle east style facebook movements, so that every city Chara plays in he gets booed everytime he touches the puck.  Let him know he’s hated, let the league know .  Also, lets send Bettman to Libya I think the Col. is interested in paying a hefty expansion team fee.

  • habsguy says:

    first 2 were dirty plays,  3rd was clean but no respect,  4th was good clean play….richards is a jerk anyway!!!

  • 134 says:

    Ha!I like you profile pic. It’s great that Bettman’s name also has a ‘B’ in it too.

  • DEAN T DALLEY says:

    FINALLY, DEAN DALLEY HAS COME BACK TO HABS INSIDE OUT!

    I was missed by my many HIO Fans.

    I wish Max all the best. He is a very tough kid and I hope he will be back next season. It is a real shame we have to endure another 5 years of Bettman’s rule but only the players, team management & the fans can make the much needed change.

     

  • sidhu says:

    Umberger’s hit on Doughty.  Even TSN is calling it “Chara-esque”

    http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/#clip431823

  • WindsorHab-10 says:

    When will this streak of bad luck (injuries) end? Enough already.

  • HardHabits says:

    #1 and #2 were clear head shots an both should have warranted suspensions.

    3# and #4 are good clean hits. Even #3 he hits the player on his crest not the numbers on his back.

    I don’t know what the dates of those hits are but say for example they’re in chronological order. IMO Richards should have been given 5 games for the the first head shot and 10 for the second as he would have been a repeat offender.

    If the league was serious that is the stance they would have. The league is a joke. The NHL is not protecting the players at all.

    Tonight’s hit Umberger on Doughty shows that players believe they can get away with murder.

  • smiler2729 says:

    Sopel was the good luck charm…

  • HardHabits says:

    Those first two hits are beyond nasty and should be considered illegal by the NHL and he should have been tossed from the game both times and suspended on each occasion. I hadn’t seen those hits before. The NHL disciplinarian standard is a farce. The rules must change. Not just blind side head shots but any head shot that includes an elbow or a shoulder that produces a concussion must have the guilty player suspended.

    That is not hockey.

  • Everlasting1 says:

    Must be the stanchIN thing to do now. It’ll pass..

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  • Timo says:

    was doughty hurt?

  • HabFanSince72 says:

    RJ Umberger did a “Chara” on Drew Doughty tonight.

    Normal hockey play.

     

  • observer says:

    islanders were his first team and he wasnt any good with them. isles announcer also said pacioretti from conneticut is from the area along with they think he purposely did it,  thats why they were booing him.

  • sidhu says:

    That’s awesome.  I’m glad other teams’ fans are giving it to him.

  • Timo says:

    TSN article on Bruins-Isles game says Chara was booed everytime he touched the puck. I always liked New York… Hope Chara gets the same treatment from every team fans for the rest of his loser career.

  • Leafy says:

    See, now you’re just being all “sensible” and “logical” and “factual” on me :).  This is not where I come to be reasonable, I come here to justify why the Habs and their fans annoy me so much (other than when they beat my team)…  Yes, I suppose you are correct, but one would think that there is a logical and sensible response to your concern and that the matter is being looked at, etc., etc.  In the meantime– THIS IS HOCKEY and people get hurt– always have, especially now that there are way more teams, more players, more games, more money, more muscle, more speed, more media coverage, etc. etc.  There are a few more injuries, but statistically, as a percentage of “man hours played” it could even be down from previous years, I don’t know.  It’s like labels– before they had a whole bunch of made up names to label kids with so they could medicate them, they were naughty or hyper, now they are… whatever.  Same in hockey, before you used to get your “bell rung” now everyone has concussions and we’re all doctors.  OK, I guess it’s time to sip some tea and play chess now.  Nigh night…

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • punkster says:

    Tough sport I agree. It doesn’t have to destroy lives though and that’s what it’s doing more often now. It’s not just about a Hab getting greased by a Bruin though admittedly that’s the catalyst for the emotional outburst this week. It has to start somewhere. Gentle prodding, endless debate, league studies etc haven’t helped the game progress. The league’s top player has a concussion, is shutting it down for the season and who knows, may never play again. What if it happened to your C tomorrow?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • Sheldon says:

    Look at the last few frames before Pacioretty hits the pole. BTW, Kerry Fraser made the right call in the ’93 semis against the Kings!

  • Leafy says:

    I just don’t think there is a problem with excessive violence in hockey.  It’s a tough sport.  I think the 24×7 media just needs something to write, tweet, type, video, audio, and talk about every 2.5 minutes.  IT’s hype, plain and simple.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    A 14-year old hockey player dealing with post-concussion syndrome http://bit.ly/fYDdgX

    It makes you wonder how often this happens at the lower levels. You can’t always blame the parents or the teams coachs and trainers (Trainers are saints in the hockey world for what they do, but they’re not doctors and can’t be expected to accurately diagnose concussions) if the kids keep it to themselves. More education is needed.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • rob_c says:

    Hows the new avatar?

  • FrankenChara says:

    Post got delete. Mudz take too zeery-us my bad joke.

  • larisalapointe says:

    HIO is hilarious…we have a Bruins’ fan trying to screw a Leafs’ fan…hahahaha

  • Sheldon says:

    Sorta like some wild hockey blogging porno!

  • punkster says:

    Hey, look closer…she’s fondling a moose…the Disney Channel this ain’t boyo ;)

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  • larisalapointe says:

    Again with the friggin’ moose P-ster? :) If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you have a crush on that thing.

    Actually I tried to change my avatar to a Max one but could not find one that was the right HIO size.

    Edit: successful avatar change. Say good-bye to the moose. ;)

  • FrankenChara says:

    Eetz no hard to beleef you a Habz fan.

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    whaaaaa whaaaaaaa, stop crying little boy.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    The HIO Mods are just like Bettman & Campbell. They let whomever they want get away with everything in here!

    Go ahead delete what U don’t want to hear! Boone needs to get some new Mods just like the NHL needs new men to run their show

  • Bugs says:

    Did someone post a link to cats doing something stupidly cute again? Oh, for gosh sakes,

    The madness has to STOP, people! Enough with friggin Mr.Mittens and his friggin plastic bag, aw’ight??!!

    Mods, wake up; what is this, a friggin PLAYGROUND?

  • A. Berke says:

    I’d say if you ask them, then the answer is probably: “nothing”.

    Ali B.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Well no wonder then Chuck that Chara got off Scott Free. He’s another Hitler!

  • Mr. Habs says:

    How old are U?

    You have to insult every opinion that is not to your liking.

    Look in the mirror

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Nice come back.

    I hear the weather is nice in FL. The grass must be thick now!

    Oh, the same offer goes to U too.

  • observer says:

    next year theyll make a run at it with all the cap room they will have in july.

  • Sheldon says:

    You know when all is said and done the Leafs might come close to making the playoffs. That is their true objective. Unless, akin to Elvis, they can come across another corpse that is in fact through DNA testing shown to be Bill Barilko, they don’t stand a chance in hell at the Cup.

  • Sheldon says:

    I know it’s a stretch and the severity of the injuries are in no way comparable, but what Chara did could end up being the equivalent of Adam Graves’ slash on Mario Lemeuix in the playoffs. The hockey gods exist and the Bruins are in fact done.

  • Habnofear says:

    What he said !

  • SBAH says:

    I agree nobody deserves it, but the lack of dicipline towards it only makes it escalate until, it happens.

  • observer says:

    fact is he is a bad hockey player but it shows you how crooked bettman and his friends are that a slug like him is in the nhl and hundreds of more talented players in the minors are not.

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Crooked yes, but the Players are doing nothing about it.

  • Leafy says:

    LOL!!  Ahhhh, that’s good.  Touche.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  • HardHabits says:

    Way to simplify my arguments. Not once did I say goon.

  • Hobie Hansen says:

    Have a good weekend!!! Nice debate as usual boys!!!!

  • db says:

    The Bruins shouldn’t even bother getting a hotel here next time…. fly in, play, fly out… but not on Air Canada.

  • Danno says:

    I’d love to make the big ape a special batch of poutine…

     

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

  • habs-hampton says:

    The good news:

    Do you realize that now Lurch will have to pack a lunch everytime he visits Montreal? I mean, do you think he could ever order  a meal at one of our cities fine eateries and not wonder who cooked it, or what the waiter/waitress might have done to it before bringing it to his table?

    Enjoy your day old P&J sandwich, ya loser!

  • Mr. Habs says:

    Why is that.

  • sidhu says:

    Awesome avatar!

  • C3P1 says:

    yes. they say another concussion

  • _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I think people on here just get sick of posters who post the same thing over and over again.  Like repeating ad nauseum is gonna actually do anything except piss people off.  We get it, you want a bunch of goons on the team to spill blood, fine you’re welcome to your opinion, just don’t get all butt hurt when others don’t share your opinion.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s not that I’m debating the Habs couldn’t use a Getzlaf or a Chris Stewart. I’m debating if it actually changes things the way people think they will. Malkin’s knee is basically being rebuilt from scratch right now having his MCL and ACL mended and he was 6’3″ and his entire team seemingly ready to drop the glove as they lead the league in fighting majors. Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron from Big Bad Boston. David Perron on St. Louis, a team with 65 Major penalties for Fighting.

    The draft is taking care of our size issue, you can see the results in the average size of our drafted players of late. I’m saying I see tough teams see their star players knocked out and nobody is out for blood and going after the guys who did it to their players in each game they see them in. It isn’t going on so why should we pretend that bringing in a tough guy or two is suddenly going to make people crap their pants when they think about hitting our skill players?

    Besides, broadcasters never want to give MTL a hint of credit for doing anything. If the Habs were big, they’d find something else to mock, call them too slow or too undisciplined or they have the wrong captain. They hate MTL and they always will. They picked MTL to finish last in 2008, they won the Conference.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • DearyLeary says:

    I don’t understand… did we not win the game against Boston?

  • shiram says:

    I would like to have some solid gritty players on our teams, just dont want to see our Habs use such tactics as the Bruins and Flyers.

    Don’t want to see escalation of violence in the nhl either.

  • avatar_58 says:

    100, 200, 250, 300……your head will STILL crack like a watermelon in such a hit VS Chara.

  • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I’ve been pushing for more GRIT and SIZE for over 2 years on this site… and I have been targeted for flaying.

    there are fanatics here who would’nt change a thing that management does and applaud every single move/trade as being expert… really pathetic.

    but over and over again we are victims of not being tough enough… PHILLY beat us last year because of that, and Chara should have been punched out many games ago…

    Wednesday March, 9th, 2011 – the day NHL Hockey “officially” died

  • Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s just amazing that how anytime a poster on here mentions that the Habs should add more size or be a little more combative results in him getting jumped allover.

    Is it just coincidence that every time a Habs game is on television that every broadcaster in the business, most ex-players and coaches, repeat the exact same thing OVER and OVER.

    They’re too small; they have to toughen up…..

    Or is every single person who covers hockey on television completely wrong?

    It’s not just Cherry or Millbury saying those words it’s every person to have ever put on a pair of skates!   

     

    I would never want to play like Boston or the Flyers but here’s one fan who hopes things change a bit next season….take a look at our Stanley Cup winning team roster from 1993, pefect mixture of size and skill…

  • CHsam says:

    Yes ! Hats off to such initiative. Good to know that great civil engineering can have such a huge impact like this.

     

  • captaink4life says:

    Kudos to every civil engineer in Japan. Their meticulousness in designing buildings capable of withstanding the additional loads and strains created by such a large scale earthquake saved thousands of lives today. The damage/devastation could’ve been much, much worse. 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  • Rudy says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  • Pieboy says:

    Nah, still pay’in for defiling the Forum

  • DearyLeary says:

    Yeah… karma is a bitch.  Where can we find her, maybe we can set her up with Zdeno.

  • Timo says:

    Could be karma, could be continuously bad management… hard to tell. It’s 50-50 at this point.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    I think a 3-year injury parade is rather punitive karma-wise.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • habs-hampton says:

    Just a few thoughts:

    • Chara has been previously suspended (2005 for instigating at fight in last 5 minutes). A lot of people (including the NHL) are saying he has no history.
    • Intent can’t be proven, but this is clear. If you do an illegal act (high sticking, tripping, boarding, etc.) and a player is injured as a result, you HAVE to have supplemental discipline.
    • By using the reasoning that there is no precedent and not having the balls to set a precedent, the next it happens, the NHL will use the “no precedent” excuse again and again and again.
    • Wiz got 3 games (I think it was 3) for an obscene gesture. Which of these 2 acts made you cringe, look away and cover your kids eyes.
    • Montreal is not ther only rink with the stanchions between the benches. I’m not sure how many have them, but many do. And ALL rinks have them at the other end of the players bench. So why is the NHL sending a “task force” to the Bell Center to investigate the stanchion situation? I just hope they figure out how the stanchion jumped out in front of Max.
  • jbroderi says:

    WOW. I am very sorry!! I should have looked more closely.  I seen the red on the boards, and thought it was part of Griers gloves.  Again, I apologize to everyone on the forum!

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    We had that year, 07-08, near-perfect health carried us to the NE and Conference Title. Now we’re getting slammed year after year.

    And I heard Bruiser is already on his way up on an emergency basis, Youppi is day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  • HABZ24 says:

    the nhl protects its star players because people pay to see them play.its nonsense, campbell and murphy should be fired and the whole violence thing in the league needs to be adressed once an for all. if it takes big sponsers pullng out then thats what needs to be done to get the nhl s attention, hit the league where it lives in the pocket book.ban fighting out right once and for all like every other sport has done and ban head shots of any kind,period.


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