Price on strike?

So says

The “story” is based on a Tweet by CBC-Montreal sports reporter Michel Godbout:

a very very reliable source close to Carey Price says the goalie wants
3 million per or he’s going on strike. Habs listening?

Hey, two “very”s to describe “reliable”. Gotta be true, right?

• In other news to raise your blood pressure, Gilles Courteau, president of the Q, is dissing the Canadiens for their insufficient attention to Quebec hockey.

• And Chris Chelios makes it official … for now


  1. habstrinifan says:

    Price’s agent earlier came out and said Price will be signed by end of August. If he lets this story swirl around the hockey world without a full and categoric denial and some insight into Price’s position then he is plain stupid.

  2. Bill J says:

    Perhaps Price admirers have jobs and must drive home.


  3. Bill J says:

    Nah – idiot fans who believe Eklund level rumors and crucify a hockey player for it are a fkin joke.

    Some of you seriously need to go for a walk.

  4. Bill J says:

    See what I meant yesterday Brad ?


  5. K-hab25 says:

    Well since you through out the bait, I’ll bite. I said over month ago that comparables to Price, Rinne, Hiller, Leightenen, ect., are all making around 3 mill or so and if the Habs want to sign Price for 3 or more years, it’s going to cost them something similar to those guys. I didn’t mention the overpaid group, like Huet, Thomas, Halak, ect. So Price’s agent is no dummy, if the Habs won’t give Price 3mill, IMO, a hole lot of other teams will.

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    you know you can feel safe to share on this site. Kind of let it all hang out. Don’t be shy and tell us how you really feel.

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  7. mike g says:

    Np, don’t sweat it…lol

    I was just trying to prevent a huge language debate or something…

    You know how “they” love to protect themselves, eh?


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  8. habs4eternity says:

    Price making demands? who does he think he is?

    he’s proven NOTHING!  I would trade him, because any goalie, journeyman, minor leaguer, is better than him!  Price is GARBAGE! I don’t like him, nor his attitude!

    good riddans to him! trade the mother f’**** er.

  9. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    WOWWWW only word to describe this. Why are we so eager to sign someone like this he’s a fkin joke

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  10. RiverviewCanadien says:


    Anyways, if this is the case, get rid of him. NOW!

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Don’t know if this was posted, but here’s a bit of habs trivia fun for you all.

  12. The Cat says:

    Notice how the usual Price admirers are very timid on this subject…

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  13. gohabzzzz says:

    haha, good one 😛

  14. ooder says:

    now that would be something :O

    and until this is proven to be true or untrue i am not going to say what i think..

    cuz it’s not very nice.. and you guys wouldn’t want to see me when i’m angry


    88 is the new 23

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    It took Montreal less than 80 minutes of game time to throw Thoedore out of nets in the 2010 playoffs, it took the Rangers 60 in 2009. He can’t take the pressure of big situations and he’s already shown he can’t handle Montreal long-term. Theodore played for a team with overwhelming offensive power that knocked teams down before it became slugging matches that tested his abilities like he would be in MTL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. Danno says:

    Is the Price right or is it wrong?

    Let’s ask Bob.


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

  17. says:

    I think he’s not asking enough.  If I were him I’d want more to play in that arena and then less on the road lol!

    They Call Me Shane

  18. MathMan says:

    Well, a negative story like “Price on strike?” is bound to attract clicks, so of course it gets up there based on a single Twitter citing a single source.

    Then the fans can rave and rant and rave against Price and his immaturity and his selfishness, the story may or may not be denied, the hard feelings are stronger, and that makes the next Price-is-evil story easier to believe.

    So it is with every Habs scapegoat that’s gone by since the lockout. Zednik, Ryder, Kovalev (until he redeemed himself by going on a ridiculous scoring spree), the Kostitsyns, now Price. Even Koivu was subjected to it on a low level.

    It would be so nice if more media folks were more analytical and less sensionalistic, and tried to educate the public a bit instead of just validating their opinions, right or wrong, to attact more membership. That archetype hardly covers the entirety of the Montreal sports media, but there’s enough of it to perpetuate the image of Montreal media and fans as less-than-sophisticated and loudly ignorant.

  19. puck face says:

    wow. if this is true , what arrogance. i like the kid and felt bad about how he was treated but come on. doesn’t he have anyone close to him to say ‘ umm if you think you had it hard before , you are now going to be public enemy #1 with zero room for eror. ‘ he needs someone to be straight up with him and let him know he’s in no position to make demands…..then again 3 mil per is not that bad.

  20. Josh says:

    Hopefully Kovalchuk follows this path.

  21. likehoy says:

    jose theodore’s numbers were identical to carey price’s last year…and arguably, he played behind worse defense. 

    but that’s my point in the end, even if we can get niemi or theodore…price’s argument is pretty weak and he has little to no control to the situation as much as he hopes.

    – I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!

  22. Mr.Hazard says:


    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  23. Exit716 says:

    That Tweet Sounds exactly like Slapshot where Paul Newman planted the story of the Chiefs moving to Florida to his inside guy Dickie Dunn….

    “Dickie Dunn wrote that…it’s gotta be true.”


  24. slapshot777 says:

    Yes,true I used the wrong word there. But you get the drift. If Carey doesn’t put pen to paper he might as well retire. The Habs will own his rights until he is 27 and they can make it difficult for Carey. The only play he would get to play is the KHL. Don’t think that the rest of the NHL is watching to see how Carey handles this.



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  25. drivefor25 says:

    For what’s it worth – and we’re a suspicious bunch here on Habs Inside/Out – Global BC TV News in Vancouver ran a feature on Carey Price last night. He was interviewed at the rodeo in Smithers where he recently competed.

    Price, who’s had some top finishes in calf-roping events, explained his summer activites: “I’m a competitive guy and this gives me something to do in the summer…When all my friends are doing it, it made sense for me to join in.”

    The sportscaster reported that Price is “not concerned” about his contract situation with the Habs. Price added, “I actually get more nervous doing this than I do playing hockey. I’ve been playing hockey all my life, so I feel more comfortable in the crease than I do here.”

    I dunno… he looked very comfortable swinging a lariat over his head.

    Fan since ’71

  26. zozotheclown says:

    I hope its not true, but in the unlikely event that it is, as SF pointed out down below, its career suicide.

    Assuming of course that this is all true and there’s no other part to it, I would call him on his bluff. Keep the same offer and see what he does, if he really wants to strike a year at his age with the limited experience he has, good luck. The swirl of bad media attention he’d get would be crazy, all those stories about immaturity would resurface and essentially be proven true, its just too dumb a career move to be true. In any case the Habs could get along ok by trading him for a decent gain and then signing Niemi for less.

    Personally I bet its just another stupid rumor with no reliable source, theres just no way someone like Price would stand to gain from striking a season, unless he’s so confident in himself that he thinks his play can overcome all the adversity this would create. And based on his play last season, I doubt his confidence/ego would be that huge.

  27. The Cat says:

    I dont know how ‘strike’ is the right word. He just doesnt have to sign anything, it doesnt make it a ‘strike’, does it?


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  28. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey, August is over today. Tomorrow we can start on the real rumors. Price and his agent can’t possibly be this dumb.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    He just quits without pay and calls his career over!

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey, Dryden sat out a year. :)


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  31. Mike Boone says:

    You’re right, bro. My brain is still on vacation. And I was thinking of Jacques Courtois, who was team president from 1972 to ’78.

  32. The Beer Guy says:

    Let him walk, he’s in no position to demand anything! Prove you can play and keep your nose clean, so to speak.

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  33. HFX-HabFan says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the French media spits out a “we need more Quebecers” story on average of once a week.

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    The only thing he can do is quit, without pay. Do you think some other team will give him the whole ball of wax next year.? I don;t think so.!

  35. Josh says:

    How does an average player go on strike?

  36. mbplekfan says:

    Price doesnt have to sign the contract. You cant force a player to play.

  37. The Cat says:

    He was subliminally thinking of Jacques Cousteau.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don’t think so, I very much doubt the CBA allows that.

    If he refuses to play, he could destroy his career quite easily though.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  39. mike g says:

    Hey Boone!

    It’s GILLES Courteau.

    Were in Quebec here, we can’t be makin mistakes with their names.

    Our countr…..No, our province doesn’t appreciate that.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  40. mbplekfan says:

    If the story is not true Price’s agent will step up and spike it.

    If it is true then Price is making a bad mistake.

    PG should immediately sign another FA goalie to a one year deal and leave Price on the sidelines.

  41. slapshot777 says:

    How can Price strike? Isn’t he a RFA without arbitration. Which means that the Habs can make Carey accept a contract to play next season.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Career suicide, 23-year old goalie sitting the season out when his last year and a half was less that perfect for extra money? He might as well start practicing his Russian to play in the KHL for the rest of his career. The attitude problems that would swirl around him following this would give him an eternally tarnished reputation.

    Jose Theodore will not give us solid goaltending unless we’re at 4 GPG and Emery’s had some very career-threatening surgery, neither is a solid option for MTL going forward. At that point, the team is honestly better of getting Antti Niemi.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. Mr.Hazard says:

    I believe it.

    We “couldn’t afford” our #1 goaltender. FYI, Halak has a $3.75M cap hit in St. Louis. And now the guy who was outplayed 2 years in a row by him is asking for $3M? SORRY PG, looks like you can’t afford Pricey either.

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  44. mike g says:

    Bah, wtv…

    It’s not like he wants a 17 year deal of over 100 million..

    So for me, this is good and “very reliable” news.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  45. Ian Cobb says:

    If true, he and his agent will learn a huge lesson. The day of huge contracts are over, especially for unproven talent at this level.

    After they prove they can carry the load, then negotiate with a little strength. But blackmail or ultimatum if true, sends them packing in today’s economic situation. And so it should.


    Again only if true,, he is ruining his reputation the longer this stuff goes on. And it may not be repairable. Only if this is fact. And it is not.

  46. likehoy says:

    carey price is trying his best to get bargaining power…

    so what if he sits the year out? we could sign another goalie for about a million. save the 2 million on price to get a decent player. We could probably pick up someone like Jose Theodore, or Ray Emery for that price.

    obviously neither goalie will give us excellent goaltending..but they will provide solid goaltending while our team continues to grow.

    – I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!

  47. Laramy87 says:

    Give him the 3 mil for 2 sesons, see how he does. Underperforms, get rid of him…

  48. The Cat says:

    The way I see it. Im french and if people are so hellbent on seeing francophones play, they can buy tickets to go see the nearest Q team. I find it personally embarassing that teams in the maritimes do so much better at the gate.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  49. Ricky says:

    There are never any sources for stuff like this. I know others will jump on this just to put something else against Carey.

    Hmm, RDS posted an article on there being not enough Quebecers on the team… Are they recycling news over there?

  50. HFX-HabFan says:

    Why is it Montreal’s fault that the Q is vastly inferior to the other two Canadian major junior leagues?

  51. Laramy87 says:

    This is not the 1970’s were the Canadiens owned all the rights to the french players. Sure its nice to have some home-grown french canadians on the team, but the fact of the matter is alot of these players do not like the pressure of playing in Montreal and hence do not sign here. French-Canadians are a talented bunch of players and ther are 29 other teams in the league who make note of this. The director of the Q is just throwing more gas on the fire, what a tool.

    As for Price and the CBC report, there is absolutely nothing on the website, what the hell?

  52. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Well,well ,well…Once again I’ve nailed it.I said before Carey’s agent was going to ask 3-3.5 mil a year  and if this article is true?…Again I NAIL A PREDICTION. And for all you Price freaks who are sooo freaking RUDE …EAT IT! Carey Price at this time is in NO WAY WORTH THAT KIND OF AMERICAN GREENBACKS….NO WAY! And if you think he is then get the hell away from my Canadiens cause your not lifers …your Leifermarley MOFO’S !lol;)

  53. Storm Man says:

    Let’s hold off from bashing Price till we here the whole story. I have a feeling that Godbout could be a little pissed after he was replaced by Andrew Chang as the supper-hour co-anchor of the cbc news Montreal with Jennifer Hall. Godbout could be stiring the pot here. I would like to see what the Price camp has to say on this matter.






    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  54. TomNickle says:

    First of all, if Price is asking for $3 million annually, it’s business, not personal.

    Second, if the report is true, Price isn’t the person to blame……look no further than Joe Nieuwendyk and Dale Tallon.

    Lehtonen’s and Huet’s contracts were ridiculous and have driven the market up.

    Price is asking for market value based on prior contracts.

    Should lawyers start billing themselves out as $50/hour instead of $150-$200?

    Maybe, but they won’t, because it isn’t good business based on the earnings of their colleagues.

  55. LA Loyalist says:

    … and what fun would that be? I’ve already watched all my Red Green VHSs twice!


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  56. ZepFan2 says:


    If it’s a, “very very reliable source”, why didn’t Michel Godbout talk about it on the evening news I just watched?

    All that came out of his yap was, “Carey Price is still without a contract.”

    I’m calling BS on this one.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  57. Habs Proud says:

    Hats off to Chris Chelios for a great career, love him or hate him to play 26 seasons, ok yes the last 2 or 3 were perhaps winding down seasons,  has to say a lot for his dedication to the game not to mention most of his career he was considered a top level player. Always liked him as a Hab, maybe had his time here been later in his career and with a little more maturity he would have had a long and productive career wearing the CH.

  58. mike g says:


    Thank wtv lord you guys follow, that L’Antichambre isn’t on in the summer.

    They’d be having a field day with these “very reliable” tweets.

    An actual bird can fly into the studio and crap on one of their heads and they’ll scream out something dumb like “Guillaume Latendresse, 50 buts cette anne, cawlisse!”


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  59. The Beer Guy says:

    Hey Carey,where’s that new Habs affiliate?

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  60. Slovak says:

    I actually start to like PRICE because WOW he is able to make fun of himself. True or not true If I really want to play for some team I would try to sign as soon as possible as Jaro Halak did… he could wait for better offers or arbitration or whatever but he didn’t, he simply wants to play and try to repeat that magic from last season. Pure and simple isn’t it?

    PS: Hey Bugs just one word – THANKS…

  61. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Market value?

    The Cup winning goalie got 2.75 from arbitration, honestly what do you think Price would get?

  62. Harani says:

    Khabibulin gets 250$ fine and 30 days in jail (minimum 10 + counselling) for drinking and speeding. The oilers will definitely not be pleased!

  63. mike g says:

    An orange construction cone would have gotten 2.75 in arbitration if he was in nets for Chicago last year..


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  64. Sheldon says:

    He thought Craig MacTavish was still the coach.

  65. TomNickle says:

    My Jaroslav Halak dedication……

    1. He moved to St.Louis because his passion for curing cancer would be more of a challenge in Missourri than in Montreal.  We all know Jaro Halak welcomes all challenges because he’s a great man, a hero and a role model for our children.

    2. Jaro Halak single handedly saved the Montreal Canadiens last season.  Where were Mike Cammalleri, Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Hal Gill, P.K. Subban, Jacques Martin, Kirk Muller, Dominic Moore, Travis Moen and Max Lapierre when we needed them?  Nowhere, Halak carried them.

    3. Jaro Halak signing his contract following the trade was only a gesture of good faith from him considering he could’ve earned $6 million annually on the open market.

    4. Jaro Halak keeps Alan Walsh in his employ not because of his negotiation skills, but because he’s trying to make Walsh a good and classy person who will better represent future generations of hockey players.

    5. He is God, there is just no denying this.  He must be the second coming of Christ.

  66. TomNickle says:

    Yes those stupid contracts drive up the market value of a goalie who has Price’s skills and career statistics.  Huet and Lehtonen’s contracts are a burden on teams in the NHL and are now leverage for FA goalies.

  67. Storm Man says:

    The scooter gang aka slovak and bugs could be the reliable source on this story.





    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually if the contract has an ethics clause that lets them void this thing, I imagine they would be pleased. This was a terribly irresponsible signing and they’d be well-rid of Bulin since they could likely sign Niemi for a couple million, save close to 2 on their cap and have a much younger, non injury-prone goalie in nets for next season. Bulin is a better goalie, but you never know when he’ll be able to play.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  69. habstrinifan says:

    Geez! Just started reading the comments based on the story.I expect much rationalising from the Price fans. I hope yours is not an indication of their merit. 

  70. TomNickle says:

    I’m sorry but you’ll have to dumb that down a bit for me.

    You hope that my comments aren’t an indication to the merit of Price’s reasons for wanting $3 million/annually, if that’s what he wants?

    I’m sorry but that’s the way that player agents do business.  Unless I’m misunderstanding something you’re saying.

  71. GrimJim says:

    Because to say it in a newscast or a newspaper, with all the weight and authority that society attaches to people whom you expect to be bringing you the truth, you need at least two confirmed sources (preferably three) or you get sued for defamation.

    To say it on twitter all you need is a computer…

  72. Slovak says:

    So finally we understand each other :) and by the way I pray every day to his stick, glove and mask :) But it is true I did not pray for his glove enough last season, so I will try to improve it, check out the upgrade in the first game against Flyers :)) PS: You can be funny when you want to – great :)

  73. K-hab25 says:

    He’ll have to consult Halak, he’s familiar with the ECHL. :-)

  74. Chuck says:

    Yawn… this Price “story” is such a non-event, it’s ridiculous. 

  75. fbkj says:

    i dont believe this for one second, however if it is true, eff price

  76. K-hab25 says:

    The Co- Presidents of the Halak Fanny Club, or HFC. Known in HIO as the Price Hater Club, or PHC. Known to K-hab as the Little Douche Club, or LDC.

  77. fbkj says:

    computer? what kind of luddite n00ber tweets from a computer?

  78. habstrinifan says:

    The explanation that you put forward to explain Price’s stand is weak! 

  79. K-hab25 says:

    C’mon Chuck you know Boone knows how to play the sheep. All he has to do is post something about the Habs goalie or that Blues goalie and the posts #’s sore.

  80. K-hab25 says:

    And your rebuttal was?

  81. TomNickle says:

     Of course.  It’s much more logical to think that he would request or demand $3 million annually without rationale or comparable player contracts.

    He just wants $3 million annually so that he can build biological weapons.

  82. rocketsglare says:

    Hello fellow HI/O posters. I just joined today and hope to become a regular contributor

    on this site, so please wish me well.

    I have no doubt that Price will eventually be signed and we should expect remours to

    come and go until he does sign. Price is an integral part of this team and will be so for

    many years. So let us enjoy the end of Summer with renewed hope and expectations

    for the start of a new season that includes Carey Price.

    Go Habs Go!

  83. GrimJim says:

    Completely off-topic but Hamilton city council is backing down on where to build a new stadium. They’ve agreed to negotiate with the TiCats on alternative sites.

  84. GrimJim says:

    I stand corrected. (Okay I sit corrected… at my computer)

  85. crabvader says:


    This makes me laugh. Laraque wants to pretend he’s a guy with moral fiber and doesn’t want to hurt anyone during fights and will only fight big guys… Yet he potentially kills Kronwall’s career with a knee-to-knee.

    So glad that clown isn’t on our team anymore.

  86. SnowManHabs85 says:







    Halak who?

  87. Bill J says:

    Some of you SERIOUSLY need to get a grip on your thoughts before posting.

    If you believe a RUMOR that was tweeted, and not reported by ANYONE else… 

    Ask yourself this VERY important question.

    “When was the last time ANYONE put out a rumor about the Habs that turned out being a Legit rumor”

    It simply does not happen, because the Habs keep EVERYTHING quiet.


    Habs I/O went fishing to site hits, and many of you are biting hook-line-&-sinker

  88. avatar_58 says:

    It’s also Canoe, because you know when I want news….I go to Canoe

  89. Storm Man says:

    LOL you have alot of names for the slovak tick and the rabbit. Funny stuff I like it. 






    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  90. Mike Boone says:

    Welcome aboard. Hope you enjoy the site once the season is underway. All this summer stuff is filler.

  91. K-hab25 says:

    The way these douches hate the kid they probably would believe that.

  92. Bill J says:

    Yeah from the SAME GUY who posted the tweet.

    I’ll believe it when I see it…. 😉

  93. avatar_58 says:

    I think the bigger news here is that Canoe is still around. Maybe lycos and angelfire are too? How about hotbot?

  94. Bill J says:

    LOL – High 5

  95. Storm Man says:

    He needs that 3 million per year so he can win the leadership of the PC so he can kick Quebec out of Canada.

  96. habstrinifan says:

    You came on board on a fun day. The Q guy dissing the habs and Carey (allegedly) ready to dis the habs.


  97. Sheldon says:

    Pierre Gauthier should be applauded for his foresight. He saw this one coming miles away. That’s why he signed Alex “I Have Stanley Cup Written All Over Me” Auld.

  98. ZepFan2 says:


    Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
    That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    But you don’t really care for music, do you?
    It goes like this
    The fourth, the fifth
    The minor fall, the major lift
    The baffled king composing Halakelujah

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    You saw her bathing on the roof
    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
    She tied you
    To a kitchen chair
    She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Halakelujah

    Baby I have been here before
    I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
    I used to live alone before I knew you.
    I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
    Love is not a victory march
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    There was a time you let me know
    What’s really going on below
    But now you never show it to me, do you?
    And remember when I moved in you
    The holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    You say I took the name in vain
    I don’t even know the name
    But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
    There’s a blaze of light
    In every word
    It doesn’t matter which you heard
    The holy or the broken Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    I did my best, it wasn’t much
    I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
    I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
    And even though
    It all went wrong
    I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
    With nothing on my tongue but Halakelujah

    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah
    Halakelujah, Halakelujah

    Halakelujah indeed.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  99. LA Loyalist says:

    Price is holding out for a stall for his horse at the end of the bench, so he can maintain eye contact with the horse at all times.

    He got the idea from Mickey Rourke and his dogs.



    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  100. Sheldon says:

    Harvard Coach Ted Donato was ragging on Leblanc’s choice saying that it is a good thing that league is known as the “Q” because “QMJHL” has four more consonants than most guys playing there can read in one sitting.

  101. LA Loyalist says:

    Oh man you are slipping into the deep water already! bon chance!


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  102. LA Loyalist says:

    sorry forgot to mention you can just go to our sister site: and post, too. Win valuable prizes.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  103. yathehabsrule says:

    Canoe = Quebecor….. ’nuff said!

    Man that story really helped the hardline MSM’s case against bloggers, eh?



    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  104. habstrinifan says:

    If Quebec separated before we win the next Stanley Cup I will blame Price.


  105. LA Loyalist says:

    Niemi can also drive the Zamboni, should such need arise.

    Can Price drive a Zamboni?


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  106. yathehabsrule says:

    Balsillie’s buying the Ti-Cats and moving them to Phoenix.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  107. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    This is all just BS, Carey is just too busy whoopin some steer butt to sign at the moment.  Luv the comments at the bottom of this story.

  108. LA Loyalist says:

    Oh that Kirk Muller had actually played instead of nGomez.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  109. Halak the Franchise says:

    Well, this is obviously not true at all.  Surely Gauthier would never have traded Halak if there was a chance Price would play hardballl like that.

  110. gexx says:

    GEXXY KING if you ask me since this is my first time posting in a long time Why in Gods name didnt they sign Price before letting Halak go?? My feeling is that Price wont sign and a team like Washington will pick him up. Now that he has to fill in the position as the number one golie that pressure that he had before will come back and thats what is preventing him from signing,,,he knows that every time he gets on the ice he has to be 100% because many fans are not happy with the Halak trade,,,so the time bomb is ticking and he sees that the pressure is great and he will not sign my opinion,,,,Besides i dont know why we dont pick up Niiemi? i thiink he can do the job if Price isnt willing,,,like i said my opinion..Thankz.

  111. Bill J says:

    a Rude ignorant idiot calling others rude ?

    Yeah – thanks for playing.

  112. Propwash says:

    This guy’s fulla ***t


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  113. Sheldon says:

    Price was expendable the minute PG signed Alex Auld.

  114. Storm Man says:

    By all means do, I hear from a very strong source that Price was showing Gilles Duceppe how to ride a horse today.








  115. yathehabsrule says:

    Ah man, when will this heat wave end and the season start so the bickering will end?

    Somehow I just knew you’d jump all over this,  whether it happens in the off season or not.

    It also doesn’t help your case telling the “rude” Price supporters to “EAT IT”, etc. now, does it?


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  116. K-hab25 says:

    Leclaire 3.80mill 157 starts – 57 W’s .903sv% *** Hiller 4.50 mill 114 starts 63 W’s .920sv% *** Rinne 3.40mill 104 starts 62 W’s .914sv% *** Halak 3.75mill 96 starts 56 W’s .919sv% *** Lehtonen 3.55mill 206 starts 100 W’s .912sv% *** Dipietro 4.50mill 274 starts 119 W’s .905sv% *** Thomas 5.00mill 252 starts 126 W’s .918sv% *** Huet 5.625mill 250 starts 129 W’s .913sv% *** Price ? 128 starts 60 W’s .912sv%. If these guys are making 3.40 to 5.625mill, then how is Price not worth 3 mill?

  117. Halak the Franchise says:

    Well, in that case, do you think St.Louis would do a Price/Kostitsyn trade for Halak?

  118. Sheldon says:

    Nah, John Davidson is way too smart for that to ever happen.

  119. Sheldon says:

    And, he’s a first-team all star!

  120. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ya see Bill J…there you go proving my point again… before you comment and think before you type buddy…is it too much to ask?eh!

  121. Storm Man says:

    Sniff Sniff what in hell is that bad smell?…………… Oh it is just you xtrahabsfan.




    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  122. yathehabsrule says:

    For anyone blocked by Allan Walsh on Twitter, get your t-shirts!!!


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  123. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Why? Are you rude? I don’t think so ….your last post indicates your not. I refer to THE RUDE PRICE FANS !

  124. Propwash says:

    You didn’t nail or predict squat. Show me that Price actually signed for 3 mil.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  125. rocketsglare says:

    Whether true or not the Canoe report, Price and his agent will use the report to their advantage

    to gain any meaningful concessions from management. Price knows that with Halak and Desjardins

    gone and Auld a career back-up goalie, that he is in a better position now to negotiate a better

    contract and he would be foolish not to use any advantage at his disposal. Would management

    act any differently? The two sides will eventually reach an agreement based on mutual need and

    self interest.

    Go Habs Go!


  126. Bill J says:

    Fact of the matter is… I DID READ YOUR IGNORANT POST!

    Perhaps you should read your own drivel before clicking “Post comment”

    Run along now little boy, the adults wanna talk now.

  127. Sheldon says:

    Soon to be announced: The Habs will sign The Breezer! Why? Because he tanned, rested and ready!!!

  128. K-hab25 says:

    Have some respect Bill, you forgot Troll and Douche. Xtra is a Rude Ignorant Idiot Douche Troll. I hope I don’t have to remind you again!!

  129. Xtrahabsfan says:

    K-hab…as much as I admire your passion toward Price,you crackers if you think he’s worth 3 mil American…dude!

  130. K-hab25 says:

    In a heartbeat they would!!

  131. Bill J says:


    btw – my apologies for insinuating you would be in the same bar as xtradoltfan and Adumm76

    You clearly would be in a high end establishment while those two bozzo’s would be drinking from a paper bag under a bridge.

  132. Exit716 says:

    That’s hilarious.


  133. K-hab25 says:

    Well those guys all make 3.40 mill to 5.625 mill, so ya, I do think Price is worth 3 mill. I said it over a month ago, if Gauthier wants Price long term, 3+ years, he’s going to have to give him around 3 mill. I think he’ll sign for either 4 years 13mill, 3 years 9 mill, 2 5.50 mill or 1 year 2.25. I came to this conclusion doing a little research. Like what similar goalies, in age, stats, years as the #1, ect. got paid. If Niemi is worth 2.75 mill, for one year, spare me the “he won the cup” BS. That played a part in the arbitrators decision, but it wasn’ the sole reason he got 2.75 mill. He probably would’ve gotten 2mill without it. Then Price is worth 3mill. If Halak got 3.75 mill for being Prices back-up the last 2 1/2 years, then Price is sure in the hell worth 3mill. You guys never cease to amaze me with your lack of knowledge, as it pertains to salaries and players worth.

  134. patrice brisebois says:

    Its already a done deal. One more year of outlet passes before i make it to the hall of fame.

  135. Sheldon says:

    Take that banner down! The Breezer is back!!!

  136. Propwash says:

    Where did he say that?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  137. Xtrahabsfan says:

    So in your books it’s not about performance it’s about “How much do I love that Dude,eh?” Jeepers,lol

  138. B says:

    How about a few guys who signed this summer:
    Mason $1.85M 253 games 115 W’s .914sv%
    Ellis $1.5M 111 games 50 W’s .912sv%
    Turco $1.3M 509 games 262 W’s .911sv%

    Price $?M 134 games 60 W’s .912sv%

  139. K-hab25 says:

    Thanks for proving my point X-Troll. I said you and your troll cronies lack any real knowledge of the sport and you prove me right again. Do you give me any facts or legit reasons why he’s not worth 3 mill, no. Instead it must be because he’s my favorite player. Which I don’t hide. If he was in St. Louis right now though, I wouldn’t give a flying F about him, or what he’s worth. You and your deranged stalkers should come to grips with the fact little Jaro is gone and ain’t coming back. You gotta give up the huge man crush you have on him. Just let go X-Troll, let go.

  140. K-hab25 says:

    So you’re are comparing 23 year old Price, to 3 old men. I’ll admit I added Huet and Thomas to mine, just to show what a horrible looks like, but other than those 2, the guys I listed are all under 30 and on the 2nd contract. Try again sport.

  141. light_n_tasty says:

    Price is also an RFA with no arbitration rights. And he only had 13 wins last year. And he was relegated to be the back-up to an “average” goalie (by your account, anyways). Those are some reasons why he isn’t worth $3mil.

  142. Bugs says:


    Just callin it the way I see it is all.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  143. B says:

    Most people consider performance, statistics and the current market as factors in determining what a players new contract should be worth. I don’t believe the players age to be as significant of a factor. My point was that you (or Price and his agent) may cherry pick a certain set of comparisons while others like myself (or the Habs management) might point out others to compare with.

    BTW, Hiller, Halak, Lehtonen and Dipietro are on their 3rd NHL contracts. Ellis is 30, Dipietro and Hiller are 28, Leclaire and Rinne 27, but is their age the most (or anywhere near the most) significant factor when comparing their contracts?

  144. RGM says:

    Cue the winds of s— at HI/O!

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  145. The Cat says:

    I guess this is what some guys on here meant the other day when they said that the habs are negotiating from a position of strength…


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  146. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Just because there’s no source and no foundation to the rumour, do we have to avoid frothing at the mouth about it?


  147. SeriousFan09 says:

    This is just a rumour and I haven’t seen one credible media name we usually associate with Habs reporting to be behind this story. Move on, someone’s just spilling ink for some column inches.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  148. Harani says:

    Whatever is bound to happen will happen!


  149. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I thought about this. I too want $3 million. And I won’t play for habs either until I get it.

    And that’s a fact!

  150. likehoy says:

    ha, well i’ll sign for the league minimum, putting you out of a job!

    – I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!

  151. andrewberkshire says:

    Hopefully not true. Odds are it’s not true, since the entire Canoe media conglomerate is about as trustworthy as Brutus.

  152. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now to be fair to Brutus, he didn’t start any “Imperator Caesar planning to retire in March” rumours before stabbing him in the back and then went with “Imperator Caesar died of natural causes.”


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  153. Storm Man says:

    Yawn…. A reporter is playing on his twitter, big bad Price may go on strike. Two guy’s named Gilles are crying a river. When does Habs camp start again?  




    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  154. avatar_58 says:

    Oh come on. You didn’t just post a baseless rumour to ignite the flames. Tell you didn’t.

  155. SBAH says:

    ‎@ 3mil per year, THE PRICE IS WRONG!

  156. Danno says:

    B!TCH !


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

  157. The Cat says:

    Maybe the habs got inspired by George Steinbrenner’s old negotiating tactics and planted this story to lower Price’s value.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  158. JasonM says:


  159. mike g says:


    Shut your Mouth!


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  160. Ian Cobb says:


  161. davelecave says:

    Regardless of the accuracy of the Canoe article, Antti Niemi is still a free agent.



    Papa Gionta!

  162. RiverviewCanadien says:

    If there is no denying it from Camp Price, what next?

    I am sure if this is just a RUMOR, they will want it corrected, I mean Ryan coming out and making a statement, why can’t Carey do the same?

    I really am getting the feeling he does not want to sign in Montreal. And that would really suck for the club, so much invested to have it pissed away. Oh that and trading Halak…

  163. habstrinifan says:

    I had that feeling months ago and got panned by his supporters here.

  164. Sheldon says:

    This just in: Louis Leblanc has started a reading club amongst his teammates on the Montreal Juniors. When asked about it by a reporter, he said they were going to start off slowly to get as many involved as possible. The first book chosen will be Green Eggs and Ham.

  165. LA Loyalist says:

    to be followed by “The Sweater” – should be mandatory reading for all new Habbers.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  166. Halak the Franchise says:

    I heard the final exam will be a Spidey comic.

  167. yathehabsrule says:

    Shouldn’t it be, “Ouefs verte at jambon?”


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  168. Ian Cobb says:

    Lot’s of goal tenders on the market, the kid is getting very poor advice. See ya fella.!

  169. Sheldon says:

    Yea, the hell with Price. Alex Auld will take them to a 25th Cup!

  170. RiverviewCanadien says:

    With all the silence from Price, and these rumors swirling, he is certainly not making any more fans by holding out for PROVEN #1 money (if that is the case).

  171. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even money, Price sacks his agent by training camp IMO.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  172. habstrinifan says:

    Who’s he that wishes 3Mil, my sophomoric Price. Nay thou rodeo clown!

  173. tophab says:

    thats right Ian,he should take  a cut in music is big in wheeling.

  174. Ian Cobb says:

    Try someone else, I don’t bite!!

  175. The Cat says:

    Id be stunned if this was true, the wording is very theatrical. If its close to the truth, its probably sounded like : we would like the going rate for starters or we’ll explore other avenues…Not very surprising considering the way the habs empowered him.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  176. Ian Cobb says:

    His agent sure never took a coarse in marketing, that’s for sure. It is time to move on without him.

  177. Sheldon says:

    It was time to move on without him before they ditched Halak.

  178. TomNickle says:

    You are taking this report too seriously and personally Ian.

  179. Ian Cobb says:

    How to destroy a kids career with one swoop. Going to be hard to repair wher ever he goes now.!!

  180. Bill J says:

    OK Ian – seriously dude.

    THIS IS A RUMOR.  Not Facts here.

    Your talking like this is all true, and Price doesn’t deserve to be in MTL.

    Let’s take a deep breath, and not assume anything.


  181. Mr-T says:

    I had forgotten about your remark regarding the Mayan calender. There are apparent indicators that support the theory that in the year 2012 the Magnetic Field of the sun reverses, sending out a very forceful flame whose particles hit the Earth. This will cause the Earth’s rotation and axis to change and the Magnetic Field to shift . The result of this is the reversal of the North and South poles, creating a severe change in the weather around the world. This phenomenon does occur every 11,500 to 12,000 years. The Maya’s “long count” calender that ends the 5,126 year era on December 21,2012 was discontinued under the Spanish colonization and was reset at zero.                                                                               


    Support Carey Price        “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                               

  182. Sheldon says:

    Leblanc was think about them all reading The Butter Battle Book but the coach was afraid it might divide the room.

  183. Sheldon says:

    Leblanc said he is trying to kill two birds with one stone by choosing the English version.

  184. RetroMikey says:

    If this is a rumour, we know that the media in Montreal is to be blamed for this BS story.

    If this story is true, Price is NOT worth $3 million a year and has yet to prove his status of being an elite goalie in the NHL.

    I feel we lost our Number 1 goalie in the summer and we should have traded the Cowboy instead.

    “Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed Works.”  I guess the Cowboy’s idol is Gordon Gecko from the Wall Street Movie portrayed by Michael Douglas.

    Just sign the contract Cowboy for 1.5 Million!


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

  185. Bill J says:

    One thing this thread has shown many of us.

    How many fools believe ANYTHING that remotely paints Price in a bad light.

    even if it is BS.

    Think for yourself Mikey…. Or is that too hard ?


  186. Sheldon says:

    I don’t blame Price for trying to get all the coin he can out of these guys. Regardless how he plays, his life is going to be miserable as long as he is in Montreal.

  187. HardHabits says:

    He’ll get 11 million for 4 years; 2.5 + 2.75 + 2.75 + 3.

  188. Sheldon says:

    And get his nads broken for four years too!

  189. rocketsglare says:

    Management is going to pay Price for what they believe he is capable of doing. Their entire relationship

    has always been based on his potential.

    Go Habs Go!

  190. Halak the Franchise says:

    Problem is, potential is like a new car.  It depreciates the moment it leaves the lot.

  191. HabsProf says:

    Don’t know if someone else has posted this already, but here’s a great tribute to Chelios by the excellent Michael Farber of SI.



    “Deserves” got nothin’ to do with it.

  192. Exit716 says:

    I remember when that trade went down. I was on a camping trip with a few buddies and we were just absolutely crushed by it. Horrible trade. Thanks Ronald Corey. Between the Chelios and Roy trades, Corey set the franchise back by a good decade.


  193. HardHabits says:

    You’ll all be eating crow when Price wins the Vezina in 2011-2012.

    Either that or we’ll all be having the bitchfest to end all bitchfests if Halak wins it next season.

  194. Sheldon says:

    If it happens, it will be much more likely as a Leaf than as a Hab.

  195. showey47 says:

    Sad isn’t it. Gets called careless for riding a horse while other nhl players water ski,jet ski,go quading,dirt bike/motorcycle riding,flyng planes etc,etc…..and now this.

  196. LA Loyalist says:

    Horses are dangerous. Go up to Duluth and St. Denis and order some cheveaux bien-cuit with a glass of chateau hier soir and you’ll find out for yourself.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  197. showey47 says:

    Nothing near as dangerous as i posted. Unless you hate price then its pretty much as dangerous as fighting ninjas

  198. Sheldon says:

    When is this vast potential supposed to be realized?

  199. Omit says:

    How many different aliases are you going to use?

  200. Sheldon says:

    One million, six hundred seventy thousand and two.

  201. Omit says:

    It was a rhetorical question.  You will always be _ _ _ _ _ to me.

  202. Sheldon says:

    I have to correct that: one million, six hundred seventy thousand and one. They Timonized Chris Nilan.

  203. rocketsglare says:

    It all depends whether that car is a Mercedes or a Volvo.

  204. Ian Cobb says:

    I am sure this was put out there to create NEWS SALES ONLY! Who told this turkey that Price was going to strike.?? absolutely obscured!

    Go ahead and fall into this media trap if you want to.


    Without a contract since July 1 last, the Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal threaten to strike.

    Price would require an annual salary of $ 3 million, according to a report on television network

    At 23 years, the young goalkeeper was in net for at least 41 games
    in each of his first three campaigns in the National League.
    However, He experienced his first losing season last year, posting a 13-20-5 record.

    In 134 career NHL games, Price has compiled a record of 60-48-18, in addition to conducting four shutouts.
    He also maintained a GAA of 2.73 and a save percentage of, 912.

  205. Sheldon says:

    Really, who gives a rat’s @$$ damn whether he signs or not? You can swing a dead cat and nail a dozen kickers in the League that could fill his skates.

  206. Bill J says:

    Ian – Thank you for seeing the other side of the coin.  When sane people like yourself assume rumors are truth, it kind of scares me.

    Welcome back to the positive side of things.


  207. Chorske says:

    Pierre-Karl, trying to drum up the hits to

    Must really chap his ass that more people are getting their news from

    This story REEKS of BS, my horseshit meter is redlining.

  208. K-hab25 says:

    Put down the glass d*** junior!! That stuff will fry your brain. Oh forget it, yours is already fried.

  209. Sheldon says:

    Please, you can’t name a dozen goalies in the Eastern Conference alone that you would not rather have than Price?

  210. K-hab25 says:

    Name them, hell name me 15 in the ENTIRE NHL !!! Otherwise shut your trap troll and go back to laff land with your monster!!

  211. Sheldon says:

    Ooooo, calling me a Leaf fan. Ooooo, how does one survive such a cut?

  212. K-hab25 says:

    I didn’t think so!!

  213. K-hab25 says:

    Still waiting!! You going to list those 12 goalies, or what?

  214. Sheldon says:

    You’re  telling me that there are not 12 goaltenders among the 82 on this list that you would not rather have than Carey Price? You can’t be serious!

  215. K-hab25 says:

    Name the 12, or just go away and stop wasting my time.

  216. Sheldon says:

    I don’t like to type Priceberg. Hell, a blind man could look at that list and come up with a dozen.

  217. K-hab25 says:

    Again I didn’t think you or any of your troll buddies could pick the 12. Ohh and by the way I was on this site long before Priceberg, which is an ignorant name, or you ever knew it existed. kjdavid/KJD

  218. Sheldon says:

    Hell, even you could pick a dozen off the first page alone for Christ’s sake.

  219. Bill J says:

    5 mins for instigating to Sheldon!

    Seriously dude, I don;t have to look at the list, I count ONE goaltender I would consider from the Eastern conference over Price.

    2 “maybe” if you count Brodeur, but his age makes him fall off my list.


    Ryan Miller – the Reigning Vezina winner.

    The rest- IMO are not as valuable as Price.

  220. BJT says:

    If it’s as easy as you say it is, do it yourself. None of us buy the junk about you not liking to type. You do too much already.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  221. Halak the Franchise says:

    We should all just relax about this.  If there’s any truth at all to it, we can always hope Auld turns out to be the next Craig Anderson to come out of nowhere and be a number one goalie.

  222. Sheldon says:

    Mark my words, Price takes a powder and Auld will become the second coming of Durnan, Plante, Worsley, Dryden and Roy all wrapped into one on HIO.

  223. scrowe21 says:

    This is getting so annoying, hearing about Price all summer…I already disliked him before this…hes not worth 3 million yet. He will be a great goalie someday, but its not going to be in Montreal, let him go… try to get Niemi, or even Emery…Just get a goalie who wants to play here.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  224. jkirk says:

    Has anyone read or heard anything in the media (or I suppose elsewhere) about Martin in relation to the Price negotiations?  

  225. MTLForever says:

    I am sure this is all a rumour since many things this summer have been. Price isn’t the only RFA who hasn’t signed yet (Staal etc) so everyone should calm down. As for the people who keep saying Niemi, he is an average goalie who had an amazing team in front of him. There is no way he would do as well in our net. Duncan Keith and the rest of the Chicago team last year helped Niemi a lot and I can’t see him having another cup anytime soon or even a far run. Michael Leighton is average too, Montreal just couldn’t get people in front of him when we played in the ECF. Thanks to Pronger and such, Leighton seemed “good”. People who keep mentioning Halak and the trade really need to get over it and move forward. He’s not here anymore and I wish him well but what is the likelihood of Jaro having a repeat performance? I am not sure but I think I’d be surprised if he did in fact do something like it again. 

    Price will get signed here, he is Gainey’s guy. Gauthier won’t let a number 5 pick go. Whether it’s 3 mil or not, we will hear about it soon enough. 


    Here’s to P.K Subban for an amazing season coming up, I believe this kid will make us even more impressed than we already are.

  226. scrowe21 says:

    You know who else is an average goalie? Carey Price.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  227. K-hab25 says:

    And Jaroslov Halak!!!

  228. Xtrahabsfan says:

    OK,SO LET’S SAY IT’S A TRUE ARTICLE….who here says Price is worth 3 mil…speak your mind…I’ll start.YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME ,3 MIL AMERICAN….FOR WHAT? Every dog deserves a bone but you have to be a Good dawg too get two…….

  229. blu3chip says:

    147 followers on Twitter (………   LMAO

    seems like someone wants some attention after losing the anchor job, awwwwww, comon, we will give you some hugs and kisses.

  230. MTLForever says:

    Carey Price isn’t anything close to average. He has a lot of great things on his resume, maybe you should do some research.

    What goalie did we finish first in the East with? Oh right, Carey Price.

  231. Fire_Laraque says:

    If this is true, I will be laughing so hard at Pierre Gauthier and Molson…

  232. MTLForever says:

    Halak can’t do much if big guys are in front of him, was proven against Philly. Let’s see how he does with the wicked west conference.

  233. habs-hampton says:

    You guys just blow me away!

    Fact 1)  Halak is gone.

    Fact 2)  Auld is our backup.

    Fact 3)  Price is our #1 goalie.


    It’s going to be a fun year. You can enjoy the ride with its ups and downs, watch Price, Subban, Eller and others develop, or you can whine, complain and otherwise just be plain miserable for the next 8-10 months.

    Some of you guys remind me of a Leaf fan I work with. He’s never happy unless he’s miserable.

    Eternally optimistically yours


  234. HardHabits says:

    Habs fans are the most out of touch with reality in all the sports universe and that includes Leafs fans. The Habs are rebuilding with an eye at making the playoffs. Get over it. It will take a few more years of pain. No pain, no gain. Habs fans are like those people in the 50’s who thought we’d all be eating pills in the future.

  235. Number31 says:

    I can say the same thing about Kari Lethonen who’s contract is actually incremental over the 3 years he’s signed with Dallas. They hope he stays away from the cheeseburgers this time and that his back stays in place too.

    Whatever. His agent doesn’t want to negotiate through the media. Price himself never divulges such details to random people let alone the media. The bollocks detector is going off. The media is SO BORED they gotta find something to set people off just like they always do. This fanbase needs to chill out…before I start believing it would be better that after 100 years and 24 cups that the Habs close down to take a time out.

    Anyone remember if such media nonsense surrounded Theo when he went the whole summer without a contract and signed just before the golf tourney? No? Yes? What?

  236. MTLForever says:

    They need to accept the fact that this is our team, either you are here for the ride or go find yourself someone else to cheer for/complain about!


    Let’s remind ourselves of this amazing save by Carey.

  237. SensFanSpezza says:

    LMFAO!!  I have to give you guys the view of you from outside the Montreal bubble.  First, half of you are freaking out about a twitter rumour.  That’s like saying whatever Eklund read in the chicken entrails is a fact.  Second, your GM is an idiot.  Outside your Habs fan bubble, people are saying WTF were the Habs thinking to trade Halak.  So now, they’ve traded Halak and Desjardins who had potential all to clear the way for Price.  Now Price has the power to hold a gun to the GMs head.  That’s hilarious.  Just unbelievably stupid.  I don’t think the guy is actually holding the gun, but he has the ability to do it.  The GM is just not a smart guy.  You got to admit it’s funny.

  238. Sheldon says:

    The problem for this team is that it is stuck on an inflection point of mediocrity. They will have the odd decent season during campaigns ending in even numbers like ’08 and ’10, but will never be miserable enough to get the high draft picks that are required to assemble a bona fide Cup contender.

  239. BJT says:

    But his videogames have price rated as an 83, and thereby A) research: check, B) Price = Average goalie.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  240. mrhabby says:

    this makes me another internet rumour. go ahead and fret over it what a waste of time.

  241. Sheldon says:

    In other words, Carey Price wins again by doing absolutely nothing!

  242. HardHabits says:

    I’ll stick to Glenfiddich for the time being but depending on how the season goes it could have me working on a slew of new tank avatars.

  243. jkirk says:

    Fact 1) It will be a fun year, and for people who actually like to discuss the Habs on sites like this, part of the fun is offering an opinion about everything and anything, including decisions that are made by management.


    Fact 2) The majority of the negative posts on this site for the last few weeks have read just like this, and taken the same (whiny) position on all this Price/Halak stuff.


    Fact 3) The many, many people who’ve posted aggressive, negative, insulting posts telling the rest of us to shut up have almost all, very hypocritically, seemed to assume ownership of something like propriety and charitable behaviour.

    In closing: those of you who are writing posts like this remind me of the bandwagon jumpers who started showing up in Montreal bars about half way through the Washington series and tried to tell the regulars, who are there to loudly and raucously enjoy all of the games all season long, to be quiet. It’s sports, not church, or whatever you seem to think it is.

  244. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I do believe it’s Carey Price’s Agent’s job to hold that gun ,that’s  why he’s paid well and how he makes more…….

  245. Sheldon says:

    Might be time to assemble the Panzers if Carey bolts and they fail to gel!

  246. HardHabits says:

    Repeat after me. Restricted. Free. Agent. The Habs hold the upper hand in this situation.

    Halak was traded to be able to sign Plekanec. Which part of that equation don’t you understand or is math not one of you strong points.

    If there was no cap, Halak would’ve remained a Hab.

  247. BJT says:

    Outside our habs fan bubble, people are un-informed. I’m un-informed about the Senators. I’m un-informed about virtually every other NHL team. If they did the research, they would notice that price had a .912 save percentage last year, one that is trending upwards, and a .915-.917 save percentage would make sense for him this year. He will start more games than Halak, and in the regular season he stole as many games as Halak. He’s almost as good as Halak now, way more durable, bigger, and has something called “pedigree”, which is completely legit, regardless of what some Halak-waggoners say.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  248. jkirk says:

    Thanks for the excellent and rational post! I agree about the GM, though he may be something other than stupid, with the influence of Wormtongue (Gainey) lurking behind him. What I’m really curious to know is what Martin thinks of all this; unlike most of the people who’ve been posting here recently about how we need to agree with all of management’s decisions or hang up our Habs caps forever, Martin, the actual coach, clearly believed Halak should be #1. 

  249. otter649 says:

    Sens GM signing old broken down Russians (Kovalev – Gonchar) to big money contracts – I guess that does not qualify him to be an idiot or a smart guy not to mention Spezza contract……….

  250. scrowe21 says:

    I did my research.. by watching him play for montreal , and watched him make his great saves, and let in soft goals at a terrible time in the game. bottom line, he is an average goalie. he hasn’t proven hes a number 1. I dont care what he has on his “resume”. He wasn’t good enough last year. 

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  251. BJT says:

    Great points on the timing of the Halak trade. Simple logic, which the majority of biased halak fans can’t seem to see.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  252. Sheldon says:

    The Sens were lucky the cost of that Gladiator dude was not under the cap or they’d be screwed.

  253. Bill J says:

    Did you just use a VIDEO GAME to judge a living Hockey Player ?

    Your credibility just took a nose dive.

  254. Exit716 says:

    Hard to take a team that only sells 10,500 season tickets seriously.


  255. BJT says:

    He DID deserve to be #1. He was playing better at the end of the year. At the middle, however, when PRICE was on fire, JM saw that HE deserved to be the starter, and thusly, he started. Streaks end. It’s not new news.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  256. scrowe21 says:

    No he was just being a smart ass , im assuming because I have something about nhl 10 in my sig..thinking I know nothing about Price.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  257. BJT says:

    Dude, I was being sracastic. I was implying that’s what HE thought. He does, after all, have a link to his Xbox videos (or whatever the heck they are) in his signature. I do not.

    I don’t blame you though, hard to read into sarcasm on the internet unless it’s really obvious.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  258. Xtrahabsfan says:

    231 post and counting on this one Booner ,not bad……I wonder how  Dave Stubbs  puts up with you ?heh heh….

  259. Sheldon says:

    Not necessarily if he really decides to go on strike. He could always bolt for the K and play a season for Lokomotive Minsk.

  260. Omit says:

    Well, maybe if you would stop LYFAO, it would be obvious to you that you are contradicting yourself.

    First, you say it is only a twitter rumour.  Then you say Gauthier is not a smart guy for allowing himself to be put in a bad position based on this rumour.  Do you see the contradiction?

  261. habs-hampton says:

    I’ve been on this bandwagon since 1968, so I think I’ve earned the right to comment on both the plight of the team and the tone of the fan posts. I’ve lived through the amazing 70’s, the up and down 80’s and 90’s and the frustrating 00’s. I’ve seen the best GM’s (Pollock) and the worst (Grundman). I’ve cheered draft picks (Subban) and jeered them (Wickenheiser) (jeered the pick over Savard, not the player).

    But through it all I support the team 100%. I’ve never booed any player at any time. It still amazes me that someone would pay 100’s of dollars to watch their favorite team, and them boo them off the ice.

  262. MTLForever says:

    Oh sorry he didn’t have as good as a year as Halak, that makes him average…right. Any other team in the NHL would most likely want Carey on their roster. He has proven in the past that he is a good goalie. He didn’t have as many wins because our team didn’t score as often in front of him. Get off this site if you are just here to bash the goalie that our management has put their faith in and has decided to keep.

  263. Sheldon says:

    I wonder where they get the money to meet their payroll?

  264. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ya but if you pay Price 3 mil american PER, what was the point of trading your #1?

  265. Bill J says:

    My bad… lol

    Yeah with all the crazy talk tonight, yours seemed to be yet another one lol


  266. rocketsglare says:

    Price understands that his future is in Montreal. Management has done everything to make him

    welcomed and to set him adrift because of a contract dispute makes no sense. Niemi is still an

    unknown quantity and Auld is simply not a viable solution. So this leaves Price as the only option.

    I fail to see how trading Price in a goalie rich market helps him or the club and demonizing this

    young man for percieved failures is extremely premature and counterproductive.

    He will have this season as the undisputed #1 netminder to flourish and excell and if everything

    happens to fall into place then the start of a promising and hopefully illustrious career. But he must

    be given the time and space to develop. Not all promising players develop immediately. If manage-

    ment is willing to wait for his development, then we as fans should give both player and management

    the benifit of the doubt.

    Only time will tell if Price is the real deal, but to give up on him now because of some fans dislike of

    him is IMO short sighted and just wrong.

    Go Habs Go!



  267. SensFanSpezza says:

    No contradiction at all.  I said Gauthier put himself in a stupid situation.  I never said based on any rumour.  It’s an outright fact that he’s put himself in a stupid situation.  The rumour about Price threatening to hold out I don’t buy, but he could if he wanted to because the GM is stupide.

  268. LA Loyalist says:

    Ah, I don’t think so. Remember what they use horses for in Minsk.

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  269. BJT says:

    Lol yeah, no kidding about some of the posters here. I was hoping my Price avatar would serve as a indicator, but evidently it wasn’t enough lol.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  270. LA Loyalist says:

    we are eating pills. except at Schwartz’s. I drew a line, there.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  271. Habs1st says:

    Well said! I could never understand fans booing either, especially at Price. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… The team will lose 1 (or 2) – 0 and some of the fans at the Bell Centre and on here blame Price! Any goaltender, Price, Halak, or whomever it is, should not be blamed for the team not being able to score!

  272. scrowe21 says:

    If you think I bashed Price then I guess you were bashing Niemi and Leighton huh?

    I posted this before you made your post.

    This is getting so annoying, hearing about Price all summer…I already disliked him before this…hes not worth 3 million yet. He will be a great goalie someday, but its not going to be in Montreal, let him go… try to get Niemi, or even Emery…Just get a goalie who wants to play here.


    You call that bashing? Im just saying he’s an average goalie, like you said about Niemi and Leighton..which I agree with, you just got super defensive about it.


    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  273. LA Loyalist says:

    we’re hoping he improves at least to average, hopefully beyond


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  274. Bill J says:

    So “one” year defines him as a goaltender ?

    a year that was marked with a few VERY important FACTS (not BS like this rumor)

    1) injuries from quite literally day one to VERY important members of the TEAM.

    2) 11 New players coming in, no team had EVER done that before, not to such a large amount of “key” players.  Chemistry for such a change takes time.

    3) Jaro also struggled for the first half of the season with the above 2 points playing a large factor in things.

    4) WHEN the team started to gel, Jaro was lucky enough to be a part of it.  And the chemistry continued to build.  And onto the playoffs they went.


    Saying Price is a “Average” goaltender is un-educated at best.

    Price has had 1.5 years of STELLAR play, at a incredibly young age.  And 1.5 years of hard times, but even still…  Stats not including wins and losses, showed he was still VERY good. 

    He is far more then just average, and if you take your “he fked my girlfriend glasses” off, you would see it too.

  275. Puck Bard says:


    “arrest this girl, her hitler hairdo, is making me feel ill”

  276. scrowe21 says:

    Yeah having a link to my video game goal makes me an idiot. lol

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  277. Bill J says:

    lol I was thinking that the instant I saw the headline earlier, what amazes me is how many posters fell for it…

    Boone has this “hits” thing on the web down to a science.

    We are like mice in some crazy science experiment.


  278. MTLForever says:

    “just get a goalie who wants to play here” – i’m not sure price has ever said he didn’t want to be here. i just want you to face the facts that he IS a good goalie, and any goalie lets in soft goals sometimes. I do believe he will be a great goalie some day too but a lot of posters here are not giving him a chance. 

  279. SensFanSpezza says:

    Ya, the Habs used to hold the upper hand when they had two good young goalies who were RFA’s.  The problem is they’ve traded away every other reasonable choice as number one goalie and Price is all they’ve got left.  That means Price now has the upper hand.  If he demands more money or more years, what are the Habs going to do now?  Let Auld be the number one?  Sign Theodore or Niemi?  Ya right.  Price has them over a barrel and you don’t have to be a f-ing mathematician to see that.

    The Halak was traded to keep Plekanec theory is also a load of $hit.  Other teams massage the cap to get the space they need.  The Habs just didn’t place more value on Halak than they did on Price, Hamrlik or Kostitsyn.  That’s why the GM is stupid.

  280. Caper says:

    Whatever. Gauthier is too good of a hockey man to mess this up. Also I doubt very much if Price’s agent wants the young man to have more pressure than he is expected to have this upcoming season. Too much stupid involved for this to be true.

  281. LA Loyalist says:

    Secret Price contract deal points, leaked from

    1. Auld must wear 5 lb ankle and wrist weights at all times while substituting for me.

    2. No opposing players can shoot from outside the tops of the circles. I’m not so good on those.

    3. No opposing players can shoot on my glove side. I’m not so good on those.

    4. I don’t have to play against Washington or Pittsburg. They scare me.

    5. $3 million dollars a year please, and a bonus for my horse.

    No wonder this contract is taking time.



    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  282. MTLForever says:

    Don’t know how anyone can believe this when it isn’t anywhere else. Another thing for Price haters to jump on.

  283. BJT says:

    Evidently you missed the word “sarcastic”. (I can see why, I spelled it wrong)

    I have a different view than you as to whether or not price is a competent goalie.

    I say yes, because this year he had a .912 save percentage that included (like Halak) one month of pure brilliance, and his stats are trending upwards and his save percentage will likely be anywhere from .913-.920 this year.

    You say no, because, well, I don’t know why.


    P.S. as far as I can remember, I did not call you an idiot.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  284. Caper says:

    The so called not smart guy made your team one of the better in the late 1990’s and left a strong base after leaving. I think the habs are in much better hands than your Sens. How’s Kovalev working out? Pascal Leclaire for Antoine Vermette. Nice…for the Jackets.

  285. JIMVINNY says:

    The fact that you see the trading of Desjardins as “clearing the way” for Price shows exactly how much you know about the situation;  NOTHING.

  286. BJT says:

    Good enough for you?

    Hey, maybe if he had some GOAL SUPPORT (something the team was short on near the begginning of the season – when they were gelling, also, coincidentally when price had the majority of his starts) Price would’ve had a better record last year.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  287. Bill J says:

    Careful Brad, your dangerously close to Tony territory here.

    Tony was to the Habs Management.

    As you are now being to Price.

    conspiracy theories around here ? are like nitrous-oxide on a campfire.

    Someone is gonna get hurt!

  288. scrowe21 says:

    You realize ALL I said was he is an average goalie? and that he will be a great goalie some day… , and so far you have gone into great detail about why he had a bad season (which i already watched and am aware of) ,you want me to face your facts,  youve told me to get off the site because im apparently bashing, even though you said the same thing about other goalies, and told me to take my “he fcked my girlfriend glasses off”….. Don’t you think you’re over reacting a bit? Jesus, this will be the last time I even bother to say anything about Price cause his fans are way too defensive.. I didn’t even say anything bad, everyone has their own opinion. 

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  289. Exit716 says:

    There’s not much fans can do.

    Management has hitched their future to the “thoroughbred”.

    Someone will be proven wrong.

    If it’s management, those responsible will be looking for work.


  290. Bill J says:

    Well Adam76 also loves posting pictures of Price as his avatar.

    So ya never know around here 😉 lol

  291. BJT says:

    lol point taken.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  292. Bill J says:

    Yeah sadly the fans who like to jump on this one, when proven wrong ?

    can not be kicked out of the “fan club”

    Doesn’t seem fair… lol

  293. blu3chip says:

    I can tell someone is desperately trying to be funny and draw attention.

  294. scrowe21 says:

    Haha I know man I was just joking too.  

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  295. MTLForever says:

    that wasn’t me who said anything about the girlfriend glasses thing..

  296. Caper says:

    Hey Brad. Not very well informed for a guy with a good Scottish name and likely having roots in Nova Scotia. You’ve only been a member for 10 weeks so you may not have seen the breakdown on Price and Halak that was linked from this site last winter. Price if I recall correctly lets in less goals on the glove side than Halak. Again the real keener’s on this site can probably confirm that Price actually has a winning record agains the Caps.

  297. Caper says:

    The GM is stupide? LMAO.

  298. scrowe21 says:

    My bad, I didn’t realize that was another person.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  299. SensFanSpezza says:

    Boone’s a hit whore!

  300. BJT says:



    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  301. Omit says:

    Still reads like one to me. Price is an RFA and will sign .  Just look at what Gauthier has left in his salary cap.  The only thing left to do is finalize the deal.

    Therefore, when Price will sign a contract offer from Gauthier, then he is not stupid for the way he handled the situation.  That is my contradiction of your statement. 




  302. Bill J says:

    Yeah was me…. you mixed two people’s posts into one somehow, 😉 lol

  303. BJT says:

    Dangit.. The internet takes another victim. Stupid non-descript typing.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  304. habs-hampton says:

    As far as I can tell, these other “credible” agencies are just reprinting what some obscure reporter put out on Twitter.

    So tell me, what makes this real? Anybody can put out this unsubstantiated crap. It seems so bogus, that even Eklund is ignoring it.

    I’m not saying it’s not true, but why aren’t TSN, the Gazette, etc. reporting it? Oh yeah, they have to verify their sources first.

  305. MTLForever says:

    it’s all good.

  306. yathehabsrule says:

    My very very very good source has tracked down Carey Price. “If Sundin can do it, so can I!”


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  307. SensFanSpezza says:

    Wow.  About half your posts consist of “lose” or “win.”  Did you actually graduate from grade eight?

  308. BJT says:

    Actually, I have posted 2 posts that say “win”. 1 that said “lose”. I graduated from grade 8 two years ago. I have been on this site for over a year and have made a crapload more posts than 6.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  309. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    How many times can people say the same thing? And why would they bother? As rumours go, it’s a poor one to begin with. I’m starting to think Gauthier and Price have agreed not to sign anything this summer to keep you guys from cannibalizing each other.


    Summer is good, but there is a need for hockey….

  310. SensFanSpezza says:

    Ah.  You’re in grade ten.  Never mind.

  311. Exit716 says:

    It’s kind of scarey to think that suck a fickle sports town as Ottawa relies on 8000 walk ups each home game.


  312. HardHabits says:

    I got the AC on full blast but I still need a shower after wading into this shitstorm.

  313. Mr-T says:

    1/Gauthier lost any advantage when he traded Halak. Sign Price or it is his head in the guillotine.                                                                                 

    2/ Halak was not traded specifically to sign Plekanec. I do not believe that there was a correlation between the two, that prompted PG to trade Halak. It was quite evident that Halak was gone regardless of Plekanec’s status at the time.    

    3/ Probably, although one of them would have to be traded at some point.                                                       



    Support Carey Price        “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                              

  314. ProHabs says:

    This guy should have been playing for the Habs the last 2 years but instead we played Breezer:

    “Former Canadiens prospect Pavel Valentenko will abandon the KHL and play in North America this season. He is expected to suit up for the New York Rangers or their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack says Steve Zipay, a sportswriter with Newday.

    Valentenko was sent to the Rangers as part of the Scott Gomez trade along with Chris Higgins and blue-chip prospect Ryan McDonagh on June 30, 2009. It appears that McDonagh will also be given a shot at making the Rangers lineup.

    Valentenko is a big, physical defenseman who can be nasty to play against in his own zone. When he was with the Hamilton Bulldogs Valentenko was known to have the hardest shot in the AHL.

    Valentenko was one of the final cuts of the Canadiens 2008 training camp. Head coach Guy Carbonneau had decided to go with defenseman Patrice Brisebois. Without an NHL salary, Valentenko was forced to accept an offer from Moscow Dynamo of the KHL. His family was facing severe financial problems in Russia.”

  315. yathehabsrule says:

    via Richard Labbe’s Twitter account: “L’agent de Price me confirme que la rumeur de grève concernant son client est totalement fausse.”


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  316. SlovakHab says:

    Instead of arguing, let’s rather be glad that our team was strong enough to somehow get into the playoffs. 3 or 4 games to go in the regular season, we only needed 1 point. Of those 4 games, we were expected to win at least one easily. 

    But not with Halak in nets. As usually, when expected to win, Halak folded down and we almost missed the playoffs. If we did, he would have been the biggest scapegoat since… We somehow got into the playoffs, and in the games he was NOT expected to win, Halak shone. We got a couple of good young players for him in the off-season and we should be very glad.

    Every time you think you miss Jaro Halak, think of the games he was EXPECTED to win. Olympics/bronze medal game (Slovakia-Finland), last 3 regular-season games of 2009/2010 season, or even his first season when he carried the team until he needed just 1 win at the end to reach the PO, but then started losing once the expectations were higher (Huet came back after the injury and lost the last one against the Leafs).

    Or even the Philly series, when he was expected to be better than Leighton.

    I wish Jaro Halak all the best. But I don’t like that the fans hate and unfairly criticize Price or the management just because they think Jaro will be as good as he was against Washington and Pittsburgh in the PO in the next season.

    Price has been good and will do his best. So will the management.

  317. BJT says:

    And can probably write and spell better than you will ever be able to.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry

  318. The Cat says:

    Twitter is so stupid.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  319. The Cat says:

    I would say its when the team was supposed to win that Halak didnt do so good, its when no one gave the team a chance that he shone. Jaro needs to be the hero, he needs to feel that unless he steals the game the team wont win.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  320. Sheldon says:

    Such a shame that your vast talents go so untapped in that small town where you reside. It’s time to strike out on your own and leave for Hamilton! Da da dada da da… Those little town blues are melting away. I’ll make a brand new start of it in Hamilton…

  321. Sheldon says:

    Sorta like one of the early scenes in Slumdog Millionaire?

  322. HFX-HabFan says:

    Since the Price “story” proved to be nothing but pure crap spewed out by a displaced news anchor, how about we move down to the other stories in this particular post? 

    I like the one where the president of the Q league claims that it’s somehow the Habs’ fault that the Q is inferior to the other two major junior leagues in Canada, and that somehow hockey in Quebec has become weaker because of the Habs.

    “Our province’s league isn’t as good at producing as much quality talent anymore, but it’s because the Canadiens pick English people.  Never mind that our homegrown players aren’t as qualified.  They need to pay more attention to our mediocre players, the ones who aren’t NHL calibre!  And where does Gauthier get off choosing that Cunneyworth guy to coach our minor league affiliate that isn’t even located in our province?”

    But hey, whatever the French media wants to pump out there.


  323. HardHabits says:

    You’re all wrong. I’m right. Good night!!!!

  324. Sheldon says:

    A buddy of mine just told me that Louis Leblanc treated the whole Montreal Juniors squad to a night at the opera last week. He added that it did not go well.

  325. matmacat says:

    You are that intimate with Jaro?

  326. CanadienBoy says:

    I think people are for a big wake  up call , Jaro is good so was Huet let wait a full season as #1 again it will be to much $ for!! the return !!

  327. Sheldon says:

    That has a familar ring to it? Oh, I remember, Kaiser Wilhelm II shortly after he fired Bismarck.

  328. HabFanSince72 says:

    This Gazette blog is reporting it.

  329. LA Loyalist says:

    Guys I was joking as this is all so silly ( but not about the horse)
    I am hoping price will be great so I’ll have more time to bag on Gomez
    I’ve been enjoying this site for about a year before actually posting and amhabs fan since 84. Sorry if joke didn’t guys are pretty great actually.

  330. The Cat says:

    Just ny observation.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  331. Caper says:

    Ok. You got me.

  332. Caper says:

    Right you are.

  333. doug says:

    why let a little fact get in the way of a good hate-on?

  334. K-hab25 says:

    You are the man SlovakHab!! I love the fact that you see the same thing in your countryman that I do. Don’t get me wrong I think Halak will be a good #1 for many years, but I don’t think he’s there yet. One of my major concerns about him is, like you say, his propensity to play much better as the underdog, than he does as, the favorite. When he feels like he has nothing to lose, he’s great, but when the expectations are high, he crumbles. For the Halak Fan Club, pressure from high expectations, is different than the pressure from elimination games he was expected to lose anyway. Kinda like a last second three pointer in basketball, should be harder than a last second freethrow, but the pressure to make that freethrow is much greater than the three is. Why, because the expectations are you should make the freethrow, it’s an easy shot, the three pointer is more like a hope that you will make it. That’s Halak in his career so far. When no one expects him to do well, (three pointer) he’s great, but when people expect him to get the job done, (freethrow)he’s failed. Now I think as he grows more comfortable with that pressure, of being “the man”, he’ll become an all-star. Until then saying he’s “proven” or is some kind of big money goalie, just isn’t true. Before I get attacked by the LDC, I don’t think Price is “proven” or a big money goalie yet either.

  335. HardHabits says:

    Well, Boone’s Gestapo are being kept busy.

  336. avatar_58 says:

    Oh man….read the comments. People saying they don’t need Halak, that the team will end up in last place anyway and it’s not Price’s fault.

    Funny innit?

  337. avatar_58 says:

    It’s certainely given a lot of loudmouths a soapbox in the last year hasn’t it? Without twitter I wouldn’t know who Alan Walsh was (or cared for that matter) and asshats like this current rumourmonger wouldn’t have an ear. Or eye so to speak.


    Maybe we should just get rid of the internet, it would make the habs more enjoyable without all this nonsense 😉

  338. LA Loyalist says:

    you say that like it’s a bad thing. i wish we were all in some bar on Bishop over a wet one. I’d even pay.

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  339. K-hab25 says:

    What happened then the last 3 games of the year when we needed 1 win to clinch, or the PHI series when the team needed him to “steal” some games?

  340. RetroMikey says:

    I’ve been on the bandwagon just as long as you, and yes,  I lived, died, breathed and witnessed the wonderful run of the Cup runs in the 70’s, the 1986 and 1993 shich I attended the latter 2 years live at the Forum.

    I support the team 100% but I see a different direction where the team is headed.

    Bob Gainey is to be blamed as others like Boivin and upper management and what they left behind.

    We just will not see a Cup for many years and I want to see No. 25 soon, highly unlikely I say.

    The Molson Brothers have not learned their lesson by signing Boivin Jr. as director of hockey operations.

    I attend about a dozen games every year in Montreal whin I visit relatives  and attend the games in Buffalo and Toronto as well since I live in Hamilton and support our Baby Habs and see who develops to the next phase in the NHL.

    But I disagree with you.

    I have every right to boo the team, I pay the big bucks and am entitled to it.

    And I have every right to criticize this team and that does not have to make me an enemy on this site and have to agree with other HIO members and jump the bandwagon and be positive all the time.

    It’s the passion of being a Habs fan.


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

  341. HardHabits says:

    Montreal is the place for number 2’s to shine.

    The best way to make Price become a good goalie is tell him he’s the back-up. He’ll work hard to earn his role and be the dominant player he can be.

    So everybody. Alex Auld is your starter.

  342. Sheldon says:

    The problem is that given PG’s goaltending moves this off season Price merely needs to put on the gear to be the squad’s starting goaltender. Who is he competing against? Harold Priestley “Hal” Gill III?

  343. Chorske says:

    Now on Godbout’s twitter:

    Whoops, the very very reliable source actually said Price got a strike while bowling, my bad lolz!!1!

  344. pointu says:

    Price fans act like they have battered wife syndrome.Oh if Carey would have got the goal support,he is only 23,22,21,20,Oh he is a top 5 pick oh he just drinks to blow of steam,oh Scotty Bowman likes him,he has won 60 games in three years,did you see that save he made once in the pre season against Detroit,oh his drinking does not effect his game,everyone on the team loves him,your not a true fan if you dont like Carey.I for one do not think Carey Price is the goalie for this wonderful team but then again i dont think Jaro was either.Give Carey 3 mill on a two way contract then have him earn his paycheck or put him down.See if he would ever sign a contract like that.

  345. Chorske says:

    did you just compare Carey Price’s fans to battered women?

    Why mess around? I say we invoke Godwin’s Law and compare them to the Nazis.

    Seriously, this is an amazing feat of hyperbole.

  346. The Cat says:

    Halak was the team’s goalie. The team gelled not because of JM, not because X amount of time had elapsed, it happened when he got starter duty. The team gelled around Jaro because thats who they felt deserved it. People thinking this team is going to fight for the conference are in for a big surprise. They wont make the playoffs because of this. Its the little things that cant be put into stats that make a team what it is.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  347. Caper says:

    So did you post comments reacting to those of us who  found Kovy to be a useless stiff who cared about no one but himself?

  348. JD_ says:

    In other news…

  349. Chorske says:

    assuming that this whole thing is actually “news”, and not, say, “something Godbout pulled out of his colon”

  350. punkster says:

    I just got in and haven’t read any of the comments yet related to the Price rumour. Can you summerize it for me please?


  351. doug says:

    seemed like a nice night to duck in and see what was going on.  

    nothing new, i guess.  see you in a few months!

  352. punkster says:

    Oh man,you’re missing all the fun…NOT!


  353. badbalance says:

    Price has a lot of pressure to deal with. You really expect him to take less, when the whole load is on his shoulders… I mean, if I were Price i wouldn’t want Niemi to get payed more than me,, sure he won the cup, he was deffinately the worst goalie to win the cup in a while…

  354. pointu says:

    Halak faltered down the stretch and limped the team into the playoffs,got very hot and the team rallied behind him and they took out two of the best teams in the league by virtue of team unity and a goalie making 50 saves a game and Cammy scoring at a wicked pace d blocking a ton of shots also.Halak was our MVP,but i think Habs brass was right in letting him go.I just think Carey is in no way shape or form the answer,but like the rest of you who knows?

  355. K-hab25 says:

    Speaking of hyperbole, this post is definitely some. Halak and Price were very good in DEC MAR. They were both very bad in OCT and FEB. They each had one month to themselves that they played great, Price’s was NOV and Halak’s was April. The main difference in there seasons was JAN, Halak had his best month of the year and Price was horrible. My point is there was only one month in the entire season, where there GAA and SV% weren’t either good for both or bad for both. That one month helped Halak finish top ten in GAA and SV%, while that horrible month put Carey on the bench. It had nothing to do with your BS theory, that the team played harder for Halak or liked him more. They both were good at the same time and bad at the same time, except for JAN.

  356. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s such an unbelievable amount of horse shit, I hope you didn’t write that out with a straight face, but then again you think Hamrlik is better than Markov.

  357. The Cat says:

    Youre putting words in my mouth. I never said Hamrlik was better skilled than Markov, I said the habs could cope better without Markov than without Hamrlik 2-3 yrs ago.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  358. pointu says:

    Point well taken.There seems to be alot of this going on with pro atheletes now days.

  359. Ed says:

    According to the Toronto Sun, the leafs were Cammalleri’s first choice last year.

    Cammalleri hoped to wear the blue and white…1/15203216.html

  360. Exit716 says:

    Why would the Leafs want Cammaleri? Didn’t they trade for Kessel instead?

    It only cost them a second overall pick.

  361. Bugs says:

    Other way around. Cammy was the leafs’ first choice.

    “According” to the Toranna media, the leafs were Crosby’s first choice, ferpetessakes.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  362. yathehabsrule says:

    Not really news that Toronto was his first choice, but not surprised the Sun just picked up on this, as he’s mentioned it a few times this season…Lucky for us that Burke is GM there, eh?

    I love how the Leafs traded their 2001 2nd round pick to L.A. for Aki Berg…The pick turned out ot be Cammalleri and Berg (the third pick overall in 1995) has been in the Finnish league since the end of 2005-06.




    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  363. HFX-HabFan says:

    As in, they were his first choice when asked, “which team would you like to light up the most?”

    Cammy replied, “the Laughs.  We play them first, don’t we?”

  364. observer says:

    He’s from Toronto so what else would you expect. But I bet now he is quite happy to be in Montreal.

  365. otter649 says:

    If The Leafs had signed Cammy – They still would have the two first round draft picks as well as the second rounder given up for Kessel & would be alot further along in their so-called rebuilding with those picks…….

  366. J Haul says:

    Not one quote in there from Cammalleri even implied that the leafs were his “first choice”. The author might have made that inferrence, but all Cam said was that he met with them. That’s actually pretty old news. Leave it to the Toronto Sun….

  367. JD_ says:

    The most commonly employed word in the English language is “the”. Google hits: 15 billion.

    Google hits for the word “news”? 15.5 billion

    Cannot think of a more meaningless notion.

  368. Ed says:

    You’re right. They didn’t want him.

  369. avatar_58 says:

    Why would they? A soft smurf like Cammalleri? Hah, as if he’d ever make any impact. PAH! Gotta be big, mean, tough. Unless you spend 70% of the game in the penalty box you aren’t a “Brian Burke” type. Goal scoring? GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT NONSENSE! This is hockey, not tap dancing.

  370. yathehabsrule says:

    The Leafs were thinking the same thing when they traded Courtnall to Montreal for Kordic. :)

    On a related note, I hear John Brophy is next in line to come back to the Leafs and replace Wilson as head coach.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  371. JD_ says:

    In a nutshell?

    Go long (LSE:RIO.L).

  372. avatar_58 says:

    Don’t you understand Bugs? No matter where you are born, what jersey you wore as a kid, which brand of cereal you swallowed – you WANT to be a Leaf. Don’t bring logic or fact into this. You know you want to be a Leaf player. It’s that simple. The media says it’s true, so it’s true.

    Kadri? Leaf fan. Oh that CH on his wall? Haha….that’s just his dart board.

  373. Bugs says:

    Oh. Ok.

    But uhh, I must object to your capitalizing the word “leaf”. In the future, please refrain.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  374. Bugs says:

    How much did the Stanley Cup-winnin goalie get in arbitration? 2,75 mil? Just askin.

    Other question though: what does “going on strike” mean exactly? What will he do?

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  375. HardHabits says:

    Canoe is trying to take a page from Boone’s Book of How to Increase Advertising Revenue with a Web Site.

  376. Xtrahabsfan says:

    “going on strike?” What does it mean?……Jeese,I thought Price was on strike last year!

  377. K-hab25 says:

    The guy with 58 career starts, 21 playoff games included, was considered to be worth 2.75 mill, off of that huge body of work. The cup definitely played a part in him getting that much money, but a 26 year old rookie with 37 regular season starts, isn’t exactly a comparable. How about 3.75 mill for a guy thats never started a season as the main guy and no cup. Just Sayin!!

  378. observer says:

    But the question is: “how much did the goalie Gauthier/Gainey traded away (because they thought he was NOT as good as Price) get? Answer: $3.75 million this year going up the rest of the contract.

  379. The Big O says:

    Amazing, you guys sure this is not Eklund in disguise…sure seems like his work!!  But I believe he had an outstanding source that said Price was going to be traded…so what’s worth more a very reliable source or an outstanding source?  Seems like just another guy trying to get some hits on a very boring August for hockey so far!!

    Reality check people, NONE of the big RFA’s have signed, check out Bobby Ryan, Marc Staal, Chris Stewart and James Neal, just to mention a few, it’s all a chess match between the teams, the players, the league and the new upcoming CBA….

  380. observer says:

    If it’s true about Price and this persists Gauthier is out the door and soon. Changing the subject: Good link (explanation) for NFL fans – – – –

  381. The Big O says:

    As for Gilles Courteau, he might want to watch a show called Hockey Night in Canada where a certain Mr. Don Cherry always cries that the Leafs pass up on Toronto and Ontario players, but FUNNY how all the recent top draft picks have been from the OHL, (the OHL has had the 1st/or 2nd overall pick 6 yrs running now).  So how is it the Habs NOT picking Q players has hurt the Q but the Leafs not picking OHL players hasn’t hurt the OHL (and they’ve had top 10 picks for a few years now)???  Looks like someone is trying to cover his arse!!!

  382. HFX-HabFan says:

    He’s just bitter that his league’s province is producing less and less NHL-calibre talent, and is vastly inferior to the other two Canadian major junior leagues.

  383. Bugs says:

    Oooooo, nice one!

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  384. Bugs says:

    For a goalie who not only single-handedly brought his club to the Eastern Conference Finals, but also salvaged not one but TWO seasons with his stellar play, and would have a third if Huey had not played the leafs.

    Double not to mention carrying a rinky-dink national team to the top 4 in the WORLD.

    Not too shabby, ask me.

    But…he hasn’t proven anything yet so it’s too early to say. What ISN’T too early to say is that the Priceberg is better and that management HASN’T made a terrible, terrible mistake in choosing his Junior pedigree over the Slovak’s actual accomplishments in the NHL.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  385. JIMVINNY says:

    Going overboard as usual, you are

    L.Bugs Potter…and so on, and so forth.

  386. Chorske says:

    He gets ‘er done, though.

  387. HaloHabsFan says:

    delete… not worth it.

  388. OneTimer says:

    Does he, though? Bugs is all style, no substance.


    Uh oh! Here comes the hilarious-because-it’s-unconventionally-written comeback!

  389. Jordio-oh says:

    hear hear!!! he’s all flash and no pan. respect based on a jumble of words.

  390. Bugs says:

    Who prefers pan over flash?


    Reprovingly reproof-proof, try your luck against

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  391. observer says:


  392. Bugs says:

    I agree. The Blues are really, really stupid.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  393. K-hab25 says:

    I agree with that, but it doesn’t change the fact that Price’s agent knows his client should be getting something similar. I mean if Leclaire, Lehtonen, Hiller, Rinne and Halak are all getting in between 3.40mill and 4.50mill, then Price is definitely worth 3 mill, depending on term. I think he’ll sign for one of the following, 4 years 13 mill, 3 years 9 mill, 2 years 5.50 mill or 1 year 2.35 mill. I still think the hold up is term. The team wants Price for 3+ years, but want him to pay him the low 1 year rate. Something like 3 years 7 mill, but his agent is probably saying, you want him to sign for 3 or 4 years, then they have to pay him accordingly. My gut tells me the 2 year 5..50 mill deal will be what he ends up with.

  394. Bugs says:

    I don’t know for how much he’ll sign, but I suspect he’s beginning to play a dangerous game with this strike business instead of rebuilding strained bridges with supporters who MAY now be inclined to shorten his leash even more when the season starts.

    That’s IF this strike story is true of course. Shall therefore reserve above statement until confirmation.

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  395. K-hab25 says:

    I don’t believe that twitter post, even a little bit. I’m basing my opinion off of what other guys his calibre signed for. Just like I did before the Halak trade, when I said he’d probably get 4 mill a year. I was close, he got 3.75. I don’t think he’s worth that much. I think he’s closer to what Price will probably get, 2.25 to 2.75.

  396. mbplekfan says:

    As the province retreats further and further into its xenophobic shell the quality of most everything it produces is declining. The hockey played in the Q is beyond bad. Most games are closer to midget b from the rest of the country.

    If the Q is serious about improving its product and its players it will need to take a long hard look at why it is so bad.

    The nonsense that went on at Patrick Roy’s games is indicative of a league going slapshot.

  397. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pretty much what’s going on, probably a systemic problem going under the Q and into the lower leagues itself but they haven’t properly addressed the problems. I hope they do, I’d love to see some Flying Frenchmen but the Q has to stop blaming the Canadiens and look in the damn mirror.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  398. JIMVINNY says:

    Even worse, some of the big names coming out of the Q aren’t even Quebecers.  Crosby was one, and even Couturier isn’t a franco.

  399. K-hab25 says:

    Below I replied to the Cat about Price and Halak’s equal play all season, except one month JAN. To further my point, I took out the 7 FEB starts from Halak and the 6 FEB starts from Price and to no surprise, the other 6 months of the season they had almost exactly the same SV%. Halak had a .914 SV% and Price had a .913 SV%. Strange I thought, because all I heard was how Halak outplayed Price all season, but really it came down to one month. You know what was surprising was how 7 games raised Halak’s SV% by .010 points, from .914 to .924. It goes to show one really bad month or in Halak’s case, really good month, can make a huge difference. Halak ended up getting 19 of the final 26 games after JAN, unofficially becoming the #1, all because of one month.

  400. avatar_58 says:

    You know it STILL bugs me I didn’t stay after that one bulldogs game to meet/get Chelios autograph :( I kept hoping for a second chance

  401. punkster says:

    I question the state of stability
    Of those who lack basic civility
    And act like real dogs
    When posting on blogs
    While exhibiting high gullibility.


  402. Bugs says:

    It’s because of ONE month that the Priceberg went 13-20-5 and Halak went 26-13-5 last year?


    That’s a hell of a month.

    Well, I’m convinced.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  403. habs11s says:

    First, I like Price and think he is a really talented goalie


    Second, doesn’t it feel like Price has become the spoiled rich kid who crashed his daddy’s Ferrari and demands the keys to a Bentley the next day? I dunna, its just my outlook on this whole situation



    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  404. doogmac says:

    i was worried about this until i saw tony marinaro’s tweet:
    is a report that Carey Price will hold out of camp if he doesn’t get 3M
    per yr. I have been assured that the report is 100% FALSE!

    I will take tony’s sources over anyone else’s any day

  405. MTLForever says:


  406. sidhu says:

    As if those in the Halak camp needed a trigger to voice their frustration with and lack of confidence in Price.

    To the extent there is any truth to this rumor, I would say this: if Price is seeking $3m/year, 1) he can go %*@! himself, and 2) I’d sign Niemi and trade Price for Vlasic (SJ), Umberger (CLB), or Brule and Smid (EDM)

  407. K-hab25 says:

    Actually the team went 13-20-5 in games started by Price and 26-13-5 in games started by Halak. They also scored like 40 more goals in those Halak starts, but whats goal scoring got to do with wins and losses. All I know is they had similar GAA and SV% in OCT, DEC, FEB and MAR. In NOV Halak only played once because Price was hot and in APR Price didn’t get a start, because Martin was letting Halak get ready for the playoffs. The 13 games in JAN was the difference in there individual stats for the year. The fact you can only point to a team stat like W-L to oppose the “fact” that 6 months out of the 7 in the season there SV%’s were identical, shows you lack debating skills.

  408. K-hab25 says:

    Is a guy who has never started a season as the main guy, worth 3.75?

  409. K-hab25 says:

    EDIT: That was actually 7 starts for Halak and 6 for Price in JAN, not FEB.

  410. SeriousFan09 says:

    Vlasic has done what to date? Umberger is a 2nd-liner at best and Brule continues to be something of a bust.

    None of those guys do anything to strengthen the rest of the team if our goaltending takes a hit by adding Niemi over Price.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  411. Bugs says:

    Ws and Ls are all that matters, Kabbie. Anyone havin you believe somethin different is makin excuses, I’m afraid. …uhh, if that “shows my lack of debating skills”, so be it.


    But at the same time, rejoice, for we may have discovered the root of our perennial contention: All I care about is winning, and all you care about are stats in the month of January.

    I think we’re making progress.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, try your luck against

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  412. Bugs says:

    And then, we become Mickey Mouse.

    That won’t happen. He must, and will be signed.

    Or else, we’re Mickey Mouse. Most of Hockey Planet is already scratchin its head over the Halak trade after services rendered the last 4 years and now, we can’t even sign the still-question-mark-surrounding wunderkind we cleared him out for?

    Mickey Mouse.

    The Kid knows this. He has an EXCELLENT card to play and I don’t blame him for playin it.

    Thing is: if he had played extraordinary, I mean, if he had been everything he COULD be, there’d be far less (possible) rumblings about this strike business in his dealings than his ACTUAL play over the years warrants now. No?

    Cuz he’s threatening us with Mickey Mouseness, no doubt about it. It’s a hell of a card.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, try your luck against

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  413. K-hab25 says:

    Well if W-L’s is how you judge goalies, then you must love Theodore and Huet. I believe they both had more than Halak or Price. There is the real root of our perrenial contention: I judge goalies by there individual play and you judge them by how many goals there teammates score when they start.

  414. Number31 says:

    David Desharnais, Gabriel Dumont, Olivier Fortier, Philippe Lefebvre, Dany Massé, Mathieu Carle, Frédéric St-Denis, Robert Mayer, and now Morgan Ellis, Louis Leblanc, plus the two goalies they invited (Peter Delmas and Nicholas Champion) and some other players I forgot their names that were also invited. These are the current prospects the Habs have that came from the Q. What more does Courteau want? Habs don’t have the time to play pretty politics with his league.

    Will any of those players play for the Habs in the NHL? Desharnais and Carle were on call-up. Leblanc and Ellis look to be the top-tier types for the future. Lefebvre, Dumont, and Massé will be challenging Lapierre for his spot in the coming years (especially Dumont, plays just like him).

    Is this coming out now because of Simon Gagner? The oft injured “small” player everyone doesn’t seem to want or complains about when they do come here? In 1998 the Habs DID select a Q player, only it was Eric Chouinard (who had some good numbers in the Q but flatlined once he went to the NHL). Hey I’d love Sean Couturier to be a Hab but Gionta’s pride alone won’t allow the team to tank that far down to get him…

    Courteau should busy himself with why his League is in a low cycle and spend less time dissing the only Quebec located NHL team there is, until the Nordiques return (which can’t be soon enough…our sanity depends on it). The C Form is long gone.

  415. Bugs says:

    Why are you changing what I said? I said it: all I care about is winning. (Theo???) To further that: ESPECIALLY when it matters most (so Huey’s out). 

    So don’t talk to me about “teammates scorin” or “how many goals”; I never said that. I never said that because I don’t care. A .989 gaa but you got the sun in your eye and that’s why we lost? I don’t care. Joe Shmoe shoulda scored that goal and then you woulda won? I don’t care. You were ten seconds away from winnin and your own temmate kicked you in the face, and knocked out your eyeball? I don’t care.

    Just win. You know, like Halak did.

    However, YOU DID base yourself, and called emphasis to, the stats in January. You said that’s important and that’s what should be taken most into consideration AS OPPOSED to their ACTUAL record…which I call attention to, and which I deem important.

    All I care about is winning; all you care about are the stats in January.

    That’s 100%, EXACTLY what was said, no? As opposed to you making stuff up and putting it in my mouth, I mean?

    No? Am I mistaken or what?

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  416. The Teacher says:

    The thing is….Halak didn’t win….what matters anyways.

  417. Bugs says:


    Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of people you have to convince of that after you convince me, Teach?

    Cuz they don’t see it your way either. In fact, very few articles pertaining to our playoff run say “the Habs got to the Conf Finals by playing as a team.” Sooo, you got a lot of work ahead of you, mate. But I promise that once you convince me, I’ll help you.

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  418. K-hab25 says:

    Some say goaltending is an issue, I say BS. Last year this team won 39 games. They scored 3+ goals 39 times, equaling the team win total, 26 times for Halak, equaling his win total and 13 times for Price, equaling his win total. Despite what some say, it’s hardly a coincidence. Did they win every time they scored 3+ goals, no, but they did go 31-8 (4 losses apiece) in the 39 games. When they didn’t score 3+ goals they were 8-35.(4 wins apiece) Which is where the real question mark lies, not on our goaltending. Despite having his holiness Halak on our team last year, when we didn’t score, we didn’t win. Period!!

  419. K-hab25 says:

    Yes you are mistaken. First off you put words in my mouth first, I just did it back to you. My original post wasn’t about JAN, it was about the season as a whole. The fact that 6 of the 7 months in the season the goalies had identical SV%’s was proof, enough to me anyway, that the “Halak outplayed Price all year” garbage isn’t based in fact, it’s based in opinion. Again the difference between us is I judge players on what they personally do on the ice, not how well the team plays the night they happened to start. I am most definitely a stat (facts) guy and you are most definitely an opinion guy. In your opinion all that matters is winning and losing, but the stats (facts) say it’s the guy in net when the team scores 3+ goals. You just choose to ignore the stats (facts) and instead you put all your faith in your opinion, that Halak’s a winner.

  420. K-hab25 says:

    There are hundreds of thousands of people who agree with Teach, including me. You really aren’t as important as you seem to think you are. I mean really, he has to convince you. Who the hell are you? Some guy who goes by character names in childrens books. Believe me as little as you care about my opinion, I care even less about yours. Your opinion isn’t the only one that matters, OK, mate!!

  421. K-hab25 says:

    Exactly we hang Stanley Cup banners, not we won 9 playoff games banners. Halak won nothing and those that think he did, should go cheer for a sun belt team.

  422. NightRyder says:

    If it’s possible, I agree with both of you.

    I agree with Bugsy (shame, I know), in that as a fan, all that matters in the end are wins. Halak had more of them and was hot down the stretch when it counted.

    But, to also concur with K-hab25, you cannot measure a goalie’s worth by wins alone.

    As a kid, I always, always thought Bunny Larocque was terrible. But there was nothing I could point to to back up my assertion. Bunny Larocque’s record as a Hab: 134-48-41.

    His record as a Loaf/Flyer/Blue: 26-41-4 with a GAA near 5.00. So I indeed had the proof that the Bunster (RIP) was horrible. Or did I? The true answer was probably somewhere in between. He wasn’t as good as his wins indicated in Montreal, but wasn’t as bad as his sickly efforts elsewhere might have shown.

    It matters how the team plays in front of you.

    Last year, the Canadiens were complete bleeping horsebleep (pardon my French) in October.

    Price stole a pair of games in OT to start the year, but then lost six games in a row, getting outscored 25-9 in the process. He obviously wasn’t outstanding, but the team scored just NINE times in those six games, and effectively set the tone for Price’s season, record-wise at least.

    To win, he had to be miraculous (42 saves in a shootout win over the Bruins). Sometimes, even when he played excellently, they still lost (53 saves in a shutout loss to Nashville). The best game I saw either goalie play last year (playoff heroics included), was Price’s effort in San Jose, and he lost.

    Our biggest problem last year (yes, here it comes again), was our piddling offence and the fact our No. 1 centre had 12 goals, not Carey Price.

    The way for a goalie to get on a real roll is for the team to pick him up when he has the odd bad game. Because the team was such horseshyte in the first month last year, Price began to press, which led to those back-breaking heinous goals we came to hate so much.

    Those in turn deflated the team, which then (subconsciously or not) begins to play differently, trying not to make mistakes as opposed to forcing the other team into them. A couple of early 7-5 wins for Price last year and who knows, Halakmania doesn’t even get off the ground

    The biggest fretting here on a daily basis always seems to be Price versus Halak. Count me in the “not worried at all about Carey Price” camp.

    I liked Halak and wouldn’t have been upset if he stayed. But I’m also not worried that he’s gone. 10 years from now, I’m guessing his 9-8 playoff record in 2010 will remain his career highlight.


  423. Bugs says:

    Ohhh, season as a whole? I see. Well, season as a whole, the Priceberg went 13-20-5 and Halak went 26-13-5.

    THAT’S season as a whole, no?

    Or is that just an opinion?

    Cuz if it’s just an opinion and not fact, I guess you got me.

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  424. Bugs says:

    No, there aren’t hundreds of thousands of people who agree with Teach, including you, Kabbie. There aren’t. You know this, Teach knows this, everyone knows this. That’s why I SAID IT. Cuz it’s indisputable.

    Not saying you’re WRONG; just saying the STRONG majority of Hockey Planet says Halak is the PRIME, if not SOLE reason we got as far as we did. Rightly or wrongly.

    As for the “convincing” part, I suspect Teach will perceive the intention of that point where you don’t.

    I care about everyone’s opinion, even those of my Trifecta. (Who have often used dastardly techniques to discredit me instead of staying on point in order to shove crow down my throat, it should be noted.)

    Of course I care. Or else, I wouldn’t address.

    Food for thought, mate. … heeey, like you said to me!

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  425. Fool of Chu says:

    That is the point. Somehow some of us believe that we could get significantly more for Price. Like 2 first-rounders, Tyler Seguin and Marc Savard. That is not the case.

  426. Fool of Chu says:

    Correct. Plain and simple.

  427. Fool of Chu says:


    HE DID IT!

    By the way: This whole team just sucks. And it is great that we dealt away one of the key cogs that lead us just into the conference finals. I mean, basically we were favourites to win it all, and this team choked.

  428. LeHabatien says:

    I agree with k-hab, and understand the point he is trying to make, I also believe that Bugs is arguing for arguments sake at this point and totally understands what k-hab is saying. Although Halak did have the winning season the team as a whole played far better when he was in net. It’s almost like a superstition, to illustrate my point I’ll give a more rediculous example. Lets say that when the team won most of their games last season, Lapierre wore his socks inside out, by Bugs’ method we would ignore the fact that this is likely not the reason (or the whole reason) that the team won and pray that he continued to do so, when in reality there are a multitude of other factors that can explain the winning even if Lapierre played well. Price is statistically as good a goalie, he also has a more decorated background than Halak, if we had traded Price (and he wouldn’t have been worth too much after last season) and he would have gone on to superstardom the fans and the city of Montreal would have never forgiven the organization for giving up on a goaltender that so many sacrifices had been made for, Halak was less of a risk to get rid of and I agree that last season will be the highlight of his career. Lets have the team score some goals from time to time.


    I hate the Leafs

  429. Big Bird says:

    Couple cents from the peanut gallery:

    (1) You know I’ve been bothered the Habs traded Chelios for Denis Savard.  All those years ago.  The trade (an awful one) was made to get a french player.  We all know how that turned out.  I have no problem if the Habs want to get French players as they have a special spot for many of our french-speaking fans.  I completely understand and respect that.  But you never make a deal solely on that basis.  Sam Pollock never did and he was the best GM ever.

    (2) I’m frustrated that our team had a chance to get Larry Robinson back to coach our defense and young prospects like Subban, Weber, etc.  We could have also had Chelios come back.  Did we even try?  Ever since Jacques Lapperiere was fired we no longer have a top coach that specializes in defense or a Norris trophy winner on our blueline.  From Harvey, to Lapperiere, to Savard, to Robinson, to Chelios to nothing.  I’ve been screaming about this for years.  Hell, even if we could get someone like Ray Bourque I’d be happy about it.  You build championships teams from the net out.  Period.

    (3) If Price is holding out for more money, it’s a risky move.  He has potential but hasn’t accomplished anything yet.  The fans are already pissed about Halak being traded and have been on his back.  If he holds out for unreasonable money, it will make the expectations on him even bigger (read worse).  Not a good situation.  It’s not like there already is enough pressure in Montreal.

    (4) Hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer.  I look forward to another season with you.

  430. Slovak says:

    If HABS believe in Price as they proclaimed, why not giving him even 3m? If so many people believe Price’s performance is so close to Halak, why are they hesitating to sign him? Why are they playing whatever game it is with him? What is happening here, because this does not seem that both sides have the same willingness to settle this down…

    If I was Price I would sign as fast as possible for 1 year for some money – my main goal – show them I can play like TOP 5 goalie…

    If I was in HABS management – I would sign price as soon as possible because I believe in him, I did choose this option so I have no reason to hesitate to go this way… 3m a year is not so much for that kind of talent.

    Is it really just pure business what remains from old HABS GLORY? If it is so – it is sad – just sad – sad

  431. says:

    OK I’m reporting now.  A close friend of mine just told me that Carey wants 5 million per season.  My friend was at the rodeo C, and his friend’s cousin’s second girlfriend’s father said that he overheard another reliable source’s third cousin’s sister, over heard Carey saying that he could make that much in one summer touring the BC rodeo circuit.  He was saying that there’s big money in it and that he wouldn’t have to put up with insane sports fans.  So I called Carey up to see if it were true and Carey told me that it sure was.  He’s been drumming up a story all summer to get attention to his new blog.  I said Carey you can’t be serious.  He said, well I’m serious, can’t you see?  You ‘re reading about me right now.

    OK so I can’t sleep and thought that if I read all these replies I could go back to bed. Now I just can’t stop thinking about what is wrong with some people here?  It’s a good thing none of the credible members here didn’t participate in this. I’d be truly disappointed.

    Seriously not one credible sports outlet is reporting this crap, and yet here almost 500 replies to nothing.

    People, the summer is almost over, enjoy it while it’s here, and when hockey season starts, then shut yourselves down in a panic and cry.

    How great is this rumor?  NBC just got the Gazette clicks

    So now it’s Sept 1st.  I have 11 months until I am officially released from the military.  Looking forward to it.  I have permission to start school in January.  I was thinking about web design.  I’m pretty creative with my custom sports figures, and custom through the mail autograph cards.  The course may add to my hobby and at the same time I could start a hobby business online.  My second choice after retirement ( and this one I think better) is pushing an ice cream cart.  Brandon doesn’t have one, and it would be an outdoors job.  I was also thinking about not working at all. My pension covers the mortage and there’s lots more to go around. Maybe I’ll plant roses for all my fans here.

    What a great summer.  The weather was awesome.  The kids and I were very active this past summer.  I coached Matthew’s (age 9) soccer team to a first place finish.  The kids was a lot of fun and this was my first time coaching soccer.  After the season was over I took all the credit for winning and kept the medal for myself hehe. 

    I may coach atom hockey this winter.  I don’t have any of the levels yet however I know how to type online so I shouldn’t have a problem communicating with the public.

    My favourite number is 27.  As a kid I was a big fan of Shayne Corson and later on in life I became a big fan of the Big M.  Nothing like reading Habs stories to enhance your fandom level.  But my favourite Habs book is The Game by Ken Dryden.  One great read from start to finish.

    Maybe I should become a writer.  I can type pretty well online.  I never learned how to type.  I use three fingers on each hand and I never look away from the keyboard.  I should go for a coffee run.  You think I should go?

    My wife only had a week off this summer.  We went to Minneapolis to do some shopping at the Mall of America, and Albertville.  We spent a day a bunker beach. That was fun.  I tried one of the water slides.  It was the first time I used one since my head injury in 2006.  It was really fast and lots of spins.  When I hit the water it was like I hit a brick wall.  I couldn’t stand up and I was sitting in three feet of water.  My wife and kids freaked out and the life guard thought I was drunk.  (haha, but true).  So spent the rest of the day watching.  I’m done with water slides now.

    I started to work out this week, and by that I mean waling and running.  I used to run close to 4-7 miles per day but after my concussions I started to get get sick a lot.  After my exercise yesterday my pacemaker kicked in and kept me entertained while I sat on the bench sucking dirty pond water.

    I bought my retirement gift on the weekend.  Red 2010 Chevy Silverado Z71, 5.3Lt, 4 x 4 of awesomuss.  This truck is great.  I sold my 2001 Jimmy last night. I got 3000 for it.  I wanted 4K, but I couldn’t find any Colombians to buy it.

    I got my Summit ticket yesterday.  What a sweet site.  I am really looking forward to that. Nothing like hanging out with die hard Habs fans who understand the Canadiens and the game of hockey.  Not sure what I’m bringing to the auction.  I was thinking my matted and framed 8 x 10 autograph Guy LaFleur picture.  It’s my only one and I’ve had it since the early 90’s so it is special to me and I would be happy with it going to charity.  I can’t wait to get into the Canadiens shop.  I’m hoping to pick up a game used Carey Price jersey.  It would be a nice addition to my other gamer.

    22 days until the first Habs game

    They Call Me Shane

  432. Slovak says:

    I am pretty sure whatever you will choose to do, you will be good at it, you have the energy, imagination, logic and own views you are not afraid to fight for… :)

    PS: If you decide to plant roses, do it please in ecological way, it can be pretty dirty and deadly business.

  433. G-Man says:

    Well sholi, that was a lot of 3 fingered typing. Geez, you’d figure hardly anyone would be suckered by this lame “report.”

    But, we are all crazy impatient with all the heat and humidity in muggy Montreal. Then again, guessing what’s in Carey Price’s mind can be called a mug’s game, so what the hay? 2 1/2 weeks or so until training camp. Then, we’ll see. Before then, while we’re able to, enjoy the dying last breaths of summer 2010.

  434. showey47 says:

    First price is being called out for riding a horse which if you listen to his haters is the equilvilent of battling a clan of ninjas. Even though other nhl do much more dangerous activites during the offseason, and now this load of b.s. of a story.

  435. G-Man says:

    Play with the figures and stats all you want. Price lost twice as much as he won last season. Get over it.

  436. adam76 says:

    Statistically – 9 times higher chance of getting hurt on a house then on a mountianbike. 


    Don;t let facts and statistics get in the way of your little rant.

  437. The Cat says:

    I used to be a rancher, I sold my cows about 5 years ago. And if I was a team owner, I would not like that my starter was doing rodeo stuff, its pretty risky stuff. Ive broken my foot twice and severely twisted my ankle once really bad that it took a long time to gain back its strength.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  438. matraque says:

    I think Price is smart enough to realize that he’s not worth 3 million… yet.


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  439. volcano62 says:

    I think it is safe to say that Niemi is the better goaltender.

    Go Habs Go!

  440. SeriousFan09 says:

    When he has arguably the best defensive unit in the NHL covering up his crap? Yes he is.

    Give Price Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Campbell and Sopel, with Toews, Sharp, Bolland, Hossa, Madden as his best two-way forwards and I imagine he’d have one hell of a 09-10 record.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  441. derfab says:

    I couldn’t get through your whole post but I thought I would thank and congratulate you for your service to the country. Best of luck in the civilian world!

  442. derfab says:

    Gauthier gave Price this opportunity. Why wouldn’t he ask for the moon?

  443. says:


    I’d like to bring my infantry personality here however I hate seeing grown men cry hehe 😉

    They Call Me Shane

  444. says:

    I miss the expos!

    They Call Me Shane

  445. habfan01 says:

    congrats on your upcoming retirement. As a 22 yr vet who retired 8 yrs ago, I can say there is life after the miltary. Thank you for your service and enjoy yourself.

  446. habfan01 says:

    Everybody needs to believe in something. Some people here believe in Halak, some believe in Price. I believe I’ll have another beer.

  447. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes, and males under 25 are at the highest risk for auto accidents. Habs don’t ban their young players from driving every day either. You can make an argument to ban our players from shaking hands with fans as well so they don’t pick up communicable diseases. Also, definitely none of those hospital visits to sick kids by the players, hospitals are filled with very nasty infections.

    I can do this all day.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  448. Mats Naslund says:

    I couldn’t agree more. You said it all. You don’t score – you don’t win. Chicago showed that you give any goalie run support and their going to put up good numbers. 


    The rest is BS as you put it. A bunch of hot air to fill the weeks that are still too hot for ice.

  449. HabsTrueBlue says:

    I see you have a solid logical understanding of the concept of risk!

  450. Storm Man says:

    Try you luck with this rabbit. I would like you to point out what Halak has won? He did the same thing Steve Penny did. So once again your are mistaken.



    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  451. Chorske says:

    I seek decent posts with no luck:

    This place is now running amuck.

    There’s little discussin’

    And a whole lot of cussin’

    About a story that ain’t worth the pixels it’s printed on.

  452. ZepFan2 says:

    Good thing Price wasn’t working on his “house” then.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  453. K-hab25 says:

    Halak 26 W’s – Team scored 3+ goals 26 times *** Price 13 W’s – Team scored 3+ goals 13 times for him . Neither goaltender was a winner when the team didn’t score 3+ goals. Halak was 4-14 in the games he didn’t get atleast 3 goals of support. Sorry I keep letting facts get in the way of your biased opinion.

  454. Storm Man says:

    Adam was out of prepartion H when he did that post.




    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  455. DD says:

    Although I don’t profess to be a rancher with your knowledge of all things rodeo, I do believe there is inherently more risk in bull and/or bronco riding rather than calf roping. In the same way cross country skiing is less arduous and safer compared to down hill skiing. Then again, I’m sure if you checked the stats, driving a vehichle on the street is even more risky than all of these pursuits put together.

  456. Bugs says:

    Steve Penney saved TWO seasons, and almost a third had Huey not played the leafs, and brought his national rinky-dink team to top-4 in the world???

    Wow, I didn’t know that.

    I guess you got me.


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  457. Bugs says:

    Uhh, yyyeah, saying I want to win all the time and it’s Halak who has actually delivered on that is the same as me saying Lapierre’s socks are inside out if he plays well.

    Yyyee-ah, it’s just like that.

    That’s what I’m arguing, yes.


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  458. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Short and straight to the point ….luv’s it…….

  459. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Well ,we don’t have Seabrook ect. That’s why we need a goalie that can steal games,you know like the guy we traded!   

  460. showey47 says:

    Would you even care if it was halak? Of course not.  Don’t let your hate get in the way of common sense. Nine times as dangerous as mountain biking? LMFAO. Do you have the horse rider to bike rider ratio worldwide? For all you know, to make it a 1:1 ratio you might need to have 1 horse riding injury for 10,000 biking injuries. Not really sure why you whiners are complaining about him riding a horse if its virtually a guarantee for him to suffer some sort of major injury. Isn’t that what all you guys want? For carey to be ruined for life. So if it is really that dangerous then you guys should be encouraging it instead of bitching about it. Because if your ridiculous facts are true then your little clan are sure to get your way sooner or later. Do you also think carey is the first pro athlete from western canada to ride a horse? How about them sutter brothers,you think they have been on a horse once or twice?

  461. showey47 says:

    I grew up on a farm with horses,cows,pigs and chickens. Rode horses for about 10 years,never been hurt. At the same time had dirt bikes,quads and snowmobiles. Had some minor injuries from wiping out. The most dangerous part of growing up on the farm was always the farm equiptment. Did anybody make a deal about it when a family farm in viking alberta produced 6 nhl players? Pretty sure there was some horse riding going on there.

  462. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Thank you for all the front line support throughout your career. God Bless and enjoy your wonderful retirement when that day do approach. Its an unbelievable feeling and tear eye experience in leaving a wonderful family when friends and family are their with you. Keep your head up and be proud of all you done. Bravo Zulu!!!

  463. HNS says:

    Two words…….Jose Theodore. Price is a P.O.S.

  464. says:

    Here you go folks.  Proof that you should never mix booze and surfing the internet. 

    They Call Me Shane

  465. says:

    Thanks all.

    They Call Me Shane

  466. Fool of Chu says:

    I wish you would say something new. I wonder if you go by the name of Mathman in the SBNation forums. Always throwing around the same numbers, always the same argumentation.

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