Price talks!

To the Tri-City Herald (shout-out to Mark C for finding the story).

He doesn’t sound like a player sweating a holdout:

The Canadiens opted to keep Price and on June 17, traded Halak to the
St. Louis Blues for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

had to make a decision and they did,” Price said. “I was just riding it
out. I’m happy to still be there. Montreal is a great place to play and
the fans are great.”

Price, 22, and the Canadiens still were in
contract negotiations as of Monday.

“You know how I am, roll as
you go,” Price said. “I’m a restricted free agent, it’s pretty much wait
and see and come to an agreement that is fair to both sides.”

•  •  •

Two Randys to coach the Bulldogs 

Cunneyworth as head coach, Ladouceur as his assistant. 

Maybe Cunneyworth and Kirk Muller can talk about old times at training camp. 

Check out a long list of Cunneyworth bouts on YouTube. Highly recommended: the KO of Markus Naslund.

Fearless prediction: Not a lot of back-talk from the ‘Dogs this season.

• And Guy Boucher hires his Hamilton assistants for the Lightning.

•  •  •

Gomez and Cammalleri at Camp BioSteel




  1. Mattyleg says:

    Or just wussing out and admitting defeat, saying “the Montreal/Ottawa goalie.”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. j2w4habs25 says:

    Carey! Carey! Carey!

    I cant wait to see him in action this season. NO matter what this season brings apon the Canadiens this year I am behind them to the fullest!


  3. Storm Man says:

    Just a observation you don’t know much at all about football after reading your post. Breeze was released by San Diego after a threatening shoulder injury. Rivers was going to be the starter next year anyways so it was easy for the Chargers to let Breeze to sign with the Saints. I think it has worked out very well for both teams.

  4. Malreg says:

    I fall in the middle of both extremes on the opinion of Boucher. I think he will EVENTUALLY be a good coach at the NHL level, but he is very inexperienced and has yet to prove anything.

    I like how the same people(that may not be exactly you TripleX, but many others that I have noticed) will say that Carey Price has not proven anything, and what he did in the Juniors, at the World Juniors, and in the Calder Cup in the AHL don’t mean squat, but yet, they do not hesitate to quote Boucher’s success at all of those same levels when people question his accomplishments.

    All of those qualities you quoted sound great for a Junior coach, a coach who works with kids who are still learning and developing, but we have no idea how any of that will translate when he’s coaching millionaire professionals that are almost as old as he is.

    I think he has tons of potential, but I won’t cry over his departure until he proves, over at least a few years, that he is an NHL coach(I say a few years because even Carbo was nominated for the Jack Adams in his 1st year, where is he now?). I would not have been comfortable with him taking over the Canadiens after 1 year in the AHL.

    No matter what anyone thinks of Martin, you can’t replace a coach who has over 1,000 games at the NHL level, top 10 in wins all-time, 3 times nominated for the Jack Adams, and who in his first year took a brand new team who was never supposed to make the playoffs in the first place(according to all “experts”) to the conference finals, after eliminating the top 2 teams in the East.

  5. Malreg says:

    Frolov is basically AK version 2.0. And by 2.0 I don’t mean a newer better version like Windows 7, he’s more like the Windows Vista version of AK.

  6. sprague cleghorn says:


  7. LA Loyalist says:

    I think I can explain Price. He is like Drew Breeze, lots of talent, San Diego felt they had to play him because he was a fancy draft pick and cost a bundle, but Doug Flutie was a far smarter quarterback at that time, though on the tail end of his career, but they rushed Breeze, messed up him and the team chemistry. He left, went to New Orleans and finally won a Stupor Bowl after years of growing pains. If Breeze had been brought along slowly, they probably would have won something in San Diego, they wouldn’t have had to wear out Thomlinson, a lot of things would have been better.

    Just an observation, I’m no football expert, but the parallels with Price and his development are interesting. Discuss among yourselves.



  8. sprague cleghorn says:

    What about the entire game that Neale called Theodore Thibodaux?  And this was after he won the Hart.

  9. LA Loyalist says:

    ok now i’m interested.

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    baaa…, baaaa….

  11. LA Loyalist says:

    People here in LA are not so hot on Frolov. Another soft Russian who won’t go in the paint is not exactly what we need here guys.

  12. HardHabits says:

    Nice one!!

  13. Jordio-oh says:

    All I could find was that he was traded from the Smith Falls Bears to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Alberta. Last season in the Alberta Junior A league he went 18-10-2 with a 2.82 and a .905%.  He’s got one more year with the Barons and then I think he might become too old. He also split time with a goalie who had a better year than him, but that same goalie is also a year older than Quattrochi.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not necessarily when they stopped playing hockey and started coaching, the idea is more about the approach to coaching the individual players and stepping away from more authoritarian systems like Tortorella or Mike Keenan would use.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  15. Rugger says:

    That’s how i felt from the beginning of the Boucher Saga.  Too many times lately we have been the ones breaking in Rookie coaches that have had some success after the tough learning years here.  3-4 years from now (or however long his contract with TB is) he may very well be back.

  16. TripleX says:

    I agree with SF09 the closest to Boucher is Cory Clouston of Ottawa with his limited experience combined with the academic background.

    Babcock is a bit of a hybrid model and is perhaps the link between the old and new.  Babcock has extensive minor league coaching experience combined with and academic background from McGill.

    I think his incredible success in the NHL may have paved the way for Clouston and Boucher.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  17. TorontoHabsFan says:

    If the only criterion is that they didn’t really play the game, then it’s not all that new – Maurice didn’t really and neither did Bowman.

    The undergrad degree bit seems to be overblown – it’s not like university graduates are rare anymore. Many NHL players these days have them.

    I’m just not seeing how revolutionary any of this is is all.

  18. JD_ says:

    Thanks. Found that site earlier.

    Still someone telling someone who told someone.

    But I’m into this hope scene, man, so it’ll have to do for now.

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    I would say Mike Babcock in DET and Cory Clouston in OTT, not really familiar with Dan Bylsma’s record in PIT but he’s young enough to fit the bill.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  20. HabFab says:

    Played last year in the AJHL for Fort McMurray.

    Didn’t seem to be much with his stats.


  21. TripleX says:

    Yes it is risky with zero guarantee of success.  Maybe this the perfect place for Boucher to try it out where there is little pressure for immediate results.  Yzerman and Boucher have the time to roll the dice in Tampa.  

    No way Boucher would have had the same opportunities in Montreal before the fans and media went looking for blood.  More and more I am going to your viewpoint that this is the best thing for Montreal and Boucher.  Let him try it in Florida and if it works then pull out all the stops to bring him back.



    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  22. TorontoHabsFan says:

    From everything I’ve read to date:

    1-3-1 is to the NHL as “spread offense” is to the NFL. :)

  23. Storm Man says:

    Must be a E7.

  24. TorontoHabsFan says:

    How many others are there that could be said to be part of this New Model?

  25. TripleX says:

    OLD, with regards to the traditional way of making it to the NHL coaching ranks.  A former player who pays his dues in the minor leagues like Anderson who coached there for 17 years before making the move.

    NEW, in that Boucher came basically out of academia with little in the way of experience coaching at the pro level.  His expertise is in the psychological aspects of coaching and motivation rather than in spending years riding the buses.  What he brings is not experience but a new and innovative approach to coaching.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  26. says:

    lol, he has to be at least 18 now.

    They Call Me Shane

  27. says:

    Hear Hear!

    They Call Me Shane

  28. Drive_For_25 says:

    Anyone know anything about this kid??  He doesn’t even show up on


    Josepsh Quattrocchi :


    This is all I could find out about him with a quick search of his name from Robert L.’s site from a 2008 prospect rundown:

    Joseph Quattrocchi

    Sixteen year old Joseph Quattrocchi of the CJHL’s Smiths Falls Bears
    was also given a training camp invite in 2007, but never appeared. His
    name was briefly listed on a press release issued by the Canadiens for
    their summer development camp, and his absense has never been explained.

    Quattrocchi was named the CJHL’s goaltender of the month for December of 2008.

    Not getting overexcited about some D-camp highlights but man what a glove!

  29. GrimJim says:

    Ah, Eklund, where reality goes MIA and the truth sits on the sidelines laughing…

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not sure how well he can implement it with Tampa though, it relies a lot on having a very mobile defence unit that can move the puck and while our farm team lacked size with St. Denis, Weber, Carle and Subban, they were all capable of moving the puck as necessary. I think Boucher will have to be more conservative than he would like to start with TB as they work to upgrade their D.

    I think his approach is the new wave in the NHL, but time will tell whether or not this new wave concept will just become a new system of coaching to go with the others or become the dominant one.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  31. GrimJim says:

    Danger Will Robinson. Danger.

  32. Jordio-oh says:


  33. RC-51 says:

    Eklund says “According to multiple sources the Canadiens are closing in on a possible trade that would bring Kevin Bieksa to Montreal, and send back a “significant” forward prospect.”

  34. Steve C. says:

    Cunneyworth is a great hiring by the Canadiens organization.  He provided the Sabres with plenty of ready-for-the-NHL players when they were called up from Rochester during the last decade up until the summer of 2008 when he joined the Thrashers.

    I’m looking forward to seeing if he can help to turn around/propel the careers of players such as Pacioretty, Carle, Weber, Desharnais, and Trotter, among others.

  35. Storm Man says:

    How would you know what is old ways of coaching and new…. Your what 17?

  36. TorontoHabsFan says:

    The new model? Methinks you are overstating things my friend.

  37. TripleX says:


    I am in total agreement.  As a charter member of the Cynics Club I need to witness actual results before making a final judgement.

    I can’t help being a fan of his radical approach to coaching and the 1-3-1 system you mentioned yesterday SF09.  I will be curious to see if he uses it in Tampa as I don’t know if it has ever been used in the NHL.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  38. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Here’s a thought:

    Since LA lost out on Kovalchuk, and the market for scoring wingers is pretty dry (and since I’m assuming that Frolov doesn’t want to return). What if we traded them Kostitsyn for a prospect, something like Andrei Loktionov  –  and then we could sign Frolov.


    Is Frolov an upgrade on Kostitsyn? I’d think so. Although to be honest I’d rather try for a Gagne or a Leino next season (if Kostitsyn doesn’t turn it around that is)


  39. Storm Man says:

    Did you watch a Bulldogs game this year? I see your very good and the copy and paste game. I would like you to add some insight on the state of the Habs from what you see with your own eyes and your own words. Anyone can come on here and copy and paste and try and spin it as if they know what they are taking about. More and more you are like some of the sheep on here.

  40. nightmare_49 says:

     C – Merci.

  41. CanadienBoy says:

    like Bowmen and Toe Blake ?

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Derfab had no need to go off on that ridiculous tangent about Boucher, but I am getting tired of everyone freaking out that we lost Boucher like he was going to be our new Bowman. Like some guys can dominate the AHL as a player but never run the board in the NHL, it can also happen with coachs.

    I wish Guy Boucher luck as he gave me and fellow Hammertown folk a great AHL season to watch and I hope if he does well, he’ll come home to Montreal in a few years to take over here. Thing is, I also remember him icing a questionable lineup in Game 7 against the Texas Stars, including a couple guys who had been sitting on the IR list until that critical game they ended up losing. He is not infallible.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. HardHabits says:

    you’re like a mouse and I am like a cat

    I decide when I am through with you

    nice try squirming though

  44. TripleX says:

    The only similarity between Anderson and Boucher is that they coached in the AHL.

    Anderson represents the old way of making it to the NHL and Boucher is the new model.

    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  45. Rugger says:

    Wow, tying the three pillars of Hollywood Science fiction into one sentance: Lost in Space, Star Trek, Star Wars.  Well done Bill!

  46. TripleX says:

    Just responding to the poster who was insulting Boucher unnecessarily in order to prop up the new Hamilton coach.  If you have to insult the former coach to make the new coach look good, I have to wonder how confident one is in his credentials. 

    No need to call Boucher a putz or McGill twit is there?



    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t think he even read the story in the link.

    The nurse must be late with the afternoon tranquilizer.


  48. TorontoHabsFan says:

    John Anderson – another coach who won everything in the AHL.  Didn’t really work so well in the NHL though.

    How ’bout we wait a tic before we think about renaming the Jack Adams trophy the Guy Boucher shall we?

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yet he has not coached one NHL game to date. How about we wait for him to coach a while before we call this a disaster?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  50. pmaraw says:

    the only time “how many cups did they win?” is valid, is when we’re talking about the habs vs another team with a fan of that other team and the topic is who is the better team.

  51. nightmare_49 says:

     Engeles – Gagne not a hometown boy, he is from Ste.Foy.

  52. Castor says:

    Apparently my internet connection was excited about no more Brunet. Sorry for the double post.

  53. nightmare_49 says:

    C – Where’s your source on the Brunet firing? ? ?

  54. Mark C says:

    Why are you quoting words I didn’t even write?

  55. TripleX says:

    Take the blinders off  and look at Boucher’s short but brilliant career as a head coach.

    See what the Columbus Dispatch had to say about the man:

    Boucher has three degrees – bachelor’s degrees in history and biosystems engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Montreal.

    Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who played under Boucher at Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07, was wowed by Boucher’s motivational tactics.

    “Every day was a new challenge for the players, and every player was accountable to the team,” Brassard said. “I’ve never played for a guy like him, a guy who is capable of getting the best out of every player. He was always in your head, always keeping you energized and motivated. It was always very motivating.”

    A few of Boucher’s favorite sayings, according to recent articles:

    • “You don’t motivate people; you activate something in them that already exists.”

    • “Let’s get out of the ‘why’ and get into the ‘how.'”

    • “I don’t coach systems, I coach people.”

    Boucher is the poster boy for the NEW coaching style that is tailor made for the mentality of athletes of today.  Martin is a relic whose carrot and stick system was archaic a decade ago and even more so now.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  56. Castor says:

    You’re just constantly negative. Why do you come here?


    His article points out the weaknesses as much as it does the strengths. He’s right for the most part.
    The only way we’re going to compete in a healthy way is if Pouliot, Lapierre and AK play very well. If they stink it up again the team is screwed. (Having Eller and Boyd play marginally well will, of course, help too.

  57. Bob Barker says:

    Worst colour commentator in the history of the franchise. 

  58. Bill J says:

    +1 nicely done :)

    lol @ “young turks”


  59. ManApart says:

    This offense is soft and one-dimensional enough. Kariya is the softest man alive. In theory he’would be right at home here, but it would be a terrible addition. He can’t even score anymore anyway.

  60. Danno says:

    “When you’re getting pelted with shitballs deputy, you gotta get a shit
    bat.” Mr. Lahey.


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

  61. likehoy says:

    that was epic…lemieux makes everyone look like a fool by not doing anything! the opposite from what you would expect

  62. Bill J says:

    LMFAO so true.

    Price could have said

    “I’m prepared to bend over at the negotiations, and pay the Habs to play for them”

    And Tony would have said “Do we really want someone who bow’s to these never-has-beens”

    Some things never change.


  63. HardHabits says:

    given the fact that you regurgitate yesterday’s posts you have nothing to say

    when you come up with a new idea then you can speak

    until then pg and bg look like young turks compared to you

  64. ManApart says:

    Like it. As you said below, we have to dump salary, so AK46 instead of Max Pac makes more sense. I’m still hopeful for Pax’s development. He’s a bigger body that can really skate. Montreal has nobody like this outside of AK46, who doesn’t feel like trying most of the time. I think te Habs D is way too soft and old. Bieksa would make a great addition and make that top 6 look very good. It’s also Hammer’s last season.

  65. Bill J says:

    Please stop using Boucher as an argument for your position.

    You make me feel all icky inside when I “partly” agree with you.


  66. likehoy says:

    well i’m more worried for AK and pouliot sucking…who are currently penciled into our top 6…insurance never hurt anyone did it? 

    except those people on the phones…they’re just annoying.

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