PuckCast, Vol. 6., No. 1 [Podcast]

The Canadiens get down to business on Friday with physicals ahead of Saturday’s opening strides of training camp on the ice of their practice facility in Brossard.

New faces like Erik Cole and Peter Budaj will be in attendance, as will several players who missed large parts of last season with injuries. Max Pacioretty and Josh Gorges appear ready to go, but there are questions surrounding the health of defenceman Andreo Markov.

Today, Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan, sports writer Pat Hickey and the newest member of the Gazette’s sports team, Mike Boone discuss Markov’s health, Carey Price and many other things ahead of training camp.


  1. cmaddy says:

    Ok need help’. I am with bell now and cannot find the game on TV!!

  2. DEANDALLEY says:

    Well, the so called experts predict the Habs to battle for 8th spot this season. Boone says maybe lower than that! What are these guys smokin?

    I predict the Habs to finish 1st in the Northeast & 3 in the East!

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Negative news sells much better than positive news, look at CNN, BBC, CBC websites… littered with negative news.

      Unfortunately journalism and news are also trying to “sell” their product.

      Much like Wikipedia trashes Britanica for the last few years, so will blog type news wipe out sponsored news outlets.

      • punkster says:

        Good god I hope not because then we’ll be treated to nothing more than manufactured “news” for increased hits to sell advertising or at the very least to prove who has the bigger richard (if you catch my drift).

        So what exactly is the difference between the “news” the main stream media reports and the “news” that blogs report? Who do you believe and why?

        Today’s information technology permits you and I to have the best of both worlds and if used prudently can encourage us to make well informed decisions.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Mike Boone says:

      In my case, locally-grown. I’m green that way.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

  3. cuzzie says:

    Vicarious, from TOOL as the the new Hab Song. No more of these mama boys type music. Work Hard, Play Hard, F— Hard! Go Habs Go!

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    Thanks for your efforts gentlemen, I’m looking forward to future installments. I would point out that the sound needs attention, some of your voices were much louder than others, I found myself fiddling with the volume quite a bit. Thanks.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  5. twocents says:

    Baring calamitous events, this team is guaranteed a playoff spot, in my view.

    I think Mio is wrong about depth. Given the current state of the NHL, the Habs are a comparatively deep team. When you have players like Desharnais, Kostitsyn and Eller slated for bottom 6 positions and you have 7 D with meaningful NHL experience, on top of one who has been a pro in a real league for more than 5 years, you are deep. Check out how many games Boston’s seventh and eight D have.

    • Agreed Eric. I’m hoping to see you around here more often as the season kicks into gear! Although I think the person you’re disagreeing with is Stu Cowan


      • twocents says:

        Oops, I wondered if that was the case. Thanks, Andrew.

        I’m sure I’ll be kicking my bits in here and there. I’ll be looking for your observations too.

        • HabFab says:

          “pop” doesn’t count…

          Unless your Luke Skywalker.

        • I look forward to it, almost as much as I look forward to the next ‘sky is falling’ hyped of media event that spells certain disaster for the team.

          What I really don’t get about the consensus among media types is the old adage of “if all goes well” the Habs top out at 5th or 6th. Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong last year and we landed in 6th… The team has undoubtedly improved, yet our goals are lessened? Confusing.


          • HardHabits says:

            The Habs finished 6th, 8th, 8th, 1st, 10th, 7th, 7th, 10th, 8th, and 11th in the past 10 seasons.

            1 elite finish
            6 bubble finishes
            3 finishes outside the play-off picture

            That is the record of a team that, apart from 1 season, has perennially fought for its play-off life.

            The Habs potential is not good enough to sway the pundits and it shouldn’t until they prove themselves.

            It’s like counting chickens before the eggs have hatched.

          • That would be relevant if the team was even remotely similar to it’s former incarnations over the last decade, but it isn’t. The sample size we’re dealing with here is 2 years, and really the team vastly improved last year to the point where 09-10 is hardly even a comparable.


          • twocents says:

            I don’t quite get it either. Writers are always hedging in general, but the inclination seems more so where the Habs are concerned.

            For the most part though, many sports writers seldom go beyond expecting last year’s biggest winners to do well and seldom go out a limb except to identify rising teams, when the risk of them falling further, due to them being so low to begin with, is not much.

            The other predictable attitude is to expect good things from teams who have made big off-season splashes, like Buffalo. In those cases it’s easy to justify the hype and just as easy to reverse field if things don’t pan, with a bad chemistry angle.

            The subtler situations are always, “going to be battling it out for a playoff spot”. It’s safe.

            I have to run, we’ll see around later.

          • HardHabits says:

            The Habs still have to prove themselves and until they do so for a few years running, they will always carry around their middle of the pack baggage.

            The bottom line is they have been a mediocre team for 2 decades now and even though they are on an up swing with a promising group of players in development in the farm system and a team that looks like it has a good chance to make the play-offs again, the Habs have yet to reach any heights consistently.

            They are showing progress; a Calder Cup and two game 7 losses in the Conference finals for the AHL affiliate and a Conference Final and 7 game heart-breaker to the eventual Cup Champions for the big team but it’s still a series of close but no cigar.

            Therefore the 8th place bubble team prognostications.

  6. HabFab says:

    And the real reason Special Secret Agent Boone came over to the Sports desk full time.

  7. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Finished podcast, short sighted, like saying Carey SHOULD play 72 games… Cos we want him tired in playoffs…

    Basically its like reading our armchair GM comments… but they actually get paid for it.

    “they’re not an elite team, but they can go far in the playoffs” thats an oxymoron Pat… did this guy finish highschool?

  8. HabFab says:

    PK’s latest Nike video. Brought his brothers in with him.

  9. HabFab says:

    But this kid keeps getting rave reviews. Believe he is the youngest player we have.

  10. HabFab says:

    Have not seen anything positive on Palushaj out of the Rookie camp and here’s another.

  11. habsrock_3 says:

    I like a tribe called quest, solid group. Funny how Pierre was ripping the Habs while at TSN and now we’re solid shot to take it, WTF. Anyways, I’m not worried, we’re a better team then last yr with Max n Josh! Final position on D may have a bit of turnover and when we’re locked in the top. 6 come trade deadline, we’ll pick up a dman then. Go Habs go!

  12. 24 Cups says:

    The most underrated person on this website is Pat Hickey. Which I kind of find ironic seeing that he is the most knowledgeable Hab observer on the site (with apologies to the headmaster).

    Pat attends every practice and game and has access to the room. He also doesn’t succumb to a ‘cheerleader mentality’ that is so prevalent on this site. When he speaks, fans should listen.

    Mr. Hickey has some great comments to make on AK46, Scott Gomez, Carey Price and the Habs’ fortunes for the upcoming season. Well worth the listen.

    • Timo says:

      He just succumbs to cheerleaders…

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Right this podcast has no AK bashing at all… yah ok…

      Sure Hickey is part of the team, he shares a room with them, LOL…. no journalist has too much access, and the fact that Hickey tends to give his opinion so openly based on what he thinks and often without any numbers proof shows he’s not a real journalist. He’s basically a blogger.

      Plus one of the guys from the podcasts talks about medical conditions like he’s a Dr. I had enough of Dr Mario already.

  13. MJ says:

    This is my first post on HIO after a summer of silent observation while missing hockey. Thanks for helping me get through it 🙂

    I just finished going through the payroll of every team in the league and its related cap hit and two interesting facts came to my attention:
    1) two teams in the league are over the cap ceiling: Washington with close to 900K and Buffalo with about 4.5 mil
    2) Not only are the Habs far from being the only team with cap room to spare (and the means to spend it), sadly the Bruins have about 5.1 mil available after signing Marchand, once they reach the cap ceiling they’ll be allowed to spend an extra 4 mil courtesy Marc Savard being gone for the season.

    Having said that, the available cap space presents PG with some rather intriguing options in the event of serious injury to one of our core players during the season (fingers crossed), to acquire a player for a deep playoff run (fingers and toes crossed) and/or to pick up a player that say Buffalo might have to dump to come under the cap; Paul Gaustad anyone?

    For 2.5 mil we can have a 4th line with all 6’4″ of aggression that Gaustad brings at center, White on the right and Moen or Darche on the left. How about that for a 4th line? IMO that would certainly be something to make other teams sit up and take notice.

    Besides the obvious stated above, why Gaustad? Well the Sabres have 5 centers on their roster (Roy, Gaustad, Ennis, Gerbe, McCormick) so in a salary dump, I would think that’s where they will be looking first. Make it happen PG.


  14. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Well if its just knee effusion, then it’s just what they say, a set back. Time will heal it… and Markov needs to tone down on his workouts, I dont get why he doesnt just swim instead… you can swim with knees locked and keep cardio while keeping the knee safe…

  15. HabFab says:

    Our Lady of the Rock provides translation of AK and JM’s meeting.

  16. cuzzie says:

    Just heard on the team 990. Pierre Mcguire likes the Habs chances this year.Wow! The difference there is when you work for NBC and not TSN (toronto sports network).

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I don’t know if it has to do with the company he works for. He’s just a tool

    • Bugs says:

      I heard a bit yesterday from him with Melnyk where he said “If all goes well injury-wise and Markov’s in the line-up, I think they can be competitive (and then, the best part, he added); I honestly believe that, Mitch.”
      I was like “Wow, way to go out on a limb, buddy! ‘I think they’re gonna be competitive’, you don’t SAY?”
      Hey, guess what? The ISLANDERS are “gonna be competitive” too. So are the Oilers and the leafs.
      If they WEREN’T “competitive”, we’d beat them 8 to 1 all the time. Of COURSE, they’re gonna be competitive. What a fabulous prediction, jeez.
      Gonna hafta agree with others that this cat is becoming increasingly toolish as time goes by. Being on NBC will only exacerbate the trend, I believe.
      Gimme scoops, not runaround half-statements specifically designed to placate. I get THAT from Jack Marty, ferpetessakes.
      Speakin of, did you hear what he said about K Senior? “Well, uh, I think that he’s a forward who’s a player on our team, and I think that he has one year left on his contract, and also, I think that he’s a free agent next year.”
      Oh, is THAT what you THINK, Jack?
      Well, I’m one up on you cuz I KNOW all those things.
      The man is a master at PRETENDING to say something. Now, I’m supposed to be impressed at McGuire broche-à-foin attempt to emulate the MASTER?
      No, sir.

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Aw geez Markov should know better.
      You can’t just have a horse sit on your lap like that .

      I joke I joke, I know I’m going to hell but I had to make a funny. She is very beautiful. There

  17. slychard says:

    No panickboys it’s all water under the brid… Uh, knee. Its a minor set back is all.

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