Price leaves Habs’ morning skate early; will miss at least two games

Carey Price was back on the ice with his Canadiens teammates for the first time since the Olympics at Wednesday’s morning skate in Brossard.

But the goaltender left shortly after practice started after taking a shot off the leg, suffering what the club is calling a “lower-body injury”. Price won’t dress for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and won’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh, where they will face the Penguins Thursday (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Price aggravated a lower-body injury he suffered in Sochi, but he was able to play through it and lead Team Canada to the gold medal. The Canadiens will re-evaluate the goaltender on Friday. The Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“During the Olympics, Carey aggravated a lower-body injury,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after the morning skate. “He will not play the next two games and he’s day-to-day.”

Therrien announced on Tuesday that Peter Budaj would get the start in goal against the Red Wings and the Canadiens recalled Dustin Tokarski from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs after Price was injured Wednesday morning to fill the backup role.

Below is a video The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell shot of Tokarski during a Bulldogs practice when she was in Hamilton during the Olympic break.

Alex Galchenyuk will return to the Habs’ lineup against the Red Wings after missing 15 games with a broken hand. Jarred Tinordi, called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, will also be in the lineup.

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

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

Markov – Emelin
Subban – Gorges
Murray – Tinordi
Drewiske – Bouillon

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who led Team Canada to the gold medal in Sochi (see video below from Wednesday’s morning skate) is expected to wear his lucky McGill tie behind the bench against the Habs.

(Gazette file photo/Marie-France Coallier/The Gazette)

Habs vs. Red Wings preview, NHL.com

Michel Therrien morning skate press conference (video), Canadiens.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Game Notes

P.K. Subban audio from morning skate

Red Wings game-day blog, detroitredwings.com

Price injury could make no-Olympic movement grow stronger, The Hockey News

Markov says Russians aren’t looking for excuses, by Dave Stubbs

Let the games begin for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Sochi still sore subject for most in Wings locker room, Detroit Free Press

Babcock expected to wear lucky McGill tie against Habs, Stu on Sports blog

Tinordi had a big bite with Bulldogs, Stu on Sports

Tokarski the last line of defence in Hamilton, by Brenda Branswell

252 Comments

  1. Habfan17 says:

    Getting in on the Gionta to the Devils talk from below, I would rather trade Gionta along with Collberg or Andrighetto for Stewart. Gio and Stewart contracts are a wash, The Blues don’t really need a roster player but could use Gio’s playoff experience for depth and they get a high end prospect. The Habs get a young power forward they need

    Habfan17

  2. shiram says:

    I thought this was clarified before the Olympics, but in case some did not know.

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@LavoieRenaud

    John Tavares salary will be paid by IOC insurance during his absence. #Islanders

    Also, Jordan Eberle shares his thought on Corsi
    https://soundcloud.com/ryan-dittrick/jordan-eberle-02-26-2014

  3. JohnBellyful says:

    It wasn’t that long ago there was a groundswell of support to add Zenon Konopka to the lineup.
    The Canadiens might want to think about using xenon instead.

  4. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Habs are back. Awesome!! :)

  5. JohninTruro says:

    Let’s not forget that although the Olympics caused some injuries it helped in other ways. Gave guys, like our Galchenyuk, a chance to heal and miss less games because he was injured. Those that were hurt before the Olympics benefitted from the 2 week break by missing less games.

  6. Luke says:

    Enjoy the return of NHL hockey folks.

    Going to crack that Hogan’s Goat Spiced Bock tonight.

    Full review pending…

    Take care!

    • BriPro says:

      They’re a customer of mine.
      They’re in Vankleek Hill, right?

      • Luke says:

        Yes. Beau’s Brewery.

        I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s been highly recommended by some of my chums.

        • johnnylarue says:

          Has the “growler” phenomenon caught on out there yet? It’s turning into a big thing here in Vancouver.

          • monmick says:

            Wat dat?

            ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

          • johnnylarue says:

            Craft breweries sell these airtight refillable bottles called growlers. They hold about a 1/2 gallon of beer. Refills cost ~$10. It’s a good thing.

          • monmick says:

            I haven’t seen any, but it sounds like a great idea. Beau’s does home deliveries, though, if you are in their area. Kind of like the oldtime milkman, but for beer…

            ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

          • johnnylarue says:

            Beer delivered to your door!? That’s some ‘next level’ right there.

      • monmick says:

        … and I’m a customer of their’s! Great beer.

        Be sure to try the Pumpkin Gruit (Oiseau de nuit) in the Fall, which is one of their seasonals. They also have a coffee beer, which I don’t particularly like, but it does take some of the guilt out of drinking beer before 8am…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

        • BriPro says:

          Mon, if I was to try every beer from every brewery that’s ever bought brewing equipment form me, I’d be living in the basement of the AA headquarters.
          Or I’d be hanging out with Front. :)

  7. boing007 says:

    All hands on deck!

    Richard R

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Off with Mrs.Front to see Chicago (the Band,not the Team) tonight. Should make it back for the replay on RDS. So, enjoy the game amigos and Vas-y Les Boys! Saludos!

  9. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Is PK playing tonight? Ive heard that the coach thinks Francis Boullion or Douglas Murray are the safer bets. Pk is too high risk

    Lol

  10. FANHABULOUS says:

    Not sure if it’s been discussed (as Markov is taking all of the trade spotlight), but Gio could be on his way out. This from Jim Murphy’s Twitter:

    “As for the Brian Gionta to the Devils scenario, told there’s more than smoke there. Would be good fit.”

    Swap Gio for Jagr? Both UFA’s to be… I’d make that trade for a playoff run.

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    • johnnylarue says:

      Not sure what’s in it for NJ, given that Jags is their leading scorer (or close).

    • shiram says:

      Yeah that does not make sense for Jersey, and I’m sure other teams would be willing to give more than Gio for Jagr.

      Gio also has a no trade clause.

    • CJ says:

      I belive Gio will be shopped. Him moving will depend on the return. I do not think Jagr would work, if only because we would need to add additional assets.

      We made a decision not to sign Jagr. In hindsight it was not the right decision. Worst thing you can do now though is to throw an asset(s) into a package to land him. Kinda like chasing a loss in the stock market. Gotta move on and learn from this.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Gionta could perhaps be of help to a cup contender but I think if you’re a cup contender you probably have better players than Gionta on your top two lines.

      Also not many teams can afford his cap hit.

      • CJ says:

        Good points about the cup contender. Because his cap hit will be prorated, a number of teams could take on the payroll without having to shed salary. Based on my quick calculation, Gio’s remaining cap hit would be approximately $1.4 million for the balance of the season (23 games). If they wait to trade him after the Leafs game on Saturday night, his cap hit would drop to approximately $1.2 million.

      • Habfan17 says:

        I would still rather trade Gionta along with Collberg or Andrighetto for Stewart. Gio and Stewart contracts are a wash, The Blues don’t really need a roster player but could use Gio’s playoff experience for depth and they get a high end prospect. The Habs get a young power forward they need.

        Habfan17

        • CJ says:

          Stewart I agree with 17. He is younger and is signed through next season. Jagr, given his age and UFA status could enjoy a rather brief (20 game career) with Montreal before walking.

          I would not give up an asset for Jagr.

    • Phil C says:

      As long as New Jersey stays in the playoff race, it is plausible. I heard before the break that they they are looking for a scoring winger. It is either they are sellers and dump Jagr, or buyers and pick up a winger, maybe someone like Gionta, not both. As a playoff bubble team, they will have a better idea if they are buyers or sellers closer to the deadline.

    • Vinny Red says:

      It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about that trade for a bit. Both are UFA, Jagr won’t resign there (IMO). Gio gets to play with his bro and retire there, Jags gets to play with the Habs (as he’s wanted to). The only thing is that Montreal would probably have to sweeten the deal with a prospect and/or a pick (probably a 2nd rounder). I think it’s feasible, just needs tweaking, especially since NJ probably won’t make the playoffs (they are 5 pts out right now). Of course if NJ starts winning and climbs back into a spot, it probably doesn’t happen.

      Just throwing around ideas, but maybe Gio + Leblanc (don’t wanna do it, but i think he really needs a change of scenery) for Jags and a 3rd rounder?

  11. CH Marshall says:

    PK for the hatty tonight

  12. Storm Man says:

    Must be Rob Ford sugar hour on here … Trade Price too funny

  13. Maritime Ronn says:

    @GinoRedaTSN:
    Crosby says Carey Price was playing hurt at the Olympics – “I don’t think it happened at the Olympics, he’s been battling it for a while”

  14. Mattyleg says:

    Man, Olympic injuries?!

    I wish other countries didn’t exist!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. Luke says:

    This wouldn’t have happened if Orpik had just fought Thornton in the first place.

  16. Habsbill24 says:

    Now Price is out for a couple of games. Another reason why the Olympics area complete waste of time. If we lose with Budaj and miss the playoffs by a couple of points as an NHL fan I will be extremely annoyed. Stupid to participate.

  17. RetroMikey says:

    With the Sochi games over, it;s now back to reality.
    Trade deadline looming and I will be disappointed if we don;t make any blockbuster trades involving Gionta, Markov, Plekanec, and even Briere.
    Now or never for Bergevin.
    If he stays pat, it sill be back like the Gainey era where we pray we make the playoffs and eke out perhaps a first round to make the second round.
    We know the West is the best and one of 4 teams will win the Cup.
    The East is still Boston’s territory with Toronto to be a darkhorse to beat the Bruins in the East Final.
    We have to get bigger, we need good prospects or draft picks from some players we can trade for.
    How hard can that be?
    Winners are built through trades and high draft picks.

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

    • Mr.Habs71sv says:

      Isn’t it great the Olympics cause all these injuries! I hope the NHL doesn’t go to the 2018 games. Enough. Talk about greed. A cup ring and a medal!!!! Choose one or the other. Cheeses Priced! Thank god Carey has that gold medal to comfort him during his healing time. I hope it won’t affect his upcoming golf season.

      Till next time….

    • PrimeTime says:

      It takes 2 or more to tango…..be prepared to be disappointed but heck, that’s nothing new for you and other ignorants

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    • boing007 says:

      MB thinks that draft picks are the most important.

      Richard R

  18. Sportfan says:

    I forgot to mention the other day that Mark Recchi came into the store I work in and he did the same last year? Where does he live right now??

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  19. Sportfan says:

    You think Dustin Tokarski will get a shot?

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  20. scrotchland says:

    yesterday I said trade price while his value is high,. see what happens? and trade pom pom gorges at the same time

  21. Forum Dog says:

    Looking forward to seeing how Tinordi has developed since training camp. He and Murray together is a pretty imposing combination.

    Will also be really good to see Galchenyuk back in action. I am guessing that the broken hand may affect his timing, but his strength and endurance should be just as good (if not better) than when he got hurt. He should bring some offensive zip back to that 3rd forward unit.

  22. Maritime Ronn says:

    Well, it’s pretty obvious that’ lower body injury’ of Price is…that same groin injury that knocked him out of the Ottawa playoffs last year.

    Hurting it again at the Olympics- supposedly playing through it without Babcock’s knowledge, then jumping on 10 hour flight with little chance for therapy, is a recipe for Habs disaster.

    A goalie with groin issues – especially the way Carey moves is never a good thing.
    Budaj is a great backup, yet we all saw him in Game 5 against the Sens when he realized he was the man.
    It was a different pressure, and he did not respond well.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Tokarski has been playing really well in the AHL. Maybe he will get a couple games in if Buds struggles.

      “Lets Go Canada”

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        He has an excellent track record.
        Memorial Cup- world junior Gold-AHL Calder cup.
        He only played minimal games with Tampa over 2 seasons, and they were forgettable at best.
        I wonder if they throw him to the wolves in Pitt tomorrow night?

        • CJ says:

          I don’t think he will see action unless Budaj really struggles. I watched him in Ottawa at the WJC and have had an eye on him since. My only knock is that he is small (compared to others who all appear to be 6’3″ or taller) and plays small. He never gives up on a play though and will make the opposition work.

          Pittsburgh would not be an ideal test, but if this is an extended injury, Montreal will not have the benefit of hiding him. He will need to play and will need to be good.

    • Habcouver says:

      Probably injured it going post to post. I can’t recall which game, but I think it was probably the one where the player shot wide.

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      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Think budaj will do a stellar job in absence of carey…..he does need to get to about that 20 to 22 game range in order for carey to be ready for the playoffs and not burnt out, especially with the olympics added to his workload. So I’m seeing this as a blessing in disguise. Price needs the rest, budaj needs the games and budaj has been basically lights out in the regular season as the number 2 here in habville. Not worrying…….yet!

      Shaker out!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Are you and Dr. Recchi planning on opening a clinic together?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jimmy shaker says:

        No….why?

        shaker out!

      • The Jackal says:

        Lol that’s what I thought too.
        Groin problems? Same injury?
        It’s a minor leg/hip injury that occurred during the Olympics – Price played through it and aggravated it today – doesn’t sound like some recurring issue.

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        • Maritime Ronn says:

          @GinoRedaTSN:
          Crosby says Carey Price was playing hurt at the Olympics – “I don’t think it happened at the Olympics, he’s been battling it for a while.

          • The Jackal says:

            Aright, doesn’t mean it was the same injury, it could be something else.
            Either way it doesn’t suggest he has recurring groin issues or that it’s the same injury. They said it was a leg/hip thing not a groin thing.

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    • D Mex says:

      Quite frankly, I have difficulty imagining how Buttman could bring much of value to any court proceeding.
      In addition to my annoyance with his incessant head bobbing and wrist twisting every single time he opens his yap, he has never exuded substance or credibility IMHO. He isn’t even entertaining.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

      • Habfan17 says:

        He is a lawyer and he, meaning the league, have as much at stake as Vancouver does. They do not want a precedence set for players to be able to sue.

        Habfan17

        • D Mex says:

          Precedent.
          I’m aware he’s a lawyer – also, that there are lawyers, and lawyers. His professional designation does nothing to make him a credible witness, altho I acknowledge that he has shown capacity to absorb briefing notes and repeat them rote in the past.

          Quite evidently, one of those briefings involves his use of the term ” our game ” in a hollow attempt to align himself with the game of hockey. He is entirely lacking in credibility as a spokesman for the league or the sport in my view.

          ALWAYS Habs -
          D Mex

    • Habcouver says:

      Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years now.
      For $38MM, I can see this dragging on for a few more years.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  23. HabinBurlington says:

    Bruins announcing huge ticket price increases. Article from local Boston paper not to impressed with Jacobs.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2014/02/jacobs_bruins_hit_season-ticket_holders_with_a_mas.html

    • krob1000 says:

      ouch…17 to 44 percent is rather steep

    • CJ says:

      This is the tip of the iceberg. As the salary cap rises (moving from $64 million this year to $70 million next season) ticket prices will continue to rise. No other professional sports league is as tied directly to the price of tickets then the NHL.

      IMO, this is just the beginning. I would post a copy of bills from the Canadiens, but I’m sure that it would spell the end of my account on this forum. This is the exact reason why it bothers me to no end to see Florida give away tickets in exchange for losing lottery tickets. Or Ottawa, a Canadian market, give tickets away for free just to fill the building. Those revenue generators, of which Montreal is a significant source, will be asked to carry additional weight going forward.

      I budget $500 for my wife and I to attend a game. Tickets are over $260 for a pair (that’s my season ticket cost price). Gas is approximately $50 from Ottawa and back. Parking is $25 (if you can find it). Dinner is $100 – almost always at Baton Rouge. Four beer are $40 at Ye Olde Orchard pub. That leaves $25 for incidentals, which I usually blow on a smoke meat or two and 50/50 tickets.

      I love the Habs, but I go to fewer and fewer games each year. I am sure I am not the only one…..

      • twilighthours says:

        I’m confused. Is the salary cap rising driving ticket prices or the other way around?

        • CJ says:

          Interesting. The answer is both. The salary cap is rising, the result of league revenues rising. As ticket prices are tied so closely to league revenue, it is difficult to find a distinction. The outdoor games are real drivers as they introduce (on the high-end) $20 million net into league revenues. The television contract will have a major impact on the salary cap going forward. As this new revenue stream is introduced the cap will continue to rise. Owners will charge what the market will bear. In the case of the large markets (Montreal included) this is where the majority of the increase will occur. Small markets will Florida can not absorb a 40% ticket increase. Boston has. Montreal could be next.

      • D Mex says:

        The Phoenix / Sun Belt surcharge – Buttman’s dream …

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

  24. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Price out for two games… are the Habs in sell mode yet?

  25. zephyr says:

    markov is a very good dman & still great on the pp. I think we could sign him for 3 yrs & be better off for it. I’d like to see georges moved next yr tho. you can’t have an undersized dman who doesn’t score & expect to win. I like beaulieu (be better if he muscled up) & tinordi but I think pateryn is the most complete prospect of the 3 as I’ve watched over the past 2 seasons. I think all 3 will make it. the question is when. that has to be a factor too.
    McCarron isn’t a wasted pick. really big guys like him take a bit longer to develop that’s all. I think he has huge potential. connor crisp too. when the playoffs come around, those big guys are worth their weight in gold. we’re all gonna love murray on d too when we experience the complete incompetence of nhl refs once again in april.
    he wins his battles & clears the puck. if we’re going to be playing a conservative style, then we need some earth movers on our blue line. team Canada didn’t want any small guys at all. I think mb is right when he calls for balance.

  26. Wintercount says:

    At the trade deadline in 2004 the Caps moved Gonchar to Boston for Shaone Morrisonn and the B’s 1st (Jeff Shultz) and 2nd (Mikhail Yunkov).
    If MB decides to deal Markov, hopefully he stays away from the watered down multiple player type trade mentioned above.
    If the situation was reversed and the Pens were looking to move AM to Mtl the names in the conversation would be 27 or 11.
    So who out there fits that bill to make moving AM viable?

  27. habsfan0 says:

    Price shut out the US and Sweden during his last two games.
    No reason why Budaj can’t do the same to the Wings and Penguins.

  28. C-Sword says:

    I bet that it was Eller who took the shot on Price as well. He did it once during the warmup of a game last year, I remember the commentators on RDS saying how pissed Price was.

  29. Paz says:

    When we traded Craig Rivet to the Sharks we got back Gorges and a pick that turned into Pacioretty.

    That was for Craig Rivet!! Not nearly an Andre Markov.

    Markov can get 4 years like Streit if he waits for July 1 free agency.

    Why should he settle for 2 years from the Habs and take on the risk of losing year 3 and 4, maybe 12 or 13 million dollars?

  30. shiram says:

    Things don’t sound to rosey for St-Louis in Tampa.

    Erik Erlendsson ‏@erlendssonTBO
    St Louis addresses trade rumors with brief answer “I’ve had conversations with Steve about my future with the team and I’ll leave it at that
    https://twitter.com/erlendssontbo/status/438725144346107904

    I think I’d prefer him over most other rentals out there, well he is signed for next season too.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Heard Darren Pang on radio yesterday discuss this, he agrees things probably not so good there.

      • shiram says:

        I’m thinking it has to be more than just the Olympic team thing.

        • scarboro_habitant says:

          vinny lecavalier? those 2 are good friends.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Pang claims to be extremely tight with Yzerman. Says Yzerman never would have leaked that St. Louis asked him for a trade and that he wanted to go to New York Rangers. Evidently this is related to the snub. Pang continued that the rest of the team would be very dissappointed that the captain of their first place team would rather go play on the Rangers than remain with Tampa as a result of an individual matter like being snubbed by Team Canada and Yzerman. Said that this comes off very selfish of St. Louis to leak this out about the trade.

          Granted, Pang did start the comments with how close he is to Yzerman, so perhaps he is overreacting in Yzermans defence.

    • monmick says:

      I would love to see MSL in Montreal, but he is definitely not the right fit for the Habs at this time. Perhaps if we had not signed DB…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  31. Sportfan says:

    That’s what you want to hear your best hope of getting into the playoffs is injured thanks to the Olympics lol -_-

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  32. Storm Man says:

    Habs need a guy like Stone

  33. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! I want to see Tokarsky and Tarnasky on the ice at the same time and Bob Cole try to figure it out in real time.

  34. Caesar says:

    My heart tells me keep Markov. We can go a lot further with him than without, but my head tells me that no matter what happens we do not win the cup this year or next with what we have. Either go on a buying spree until the deadline and empty prospects for some help now (this never works) or Markov needs to be traded. We need to re-stock the cupboards after the past 10 years of trades and a few misses at the draft. We need to build toward the near future and get some A or B prospects. Unless the scouting staff has their eye on a few can’t miss draft picks that are still going to be available in the last 10 picks. Oh and that does not always pan out either.

  35. JUST ME says:

    Although Carey is a key player of the team and in large part responsible for our successes , we should not put that much pressure on the goalers as we have done for decades in MTL. I think that Budaj will be more that suitable to be his replacement for as long as it is needed. It should send a clear message to everyone that they all need to pinch in but isn`t it the way it should always be ?

  36. montreal ace says:

    I would like the Habs to trade Markov, as late as they possibly can, with the intent of resigning him next year. I would like to see a strategy where we can pick up assets, while only losing a player for a short period of time. Markov to LA for a couple of months would be like a paid vacation.

    • krob1000 says:

      Can you still do that? I thought they put something in place to avoid that?

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes, I believe you can. What they put in place was a clause that stops teams from making a trade, then trading the player back to the team they got him from, I believe.

        Habfan17

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Would only sign AM to a one year deal. A few weeks ago many posters were posting AM between 3.5-4M. 6M for one year I can live with (barley). This could be why Tinordi is suddenly called up. Depending how he plays the next 3 games could well effect what happens to AM.

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  37. Habfan17 says:

    I think Bergevin should trade Gionta, to offset salary and add playoff experience, and Collberg or Andrighetto to St. Louis for Stewart. The Blues don’t really need a roster player but having Gionta for depth would be a plus since they really are contenders.

    If Markov will sign for the one year, then see if they can package Gorges to get a 2nd pair right handed defenceman with sandpaper

    Habfan17

    • shiram says:

      I would not spend prospects like those on Stewart, he seems like a player that would fit in well with the Habs, but what I gathered from Blues fan seems to point to another player that is a bit of a headcase and has a tendency to float around.
      Size but does not use it.

    • JUST ME says:

      You do not waste your youngsters on a player like Stewart.

      • Habfan17 says:

        I was just listening to the tean1200 and the book on Stewart is, he is a very good player who unfortunately is not in the good books with Hitch and once Hitch pegs you, nothing will change his mind.

        The feeling was he would make a great 2nd line centre for teams looking for a power forward who can score.

        Habfan17

      • naweed235 says:

        If you think that Stewart is not worth those prospects, then you have not watched him play. I’d trade those prospects and more to obtain his services. He is a beast that has hands and a crazy shot. He is just not being used up to his potential in St-Louis because they got really great players in their top lines.

        • piper says:

          Agree. Stewart is exactly what the Habs need. But an aging veteran and a couple of mid level prospects won’t bring a player like Stewart.
          St.Louis may return his call if MB offered Markov for Stewart.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I wonder if Phoenix would trade Michael Stone, 6’3″ 210lbs, righty, ATOI 18 mins, 105 hits

      Habfan17

  38. Prop says:

    Budaj is capable of being really good. I have confidence in him.

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  39. shiram says:

    If it’s 2 games as is being reported, then it should not be such a big deal.
    Budaj can hold the fort for those 2 games.
    Tokarski gets a nice pay bonus just from coming up too. I’d be interested to see him play though he doubt he starts a game.

    • Habcouver says:

      If they put Tokarski in against Pittsburgh, that would be the team Pricey had his first start.
      Coincidence in the making?

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Its pretty obvious who is to be blamed for this injury to Price.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA&feature=kp

  41. Ron says:

    Change your name back to diddler, more fitting.

  42. mdp2011 says:

    At least Budaj is rested.

  43. naweed235 says:

    so according to RDS and MT, Price had a minor injury during the Olympics and played through it and might have aggravated it. This morning during practice he tweaked what seemed to be his leg or hip during a lateral movement when they were practicing the PP.

  44. monmick says:

    Is he also a butterfly specialist?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  45. mdp2011 says:

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 12m
    “During the Olympics, Carey aggravated a lower-body injury. He will not play the next two games and he’s day-to-day” – Michel Therrien

  46. Luke says:

    NHL just texted me to say that Pricey is out for the next 2 games.

  47. DipsyDoodler says:

    Nothing to do with the Price injury, but who are the good draft prospects this year?

  48. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    “The Canadiens put a plastic cutout goalie in net for the practice.”

    It stopped Pacioretty on two of three breakaways. On the third one Patches shot high.

  49. Mavid is a Canadian and Golden Price is OUR MAN says:

    wow..lets all lose our minds..oh and blame PK…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  50. mdp2011 says:

    Let the panicking begin.

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 2m
    Dustin Tokarski has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Carey Price (lower-body injury) will not be in uniform tonight.

  51. CJ says:

    I haven’t seen an emergency call up announced. Likely a minor injury…. I hope!

  52. Strummer says:

    Pricer is OK.
    It was just a flesh wound.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGPTWexB71g

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

  53. habs1992 says:

    Can be “CONFIRMED” Price has left practice early with a suspected leg injury, caused by the olympics.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  54. DipsyDoodler says:

    Who has the most interest in injuring Carey Price?

    My first suspect would be someone who wants the team to tank.

    Someone who once had a tank avatar.

    Someone who wasn’t posting this morning because he was busy.

  55. habs-hampton says:

    If Miller goes to St. Louis, maybe we can get Halak back if Price is out for a while.

    (Just had to stir the pot for the Halakites ;) )

  56. Habcouver says:

    Hope his injury is minor but this type of news is understandable.
    The city and country is undergoing Pricemania, he’s really going to have to get his groceries delivered to him.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Even Eklund suddenly gives a rats ass about Montreal and has made this his lead story. We are doomed indeed!

    • third generation haber says:

      Markov told reporters, with regards to his contract talks, that “There are eight days left (until the March 5 trade deadline). It can happen at any time.”

      He has until July 1st to sign a contract. Is he hinting (let it slip) that a non-deal would result in his being traded?

      j.p. murray

  57. krob1000 says:

    who shot CP? This could be the most anticipated episode of CH24 ever!

  58. Storm Man says:

    I’m 20 th!!! What prize do I get?

  59. Maksimir says:

    If Price can’t dress, who’s Budaj’s backup?

    Though something tells me we’ve gone full out panic mode over nothing. He’s probably fine – can’t imagine a puck would take him out for multiple games.

  60. Hobie Hansen says:

    The posters who are stating the obvious by saying that a 1st round pick we’d get in return for Markov would probably be towards the end of the 1st round aren’t really uncovering anything here.

    Everyone knows that already! To say that player is going to turn out to by a fringe player is just stupid, IMO. Plus we’d most likely get a good young player along with the later 1st round pick!

    People are stating that Mike McCarron is a bust all of a sudden and we’re going to get a crappy player like him? The kid is 18-years-old lol! From what I’ve been seeing, McCarron is starting to find his way lately. He’s got a shot of having a very good season in the OHL next year when he’s 19-years-old!

    So duh, I easily trade Markov for a player like McCarron and another good young prospect rather than getting nothing back.

    If we could trade Markov to L.A. for Tyler Toffoli and a late 1st rounder it would be a slam dunk win for the Habs!

    • Mattyleg says:

      i worry about trading someone who has real, actual value as an experienced NHLer for a late first-round pick, who may never develop into anything at all.

      What if we end up with someone who is not good? For me, it’s too much of a crap-shoot. We drafted and invested a lot in Markov’s development, so I think that keeping him makes most sense.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Maksimir says:

        I agree with you on the draft pick, which is why I’d rather a solid prospect or young NHLer.

      • CJ says:

        You make a good point Matty. However, if the deal was Toffoli and a first, I would do it in a heartbeat.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        If they do intend to trade him, sign him for 2 years, assuming he’ll accept that, then trade him as a player that has some term left. They would get a fai bit more for him if he’s signed.

        I still think they should keep him though.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Mattyleg says:

          Oooh.
          That’s not looked at very positively in the league; signing someone and then trading them. Makes you look very unreliable as GM.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Habsrule1 says:

            They could wait until the off-season or even next season.

            Again, I think they should sign him for 2 years and decide after 2 if he’s worth another. I’d do all I could to keep him. He’s still very valuable to us and I’d love for the kids coming up to have him to emulate.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Mattyleg says:

            I agree.
            2 years, then maybe one more.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Holy Moly! Now we have to state the non-obvious?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hobie, I can only speak for myself, but a late 1st round pick isn’t the prize many hold it to be. I don’t think McCarron is a bust at all, I have high hopes for him, but we still don’t know what he will become.

      Having said that, if you look historically at late first round picks, you see that the success rate is far from high.

      For example:
      2007 Entry Draft
      Picks 17 – 30, of the 14 picks, 3 have played well over 200 games, 5 have played between 60 – 103 games, while 6 basically never made it.
      2006 Entry Draft
      Picks 19 – 30, only 4 players have played over 100 games since. 3 have never played an NHL game and 5 have played a combined 126 NHL games. So 4 of the 12 picks have become bonafide NHL players.
      2005 Entry Draft
      Much better year for picks 19 – 30, with 7 of the 12 having played well over 100 games with only 3 or 4 of the picks complete busts.

      A first round pick in the first 15 picks is almost a sure thing to make the NHL, whereas picking in the bottom 15 gets much trickier.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Personally, I’d rather put my hopes with Bergevin and Timmins drafting a good player in the late 1st round than watching Markov deteriorate and eventually retire on a mediocre Habs team. Plus the good young prospect we get along with the pick. That’s just me, to each is own. ;-).

        If we got Toffoli alone from L.A. I’d do it!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          For me it isn’t so much about the return we get (assuming blue chip prospect and pick), but rather the fact the team I think is really bad without Markov for at least all of next year. Beaulieu may be ready to play in the NHL, but not to replace the quality minutes of Markov. Tinordi plays a complete different style and most likely will be a bottom pairing at best next year.

          The team gets much worse in the short term. This team to me is slowly getting better and I believe in the next 1, 2 or 3 years may really improve, Markov to me is a big part of teaching/mentoring the great defence prospects we have.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I think that teaching and mentoring stuff his highly overrated and just a nice warm and fuzzy story the fans enjoy reading.

            I also just heard Norman Flynn on the radio stating that the young prospect Montreal would be looking to acquire along with the 1st round pick would be an NHL ready defenceman.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            You don’t like warm and fuzzy? ;-)

          • veryhabby says:

            Hobie…now that’s a twist….not thinking about the fact that a trade for Markov may bring us back an NHL dman. I keep thinking we are so deep there, so we don’t need another. BUT- BUT. If we get another top4 dman plus a 1st round, at least we may not be as sucky the next 2-3 yrs as we await hope from that 1st round pick,

            For me as a fan, that’s the only thing I worry about. Sucking without Markov the next 2 yrs. But unless our return ends up being 2 bust….long run FOR SURE trading Markov will make us better as trading Rivet did.

    • third generation haber says:

      McCarron has never been a goal scorer. He has, from what I’ve read, made great strides as a physical 2way hard-working rookie forward this year. I don’t think he’s the next Lucic, but I do believe he will be a solid bottom 6 guy who stands-up for teammates someday. For a late 1st rounder, I’ll take it.

      j.p. murray

    • veryhabby says:

      Hobbie for me it’s a win-win for habs.

      Keep Markov for next 3 yrs…he brings something that no other dman does for our team, and it allows the kids to develop in the NHL without pressure of playing top minutes right away.

      Trade Markov….and it will take a few years, but we can reap another Gorges/Patches that Rivet got us. Today the team is better cause of that trade. Actually we were probably a better team once he left, but we for sure we won’t be when Markov leaves, at least not at the start.

      I would prefere that we get a NHL ready prospect instead of a 1st round pick. And then maybe a later round pick or a mid prospect. It’s just my impatience. I don’t want to wait 4 yrs after the MArkov trade to start enjoying the benefit of it.

  61. Mattyleg says:

    Yeaaaahhhh!!
    FIRST!!

    High five!

    C’mon, don’t leave me hangin’!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  62. Maksimir says:

    $100 bucks says it was Eller… he always nails the goalies in practice.

  63. BJ says:

    Babcocks fault with those extra beers? I heard groin pull, Did he not have that problem earlier in the season?

  64. Timo says:

    If Price is actually injured it makes Bergevin’s life so much easier (not that it is difficult to begin with)… No hope of playoffs means he can easily get rid of all the old dead wood on the roster without fretting about missing playoffs. No Carey = lottery pick.

  65. CJ says:

    And we hold our collective breath…..

  66. shiram says:

    Just a shot off the leg, it can’t be that bad?
    This has to be a preventive measure.

    Right?

  67. scarboro_habitant says:

    ….


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