Price, Chipchura to ‘Dogs; Locke, Halak to Habs

Roster moves just announced. See below:

Roster moves just announced:




  1. idle says:

    For the same reason that so many kids are waring baggy clothes now. For the same reason that everyone ran out and bought a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. Because insulting Brisebois is the in thing to do…

  2. idle says:

    Nice post Richard. I have no idea if any of what you say could be true or not but it was nice to read something different for a change.

  3. idle says:

    Isn’t hoping that it blows up in their face big time, hoping that the Habs lose?

  4. idle says:

    Right. Brisebois turns over 50% of his passes. No wonder everyone hates him.

  5. coutNY says:

    I can see it now, like a seen from “Meet the Parents”; Locke carrying his hockey bag on the plane as a carry-on… The flight attendant telling him, sir, you must check the bag… Locke screaming Oh know, your not going to take my second chance at the SHOW The flight attendant once again insists he check his bag… Locke pulls the bag from the clutches of the struggling grip of the flight attendant as he mutters Its not like there is a bomb in here… only to smack her him/her in the face in the process!By this time a undercover Terrorist officer sprays Locke in the face with mace as he drags him into the interrogation room! 12hrs later Locke misses his second debut…

  6. Vancouver Hab Fan says:

    The only surprise Smolinski has to offer it how much worse he can play this year. At this point in his career he is only taking a roster spot away from younger players with a lot more upside. Smolinksi should be sent packing.

  7. nightmare_49 says:

    I think he’s taking a long taxi ride this time at a flat rate , $100.00 pucks and two free tickets to the game.

  8. nightmare_49 says:

    Now you see what i was talking about last week and things will work out and the young guys are in their plans and don’t be surprised if O’Bryne is sent down for conditioning when the Dr. gives him the OK , this all sets up the trade deadline strategy which i’m glad their starting now for experimental reasons. It will all work out my man.

  9. Scotty90 says:

    Locke is probably wearing it on the plane…. not going to get burned a second time 🙂

  10. Scotty90 says:

    I’m just glad they didn’t pick up Samsonov again for the target practice.

  11. Sulemaan says:

    Gotta love the Internet, eh Dave? 🙂

  12. RS says:

    I like Smolinski, but then again, I was one of the people defending Garth Murray!

  13. Dave Stubbs says:

    Yes, you guys came out of the gate faster than Secretariat on this one. Now I’m feeling guilty for writing about Price today, and talking about the great apartment he and Chipper are (were) sharing in Montreal. They’ll both be back. Nothing fatal about this move.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  14. RS says:

    Are you suggesting that these moves are going to cost the Habs the cup? That seems like a bit of a stretch.

  15. krob1000 says:

    They need to bash someone and once Ryder scored a couple goals it was back to ol faithful in Brisebois.

  16. fuhgawz says:

    good post ! …. interesting take on the ever interesting mind of mr. gainey — you could be on to something ….

  17. drecha says:

    Wow I have seen some really bad posts on this site, but I think this one takes the cake. Price being sent down was the right move. The schedule for this month is very light with no back to back games, so for Price to develope he had to be sent down. Chips is certainly part of the future of this team but is also not getting the playing time he needs. I applaude this move by Gainey and am excited about this teams chances this year and upcoming years aswell.


  18. krob1000 says:

    As I posted earlier…..I would love to be tracking their equipment right now…..any word on whether it is within 100km of Montreal right now.

  19. RetroMikey says:

    I don’t understand why everyone is bashing Brisebois and Smolinski?
    As stated before in my previous posts, Brisebois and Smolinski are gonna suprise alot of skeptics out there down the stretch. Somehow, I believe they will not disappoint us!

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  20. Sulemaan says:

    Now, now Timo. Be nice big guy.

  21. krob1000 says:

    dave…did we set a record for number of posts in the first half hour or what??

  22. Sulemaan says:

    I don’t see S. Kostitsyn, Lapierre or O’Byrne (when returns from injury) going down unless they play badly. That hasn’t been the case. And you can’t send Begin and Smolinski down as they are both veterans who would have to clear waivers.

    Based on the season so far Price or Chipchura have not played badly. However, Price will get regular playing time in Hamilton so that’s not a bad thing in term of his development. Jury is out on Chipchura being sent down but they can call him up and send Locke back down whenever they want.

    Given what happened to Locke in New York, I’m glad the team gave him another chance. He’s been in the minors for a while and it’s now his chance to show what he can do in the big show. He has played very well of late and you have to reward players for strong play. It shows current and future prospects they will get a chance to shine if they put in their dues. Best examples of this are A. Kostitsyn and Plekanec.

    I think Gainey is doing a little tune-up because the trade-deadline is just around the corner. The move to send Price/Chipchura down is only temporary. As Y so aptly noted, they haven’t been traded or anything.

  23. krob1000 says:

    We might just see Locke with Higgins and Ryder at some point. A lot of possibilities with this much offense.

  24. tleblanc says:

    These moves don’t surprise me given Bob’s comments yesterday. Chips is going down to work on face offs and Price to get ice time and confidence. Both will be back before seasons end and will be better and hungrier.

  25. habfan53 says:

    Actually I think most will agree that Higgins / Lapierre / Ryder are the 3rd line but who knows some probably think that Latendresse, Koivu and Kotstysin are the first line

  26. PattyBoy31 says:

    Im surprised with Chipchura, but maybe its because him and Price and roomates and get along and it will make it easier for them? I’m a huge price fan (got an authentic price jersey) but I think after his recent games its best for him and not a demotion at all.

  27. RH says:

    I always seem to forget that Smolinski is on this team. I guess I never had much of an expectation from him.

  28. Revolution No. 9 says:

    So, it looks like:

    – Huet is the man from here on in. (and it sounds like they’re even trying to re-sign him, much more trade-able!)
    – Price was unable to outplay him. Fair enough.
    – Chips was unable to impress enough to keep Smolinski on the bench.

  29. Richard says:

    Great moves!!! In Bob we trust!!!

    Price needs the play time and won’t get it now that Huet is solidified as our #1 goaltender. Unfortunately for Halak, he is seen as someone who can be ‘wasted’ as a perennial backup to Huet or Price.

    I think that the decision to bring up Locke was only so that he can get a chance to play in the NHL before Begin and Smolinski come back and clog up our system. Someone had to be sent down, so it was Chipchura since he is the most mobile of the rookies (the other 3 lines are REALLY clicking with their rookies right now).

    Chipchura proved he can play and will definitely be back in the NHL, and Carbo also took a liking to him.

    Maybe this is for trait bait (i.e. showing off a prospect) or maybe this is for Bob to find out if he can rely on Locke should another centre (*Cough, Cough – Smolinski*) be sent off in a package before the trade deadline.

    Bold prediction: Gainey will try to collect first round drafts by selling off replaceable vets so that (a) he makes space for the youth to gain playoff experience this year (even if it’s just 4 games) and (b) he has a couple extra to give to Washington without compromising ourselves too much.

    Lastly, and I know this is a sensitive topic:
    Yes, Washington WILL be willing to match any offer made, even if it’s 20% of the cap for 15 years. BUT: faced with the choice between getting 4 first-round picks or watching their star go to Russia with nothing to show, their choice will be quite easy.
    He is one of, if not the best player in the league, and can do what he wants because of it AND he does not have an agent who has to maintain a professional relationship with a team for the sake of other clients. If Alex Ovechkin wants to play in Montreal, he WILL play in Montreal. All he has to do is let Washington know that he won’t play for them no matter what.

  30. Kev says:

    It’s not a question of Free Rides. Its a question of respect and the fact that for years players have mentioned that when the Hab’s organization says something, they honor it, and if you are a rookie they don’t.

    And if your name is Latendresse, you get a free ride.

  31. habfan53 says:

    Gainey can’t be the only dough head First Chicago TRADES for Samsonov the today Carolina picks him up off waivers????

  32. CH1909-2009 says:

    I would assume something like this based on reports so far:

    Kovalev Pleks A. Kostytsin
    Latendresse Koivu S. Kostytsin
    Higgins Locke Ryder
    Streit Lapierre Dandenault/Kosto

    Markov Komisarek
    Hamrlik Brisebois
    Boullion Gorges



    I can’t stand the idea of playing Streit at forward in favor of Breezer, but that’s the report so far. Hope not though.

  33. AdamG says:

    you mean no free rides for rookies. guys like breezer and smolinski, with their three goals (1 empty netter) don’t have to do much to earn ice time.

  34. Plek-Andrew says:

    that’s messed up man…

  35. Hoegarden says:

    He could end up in Hamilton, unless, like you mention, he has a “no movement” clause as well. That’s the first time I hear about this.

  36. AdamG says:

    i’m not a brisebois fan at all. i just don’t see what he brings to the team. everyone talks about his first pass out of the zone, but that pass lands on an opponent’s stick just as often as it does a teammate’s

  37. AdamG says:

    i’m not a brisebois fan at all. i just don’t see what he brings to the team. everyone talks about his first pass out of the zone, but that pass lands on an opponent’s stick just as often as it does a teammate’s

  38. Kev says:


    Gainey: Price, Chip, Grabovski get yourselves a place to live guys. You will be sticking around.

    a little while later…

    Grab, you have to go to Hamilton.

    a little while later…

    Price and Chip, you guys have to take the bus to Hamilton too.

    I guess a lot of credibility is gone here.

  39. AdamG says:

    smokes can’t be moved. i know he has a NTC, maybe even a no movement clause. plus, i can’t see gainey waiving him (waiving smoke this year, samsonov last year–how the hell will we ever sign another UFA?)…bottom line is that smolinski and brisebois were bad signings. clearly, gainey did not think that his young players were ready (guys like chips, lapierre, o’byrne, kostitsyn). i think these guys bring MUCH more than smoke or brisebois do.

  40. T-roy West says:

    As everyone probably have already guessed, I might be the biggest Chipchura fan on this site. The only thing I can do is trust that Gainey is doing the right thing and that what ever plan he has works out.

  41. RS says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually welcome the Breezer back into the line-up. Dressing 8 defence though (if it happens again), that’s a problem!

  42. AdamG says:

    i guess they did it because smolinski is coming back and will go back to being the 3rd-line centre. it was between chips and lapierre and they feel lapierre brings more as a 4th liner. i really don’t know what it is they see in smolinski, but they can’t do anything with him but play him.

  43. Sulemaan says:

    I have to admit you called it RC. Doesn’t mean I agree with the move but I’ve got to give credit where due. 😉

  44. fuhgawz says:


  45. Hoegarden says:

    Locke deserves a shot after the screwup in NewYork. I for one am very happy to see him get a chance. He may not fill the net but if you check his pas record, he’s done great and he’s likely to be “somewhere” in the NHL next year.

    Chips; Gainey was indirectly pointing towards Chips when he mentioned faceoffs, one facet which needs to be fixed for him to be successful in the NHL.

    Price; He’ll definitely find his game back and bounce back.

    Smokes; When you get back, get your you know what in gear mate …. last chance.

  46. RH says:

    I’m happy that Locke will get a chance to play with the big boys but, the Habs have TWO defensemen playing forward thereby giving us depth, if needed, on the blue line. The Habs have been the same, even better, without Brisebois in the line-up. Why couldn’t Gainey just pay off Brisebois and put him on waivers, thereby freeing up a roster spot for Locke? I don’t get it.

  47. AdamG says:

    the thing i don’t get is that chipchura was the PERFECT player to develop on the 4th line. now, locke will come in, play with guys like TK, begin, Lapierre (no room on tope 2 lines), produce nothing, and get sent back down. chipchura brought size and strength…

  48. RS says:

    At least we didn’t sign Briere!

  49. AdamG says:

    since when did chipchura need a wake-up call?

  50. AdamG says:

    i agree. i just can’t believe this. i’m so disappointed. price, i fully understand wanting to get him some work in the minors. but chips? i just don’t get it. and i have a bad feeling that when smolinski gets back, lapierre or SKost is going down or at least being taken out of the lineup. but i don’t get the chipchura thing. he was playing well. decent rating for rookie 4th liner, 11 points. he seemed ready. he was contributing. and taking him out of the lineup for breezer? why? so we can be older and softer? we all knew signing brisebois wasn’t the right move because he’d push young guys out of the lineup. i don’t understand what this organization is thinking sometimes. i’ve been so excited the past few weeks because it seemed like there was a complete and total commitment to the youth movement, icing a very young team. we weren’t doing that bad with these guys, were we?

  51. RH says:

    This can’t be good for Chipchura’s confidence. He’d finally made it to the big leagues and was working hard but now he has to reside himself to the fact that he’s going back to the farm team. I really don’t know how he’s going to improve himself down there when he obviously needs to work on his game within Carbo’s system.

  52. RS says:

    Interesting move. Who said Gainey was a stand pat guy?

    Halak (player of the week) and Locke have been playing well. Price needs some playing time.

    On the other hand, Chips in Hamilton is a surprise, but I was surprised when he was a healthy scratch. Obviously he will return to the Habs soon. He is a good kid and will take this as a challenge.

    Who is Locke going to play with? I hope its with Higgins and Ryder with Max moving to the fourth line. Or with Higgs and S. Kost.

    When Smolinski returns he will find a spot on the fourth line. As the Habs get healthy again, there is going to be quite a crowd! And eventually that means unhappy campers.

    I seem to be alone in this, but I still like Smolinski (with his one year deal).

  53. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Gainey did mention Price heading back to Hamilton for more playing time.

  54. JF says:

    The decision about Price does not surprise me but sending Chipchura down does. However, I’m sure he’ll be back. I’m confident both players will take this move in the right spirit and continue their hard work. Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if Price did not feel secretly relieved that for the moment the pressure is off.

    As for Locke and Halak, I’m glad to see them getting a chance. As you say, krob, Locke is likely to get only one, so I hope he makes the most of it. It will be good for Halak to get some NHL time and showcase his talents; could mean Gainey is thinking about using him in a trade.

  55. 24 Cups says:

    I sure hope that this was explained to these two kids in a positive way. That they’re not being punished or that their play is viewed as being terribly disappointing. Hopefully, it’s to just get some more ice time. Chipchura? Wow. I sure hope that Locke can backcheck and win faceoffs. We now must unofficially have the four smallest centres (collectively) in the NHL.

    THe Original 24 Cups

  56. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I trust Bob Gainey and his decision making. Sending Price & Chipchura to Hamilton should only help as they’ll get plenty of ice time. I’m sure something is in the works as far as a trade(s) is concerned. Both players will be back up sooner than later. GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  57. Habsrule1 says:

    Stop whining…it’ll be ok. Just referencing your picture, but I agree it is a bit of a shock. I personally have a good feeling about it though.

    They are both HUGE parts of our very near future…they’ll be back soon.

    Go Habs Go!!


  58. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Well, I will say it now just to rub it in 🙂 (come on be nice)

    I TOLD YOU SO!!!

    Gainey must be following my posts 🙂 I wonder when I will get the call up to Montreal

    Playoff Price (see it will come true)

  59. Y says:

    Whats with the shock and awe?
    It’s not like we traded them.

  60. Y says:

    Whats with the shock and awe?
    It’s not like we traded them.

  61. Habs64 says:

    Interesting, wake up call for the young guns!

  62. fun police says:

    i think this is a mistake. chipchura sent down, deadweights such as slowlinski and breezeby still up. bad message to send to the young players. unless there is something else going on here, such as showcasing for trade, then i think that they made a mistake. gainey’s press conference yesterday made no mention of this kind of shakeup.

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