Predictions, anyone?

HIO latest prediction pic

(File photo: John Mahoney, The Gazette)

On the eve of a new National Hockey League season, predictions abound about how clubs will fare in the 2013-14 campaign.

The Canadiens face a few new rivals in the Atlantic Division thanks to the realignment that takes effect this season. The new eight-team grouping includes their usual division foes like the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, but also the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.

The Hockey News put the Habs in fourth place in the Atlantic Division in its preseason predictions, behind the first-place Bruins, followed by the Red Wings and Ottawa Senators. A fourth-place finish would mean the Habs would need to secure a wild card spot to make the playoffs.

USA Today hockey columnist Kevin Allen put the Habs in the No. 4 spot, behind the Bruins, Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. But Allen also predicted the Senators at No. 5 “will be looking at the wild-card race all season” and project to be “third to fifth.”

A fifth-place finish for the Habs in the Atlantic Division was the consensus projection on TSN’s season preview show. Their consensus was that the Leafs, projected to finish in fourth place, would nab a wild card spot, with the Habs missing the playoffs.

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey predicted the Canadiens and Leafs will be in the hunt for the wild-card spots.

What are your predictions for the Canadiens’ this season? Are they a better team than they were last season? Have the off-season moves by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin given them enough of an edge over some of their division rivals?

We’ll publish some of your responses in Thursday’s Hockey Inside/Out section in The Gazette.

The Canadiens got some bad news at practice Monday, announcing that defenceman Douglas Murray has an upper-body injury and will be out 4-6 weeks. Defenceman Davis Drewiske is expected to be sidelined another 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, defenceman Alexei Emelin – still recovering from major knee surgery – skated for about an hour before practice with Graham Rynbend, the team’s head athletic therapist, and looked good.

Coach Michel Therrien said the Canadiens would start the season with only six defencemen since they don’t have a heavy schedule to start things off. After opening the season Tuesday night at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), the Canadiens play their next game Saturday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers before starting a four game road trip next Wednesday night in Calgary.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings  looked at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Moen – Prust – Parros
Bournival – White

Markov – Diaz
Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi

You can watch Pat Hickey’s report from the Canadiens’ practice on Monday here.

(Video: The Gazette, John Mahoney)

Can Price regain his for for Habs? by Pat Hickey

Habs vs. Leafs should be on a Saturday night, by Dave Stubbs

Habs have something to prove, Canadiens.com

Galchenyuk next big thing for Habs? Sportsnet.ca

Leafs hope additions equal longer playoff run, torontomapleleafs.com

Rielly makes Maple Leafs roster, montrealgazette.com

NHL realignment solves some problems, montrealgazette.com

 

 

671 Comments

  1. Bun E. Laroque says:

    My prediction is that Gallagher will exact some revenge on Kadri for his less than clean hit last season. Or perhaps that is wishful thinking. My question is will we see Pateryn or Beaulieu since we seem to be short a defenseman ??

  2. HUDSONHAB says:

    Health and Price. It’s just that simple. The forwards have enough offensive potential. Subban, with contributions from Markov, gives the Habs offence from the D.

    It’s the defensive play that will be their downfall. That is where Price has to fill the void. A steady but unspectacular year from Price will not be enough. Price has to be in the Vezina, Team Canada conversation all year for the Habs to succeed.

    Injuries to a couple top six forwards or Subban and forget about it.

    ….Hab4life….

    • Danno says:

      I approve this comment

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
      Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

      • Bill says:

        While it may be fair to say that with the Canadiens defence, we need someone like the Son of God himself in net, it is neither realistic nor fair to ask for that, much less to expect it.

        Price is a strong technical goalie who takes up a lot of net. He works hard, contrary to HIO mind-readers/amateur psychologists who try to read into his expressions, body language, and tone.

        The Habs clearly needed a major upgrade on D. Bergevin got us Murray and Drewiske instead. Now in all fairness, I don’t know that there were a lot of better options out there. But surely Bergevin’s main plan involves developing Tinordi, Beaulieu, and Pateryn to be those guys, and they all have promise.

        But for right now, we’ve got three injured defencemen, only one of whom is very good anyway. We’ve got Subban and then a bunch of question marks on D. Gorges is no-one’s idea of a top two defenceman, Markov has lost a step or two, Diaz is skilled but overmatched defensively, Tinordi is as raw as a good carpaccio, and Bouillon should probably not be on an NHL roster at this point (love the guy though).

        Then there is the question of support from the forwards, and I would identify only Plekanec, Gionta, and Prust as being responsible on the backcheck.

        On top of that, Therrien is not preaching a defensive style of play! Which is probably wise for this group of speedy, shifty forwards, but certainly not ideal for the goalie.

        With all that in mind, to say the season rests on the goalie’s shoulders – whether it is Price or Budaj or whomever the flavour of the week is right now – is kind of dumb or at least incredibly simplistic thinking.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HUDSONHAB says:

          It is very simplistic thinking. To look at this team and the players that are here, Price is the simple answer. Hoping for MB to pull a great trade out of his butt, now that’s just dumb. Teams don’t just give the Habs players for nothing. When was the last time the Habs got good value for one of their trades? Kordic for Courtnall?

          ….Hab4life….

  3. naweed235 says:

    Well if Price sucks this season, it definitely wont be due to the lack of trying. See Link Below:
    http://www.rds.ca/vid%C3%A9os/l-intensit%C3%A9-monte-d-un-cran-1.666735

  4. punkster says:

    Not big on predictions…but I will say this…the coaching staff better pick up their socks and figure out how to deploy the D more effectively…pairings, zone starts and special teams.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

    • Bill says:

      They could also ask the forwards to pitch in on the backcheck. As in all of them. Bourque, Desharnais, Briere, Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, and Eller could all use some pointers from someone like Guy Carbonneau. I’m leaving the fourth line out of it, but they could help too.

      Can’t have the forwards coasting around waiting for the defence to take care of the opposition’s forecheck. Especially our defence.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Timo says:

      Are you saying coaches need to go through Michael Therrien’s Personal Development Program?

  5. piper says:

    Murray was brought in to replace Emelin. Now Murray is out for 6 weeks. Time for MB to start shopping to find another replacement via trade. They cannot afford to get off to a slow start.

  6. FishOutOfWater says:

    I just finished my fantasy draft. I picked 14th out of 16th, in a points only league. how do you think i did?

    F Claude Giroux, Bobby Ryan, Jeff Carter
    F Dustin Brown, Kyle Turris, Michael Grabner
    F Brian Gionta, Steve Ott, Devin Setoguchi

    D Ryan Suter, Duncan Keith
    D John Carlson, Justin Faulk
    D Jared Spurgeon, Rob Scuderi

    G Jonathan Quick

    BN Ryan Strome
    BN Jakob Silfverberg
    BN Luke Schenn
    BN Jarred Tinordi
    BN Ondrej Pavelec

    http://945thesmooth.tumblr.com/

  7. Willy the bum says:

    Wish that Price will have a great season this year, otherwise I know I will not blame it on Stéphane Waite.

    • naweed235 says:

      Well said! He has everything he needs to succeed at his disposal at this point. Some might argue that the defense playing in front of him is not elite but I think it’s definitely above average. A good goalie should be able to steal games more often than not, which is exactly what Price needs to do this season on a consistent basis.

      • slyCH says:

        The Hab D is below average when you consider the pathetic pairings at this point.

        • naweed235 says:

          - Norris trophy winner (PK)
          - 3 Time All star and one of the best passers in the game (Markov)
          - One of the better penalty killers and shot blockers. Also pretty consistent barring last season (Gorges)
          - Absolute beast and one of the best hitters in the game (Emilinator)
          - One of the better up and coming young and physical Ds in the league (Tinordi)
          - Bouillon, Diaz and Murray

          I think that’s pretty above average if you ask me

          • Bun E. Laroque says:

            Now thats a positive outlook.

          • slyCH says:

            Talking pairings. Big-T is good. Gorges has been a question mark. I can continue and offer my own D pairings. To no avail. Don’t care cause my opinion makes no difference. I only wish to be proven wrong for the team. That is all.

      • Bill says:

        The Habs defence is not above average. It is in the bottom third of the league. Subban is a superstar, sure, but your evaluations above are a total stretch. You talked about Markov’s past, you included the injured until December Emelin, you wrote about a Gorges that none of us has ever seen, and as for Tinordi, you should take that crystal ball and apply for a job as his publicist. No telling what we’ll see from Tinordi this year.

        The Habs D is probably fifth out of eight in their own division.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

  8. Danno says:

    Parros is big

    Size Variation

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

  9. WindsorHab-10 says:

    George Laraque thinks Parros is washed up. We’ll see. I hope He proves him wrong.

  10. govenah says:

    YeaH!
    Looking in the crystal ball toward the playoffs I see a few things… and if it goes well maybe we go a couple rounds.

    1. Price has a good season
    2. Emelin comes back and is solid
    3. Douglas Murray will be out til after Christmas and sucks when he comes back.
    4. Gionta gets banged by mid november and never really return for more then 4 games at a time
    5. Plek and Rene Bourque have a good year but are traded at the deadline
    6. Briere has 60+ points
    7. We are stuck with DD and his 50 points
    8. Toronto misses the playoffs
    9. Beaulieu joins the team in March.

    Drop the puck already.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Your whole prediction doesn’t make much sense.

      There is no way Habs go a couple of rounds deep in the playoffs entirely without Borque – Plekanec – Gionta line.

  11. Trisomy 21 says:

    How often do you see a President of Hockey Operations go on camera and call out a rookie? Burke loves the spotlight, but he needs to shut his hole. I knew this move to CGY wouldn’t be the last of his mug on hockey news.

    • Phil C says:

      Just saw that. So much for staying in the background.

    • Sportfan says:

      I feel bad for Calgary fans Burke has such a fat head and huge ego he’ll ruin the team more before it gets better. If I was any rookie I would hold out and go to another team, or ask for a trade.

      Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Bill says:

      Burke is a knucklehead. Baertschi must be calling his agent as we speak. Reading between the lines, Burke is criticizing the GM for drafting and developing Baertschi, and the coach for keeping him on the roster. The knives are out.

      Interesting that he also criticized Colborne for being the wrong kind of player. Colborne has always played the same way. He’s not gonna change. Burke just looks at the guy and is like, hey, why aren’t you busting heads? Start busting heads! You’re big so you have to bust heads! This is the kind of thinking I hope the Habs avoid with Tinordi.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  12. ProHabs says:

    Anyone know if Patrice Cormier cleared waivers.

  13. Danno says:

    I predict the puck will drop tomorrow night and things will unfold from that point onward.

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

  14. Psycho29 says:

    as per Franky Gagnon and Peter Brown; Reimer to start for the Loaves tomorrow

  15. Ozmodiar says:

    I predict the Habs will finish somewhere between where they finished last year and where they finished the year before.

    Then everyone will say ‘I told you so’.

    There you go. 2 predictions.

  16. Alvin says:

    Predictions on a game by game basis only.
    The Leafs are no longer the Laffs. You’ve got to come to grips with that. Odd to say it but this first game of the season is a statement game.. Carly will have his team loaded for bear. Parros, White and Prust are out gunned. Toronto is a very cohesive team with scoring potential. If their goal tending can hold the fort Toronto will win 5 – 3.
    Happy to be wrong!

  17. gmur says:

    My 2 pennies:

    Defence

    If the Canadiens defencemen were healthy from the start… they’d be in the thick of the chase. They’re not, and as was proven last year, Emelin is a key player to this team. Murray, brought in to lend a hand physically in Emelin’s absence, seems to be a slow, unsteady player… and he’s injured too. First an upper-body injury, now a lower-body injury… Drewiske was supposed to add depth and he’s injured too.

    That puts a lot of stress on our only physical defenseman, Tinordi… a rookie. I think opposing players will be after him, ready to test him; Toronto will be on him. And for those who love seeing PK playing a physical game: he should stop trying to lay out players with his back turned to them in the middle of the ice. He’s going to get injured badly when one of those hits goes wrong. He’s a Norris trophy d-man, not a wrecking ball.

    The good: we have good puck-moving defenceman… and a good point on the powerplay.

    Offence

    Offensively, should be exciting to watch the mix of young players and veterans. Team numbers should be above average. That’s all the forwards have to do if…

    Goaltending

    The obvious: Price will be it. The playoffs are accessible if he plays premium hockey. I think he did exactly that for 3/4 of last season, then played below-average hockey and the Habs tanked. Wow, what a statement. If it’s fatigue that got to him last year, then Budaj becomes key, because that means Price has to sit every 5-6 games this year. If what got to him last year was being recognized at the grocery store, we’re in trouble. Price is turning out to be a bit of an enigma. Does he need a coach who relates to him really well? Gets in his face? Leaves him alone? Does his goalie coach have to correct his technique? Be his ally and simply reinforce what he’s already doing? One thing is sure, he’s hitting his prime and has to show up big this year. He has to mature into the premium goalie he’s supposed to be.

    Coach

    I don’t like Therrien. I don’t know what it is, but he doesn’t inspire confidence. He seems over confident, and somewhat limited in his ability to express himself clearly in either official language. I always finish listening to press conferences and wonder how his players process his talks in the room. Fortunately, he has a very, very competent group of coaches around him… which is reassuring.

    Whether the team succeeds or not, it will be an interesting season! Drop the puck!

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Totally agree with your assessment of Emelin. When he went down our season went down also. I did not realize his value to the Habs until then. And now Murray (his replacement) also goes down. Totally sucks.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      I agree with your assessment on the D, forwards, and goalies. But with the coach, c’mon! I think he did change after he got fired in Pittsburgh. He did made amends and is now coaching this team with full confidence (not over-confidence!). I think the team is ok with the way how he handles things. There’s no complaints that have come up so far. Compare that to the Jacques Martin and the Randy Cunneyworth era, do you want to stay there or move on?

    • slyCH says:

      Actually I’m confused by your post at the 7 minute mark of reading.

      “he should stop trying to lay out players with his back turned to them in the middle of the ice. He’s going to get injured badly when one of those hits goes wrong. He’s a Norris trophy d-man, not a wrecking ball.”

      Should PK lay out opponents with his face first?

      He (PK) is a wrecking ball.

      • gmur says:

        Sorry you’re a slow reader. Hope you don’t move your mouth while you read, too. ;)

        If you watch PK enough, you know what kind of hit I mean. Maybe you haven’t played hockey much, but most hits are applied with the shoulder, not with the back. Goes without saying that hitting with the face is not recommended, but thanks for the input.

    • Wintercount says:

      I believe you may be right about the way PK hits. Hope not.

  18. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I’m not going to predict how our Habs will turn out this season. I do believe they will make it to the playoffs and I see that they have a good lineup regardless of a few players who are not big enough to battle taller and tougher teams.

    What’s important to understand is this:

    (1) Marc Bergevin added size and extra grit in the lineup by adding George Parros and Douglas Murray;

    (2) Last season’s key players are now gone: Michael Ryder, Colby Armstrong, Jeff Halpern, and ‪Petteri Nokelainen‬;

    (3) Danny Briere is now a Montreal Canadiens forward for 2 seasons;

    (4) Both Rookies Players Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are now in their sophomore year and will likely to improve (or get the jinks);

    (5) Carey Price has now Stephane Waite as his new goalie coach. By that, I think he will bounce back and is determined to correct his past mistakes;

    (6) Young talents from Hamilton and other junior organizations are ready and soon to be coming: Tinordi, Bealieu, Bournival, McCarron (in 3 years probably), Fucale, Colberg, et. al;

    Other than that, the future of this team will now depend on the likes of Pacioretty, Desharnais (if he’s going to survive this season), Plekanec, Subban, Price, Georges, Prust, Bourque, etc…

    • slyCH says:

      1) Where’s Murray?

      2)Ryder and Halprern I know. Who are those other two you mention?

      3)Briere a Hab. Roger wilco big buddy!

      4) Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

      5) Will Waite shop for groceries?

      6) Tinordi is here and ready to stay.

      Other than that,the future of this team is wide open. Like all of ‘em.

  19. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Lets face it the entire season revolves around one player, we all know that it’s Carey Price. I’m confident that he will be more consistent this season. It’s time to see his potential realized.

    Having said that, it’s a team game and he can’t be expected to stand on his head every night. So yes, he is going to let in some softies, every goalie does, but, as long as he doesn’t go into another prolonged funk, I like the Hab’s chances.

  20. Marc10 says:

    Not sure what we’ll get from this team. The D has some great pieces coming into their own, but we’re still two years away from seeing a competitive final product. Price will be tasked with a very heavy job of keeping Les Boys in it.

    I’m not worried about Max, DD or Briere. They’ve come to play. Provided they stay healthy, they’ll easily be our best offensive line. Hopefully the kids and Pleky’s line can provide the extra goals we need.

    There won’t be much middle ground this year. If Eller and Chucky come into their own, we’ll make the playoffs. If they don’t take a step up, we’ll be fighting to get in.

    Fingers crossed! Go Habs Go!

  21. Mr. Biter says:

    Just a quick question. Why did Carlyle not get a suspension or fine for Orr leaving the bench? Rule 70 section (I forget) any Coach who allows a player to leave the bench during an altercation will face suspension. Sabres coach gets fined for putting Scott out, Carlyle gets nothing for Orr leaving the bench. No wonder people on this site laugh a the NHL rules.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • Sal from the Hammer says:

      That’s why the NHL is bush! Inconsistent. Depends in who you are…politics is always in pay.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      John Scott got nothing. A player, who is in league only because he can fight, stepped on the ice and basically attacked an all-star. He didn’t even attempt to play hockey. He got nothing.

      Imagine if this happened in any of the other team sports. An insignificant player goes onto the “field of play” and jumps the other team’s best player. A player who is hired to basically take penalties; not to play the game. What do you think would happen? He would be thrown out of the league. NHL is the only league where the goons and rats have more rights than the all stars.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Mr. Biter says:

        He was sent out to do his job (and openly admitted he was dropping the gloves with whoever was lined up against him and was also very surprised to see Kessel and told him so) after one of the Sabres was taken out by a Leaf thug and Carlyle (who should have known better) sent out Kessel (who no doubt was looking for the fastest route to the Leaf bench) to answer the bell. No idea what was going thru Carlyle’s head. If someone takes out a Habs smaller player with a deliberate hit guarantee Parros is out next shift to cause mayhem.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Actually John Scott did nothing and therefore got nothing. He wasn’t sent out, as in fact he was on the ice prior to the whistle. And if one watches the replay he doesn’t engage the contact. But hey everyone believes what Kessel says he said, so yah…… Yadda yadda yadda, there is no way in the world Scott was actually going to pound Kessel into submission, he at worst would have shook Kessel for a minute and that is all.

        Carlyle chose to ignore the same code he coaches every other game by.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          HiB, That’s what Scott said. I wasn’t going to hurt him just real surprised that Kessel was there and you are correct he did nothing as Kessel slashed him and headed faraway at full speed (same as I would have done).

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

      • Bill says:

        It is pretty hilarious to think about a basketball team signing a monstrous goon, who cannot play basketball, and sending him out just to punch out another team’s all-star player. You’re right, it could never happen, and it really contextualizes how stupid that side of hockey is, and why the NHL remains a bush-league sport.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So did you ever watch Charles Oakley play basketball? As agressive a ball player as I recall seeing. Had a decent baseline shot, couldn’t jump worth a lick, but absolutely controlled the paint through physical positioning.

          But thankfully the comparison works. Don’t get me wrong Bill, the NHL has archaic rules as it relates to fighting, but do your really believe John Scott was going to throw punches at Phil Kessel? Come on, Coach for Buffalo left Scott on Ice expecting Carlyle to put a scrapper on the ice. Carlyle decided he would find religion and not do so.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Oakley, Laimbeer and Rodman played Basketball like it was football when the Pistons were in their hayday. Never an easy lay-up against them.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

        • Bill says:

          There are lots of physical basketball players , just like there are lots of physical hockey players. That’s normal and not what I meant.

          John Scott could only dream of being as valuable a player as a Charles Oakley. They are not remotely equivalent and that’s a funny comparison.

          And I totally believe Scott was going to punch Kessel, and it looked like Kessel believed it too!

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Well, I just will then agree to disagree. No way in my opinion Scott was going to actually fight Kessel.

            By the way, still would love to see video evidence of Scott start the fight, but oh yah forgot Kessel said so.

    • yakhab says:

      If u read the fine print
      This rule applies to 29 teams … not the leafs !
      The league believes Toronto needs all the help it can get .

  22. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Here are some random predictions for this year….

    When we win, we will be great!
    When we lose, we will suck
    Timo will bitch either way…
    Price will get bashed…
    Everytime a certain Blues goalie plays, it will be made to seem important for some reason
    Ian Cobb will be optimistic
    Retro Turd will crawl out from beneath the bridge whenever Habs lose
    Tank commander will make appearances throughout season
    HFS72 will trash right wing politics
    JB will have a great season
    Cal will like Habs again, I think
    Sholi will be ray of light in dark times ( light tower )
    Boone will jinx something
    MT will be blamed for everything not blamed on Price
    MB will be sharply dressed
    Corsi and Fenwick will stay on other site, only used for bashing HIO on occasion
    DD will always be small

    And lastly….

    There’s no better place to enjoy the Habs season than HIO

    Let’s hope the playoffs are in our future… Go Habs Go

  23. WindsorHab-10 says:

    It is tough to predict the outcome of each team and how well a team will or will not do. I know we’re in a tough division and it will be a battle all year long to try & qualify for a playoff spot. No matter the outcome for our Habs, our destiny depends on how well Carey Price performs this year. As a fan, win or lose I would like to see an all out effort each game. The goal for me is always the same, secure a playoff spot & we’ll take it from there. Very excited for the start tomorrow. Good luck & Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!

  24. WVHabsfan says:

    Thanks Habs Fan

  25. Subban in Sochi says:

    Canadiens have a very favorable opening month with 8 of 13 games at home. Most of the October opponents did not make the Playoffs last season. If Habs “bond” on the first western trip things will be looking good by Halloween.

    Therrien quickly settled on his preferred lines in training camp, a strong stabilizing move. Carey Price will put it all together this year, benefitting from subtle rules changes. He will earn Olympics playing time and in turn be effective in the NHL Playoffs-keying significant wins on both stages.

    The “Olympic effect” could be huge in an 82 game regular season. I’ll enjoy watching Habs players in Sochi but there will be a “toll” extracted come Playoff time. Pacioretty should really break out on the world stage and I expect him to dominate the early NHL schedule too, “Power Pac.”

    It is imperative that “Tinner” is “this season’s” Emelin as #74 was way underappreciated last year-as was exposed at season’s end.

    Lars Eller (really) breaks out this season and David Desharnais “re-breaks-out” with Max Pac creating lanes-and Briere finding holes.

    Subban gets comfortable playing 25-30 minutes every night and Andrei Markov gets comfy playing “only” 20 minutes every game.

    In sum, Habs in 2013-2014: A lot of focus, some room creating fisticuffs and fury, and a lot of fun as the Canadiens are consistently good all season in taking another big step in Year Two.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  26. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I predict:
    We will learn to hate the Red Wings as much as my father did;
    The Sens will be very good if they have no injuries – they lack depth;
    If the Habs stay healthy, they will be in the mix for third;
    Toronto won’t make the playoffs;
    Boston will finish first, but the Habs, the Sens and the Red Wings will be bouncing around behind them.

  27. WVHabsfan says:

    Are we calling anyone up from Hamilton to take Murray’s spot? Or, does it fall on Drewiskie?

  28. slyCH says:

    Does anyone else here wish, or hope, for Ken Dryden to be the next commissioner of this league? Dryden was Leaf president, for years asking TO to be moved to the right division, knowing the MTL TO rivalry could only be good for the league. Oddly enough the leafs were transferred the year after we had almost had (1993) an all Canadian final the year after Bettman took over. Bettman took hold and so, Canadian markets have been afterthoughts since. I don’t know who can replace Buttman better then Dryden.

  29. ZepFan2 says:

    “Douglas Murray has an upper-body injury and will be out 4-6 weeks.”

    Let the injury parade begin.

    sigh

    ———————————————————————-
    Ka is a wheel.

    For Your Life

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Yeah that’s a weird one. Letang of the Pen’s has a lower body. Will be examined tomorrow in Pittsburgh. That one involves a HUGE contract. Murray, not so much. Tinordi can do the job.

      • ZepFan2 says:

        No, I mean the Habs injury parade. Every year it’s the same story.

        ———————————————————————-
        Ka is a wheel.

        For Your Life

        • Mr. Biter says:

          I unfortunately have to agree with Zep , but besides our small guys getting hurt also our bigger players get hurt all the time. Just speculation but in certain buildings the boards in the rink have more “give” to them than others. Anyone on the site ever skate at the Bell Center ice and just do a “check” into the boards to see if they’re stiff or have some give to them?
          Did a tour of lambeau field and we were allowed on the field but I was advised that it would cost me $500.00 to do a “Lambeau Leap” as that is a no-no.
          Nothing like being on Lambeau field and thinking what it would be like with 80,000 screaming Packer Fans.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

          • ZepFan2 says:

            I was just thinking. Imagine you go and pay the $500 to do the leap and when you do it you get only half way up. That would be really embarassing.

            ———————————————————————-
            Ka is a wheel.

            For Your Life

          • Mr. Biter says:

            The $500.00 is the Police fine and the end zone wall is a lot higher than it looks (Lots higher) so the desire to do the leap went down pretty fast as there was no way in hell or without the help of a ladder or trampoline I could get that high. Don’t think I’ve seen any 275 lb. linemen scoring on a fumble and do a leap without the help of many fans in the end zone, who (with great effort) haul him up.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

  30. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    HIO predictions for this season:

    Dude will trash Price…Timo will trash DD and Therien….Moar crowd will trash Diaz…I will trash Gorges and Moen…LOL

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  31. Fransaskois says:

    Well I’m excited for the start of the season…. I think I’m always a little more excited during the offseason/draft (how backwards is that?) but it might just be the fact that I haven’t seen an honest-to-goodness hockey game for so long. Predictions:

    1) One of our centers is traded.
    2) Briere scores 45+ points.
    3) Sophomore slump for Gallagher/Galchenyuk.
    4) Bournival gets sent back down to Hamilton.
    5) Price, Moen, and Gorges bounce back.
    6) Tinordi has rookie troubles but plays a solid 15min/night.
    7) PK Subban plays more minutes and establishes himself as a premiere defender in the league.
    8) Bourque and Diaz struggle with consistency.
    9) Leblanc and Thomas get time in Montreal.
    10) Habs finish 8th in the East and experience a 1st round exit.

    And to go out on a limb a little…

    11) Habs trade Beaulieu.

  32. H.Upmann says:

    well we should be expecting a couple of loser Leafs trolls coming around to HIO tomorrow, if they aren’t lurking on here already.

  33. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    On a very important sidenote, I think I’ve almost perfected the Brendan Gallagher, backwards gliding double handed, low fist pump goal celebration in my beer league.

    Big moment in my hockey career.

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …we are remiss not bringing up Beaulieu to replace Murray

    …He’s raw, no doubt about it, but His speed, skating and offense is elite, and despite the rough edges, He, PK, Markov and Diaz make for one dynamic offensive back-end few other teams can match or handle

  35. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The only thing I can predict for sure is that Parros will fight tomorrow night…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ferg says:

      I predict a lame opening ceremony involving that damn torch again.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        I like the torch. The “torch line” is one of the best traditions in sport. Having the players try to speak a language they can’t (a la Gionta last year or worse Andrei “Caveman” Kostitsyn) on the other hand…

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        ;) Feel free to add to the list I posted below:

        There’ll definitely be a big show beforehand, best resign yourself to it.

        It’ll definitely involve:

        - Torches
        - Americans trying to speak French
        - Alumni
        - Two or more standing ovations
        - “PK, PK” chants that last the rest of the game
        - No “Gio, Gio” chants
        - Coldplay or U2
        - a 15 minute cut away from the ceremony where HNIC dissects Toronto’s plan for the Stanley Cup parade

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Our season is predicated on Carey Price not soiling the bed again …and finally becoming the stud

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …bahh ! …this talk of 4th 5th or out of the playoffs is ridiculous

    Our Habs will be in top 3 and fighting for first in Our conference in June, bet on it

    …I have not followed My Habs for 66 years to not expect Them to come in anything but FIRST !

  38. habfan01 says:

    Pre season predictions are like a$$holes- everyone has one and they usually stink. Who would have predicted the habs for their finish in the last 2 years? Wait until 20-25 games are played, then start predicting.

  39. RetroMikey says:

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Thanks for the confirmation. Always good to read the links. I was listening to XM92, for a while they weren’t sure if it was going to bass.

      Laters Jimmy, off to give my concussion seminar to over 100 coaches. Someone has to sort these old school farts, may as well be me :lol:

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      http://www.Sholi2000.com
      Custom Sports Figures
      Summit Member 00029.31
      8th Annual Hockey Pool, Email for details.
      Live draft 30 Sep, 6pm CDT

  40. Ron says:

    Hybrid icing to be implemented as of start of season tomorrow night.

  41. FishOutOfWater says:

    if anybody doubts price’s intensity this season check this out
    http://www.rds.ca/vid%C3%A9os/l-intensit%C3%A9-monte-d-un-cran-1.666735

    he’s here to win this year. id say he wants it

    http://945thesmooth.tumblr.com/

  42. Bripro says:

    Season opener is Home opener agains the Leafs.
    It doesn’t get much better than that.
    I’m psyched.

  43. Sportfan says:

    Can anyone who has NHL 14 tel me if they have McCarron in their game cause I don’t in mine.

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  44. piper says:

    I still see boston and Detroit as being a fair bit better than the Habs. I see Habs, Leafs, and Sens all fairly even. So a lost point here or there could mean the difference between 3rd and 5th.

  45. Psycho29 says:

    Conor McKenna ‏ @mckennaconor 10m

    I don’t want to over-think it. Matt Kassian making the Sens and Zibanejad being sent down is completely insane.

  46. habs001 says:

    Is there any reason to think that the Habs pk which was 23rd last year will be much better this year…and is there any reason to think that the Habs will be better in winning key faceoffs…

    • shiram says:

      Playing PK on the PK should do it tons of good.
      Faceoffs is tougher, but Therrien is using his bounty of centers well, switching the player taking the draw depening on the side of the faceoff or the opposite center.
      Not sure how Prust will do on the dot.
      Wingers also need to swoop in and help the center get the puck.

    • derfab says:

      One area where Briere could make a difference.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Think the PK was more of an anomaly last year than anything. Last few seasons the PK has been very strong and we have much of the same personal.

      Tinordi could develop into a very solid PK guy. It’s tough to read how much progress he’ll make this year, but if he develops in the NHL as quickly as Gally and Chucky did….well, we’ll have something to smile about!

    • on2ndthought says:

      faceoffs: a need not addressed by any of the summer moves. Jay McClement was available two summers ago; Adam Hall was just picked up by the Flyers, Maholtra is looking for a team…

      I know we already have too many spare parts, but this is one area mgmt has been remiss in addressing.

      “a cannonading drive”

    • neumann103 says:

      The bad PK last year was coaching. Not personnel. The penalty killers actually got slightly better.

      The PK can improve in several possible ways:

      players being more effective at the swarm on the PK and clearing pucks that otherwise would have been recovered by the offence.

      Coaches realizing that their PK system isn’t that great and going back to something more like the past.

      Coaches realizing that leaving their best defenceman on the bench might not be a great idea

      “Et le but!”

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      I’m secretly harbouring a belief that Alex will have a huge season this year….but at 19 let’s just hope he progresses steadily :)

    • jols101 says:

      Sportsnet in their Atlantic Division review had the Habs finishing 4th ahead of the Leafs and getting a wild card playoff position.

      The only thing I disagree with in this article is that they don’t give Patches enough credit. I think once Galchenyuk hits his stride they will have 2 elite forwards, a Norris Trophy winner on D, and hopefully a soon to be Vezina winner in nets.

  47. alain58 says:

    Too many analysts can only remember the end of last season and think that the Habs won’t be able to win another game. They forget that size doesn’t matter during the regular season which is the reason the Habs were 4th in scoring last year in the NHL and finished 2nd in the East. Detroit is overrated for a team that had a hard time to be in the playoff last year. Toronto improved but only slightly – and the Clarkson savior will miss the first 10 games. Ottawa will be better only because they can’t be as sick as last year. Boston didn’t improve on the contrary. Only two other teams will be in front of Montreal in the Atlantic division and the Habs finish 5th or 6th.

    • Chris says:

      Conversely, Montreal will not enjoy a season that is relatively devoid of injuries, either.

      Prust (10 games), Diaz (25 games), Emelin (10 games) and Bourque (21 games) were the only Habs regulars to miss significant time last season. With Diaz and Emelin both out, the team fell apart.

      Montreal was one of the healthiest teams in the NHL last season (at least until the playoffs, when Gionta, Pacioretty and Eller all got hurt). We can all hope that history repeats itself, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

      Like you, I think Detroit will start to struggle soon. They are getting older, and the talent base isn’t as strong as years past. But I’m not betting against Datsyuk and Zetterberg, two of the top 10 players in the NHL, being able to carry them.

      I have no idea what Ottawa will do this season…they were devastated by injuries last year: Spezza (43 games), Cowen (41 games), Karlsson (31 games), Michalek (25 games), and Anderson (~15 games) all missed significant time last year. I don’t see Anderson playing at the same level as last year, but he shouldn’t have to with the Senators big guns bouncing back. Ryan for Alfredsson is a wash in terms of production, and Clarke MacArthur replaced Silfverberg. I would bet on the Senators before the Habs this season.

      Boston gave up some of its top-9 depth and got older up front, but both Eriksson and Iginla are excellent fits for their system. The Bruins are the team to beat in the East, but they can be had in the playoffs.

      Toronto: who knows? They are the wild-card. If they stay healthy, their youth could surprise and they could zoom past the Habs. But there are a lot of question marks on that roster. I like the additions of Raymond, Clarkson and Bolland in terms of cutting down their goals against. But can they make up for the lost offense of Grabovski and MacArthur?

  48. TheDagger says:

    First measuring stick game of the season tomorrow.

  49. krob1000 says:

    Thanks all for your help….I now have some options! I printed all of your help and will lay it by ear depending on waht time we manage to make it in to Montreal. Leaning towards the transit heavily though. Little guy will like that I am thinking!

  50. Mick says:

    What is wrong with McCarron? Did he get hurt????

    • Chris says:

      About midway through the third period in Sunday’s game, he got smoked by Brock McGinn, one of the hardest hitters in the OHL (despite being only 6’0″, 180 pounds). He was lying on the ice, and the refs were going to blow it dead, but the Storm had possession.

      He skated off under his own power, but his shoulder was not good. I was sitting not too far from the Knights’ bench, and he looked like he was in a lot of pain. He went straight to the dressing room and didn’t return.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a separated shoulder, but I’m sure we’ll get an update Tuesday or Wednesday, as the Knights play in Owen Sound on Wednesday night.

      McGinn managed to goad Domi into a 5 minute major and game misconduct, and put McCarron out of the game with a clean hit. That kid is a one-man wrecking crew.

  51. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    Predictions:
    1. Habs are up and down for the first 20-30 games, but become better/a harder team to play against as the season progresses.

    2. Galchenyuk comes into his own in the second half of the season.

    3. Max scores 40.

    4. Carey is in the mix for the Vezina.

    5. Subban is more dominant than last year.

    6. Habs depth on D allows MB to package playersin a trade for a forward prior to the deadline.

    7. Habs make the playoffs in the 2-3 spot, then make it to the 3rd round of the playoffs, where they lose.

    8. Hope is restored to the Habs fan-base, at least until the following pre-season when questions about whether they are too small to compete are again floated by US sports media and the Toronto Sports Network, and we all start complaining about DD again. Timo will then advocate for a)MT to be fired and b)MAB to be signed.

  52. sweetmad says:

    Leaving aside my HABS coloured glasses.
    We did well last season,are we going to be worse this season,I don’t think so,are other teams going to be so much better,I don’t think so.Some teams will improve others will be worse.

    It’s a numbers game,there are still the same number of teams and players in the league,some of the older and fringe players don’t have a job,and there will be a new lot of rookies,doesn’t that happen every season.Have other teams improved such a lot more that our HABS,not really.

    Last season we proved everyone wrong,yet we are still supposed to be a bubble team,I have no faith in the experts,in fact there is no such thing, when it comes to a team game, when so many factors are in play.Who has a good season, who has a bad season,no way to tell at this stage of the game.

    All anyone can say,is that this player or that player, MIGHT make a difference,nothing can be written in stone,it’s all just guess work,even for the likes of us who watch every game,every nuance of a players game.

    We prove that every day, with the posts full of different opinions,nobody can make a realistic forecast,it’s just how each player plays on any given night.

    I think I will put on my HABS coloured glasses again,it’s much more fun,if it’s not fun it’s a waste of time.
    HO HABS GO

  53. Un Canadien errant says:

    What’s bigger for you? The end of “Breaking Bad”, or the return of Kenny (Effing) Powers?

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x148zqa_eastbound-and-down-season-4-trailer-1-hbo_shortfilms

  54. Psycho29 says:

    @ KROB 1000

    Another option is the train, a couple of years ago we took the train from Vaudreuil to the Bell Centre. It costs $7 per adult each way and takes ~55 minutes. The train literally stops at the Bell Centre. (If it continued another 50 feet it would go through the Bell’s windows)…This might have changed since they started building the condos now….

    http://www.amt.qc.ca/Train_Ligne_Horaire.aspx?id=92&LangType=1033

    If you take the train at 4:55 PM you get to the Bell Centre at 5:45 PM (train No.26)

  55. Bripro says:

    Call it blind loyalty, but I still foresee the Habs near the top this year.
    I know many don’t like Michel Therrien, but he did quite a bit with an unfamiliar group, and a relatively young core.
    They’ll get better. And now they have Tinordi on D, and Emelin possibly returning earlier than expected.
    They’ve added size. And one would have to believe that last year’s grit will still be there.
    Ottawa might just finish in a first-place fight with Boston, but other than that, I believe the Habs can rival anyone.
    Is Detroit still that good with a group of aging soldiers? Yes, they got Alfredsson, but an aging one at that. Last year, he kept his shifts very short toward’s year end. And Stephen Weiss isn’t getting any younger either.
    So after having an effective line in Zetterberg, Datsyk and Franzen, I believe their remaining lines can be easily rivaled.
    Is Jimmy Howard still going to stand on his head? Perhaps. But I belive this is Carey Price’s year to make or break. And given the Sochi importance, I think he’ll shine.
    And as for the Leafs, if this year’s pre-season is any indication, I think their mental game and questionable coaching tactics will be their undoing.
    If they make it into the playoffs, it’ll be by the skin of their teeth.
    And I won’t bother discussing the Florida teams.
    My prediction? (don’t hold me to it… this is just for fun)

    Habs no better than 2nd, no worse than 4th.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      My gut tells me the team scraps for a playoff position, and I am okay with that as I think the team is improving. I just think we may have overachieved a bit last season, hope I am wrong.

      I think Detroit gets on one of the top 3 spots, Boston also gets one. I hope Montreal gets the 3rd one, but already with Murray hurt I remain concerned about our defence.

      • Timo says:

        You can’t call it over-achievement when Michael Therrien is your coach.

      • Bripro says:

        Hey Gerry. I agree on them possibly having overachieved.
        But I believe that the Gally line will be even more of a force as the year wears on.
        And I hope that MT gives Bournival as much opportunity as possible to sink or swim. He’s really impressed me so far. If he can stick around, I know we’ll have a more effective 4th line with a few options, depending on the opponent.
        I watched a few Red Wings games, and yes… it’s early, but there was a lack of cohesion, especially when they were pressured. And this new division is all about pressure.

    • Timo says:

      It’s a blind loyalty.

  56. John Q Public says:

    Stanley Cup or Bust.

  57. otisfxu says:

    I keep seeing a line of Moen-Prust-Parros everywhere. If anyone thinks that is a good thing, then not sure what kind of team you are wishing for.

    For one thing Prust should be a better fix and play a better role than that, somewhere else in the lineup. I would not see him being happy playing along those two slugs.

    And where are all you guys again who flipped out over the aquisition of Murray (having orgasms I think was the way I initially stated it) believing he was the answer to the holy grail. It was silly then, even more silly now. He’s a 34 yr old dud.

    • shiram says:

      Prust is great as a 4th liner, sure he’s got the upside to play in the top 9, but the third is getting sheltered minutes to bring in the Gallys and Eller.
      What I’m not so sure about is having him take faceoffs.
      He was a 4th liner in the Rangers too.
      He’s become the Moen of 2 seasons ago, where he can play in the top6 in case of injury, but is best suited in a defensive game.
      He’ll also bring a touch of scoring on that line.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      While it’s true Prust’s role and minutes will be diminished, there is nobody in the top nine that would be a better fit for the 4th line than him. If there is an injury up front, then naturally Prust will be able to move up the lineup (he can almost fit anywhere), and White can draw into the lineup.

  58. slyCH says:

    By the way I’m still waiting for an answer on McCarron’s health. Is CHRIS around for an update? Please.

  59. Only two predictions are obvious.

    Price will sit at #5 on all time wins list come April.

    PK will lead the team in scoring unless he gets injured.

    Outside the Habs. Sens Lead the Division, Detroit close second.

    Crosby wins scoring, Tavares wins da Rocket!

    Sholi2000′s Hockey Pool, he places dead last but has fun doing it.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures
    Summit Member 00029.31
    8th Annual Hockey Pool, Email for details.
    Live draft 30 Sep, 6pm CDT

    • H.Upmann says:

      that’s the spirit !

    • Luke says:

      Tavares, huh?
      Interesting. Hard to bet against Stamkos.

      I think he and Galchenyuk will really find some chemistry in the second half. ( :D )

      I’m thinking the Division will Have the Bruins at the top of it and the rest… Montreal/Toronto/Ottawa/Detroit slugging it out. I think it’s very close… and I don’t think Boston is too far removed from that grouping. I wouldbn’t be surprised if all 5 of those teams make the playoffs or if any of them gets clipped out.

      I’d have Toronto as the lowest placed of the group though due to their huge question marks in net.
      Seriously? It’s either a 50 career games played – 25 year old or a guy with one solid season… and Montreal has the question mark in net!!?!???!

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I think P.K. will be battling for points with Patches all year.
      I don’t think the Wings are as good as so many are saying. And I think we are just as good, or better than the Sens (I still remember winning every period but two in the playoffs last playoffs. Anderson was just a wall).

      • Every year people say that they are getting older, and every year they find two more young guns to replace scoring they lost. There are three more Young guns who could combine for 45 goals for them and then you have the rest of the team. I hate them, but their scouts are amazing.

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        http://www.Sholi2000.com
        Custom Sports Figures
        Summit Member 00029.31
        8th Annual Hockey Pool, Email for details.
        Live draft 30 Sep, 6pm CDT

  60. wjc says:

    Does goaltender suit you better, or puck stopper, or last resort or padded wonder, Jake the snake, or Mr. Cool or Mr. Zero.

    wjc

  61. No.4isNo.1 says:

    This is the year that it all comes together and we celebrate 25, of course I have been accused of being delusional before ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysDphYqMG6M&feature=relmfu

    they will make the playoffs after that all bets are off.

    Better times are ahead

  62. Sportfan says:

    Bengals-Browns Wrap up! It only stung a little!
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/09/30/bengals-fall-to-rival-browns/

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  63. JO says:

    Not saying anything till I see a lawyer

  64. Thurston says:

    I predict the Canadiens will take a step back this season, but I don’t necessarily view that as a bad thing.
    I think the Habs took a lot of teams by surprise last year and that won’t be the case this season. I think they will be a borderline team to make the playoffs this season.
    They are not ready to be a contender and this season could be a “bump” in the rebuilding process. However, I view the rebuilding process as slow but steady and on the right track. Another solid draft and the organization will have a solid base of prospects to draw upon in the next few years.
    Long story short, my vote was “Seventh or eighth” in the above poll.

    • wjc says:

      A step back is not a bad thing…….speak for yourself.

      This is a prediction ‘I THINK’ is not allowed….you say ‘I Know’…do not allow doubt in.

      A ‘bump’ in the rebuilding process?
      These teams must be pretty stupid to keep getting caught by surprise.

      With modern technology and video and scouting you would wonder why the hell they were surpised.

      Hey, they got beat up by Ottawa last year…..won’t happen again, they have people to fight back if necessary. So show some backbone and stop riding the fence, they will kick ass this year.

      wjc

  65. frontenac1 says:

    The Sportsnet guys are Brown Nosing Buttman on Hockey Central. Pathetic Whores.

  66. Chuck says:

    The only thing I feel confident predicting is that Markov will have a setback in his rehab. Everything else is a crap shoot.

    _______________________
    Anything is possible.

  67. wjc says:

    I predict Therien will be fired when the Canadiens lose the first 20 games in a row.

    The new coach will have a mustache, he will lead them to the playoffs in the second half of the season.

    Price will be hot and the Canadiens will win the cup with a 7 game win over Toronto Maple leafs.

    This will be the beginning of 5 cups in a row for Montreal. When they lose in the 6th year, the fans will be disgusted and vow never to watch again, but they will. Seats will then be $500.00 and fans will gladly pay. A playoff ticket will be $2400.00 each and will be considered a bargain.

    Price will retire in the 6th year and buy an Island with guards with orders to shoot to kill anybody that even looks like a fan.

    I’m tired, so I got to go……bye or should I say buy….buy.

    wjc

  68. mrhabby says:

    Habs will be in a dog fight to get into the wild card with Leafs.
    Price must have an excellent year for the Canadiens and for his Olympic tryout.
    Still the team is a work in progress but depth getting better and MB doing well to right a stalled ship.
    Iam hoping the team does not have major injuries and force players out for long periods of time.

  69. Mattyleg says:

    In the ‘Can Anyone Tell Me’ department:

    Why is the NHL starting on a Tuesday night…?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Since the movie industry noticed a lull in the old $2.50 Tuesdays, Bettman figured they could try and corner the entertainment market on Tuesday nights!

      On a serious note, probably because it is before the MLB playoffs start, tomorrow night was supposed to be a dead night in baseball but the playoffs to get in the playoffs are indeed playing off tomorrow night after all.

    • wjc says:

      Why could be Why not. October 1st fell on a Tuesday. If October 1st fill on a Saturday then it would be Saturday.

      Season has to start by a certain date, if I had my way it would start September 5th…..no matter what day it happened to be.

      The Canadiens do not mind it will still be a sell out.

      wjc

  70. SmartDog says:

    RE. our depleted but paradoxically over-stocked defense.

    Bergevin will LOOK like a GENIUS IF:
    - Montreal ends the year with 9 or 10 solid D and is able to trade away one or two at the trade deadline for picks. OR
    - Montreal gets into the playoffs and has injuries on D but is able to plug guys in and maintain and go for a run.

    But he’ll look BAD IF:
    - Drewiske plays a stretch, looks bad, and is let go.
    - Murray plays 15 games and looks lousy, slow, and retires because he can’t get another contract.

    Either could happen.

    ————————————-
    Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Even if the Douglas Murray experiment goes the way you describe, it’s still a can’t lose position for Marc Bergevin, he didn’t need to trade two second-rounders to acquire him, pays him a low salary, and can cut ties next summer. Un beau risque.

    • wjc says:

      And you will look like a genius no matter what because you listed both possibilities.

      Drewiske is depth until young defence in Hamilton are ready. Murray will be fine and will equal out the toughness equation.

      wjc

      • SmartDog says:

        Yah. I know.

        And it’s not my 2.5 mil.. so what the heck. But Murray’s slowness scares the bejesus out of me.

        ————————————-
        Can you smell what the dog is sniffin?

        • Luke says:

          2.5?

          1.5 for Murray, 600k for Davis.

        • wjc says:

          Not everyone is fast, remember Mr. Gill. As long as Murray can pump that fist and keep that straight arm tecnique working, that is all you have to worry about. You do not have to fast to knock bodies down in front of the net and demand a little respect.

          Speed is great, but you cannot have it all, now go for a walk.

          wjc

  71. HabinBurlington says:

    I don’t see how the Raptors will ever lose a game again now that Drake is on board with them as their Global Ambassador. Can’t be long until Lebron, Kobe and others demand a trade to Toronto. Hopefully the team can also hire Bieber just to give it that final touch of class.

    • mrhabby says:

      nasty , nasty HB.

    • Luke says:

      How long until they finally manage to get the rest of the DeGrassi crew on board?

      With one down, the rest are sure to follow and we finally get the reunion we all want.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      what a joke. Has any other professional sports franchise done this before?

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        The Raptors and the TFC teams, both received incredible support from the fanbases for years while they were knew to their respective leagues. Both teams have been completely mismanaged and continue to be. This is just plain and simple marketing BS and yes i am sure Drake will help sell shirts, but at some point MLSE should start to worry about their teams winning some games.

        If not for the fact that Leaf season ticket holders in many sections have to buy Raptors tix, that team would have much emptier arenas.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I 100% agree they are mismanaged. I can’t stand the Raptors. I have been to a few games and I can’t get into it. Hip hop music playing in loops it just is weird.

          I can watch College ball but for some reason I have never been into the NBA

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  72. wjc says:

    Prediction: Canadiens dead last by Christmas. They will rally in second half and make playoffs.

    They will then go on to win ‘The Stanley cup’ in a 7 game win over Toronto Maple leafs.

    Therien will then be fired as coach for causing so much tension. This will please Timo. Timo will not like the next coach either.

    The Canadiens will be better because not only are they a year older but they have a years more ‘experience’.

    Price will be traded for lack of emotion. The new goaly will not be as good and will be unable to live in Price’s shadow.

    Price will go to Toronto and lead them to the Stanley cup the following year. Shut your eyes and picture Price in a Toronto uniform and winning his second Stanley cup.

    Fans 20 years from now will be calling him the greatest goaly ever and say getting rid of him set the franchise back 47 years.

    I have more but I am tired.

    wjc


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.