PuckCast, Vol. 2, No. 14 [Podcast]

This week you’ve got The Gazette’s all-star PuckCast lineup of Pat Hickey at centre and Dave Stubbs and Mike Boone on the wings, with Kevin Mio in nets. So we have no defence – kind of like the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre last night.

On this week’s menu: the dilemma facing pressbox-sitter Mathieu Dandenault, who must be patient for his return to action; the return after a 19-game injury rehabilitation of Steve Bégin; the Canadiens depth – good or bad?; now, into New Jersey to face those damn Devils; Alex Tanguay to the Canadiens?; the Penguins’ Georges Laraque and how to deal with him; the lustre, or lack thereof, of the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game; and the firing in Toronto of general manager John Ferguson Jr.

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  1. Bill H says:

    Your comments about Ryder are not born out by facts. Ryder started to turn his game around on Dec 28, after going pointless for 13 games. Since that time, he is -1 and has 5G 2A 7Pts in 11 games. During that stretch, he has had very little time on the PP. I wouldn’t say his record is sterling in that time, but your pitch has long been stale. He’s hardly the worst on the team. Can’t you find anything else to talk about? Its starting to appear as if you have a sexual fixation for the man.

  2. TradeRyder says:

    Interesting Puckcast!

    More daring than most….

    The suggestion that Breezer is skating in pain with a broken foot to come back to meet contract obligations is a little shocking. Not much of a team play if that’s what he’s doing. They said it a couple of times. We’re so deep on D, it almost sounds like we’ll need to trade one away soon.

    Sounds like there’s no room for Dandenault (note: these aren’t perfect quotes, but close) “it must have been tough for Dandenault to watch that 4th line do what it did…. Begin did not miss a beat” and as Mike Boone said: “Lets be realistic in assessing what he’s contributed this year, he’s -10, not a fighter and the guy who replace him had the Gordy Howe hattrick. “ I hope they trade him. Minus 10… energy and guts is what we need from our 3rd and 4th lines… not Dandy’s kind of play.

    Loved the comment on the likelihood of a Tunguay deal – that Montreal won’t give up what Calgary wants… but “They’d give up Michael Ryder in a heartbeat… but I don’t think anyone wants Michael Ryder”. Harsh but true… and I don’t think Ryder’s goals are making much difference – as he scores more again he slips back into minus territory. So his offensive game may be back, but he might have had to sacrifice his offensive game to do it.

    Good, upbeat puckcast, good insight. Thanks Kevin!

    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  3. Ian G Cobb says:

    Our hearts are going to beat a long time watching Ryder at the Bell Center.

    This is the era of the cap, you have to draft and develop your own. Ryder will stay, just ask me !

  4. cautiousoptimist says:

    Dandenault won’t be around for long – as amazing a skater as he is, he gets paid to much to just be a solid bouche-trou. Watch for a 2-for-1 trade that sees him packaged with another Hab for a solid return. Gainey’s a clever man, and this would be a great way to free up some cap space and press box space while improving the team.

  5. mjames says:

    Where do you plan on playing this “solid return”?


  6. Y says:

    A little something I noticed. Mr. Hickey mentioned Brashear playing for the Flyers. He plays for the Caps now.

  7. Corio says:

    Pretty sure some changes/additions will be made before Feb 26th

    GO HABS!

  8. mjames says:

    On what basis do you make that statement?


  9. mjames says:

    What would be really nice and why?


  10. mjames says:

    I thought so. Anything as long it is a trade – brilliant


  11. mjames says:

    The team had made several changes already – the two K’s O’Byrne, Lapierre, Hamrlik – How much more do you want?


  12. Kilgore Trout says:

    hahaha @ reebok crutches

  13. SUMO says:

    In Bob we trust.

    Thanks guys for the usual great insight. Just want to pass on to Pat Hickey that I am one listener who ALWAYS appreciates his comments on guys down on the farm or in the system. Last year he would occassionally talk about the impressive play of Ryan O’Byrne and now he is in Montreal. Its also encouraging to hear that he thinks Pavel Valentenko is playing well and could be called up for a “taste” of the big leagues.

    Having a brief update on one prospect whether he be in Hamilton, Junior or Europe would be appreciated. Just a suggestion.

    – SUMO

  14. Ed says:

    P.J. Stock also thinks he will stay. I thought he would definitely be gone, but now I don’t know.

  15. Ed says:

    Yes, those are good stats for a guy with little time on the PP, and little even strength time as well. The -1 happened in the last game when Ryder and Koivu were on the PK, and Boston scored 1 second after the penalty expired. It was the first time in 7 games that he was a minus, and with an 8-2 game, it really did not matter. TradeRyder does not care, as he has his own agenda.

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