Price burns 2,336 calories in a game; Drewiske will face Flyers

For the last five games, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has worn a multi-function heart monitor, the wristwatch receiver clipped into the back of his pants.

Price’s pulse tops out at 190 beats per minute during the game with an average of 120 bpm, which includes pregame and intermissions.

“I wear it in practice and I’ve been curious,” Price told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs. “I never knew what (calories) I burned during a game. It will give me a good idea what I should be eating and how many calories I should be consuming.”

Heading into Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690), Price has a 18-6-4 record with three shutouts, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

The Canadiens got some good news on the injury front Wednesday morning as Raphael Diaz skated in Brossard for the first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 25. Rene Bourque and Raphael Diaz, also recovering from concussions, skated in Brossard as well. 

Meanwhile, defenceman Davis Drewiske, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, skated with his new teammates at the Habs morning skate in Philadelphia. Drewiske will be in the lineup against the Flyers with Price starting in goal. Mike Blunden will take the place of injured forward Colby Armstrong, who suffered what the team is calling a “lower-body injury” during Monday’s win over Carolina. Armstrong has been placed on injured reserve with what appears to be a knee injury. Ryan White will be a healthy scratch.

“There are some different things with the system here as opposed to what they do in LA, so this morning (the coaches and I) went over that and what they expect from me,” Drewiske told reporters in Philadelphia after the morning skate. “They want me to be a good defender, a good penalty killer, move pucks quickly and chip in offensively when I can.”

Coach Michel Therrien also announced that Peter Budaj will start in goal Thursday when the Winnipeg Jets visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690). Budaj’s parents will be in town for the game and Therrien admitted that played a role in his decision, but the coach added that Budaj has been playing well and deserves a start. Budaj has a 5-1-1 record with one shutout, a 2.47 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

Therrien wouldn’t give a timetable for Armstrong’s return to the lineup, but said he hopes he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the lines and defence pairings from the morning skate:

Forwards: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust; White-Halpern-Moen/Blunden. Defence: Bouillon-Drewiske; Gorges-Subban; Markov-Emelin; Kaberle-Weber.

The NHL trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Stubbs joins Postmedia News hockey writers Vicki Hall, Wayne Scanlan, Elliott Pap, Bob Duff, Steve Ewen and John MacKinnon for a live trade blog beginning at noon. You can follow it by clicking here.

(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Time and calories fly for Price, by Dave Stubbs

Habs only three points behind pace of 1979 Cup champions, by Stu Cowan

Subban was 17th defenceman taken at 2007 NHL draft, by Stu Cowan

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Flyers,

Drewiske set to make Habs debut,

Flyers face Canadiens in homestand finale,

Game notes,

Burned on Iginla deal, Bruins add Jagr, by Ken Warren of Postmedia News


  1. Chuck says:

    I think that they should just eliminate the icing rule. It slows up the game. So what if you’re pinned in your own end and flip it out 200 feet instead of 185? At least you get a line change in without stopping play.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      You want to reward poor defensive teams and lower offense?

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

  2. Lafleurguy says:

    Habs in TSN’s Top 200 Player Rankings, released Apr. 3

    4. P.K. Subban
    29. Max Pacioretty
    58. Carey Price
    81. Michael Ryder
    93. Tomas Plekanec
    170. Brian Gionta

    1. Sidney Crosby
    2. Steven Stamkos
    3. Kris Letang
    7. Jonathan Toews
    12. Alex Ovechkin
    15. Ryan Getzlaf
    21. Pavel Datsyuk
    31. Henrik Lundqvist
    76. Vincent Lecavalier
    85. Daniel Sedin

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • arcosenate says:

      I put Subban ahead of Letang, especially since Letang is hurt. Michael Ryder is much more useful than Vincent Lecavalier.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Subban was the 2nd star last month in the NHL. If he plays the same this month and the Habs finish first…maybe more than a Norris nomination…just saying.

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

  3. Bill H says:

    Prediction: Boston Vs Habs in Eastern Conference Final. Habs win 4-2. The bonus for us is that not only do we beat Boston and move on to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in a couple of decades, but by beating Boston in the ECF, Boston loses their first round pick (instead of second round pick) that they traded to Dallas for Jagr.

  4. Mattyleg says:


    Trade Deadline Day is SOOOOOOOOOO exciting!!

    It’s better than Rosh Hashanah, Easter, and Zoroastrian New Year all rolled up in one!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. Loonie says:

    I think Detroit will get Pominville for Nyquist and a 1st.

  6. Bill says:

    If there is a deal by the Habs, I prefer it be them sending picks and prospects. Any picks and prospects. Don’t want to see roster players getting moved from a team with fantastic chemistry. So I’m all for getting a rental, just not in exchange for Gorges or Moen or any of the other names getting bounced around here today.

    • shiram says:

      I’m thinking Leblanc could be moved, could be a good project for another team.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Even though I’d like to see Moen gone, he’s isn’t going anywhere with the Armstrong and White injuries. Supposedly Bergevin is looking for a replacement for Armstrong…

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

    • Ron in Ottawa says:

      The real question in terms of trades is who on the habs is expendable now? Moen-maybe- Armstrong- he’s injured so no way- White-he’s injured-DD- not likely after the new contract- Gionta-perhaps. So anyone else on the team now? in terms of prospects, who would you give up from Hamilton?
      I really don’t think MB has much room to manoeuver on this. He doesn’t want to screw up the positive attitude in the room and he doesn’t want to give away the future.

  7. Strummer says:

    Nothing happening in Buffalo so far.

    I heard Bucky Gleason from the Buffalo News yesterday on the radio and he said Vanek would be the only one NOT in play from the Sabres

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  8. The Jackal says:

    Even if today had explosive and wild trades, the only way this would be a good day for ME is if Squid came back.
    Damn I miss that Squid and his one-timers with one knee on the ice, fist-pumping like that goal was no big deal, scoring 13 goals in the playoffs, stuff like that.

    But that probably won’t happen. It’s just a fan’s dream, that is probably another fan’s nightmare. Oh well. I can dream, right?

  9. habsfan0 says:

    Habs close to landing Pominville?

  10. DorvalTony says:

    O’Byrne. I want O’Byrne.

    “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
    William F. Buckley, Jr.

    • Timo says:

      I think it’s safe to say Habs won’t be getting any more dmen this year.

    • …good thing we’ve got those trusty conservatives to give due consideration to opposing opinions — unless they’re about climate change, religion, teaching evolution in schools, gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose, going to war….

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  11. Strummer says:

    I thought I heard Theo Fleury was gonna be on SN’s coverage.
    I don’t have access to a TV at the moment
    Anyone seen him?

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  12. Mike D says:

    I would consider MB a trade deadline day winner if he can somehow find a taker for Kaberle. I wonder if throwing Weber in with Kabs would be considered sweetening the deal?

    Considering the addition of Drewiske, and progress of Diaz, we have some decent, useful depth for the stretch and playoffs. Not to mention the guys in Hamilton.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • D Mex says:

      Carolina : Pitkanen (D) left game on a stretcher last night and the Kaberle contract is Rutherford’s contract.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Strummer says:

      ONE of the problems with Kabby’s deal next year is a $4.25
      cap hit is less desirable with $64 million cap as opposed to a $70 million cap.
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Cal says:

      Kaberle passed through on waivers. If no one would take him essentially for free, why would they take him for a price?
      Habs are pretty deep on D, but could use more depth up front. MB may sign Kristo soon for that reason.

      • D Mex says:

        The Pitkanen injury might change the mental landscape in Carolina, they are a handful of points away from playoffs.
        Kaberle > Canes is just a thought – OK, a hopeful thought 🙂

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  13. SnowManHabs85 says:

    There’s not alot of rental UFA left out there. Wonder if anything at all will happen today. Seemed like it all went down yesterday. Maybe GM’s are confused that yesterday was the deadline? Only player out there Habs could inquire about is Penner, has been a healthy scratch multiple times this season and could come cheap considering all of LA’s big contract acquisition they recently made… Me thinks…

    Edit: Didn’t realized until now he’s on their injured reserve list… Oh well…

    Win is a win, but I hope we win.

  14. Storman says:

    Sportsnet cool conversation between Mcsorley and Clark , something actually interesting today

  15. habsfan0 says:

    Tim Conolly a healthy scratch for Marlies.

    Trade involving the Laffs imminent.

  16. cthabfan says:

    thanks for the info- Cardiac
    We hit the jackpot with Subban, not too much after that,but probably better than other teams.

  17. Lafleurguy says:

    HIO posters just passed 2,336 calories burned on this thread. TSN hockey panelists stuck at 1,000 calories since 8 a.m.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  18. bel33 says:

    From TsnoreN …sources indicate that Kiprusoff will stay in Calgary for the duration of 2012-13 and retire at the season.

    Not that it means anything for the Habs… just means he’s not going to the Leafs.

  19. shiram says:

    Trades should pick up when the Western GM’s are on their 3 coffee.

  20. Luke says:

    This just in:


  21. Pitkanen’s season is over, after he hit the boards in a race for icing. Not sure how many more injuries are needed before we go to no-touch…

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  22. Luke says:

    Pitkanen & his broken heel on the icing:

    Isnt that how Pat Peake’s career ended? Washington Capital… shattered heel on an icing.

    Stupid rule. Do not know why the NHL hangs on to this rule with a death clutch. And the Hybrid… BAH! just change the rule to no-touch.
    Hybrid relies on Ref discretion and we know how incompetent they are. It will eventually be a no-touch rule whether in 10 years or 30. It’s not a change that is worth delaying or fighting over…

    • Yup. Much like visors — we know it’s just a matter of time, why delay until more players are badly hurt…

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

      • bel33 says:

        The players themselves (NHLPA) are to blame as much as the NHL on this one… apparently they didn’t want Hybrid icing.

        Unless I remember it wrong… which is entirely possible.

        • Luke says:

          People/Employees tend not to be overly self aware. Hence mandated personal protective gear & safety practices in workplaces.

          The players are fools. Even if you want to talk about lack of education, which I think would apply only to a small number of the them, it’s the lawyers and doctors and the PA & Agency payrolls that need to make sure a touch of common sense and self preservation is used.

          Then again, these are the people who defend the dirty hitter, not the guy with the career ending concussion.

          • Chuck says:

            If the insurance companies were to throw their weight around, changes would happen almost overnight.

            Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

        • habs-hampton says:

          They don’t need hybrid icing. Every other league uses no-touch and it works!

    • Cardiac says:

      Wasn’t Michel Goulet’s injury due to touch up icing?

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

  23. Storman says:

    i am thinking Danny Crisco would have worked the other night as one of our porn names

  24. Cardiac says:

    Why is it I only found out about Dregerface today?

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    – Jerry Maguire

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The fact he is brother in law to the current GM of Toronto makes it even easier to have no use for him. I can just imagine him at family gatherings with Nonis, probably a complete lap dog for Nonis. I somehow doubt Nonis ever has to get up for a beer with Dreger in the house.

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    Is it possible that the real reason for longer workout stoppage, was getting all GM’s to agree on finishing trades a day before trade deadline just to shove it up the medias Ass?

  26. Ron says:

    Dreger and McKenzie twitting that kipper is talking staying in Calgary rest of season and retire next…. so much for the laffs

  27. cthabfan says:

    just heard on NHL network,getting the TSN feed here in the states,that 52% of second round picks from 2000-2010 never played a single game in the NHL WOW!! unbelievable!! Have to be lucky ,and it’s a crap shoot.
    Does anyone know how many 2nd rounders have played for us in the last 10 years?

    • Kooch7800 says:

      We have had our duds to though. Remember David Fischer?

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Cardiac says:

      2003 – Max Lapierre
      2004 – No 2nd round pick
      2005 – Guillaume Latendresse
      2006 – Mathieu Carle (3 games)
      2006 – Ben Maxwell (47 games)
      2007 – P.K. Subban
      2008 – Danny Kristo (maybe next season)
      2009 – No 2nd round pick
      2010 – No 2nd round pick
      2011 – No 2nd round pick
      2012 – Sebastian Collberg (no reason why he wouldn’t)

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Steve Simmons was giving those numbers but, if he knew what he was talking about, he would realize that his theory is dependent on all GMs being the same…not true (see right above). Imagine if Timmins had those picks in 2009-11.

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

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Diaz brings a relieved smile as I sip My coffee this morning

  29. toinz says:

    Did anyone see Aaron Ward bring his phone to Darren Dreger?


    I think a trade is coming…

  30. Mustang says:

    For everyone who is analyzing every potential trade, I suggest that you watch a movie called Money Ball. It is all about the Oakland A’s and what their general manager did with the lowest payroll is MLB. I was amazed to see how little thought and/or analysis goes into some trades by some general managers.

    • I second that — excellent movie.

      Baseball lends itself more to that kind of statistical analysis though, because so much of the game is based on individual play. There’s no stat in hockey that reflects sheer individual skill as much as on-base percentage does in baseball. Put Gaborik on a crappy line, and his goal totals will plummet. Put Sammy Sosa on a crappy team and he still hits homeruns.

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Disagree.. Extremely Disagree. Team does not effect defense but it absolutely effects offense.

        Example: Cabrerra will be hitting in front of Bautista this season for the Jays, he will undoubtedly see more fast balls for strikes than he would if he was batting ahead of Rasmus, Lind, Arincebia. Teams avoid walking the 1-2 batters like the plague, giving them pitches to hit in hopes of having the bases empty for the heart of the order so those players can be pitched around.

        Also, “Money Ball” got Bean ONE playoff appearance in Oakland. JP Richardi used the same theory (Beans associate) in Toronto.. that lead him to Vernon Wells deal, along with Rios and on and on and on..

        I loved the movie though.. The best stat for evaluating batters is based on hitting with RISP, especially in the 7th or later.

        • Fair enough. But an at-bat is more analogous to a relatively rare penalty shot than to a regular hockey play: sure there are considerations aside from the batter and the pitcher, and the comparison isn’t perfect, but if you’re going to build a lineup based on stats, IMO you’re a lot better off trying that in baseball.

          Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Oh, sorry, missed your point.. I agree with that. Stats are more useful in baseball, simply because each pitch/play can be quantitatively recorded in some way or another.

  31. jon514 says:

    Seems like we’re gonna have to overpay today. As a rule, would you be OK with the GM overpaying as long as the return is heading west?

    I would like to see the acquire another 4,5,6 defenseman who can CLEAR THE NET.

    Lucic in front of Price is a real possibility in the playoffs. Who is gonna move him?

  32. Luke says:

    Trade Dud-line.


  33. thehabsfan29 says:

    i think MB should trade Weber & a 5th for chimera or
    Weber & 4th for Boyes
    Moen & a 3rd for glencross

    Chimera is a very solid penalty killer. he would really improve our bottom 6 and i think he will be a big improvement over Moen

    Boyes has been amazing this season. and he would be a great addition to our bottom six & would be great for the playoffs.

    Glencross will for sure help our bottom six offensively

    I also hope we add another defenseman


    • I know he’s aging a bit, but is Chimera still ridiculously fast?

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

      • thehabsfan29 says:

        I wouldn’t say hes as fast as he used to be. but i would compare his speed to halpern’s

        • I haven’t seen him lately, but man, he used to fly. Good penalty-killer too, and he didn’t earn the nickname “Chippy” for nothing.

          I like this pickup as an inexpensive upgrade on White/Blunden in the event of injury — with Halpern added to a healthy lineup though, he’d have a tough time finding icetime.

          Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

          • thehabsfan29 says:

            With armstrong out chimera would take his place.

            Chimera is a upgrade over armstrong. and like you said he is an upgrade over blunden/white.

            If we were to get chimera he would get penalty killing time and 4th line minutes. i think he would for sure be happy with that type of ice time especially since hes gonna be playing in the playoffs

          • Fair enough — not a bad idea.

            Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • Loonie says:

      Moen and a 3rd for Glencross is a pipe dream.

      Wait, it’s Jay Feaster, proceed.

    • Cal says:

      Glenncross- NTC- last night I read on here that he signed for less money and longer term because he is a rancher in Alberta. Glenncross isn’t going any where.
      The prices will be higher than you think in a deep draft year. I like the team as is right now, although a bruiser that can play is always welcome.

  34. govenah says:

    Watching the Bos/OTT game last night, there was so much scrappy hitting. On many plays it came close to some serious collisions. It seems to be the way with the Sens as they play with so much abandon. Maybe thats why they injure themselves so much.
    I wouldnt want them as a match up. Leafs are more predictable.

  35. Storman says:

    TSN just announced they are putting Darren Dreger on Waivers
    Sportsnet has announced Brian Lawton will be put on waivers as well..

    CBC has announced Ron McClean and Don Cherry will retire at the end of season.
    All and all a great TV day I would say,, then i WOKE UP.

  36. I vote that we trade for Paul Bissonnette. Not because of his fighting, but because his Twitter feed is hilarious.

    Also, if your nickname is BizNasty, I want you you on my team and not the opposing one.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  37. Timo says:

    RDS’s reporting that Diaz is skating. Good news… i guess.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      more depth on D is a good thing. He is a decent D man but I think needs to play with a solid stay at home type who is physical.

      He was great on the PP as well.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  38. Storman says:

    At least TSN is not showing too much of Darren Dreger, he comes across as such a doofus to me , IMO,,

    • Kooch7800 says:

      yup. He is a tool. Don’t believe any Montreal rumours. Nothing they have done in years was in the public domain before it happened

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • twilighthours says:

      I’m not a big fan, either, but he’s one of the most respected and connected guys there is. He exchanges texts with nearly every NHL player.

    • Luke says:

      When watching Dreger… always watch his arms.
      He has no idea what to do with them on camera. He gets all akward and stiff and does little torso twists.
      When listening to Dreger… notice he never says anything.
      He hedges so much. “Are they looking for a defenseman? Perhaps.” “Is Kaberle in play? Possibly”

      That is the fun watcher’s guide to Dreger.

  39. Glad we didn’t give up two 2nds and a 3rd for Clowe.

    I don’t think a playoff team like NJ is selling big pieces like Clarkson, but I’d take a long look at Ott in Buffalo. If they’re having a fire sale, they might as well deal him too. I just wish we’d signed him for nothing last summer.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  40. commandant says:

    So Brian Lawton going on Sportsnet this morning and saying his trade with Gainey (that got nixed by ownership) was Lecavalier for Pacioretty, Price, Subban, and a 1st.

    Funny that wasn’t the story he told in 2009.

    What a lying P.O.S.

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  41. Skeptical says:

    MB trying to make a deal for Chimera ….

  42. Storman says:

    In a rapidly Shortening season we may just need to add some Danny Crisco to the mix

  43. Captain aHab says:

    Calling the Trade Blog “live” might be a tad premature….

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  44. Mattyleg says:

    Great Tweet from TSN’s Jay Onrait:
    “Hey gang my #TradeCentre blog is still going strong, by the way if you know any NHL GMs please ask them to make trades”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. Loonie says:

    Jared Boll(who the Habs are rumoured to be pursuing) is in a non-contact jersey at BlueJackets practice today per Aaron Portzline.

  46. shiram says:

    Prediction for today : alot of posters on here will be disappointed.

  47. Skeptical says:

    I heard Crisco was Pretty Greasy along the boards ….

  48. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Okay…which trade do you think has been the best (this week) so far? I like Vancouver picking up Derek Roy…filled a need without spending too much.

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

  49. Strummer says:

    This just in from the TSN Trade deadline day:

    Remember we broke the story.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  50. savethepuck says:

    Speaking of Price. Any confirmation on a starting goaltender for tonight? With 3 games in 4 nights, you’d expect Budaj to be in tonight or tomorrow.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  51. toinz says:

    What’s the drink you take when Bob McKenzie falls asleep?

  52. D Mex says:

    Hurricanes (D) Pitkanen left their game last night on a stretcher (leg)
    Q – Does Rutherford believe in his team’s shot at making playoffs enough to bring Kaberle (and the Rutherford contract) back now ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  53. JUST ME says:

    Darn ! Wanted to be the first one to say it but i just heard it from someone else. All the other teams are beefing up so what are the Habs waiting for ? Ah yes ! A timeless classic !

  54. jedimyrmidon says:

    Sloooow day at Tradecenter.

  55. Lafleurguy says:

    David Clarkson, 6’1″, one 30 goal season, 4 seasons over 100PIM, 2.66 mill cap hit, UFA July 1st.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Luke says:

      Team he plays on is in the playoffs, just went to the Cup finals. Not exactly in dump mode.

      Granted, they may be worried about losing him for nothing (Parise) but I’d be surprised…

    • Loonie says:

      I’d avoid the Devils like the plague. They’ll be looking for a first rounder in this draft because they’re hosting and have to forfeit their first rounder if I’m not mistaken.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Wonder why they didn’t forfeit last year?

        They must have reaaally really liked Matteau.

      • mark-ID says:

        If we could do Clarkson for a first rounder I’d do it. He would be huge for this team. One could reasonably predict that our first rounder might very well turn out to be between the 25th and 30th picks……with that being the case….we have Calgary’s second round which looks like it might be close to the 31st to 35th overall. So we drop an extra five to ten spots… me it’s worth getting Clarkson in our lineup.

        We would also then have the upper hand to sign him for next season. Keep the Leafs from landing their hometown boy.

        “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • Storman says:

      Absolute dream player for the Habs, but just that a dream, he is going nowhere, unless Lou is looking to get fired..He will be re-signed by Devils

  56. Storman says:

    They should let these guys drink, that would add some spice to this boredom fest

  57. kirk_is_work says:

    God. TSN tradecenter is just out of control annoying.

    Also, I’ll ask again. How do I follow my posts/replies on this site? Is it even possible?! Thanks!

  58. habsfan0 says:

    So,is it Price tonight,Budaj tomorrow vs the Jets?

  59. Luke says:

    MB Should have traded for Ovechkin earlier this year when we could have had him for a 3rd, Weber and St. Denis.
    Now he’s tied for 10th in league scoring, has 20goals and will probably take at least 2nd rounder too. And They’ll probably want Nashville’s.

    No way! Way to drop the ball MB. too much Saltpeter…

  60. toinz says:

    Did anyone see the Bergeron injury? Does it look bad for him?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Looked very innocent, but he took himself out of the game right away.

      If indeed it is concussion related, I have to wonder if he took a bad hit a few days ago. Similar to when Hedman’s minor hit knocked out Crosby, when in fact the Steckel hit was the initial bad one.

      • toinz says:

        That would be terrible for the Bruins. Bergeron is the best forward on that team running away…

        After they hurt Kelly and now Bergeron, if these two met in round 1, I wonder if any Bruins would be left standing…

        • Cal says:

          Yeah, I feel so sorry for them…NOT!! Buck the Fruins.

          • toinz says:

            Maybe it’s the Italian in me, but my grandmother always taught me not to wish ill of my enemies. If they deserve something bad happening to them, it’s not up to me to wish for it.

            I also wouldn’t wish a concussion on anybody, even Chara or any other Bruin.

  61. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Kristo must be the skinniest guy ever to have the nickname Crisco…

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

  62. Loonie says:

    Just a clarification on Kristo folks.

    The Habs being at 23 roster players is no impediment to his signing from their perspective.

    He isn’t eligible for a one way contract and because of that he falls under the 50 player organizational limit for the club(which it isn’t close to exceeding) and not the 23 man NHL roster limit.

    The amount of players currently with the big club is not relevant, from the Habs perspective.

    • The Jackal says:

      We’ll probably end up agreeing to disagree, but I think most of the speculation has been on whether he will bolt or not. I’m sure he is more mature now and if he wants to play ASAP, he will sign with the Habs. If not, we can trade his rights, but his rights alone won’t get us anything that reflects the urgency to sign him today or else – trade!

  63. Kooch7800 says:

    I bet that Clowe doesn’t resign with the rangers

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  64. ths says:

    He burns 5644 Calories / Postgame bottle JD and two Danseuses from Chez Paree

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  65. Mattyleg says:

    This just in:
    Habs might be making a big trade.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. twilighthours says:

    Tom Knickle (pronounced Kaa-nick-el) raises a fine point: let’s hope MB has a plan for Danny Crisco. Any of these are acceptable:

    1) wait till after deadline to sign him to avoid 23 man NHL roster cap
    2) sign him pre-deadline
    3) trade him for something useful

    Unacceptable would be to let this excellent young player and asset walk for nothing in the summer.

    In MB we trust.

  67. Luke says:

    2,336 Calories/game?

    Meh. I intake a lot more than that per game.
    And that’s just in liquid form…

  68. twilighthours says:

    2400 calories in one workout is an insane amount, especially when he does it at least 60 times in the span of 8 months. Crazy.

    Really puts into perspective how hard these guys work, and how well conditioned they are.

    Cool story.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      My understanding Halak burns about 3,600 in a game. 😉 THought I would post this before habsfan0

      • twilighthours says:

        If he were a more efficient goaltender, he could really cut that down.

        Wonder if it relates to his history of injury / being an inferior goalie.

      • habsfan0 says:

        Actually,Halak burns about 5,000 in a game.
        But,who’s counting?

      • New says:

        Halak won’t be burning many calories, he has come down with another pre-trade deadline injury. He would have been a nice fit in TO.

        • habsfan0 says:

          As I posted a few days ago,that would have been a dream scenario.
          Halak traded to the Leafs,and Habs & Laffs meet in the first round of playoffs.

          Halak vs Price.

          I wonder how many times per night HIO would crash under those circumstances.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            And you would have been happy no matter the result in the game score then as well! You must be peeved at his frequent injuries now!

          • habsfan0 says:

            That sounds like a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

  69. Mad Habber says:

    Sportsnet saying David Clarkson in play..forget Torres..

  70. HabinBurlington says:

    It appears Price burns just a few calories less than I intake during games. Sounds about right.

    (This is in Barley calories I am discussing, my chicken wing diet on bar nights is exclusive)

  71. Bill H says:

    I am delighted with the high level of play that we have seen from the Canadiens this season. They have been very consistent. In fact, so consistent, that they are only behind the pace of the 1979 Cup winning Canadiens team by 3 points, as pointed out by Stu Cowans in the article linked above.

    Unfortunately, Stu fails to discuss the different way in which points are awarded in the NHL today. While in 1979, teams were awarded 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie, today the game goes to overtime and a shoot out in the event of a tie. The losing team still gets the 1 point they would have gotten in 1979 for being tied after regulation time. The difference is that the team that wins in overtime/shoot out now gets 2 points, while in 1979 they would only get 1 point for the tie. The result, as all readers at HIO know, is an inflated number of points for all teams.

    Its too bad that Stu fails to even mention that in his article. Without any discussion of this change in awarding points, the comparison to the 1979 Habs is not valid or accurate, in my opinion. Stu could have done a quick analysis of the number of extra points the Canadiens have won by winning games in overtime/shoot out to make the comparison more valid. I suspect that the team would be closer to 10 points behind the 1979 pace if one point were deducted for each overtime/shoot out win.

    • Stu Cowan says:

      Blog post has been updated with the extra OT/shootout points. Habs are 5-5 in OT/shootout games this season.

    • Luke says:

      Meh. (Maybe I’ll start all posts like that today!! haha)

      Points are awarded differently… very true. Games are resolved differently as well.
      But it all becomes the Baseball asterisk conversation.
      The players train better today.
      The Goalies are better today.
      The worst players are better today than the mediocre players were and the gap between the best and the worst is far smaller than it has ever been.
      I also think the amount of games played is different.

      So I suppose you look at this way:

      – Simply as an even comparison. In a complete NHL season xyz happened and compared to a previous complete season where xyz happened.
      – or –
      – By including all the differences… well now all rinks are the same dimensions as opposed to ’79 when xyz rinks were smaller, and travel today makes for better rested players…blah blah blah

      Anyways, I suppose i’m just being argumentative.

    • Cardiac says:

      I think it’s a non factor in our case.

      We have 5 overtime losses (5pts). Take those away and we are at 46 pts overall.

      We are 3-2 in shootouts (8 pts). Take that away and we are at 43 pts.

      However, that is not how the pointing system used to work. Teams get a point for a “tie” so we’ve played 5 shootout games (5 pts). That brings us back up to 48 pts overall. So in reality we are 6 pts off the 1979 pace.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

  72. Skeptical says:

    we are one Vanek away from having a real good chance of going all the way. He’s a game breaker. Something we don’t have.

    • habsfan0 says:

      With last night’s victory over Pittsburgh,Buffalo is only 5 points out of a playoff spot. I’m not at all sure they’ll be sellers today.

      • Mike D says:

        Buffalo’s out and they know it. They’ll be sellers but that doesn’t mean they’ll move Poms or Vanek as both players may be in their future plans.

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

  73. kerrgte says:

    Lebrun reports today that Mtl is looking to add ‘a gritty forward’.

    As noted earlier, Kristo is not a factor this season

    • Loonie says:

      As noted previously, while Kristo may not be an NHL player this season he is very relevant today.

      • kerrgte says:

        he is an unsigned college player – not on the roster – not a meaningful negotiable asset. Never played a pro game.

        essentially irrelevant

        see Pat Hickey’s comments re his conversation with M Bergevin …. irrelevant.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        Not necessarily.
        It’s “trade deadline day”, not “sign Kristo deadline day”.

        • Storman says:

          If he does not sign soon, he has no reason to sign, the biggest reason to sign this year is to play at least one game and use a year off his EL contract, the longer it goes the easier his decision would be to go the free agent route

          • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

            I agree with this rationale.

            I think the Habs really want to sign him. I think they will wait until tomorrow to really push for it, because it becomes a lot easier to do so (no roster limit, we’ll know where we stand once all the trade dust settles). They could still trade him at the draft if he can’t get signed.

            I think they sign him later this week and he plays with the Habs for a few games to see if he can stick. We are in a great playoff position and management has been getting a look at their young defenders without it hurting our standing. Why not do the same with Kristo? The potential reward could be big.

          • Ozmodiar says:

            Yes, agreed.

            I just don’t think MB’s thinking will be – “well, we can’t sign him before the trade deadline, so let’s move him.”

    • habstrinifan says:

      I agree with LeBrun. Which is why I say if all else fails give Tampa Weber for Pouliot.

      Before I run and hide.. I agree with Commandant that Weber(wit Diaz returning and Drewiski in the fold) is redundant . Pouliot is not ‘gritty’ per se but despite his failings and drawbacks he can be a good ‘reclamation’ project in this new dressing room with these new coaches/management. Similar to Latendresse in Ottawa.

      And say we do not acquie anyone else… whom would you rather have on the bench to possibly insert..Weber or Pouliot. Consider all our riches on D when you answer.

  74. commandant says:

    Rafael Diaz and Rene Bourque both skating this morning. If these two will be back for the playoffs, I don’t think we need to do any additions today.

    Move Weber and get a pick back, cause we have no faith in using him. But other than that…. not much to do.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Storman says:

      Diaz and Bourque getting close is very good news , the best late season acquisitions are always your injured players returning. Weber might not be good enough on his own to even get a 7th round pick back, may have to throw in another body from Hamlton and get a fifth or 4th..

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Excellent news indeed!

    • Ozmodiar says:

      And here I thought we’d get a little insight into the prognosis of the Diaz injury by whether or not MB acquired another D-man today.

      The fact that he’s skating is better insight. 🙂

      Good news, indeed!

  75. commandant says:

    Slow trade day, we need the first deal cause TSN is getting boring.

    Go Habs Go!
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