Prust set to face former Rangers teammates

The Canadiens game against the Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN 690 Radio) will be somewhat of a homecoming for Habs tough-guy Brandon Prust, who spent three seasons in New York before signing a four-year, $10-million free-agent contract with Montreal last summer.

While Rangers coach John Tortorella told Larry Brooks of the New York Post that he will see “a guy in a Montreal uniform” goalie Henrik Lundqvist had more to say about Prust.

“He’s a funny guy, a good player who helped us a lot on the penalty kill and who takes a lot of pain for the group,” Lundqvist told Brooks. “What stands out to me is how hard he works and how he puts his body on the line for the team. I respect that a lot. He has a big heart.”

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(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Rangers expect muscle from old pal Prust, by Larry Brooks of the New York Post

Prust tries to keep up with Galchenyuk, by Pat Hickey

Rangers recall 6-foot-4, 230-pounder Brandon Mashinter from AHL, by Larry Brooks of New York Post

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Rangers

Budaj shuts out Hurricanes, by Pat Hickey

White shows cooler head, by Dave Stubbs

With four hockey sons, Mrs. Staal has seen it all, by Brenda Branswell

Pacioretty’s goal brings back memories of J.C. Tremblay, by Stu Cowan

Ex-Hab Darche hangs up his skates, by Brenda Branswell

Habs vs. Hurricanes photo gallery

155 Comments

  1. ed says:

    there’s a poster here who keeps bringing up the name, Theo Pekham, a 25 year old d-man, 6’2 and 245 lbs, who is Edmonton Oilers’ property.

    I know he’s tough as nails. That’s about all I know about him.

    If we had him as a 7th d-man, to rotate into the lineup in case of injury, or against certain very physical teams, wouldn’t that be more valuable then having Yannick Weber?

    Would the Oilers be looking for a right handed shooting, offensive d-man, Weber, in exchange for Pekham?

    Is that a realistic trade for both teams, and one that maybe would make sense for both teams?

    Throwing it out there.

  2. Niklas says:

    Hobie, i’m with you guys that we need to have a heavyweight on our fourthline.
    I’m really surprised though that no one has mentioned Patrick Bordeleau who plays
    for the Avs? Check him out, thats who we need for our fourt line.

  3. helluva habs fan says:

    Alright, another Habs game tonight!

    10-4-1, not too shabby at all. That’s a 2:1 win/loss record. Beauty! It’s fun to be a Habs fan again.

  4. HabinBurlington says:

    Some 2013 Draft notes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_NHL_Entry_Draft

    Columbus has 3 1st round picks this year, their own, L.A. Kings and NY Rangers.

    Interesting, once the Kings qualified for the Playoffs, Columbus had choice of last year draft or this year. They chose well, can you imagine if the Kings actually continue to have a bad year?

    Also apparantly the Devils still have the option of forfeiting either this upcoming 1st round pick or the following season. I was sure I had read this upcoming season was the year it had to be forfeited.

  5. habs001 says:

    The Habs have only about 6 players on the current roster under 25…The Habs do seem to have many potential young talent in their system…If the Habs are in the same position at the trade deadline as they are now it will be interesting to see what philosophy the team takes in adding talent for a potential suprise cup run(this being a unique season)…

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    So Stubbs tweets that Mayer is signing in Europe. Clearly Tokarski becomes the #1 goalie in Hamilton now. I like that there may be some upside with this young goalie. However, as I have said in the past, perhaps this is the year we use a draft choice on a goalie and see what we get.

    I do find it funny that the 2nd round pick Brian Burke traded away to improve his 1st round pick two years ago for Tyler Biggs turned into the World Junior Gold medal Goalie. John Gibson.

    Goalies seem to be the one position where good to great ones can be found in late rounds.

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    In the limited exposure Galchenyuk has had on the riveting drama 24CH, I sure get the impression of an extremely level headed kid. Seems to me we have the good fortune of a talented player with no “bad ego” per se.

  8. Luke says:

    Ok folks. Last Call. 21 minutes before the new thread. Let’s start wrapping things up here…

  9. Timo says:

    I am wondering… as these guys fight, are they not allowed to use any martial arts techniques? All they ever seem to do is just a punch or avoid the punch… what if someone did any kind of joint manipulation, locks, chokes, or any other number of MA moves? Has anyone seen anything like that before?

  10. Mustang says:

    I haven’t seen anyone else mention this so I will bring it up. At the NHL level, we always hear the need for bigger players. I saw a clip on Montreal TVA (French TV) this morning about a 12 year old kid playing Pee Wee hockey, that is 6′ 6″, 250lbs. He is the size of Chara playing with and against other 12 year olds that are about 5′ tall. I only saw part of the clip but I think he is going to be playing in a tornament somehwhere (Quebec City?) this weekend.

    • gK_HabsFan says:

      I saw that clip. The kid looked awkward on the ice, but it probably has more with him growing too quickly, and not being accustomed to his height.

      He was a full 2 feet taller than some kids. At his age he should have fun playing the sport, and not worry about anything else.

  11. La Duke 16 says:

    QUESTION OF THE MINUTE –
    Do we start trading our press box defenseman now, or wait until the trade deadline?
    When will we receive the most value?

    • commandant says:

      If you can deal Kaberle, you deal him as soon as you get a good offer.

      Also I only trade one of the two “press box defencemen” because injuries are bound to happen, you won’t go through the entire season with just 6 D unless we are extraordinarily lucky.

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      • Kooch7800 says:

        St Denis is a good option to call up. If you can move Kabby I agree don’t hesitate.

        Weber is more useful to us and has a friendlier cap hit. In saying that Weber should be given a shot somewhere in the NHL

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Do I always have to agree with you Kooch? Okay, I do agree with you again….. :)

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Sorry Gerald! Not much cause of debate on these topics I guess LOL

            They also need to give guys like Tinordi, in Beaulieu a few games up to know what they need to do to stay there. I think both of the above could come up and not really hurt us that bad.

            I really like the look of our D in two years with Price.

            Just need to work on that offense

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • dano58 says:

        If dealing Kaka take any offer from anyone even a bag of used pucks to clear cap space for a press box guy.

        GO HABS GO!!!

        “Opinions are like assholes and everybody has one.”
        Hopefully the Habs brass only takes the best ones!

    • kempie says:

      I’d wait until the deadline. Teams are always clamouring for PMD by then. Even Kaberle might look appealing to somebody.

    • RobertAlanFord says:

      With the Cap decreasing next year, a 7th rounsder and a bag of puck is preferable to Kaberle’s cap hit. Weber is decent enough backup on D. If injuries persist then the next step is calling up Tinordi. So I say move Kaberle as soon as the opportunity arises.

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  12. Kevy says:

    Just to kill time…and to add to the draft discussions below.
    Would you prefer Galchenyuk or the #3 this year? Should be Drouin or Barkov by all reports so far.

    I think Chucky will be the better player overall and I love his attitude.

    • jols101 says:

      I think we really got a steal with Galchenyuk at #3. If not for his injury he would have challenged Nail for 1st overall.

      But either Barkov or Drouin would look beautiful in a Habs Jersey.

      Could you imagine the Habs down the middle with Barkov.
      Galchenyuk
      Barkov
      Eller
      Pleks
      DD

      Our biggest weakness over the last 20 years would be our biggest strength.

      But, we are winning games this year, too bad. (joking, kind of..)

      • Kooch7800 says:

        LOL I was just typing something similar when you posted. Great minds I guess

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree with both jols and kooch. Agree that if AG had not been hurt last year it is a coin flip between he and Yakupov.

        Given our need for a bigger centerman, I am ecstatic with who we got.

        Having said all that, lets make a Sam Pollock type move and get a pick which lands us Drouin, for years we can hear about Galchenyuk to Drouin, Et BUt!!!!

        • jols101 says:

          That would be nice. Wish you were our GM. We would need to trade someone decent to a team that thinks they are better then they really are for their 1st round pick. Then cross our fingers and hope for a melt down…

    • Kooch7800 says:

      If Galchenyuk didn’t get injured and miss most of his draft year I am confident he would have went first overall. His game is better all round compared to Yak and he is bigger and a fitness nut.

      Yak is struggling with his defensive game so far in the NHL where you can see Gally is much more developed in that area

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • pmaraw says:

        I think a lot of that is the management and team, the habs were better than they showed last year, and chucky got the better team for sure, edmonton is just a team full of hot shots and show boats, no real leadership there, except smyth, but he’s no baby sitter.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Even before though in Jr Gally was looked at having a better all round game than Yak. i still think Yak will be a good NHLer but you are right Edmonton needs more vets on there team for leadership

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • boing007 says:

            Send them Kaberlazy.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      No comment on the upcoming youngsters because of no familiarity, but Alex the Great version 2013, is the most impressive Montreal 18 or 19 yr. old since the debut of a very swift Serge Savard circa 1968. Hope it’s not sacrilege to say that Alex has been more impressive so far than the debut of the greatest smoking athlete the hockey world has seen, the Great Flower.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      The thing that stands out to me is that Galchenyuk doesn’t have any sort of glaring weaknesses to his game (his shot, vision, passing, stickhandling, speed are very good although apparently his acceleration could be better [if anything]).

      He also has a very strong work ethic, and was raised by his father to become a professional hockey player, which shows in his maturity for a now 19 year old. His intangibles are unquestionable and are what should make him continue his development and be successful at the NHL level.

  13. kempie says:

    I’m really starting to hate the term ‘measuring stick game’. Shouldn’t this be considered more of a ‘measuring stick game’ for the Rangers, more so than for the Habs?

  14. Lafleurguy says:

    GP G A +/- PIM

    McDonagh 14 1 3 0 4
    Diaz 15 0 11 4 4
    Subban 9 3 3 1 10
    (Markov) 15 4 6 -1 6

  15. commandant says:

    Max V with a look at what is going right for Toronto so far this season.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/02/19/essential-hockey-toronto-maple-leafs-after-burke/

    Go Habs Go!
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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Having read some of his previous articles, I now understand why he doesn’t seem to mention the Habs too often in whatever news roundup he does.

      In any case, the Leafs will probably continue to have a good record: they only started playing against Ottawa after they lost both Spezza and Karlsson, and their toughest matchup was against the Bruins on Feb 2 – for the rest of February, they will not need to face the Pens, Rangers, Bruins or even the Devils. Two sets of back-to-back games during the month.

    • 24 Cups says:

      There’s also the point that Damien Cox made this morning – Nonis/Carlyle aren’t afraid to sit players with huge contracts who aren’t producing anymore.

      Could you imagine how laff fans would feel if they had Seguin and Hamilton on their team?

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    Looking at the above Moen Vs Prust scrap, and all of Moen’s other scraps, he always get’s into that tailspin and he and the other combatant spin around and around. Moen doesn’t often land any devastating blows. He’s always swinging wildly. He does a good job of avoid getting his but kicked but really never destroys an opponent.

    just something I’ve noticed over the years…

  17. LUCASHOCKEY13 says:

    Or Budaj

  18. LUCASHOCKEY13 says:

    They should trade carry price for Pekka Rinne

    • A lateral talent move that’s almost equal in salary, but lose a very good young Canadian boy for a player who’s 30, and makes 7 million for the next 7 years? Now what do you say?

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  19. LUCASHOCKEY13 says:

    Prust is gonna show them what he is made of

  20. ont fan says:

    So Bourque is now Cole and since Diaz has come on we never hear about McDonagh.

  21. gK_HabsFan says:

    Although we are off to a great start, I am a little concerned with the Gionta’s play. He seems sluggish out there. Not capitalizing on his scoring chances, losing puck battles, and overall just not the standard of play we have seen him play over the last couple of years.

    While watching last nights game, Bourque and Plekanec would start the cycle, and almost every single time Gionta got the puck, he would lose it. Although he has been okay in the D-zone, his O-zone play has been inconsistent at best.

    This makes me question whether the Habs will re-sign him when his contract expires. In the long term, I just can’t see the Habs having three players under 5’8 in the top six (DD and Gallagher).

    On a side note, i would LOVE to see Gio – DD – Gally73 for just one shift LOL

  22. Lafleurguy says:

    Continuing on the topic of successful draftpicks, Brendan Gallagher may be Habs’ best mid to late round pick since Andrei Markov was a 6th rounder back in ’98. Helps to release the frustration of wasting good work by Trevor Timmins who unearthed NHLers with a sixth round pick, Matt D’Agostini(Aaron Palushaj), a seventh round pick, Sergei Kostitsyn (Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis), and a ninth round pick, Jaroslave Halak (Lars Eller, Ian Schultz) only to have one GM or another fritter them away. Lars Eller could be considered excellent return on that particular year’s ninth round pick position i.e. not Jaro per se, but that pick position.

  23. adamkennelly says:

    big game tonight boys…measuring stick – mainly due to the back to back and the travel – not cause the Rags are good.

    remember the 6 goal comeback? I do.

    • iand says:

      I am looking for 2 tickets to the jets game on april 4 and 2 tickets to the bruins game april 6. I would like really good seats. I have never been to a habs game in montreal so I want the best seats i can get. Can anyone help me?

      24 cups

  24. otter649 says:

    There is a nasty flu going around The NHL – Bruins had 7 players & 1 coach miss practice today due to flu or flu like symptons…….

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Steve Kerley!
    after the weather gets a little more predictable, we should meet up and head for Mtl. I think I can scrape up a few tickets for a game. Meet up with some of the HIO Mtl. gang at Hurley’s.

  26. Steeltown Hab says:

    Any realistic return date for Gallagher out there yet?

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  27. Lafleurguy says:

    Galchenyuk is the best 3rd overall pick since Jonathan Toews. Better than Jonathan Huberdeau. Equal to Carey Price as the best Habs draftee in the Columbus Blue Jackets era. Honorable mentions to P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Price and the team have a lot more faith in their back up tender after the last two games. We all know Budaj can play now, he is not a Cary Price for sure, but we know he can play.

    So the coach now knows if he needs to pull Cary for any reason, that Budaj can stop a few pucks and the boys will play hard for him.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      +1; Budaj played well for the last seven games or so at the end of last season when Carey was concussed during a practice. Budaj also did record nine shutouts with the Avalanche. A more reliable no. 2 than Alex Auld, Michael Leighton, and Haroslav Jalak. :-)

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Obviously I didn’t read the article about Mrs Staal, but why would having four hockey sons mean you have seen it all?

    She lives on a farm in Thunder Bay and her kids play hockey.

    She actually hasn’t seen it all has she? I mean she’s probably seen less than just about every human being of her age.

    In fact after the first hockey playing son, the other hockey playing sons would add very little to her store of knowledge. She’d have seen more if one of her sons had played another sport, like water polo.

  30. jrshabs1 says:

    I guess the Rangers are taking a page out of the leafs playbook with their 6’4″ 230lb call up…..nobody on the current roster can touch that. Too bad 1 of the 2 useless D-man that never play and spend all their time in the pressbox couldn’t be traded for a 6’4″ 230lb meathead…why can’t he sit in the presser until he’s needed?

    Go Habs Go!!

  31. Loonie says:

    Sam McCaig of Yahoo Sports in his NHL Power Rankings has the Habs at #10 and says…..

    “They’ve been getting great contributions from a mobile defense corps and a couple of undersized rookies, but in the end the Habs will go as far as Carey Price can carry them.”

    A couple of undersized rookies?

    Galchenyuk is 6’2 and 190 lbs on a bad day and this just goes to show that any dumbass with a working computer and keyboard can become a hockey writer.

    (Sigh)

  32. Propwash says:

    Would be nice to see Prust pot one against his old team.

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  33. punkster says:

    Off to Hurley’s tonight with a few friends to see the game tonight. Should be fun. Best part is…no trolls!!!

    Come on down for some Subbangin’ good times, baby!

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Rob – Glad to see your comment about the West just being the West. I always look at the NHL as being like MLB. For me, the NHL is a 15 team league. There are lots of exciting players to watch out west, but who cares, they only count if you reach the final.

    In terms of the East, Pittsburgh and Boston have the truly dominate players (as you mentioned). The Rangers have the best goalie but it all drops off after that. I don’t get the Devils but I agree with you that Montreal could finish 4th or 5th. Ottawa is done and Washington is flirting with the Vegas odds so that could be two teams who the Habs might just get to unexpectly leapfrog over this season.

    Hab allegiances aside, I think it’s fair to say that Montreal is better than Winnipeg, the Isles and Florida. Certainly better in net where it counts the most. In theory, the Habs then only need to beat out two more teams for a playoff spot.

  35. OMG says:

    Someone mentioned Eller to Columbus for Brassard. No gain there. Both around the same size. Both capable of playing 2nd line. Eller would get more ice time in Columbus. I would probably make that trade with DD just to get more size. Not that I don’t like him.

    • Loonie says:

      Just say no to Walsh.

      Somebody should create a Walsh avatar with a prohibitive line ala no-smoking.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Actually that someone mentioned Brassard was available and that the GM of Columbus knew of Eller. But nowhere did that someone suggest make the trade for those two. In fact that someone later suggested DD for Brassard, but perhaps you speak of a someone other than I.

  36. habsfan0 says:

    I hope Carey Price is up to the challenge tonight.
    Peter Budaj will be watching.

  37. Propwash says:

    Stay classy Torts.

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  38. lavie says:

    Moen vs Prust, stop it!

  39. HabFanSince72 says:

    ‘John Tortorella told Larry Brooks of the New York Post that he will see “a guy in a Montreal uniform” ‘

    And we’ll see a dick behind the Rangers’ bench.

  40. dorvalhabsfan says:

    No man, Brian Boyle!!!!

    Go Habs Go

  41. BJ says:

    I would ask Washington about Erskine. I would try to add McIntyre as well. We need two heavy weights to handle Toronto, Boston, it would also help to handle #25 in Ottawa. It will be interesting to see if the Rangers call up has any influence on tonights game.


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