PuckCast, Vol. 2, No. 16 [Podcast]

The Canadiens have gone through some highs and lows this week after having narrowed the gap on the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators to only one point after defeating the Sens. But the Habs stumbled in a loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday and the team’s play has started to slide a little bit.

In this week’s podcast, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey and Mike Boone, as well as moderator Kevin Mio, examine the team’s play over the last few games and discuss some of the lapses the team has suffered from lately. We also look at the return of Carey Price, how Cristobal Huet will handle the increased workload he has faced and is likely to continue facing in the coming weeks.

Also up for discussion is the possible return of Ryan O’Byrne, the Saku Koivu situation, the team’s lack of secondary scoring and what, if any, moves general manager Bob Gainey will make before the looming trad deadline.

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  1. Cable Guy says:

    Found this on the Globe and Mail sports section….

    Wharnsby: Price’s promotion pays off for Kostitsyn
    Tim Wharnsby, today at 9:27 AM EST

    The happiest guy in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room to see the return of rookie goalie Carey Price earlier this week was freshman forward Sergei Kostitsyn.

    You see, when the Canadiens embark on a swing through Florida to the play the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Canadiens will sit down for the annual rookie dinner on Sunday in the Tampa area.

    If Price had not returned to Montreal after a month finding his form with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, Kostitsyn would paid for the entire dinner. Now, at least, he can share the expensive venture with Price.

    Price, who made his first start for the Canadiens since Jan. 5, lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time in fourth starts this season.

    Another rookie, defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, was returned to the Bulldogs as he starts his road to recovery from a hand injury.

    Meanwhile, Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau urged newspaper reporters following his team’s 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday to be hard on his team. He was concerned about the team’s lack of defence, having surrendered 12 goals in three home games this week.

  2. Praj12 says:

    What a team, if only they could keep the same tempo going from game to game like Ottawa did at the beginning of the season. They knew that the laffs were going to come out smoking and should have reacted accordingly. Oh well the roller coaster ride continues……..until April 5th.

  3. nick says:

    Can someone explain to me why theres such a lack of confidence in Halak? On the Organizations part that is… I mean he performed pretty well at the end of last year… so whats the problem?

  4. Kevin says:

    Regarding the Halak situation:

    I think that Gainey wants to make sure that he can confidently not re-sign Huet next year and still have some high calibre goaltending. So he’s trying to give Price as much playtime as possible before the end of the season. And if things go according to plan and Price shows that he can take over reasonably well next season, it will be 1A Price, 1B Halak.

    This is what I hope at least because a Price/Halak combo would be fantastic, especially since it gives the Habs extra cap space next year if they don’t have to shell out 4M$ for a goaltender. The following season when they have to renegociate a few more contracts (including the goalies), they will be shedding Dandenault and Bouillon’s salary in favour of younger/cheaper guys.

  5. PureGuava says:

    Come on guys! A) Streit is a better defensemen than forward
    B) He has scored about 80% of his points as a D-man C) He is a sound defender, that can play point on the number two PP in hockey. He is as good a passer as anyone on the best passing team in the east. He can play forward pretty damn well too, and is about 5th in scoring for his position in the league – That’s about 3 million on the open market for a player of his value. Kovalev, Plekanec, Markov, Streit and Huet – without those five guys consistantly showing up, this team would be 14th in the east. Start giving him the credit he deserves without blanketing it in some wierd Carbonian justification.

  6. nick says:

    3 million!! ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssh… Don’t say that too loud or someone will hear. We can’t afford 3 million for Streit, nor do i think Gainey would spend that much on him. Personally i see Streit at about the 1.5m area.

  7. Cable Guy says:

    Streit is is $2.2 – $2.5 million a year player.

  8. PureGuava says:

    It will take at least 2 million to keep him here is all i’m saying. Believe me, on the open market he could fetch more. The guy can play 20 minutes a game, is versatile, a great passer, and his shot is one of the best kept secrets on the blue line. The Komisarik’s and Hamerlik’s are great to have, but produce zero offense. We need goals! Mark Streit is doing more then his part to help create them, and is not a defensive liability. Re-signing this guy should be a priority.

  9. tony d says:

    Enjoyed the podcast gents…some good points made.
    Other than his mother and maybe some people who live in Afghani caves, I don’t think Dandenault is attractive to anyone. (All kidding aside) I’d like to see him, Ryder and possibly Halak packaged together so Bob can trade them for someone like Olli Jokinen..,, maybe even throw in a Grabovski to top it off
    I’m also worried about our 1 scoring line and with this tight race, we need more offense.
    Ever since the Lecavalier dream died, then Ovechkin, my fingers are remaining crossed for Olli
    c’mon Bob, work your magic

  10. Gooner says:

    You are right on. I believe jokinen would be a great addition to this team. I believe that Bob should do whatever it takes within reason to get this deal done.

  11. Gooner says:

    I don’t want to burst your bubble, but I don’t think Price is going to play as much as possible. Not with the way Huet has been playing. The only time you are going to see Price right now is when Huet needs a rest. I am glad that you are not the GM of this team.

  12. Wencz says:

    Hey Puckcast, I disagree with you guys completely about Carey’s performance the other night. He made some excellent saves, handled the puck well and had no chance on any of those goals. Great comeback.

  13. courneya12mac 1 says:

    he was impressive in first and second period and outstanding in the 3rd price did a great job but we need more offense , ……….. trade seems a possibility

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