Putting a human face on the Erik Cole trade

When Erik Cole was traded from the Canadiens to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for Michael Ryder, the two players weren’t the only ones impacted by the move.

Cole headed to Dallas, while leaving his wife and two children behind in Montreal so the kids can finish the school year and his daughter, who is in Grade 6, can take part in the school play, Annie, in which she plays the important character Daddy Warbucks.

Writes The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs, who spoke with Cole for nearly an hour after the trade: “…  a healthy bank account does not tuck Cole’s children in at night or make sure their homework is done. It does not attend the hockey games of his 8-year-old son, Landon. It does not sit down to a family supper, or occupy Cole’s side of the bed beside his wife, Emily.

“A hockey trade is an often cold business decision made for the benefit of the team. For the players involved, it is much more than a change of address or a matter of simply pulling on a different jersey.”

The Canadiens called up forward Gabriel Dumont from the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night, but coach Michel Therrien said following Saturday’s morning skate that he didn’t expect him to be in the linup against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Dumond leads the Bulldogs with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 52 games.

Brian Gionta, Francis Bouillon, Michael Ryder and Carey Price skipped the morning skate, but Price is expected to make his sixth straight start in goal. Rene Bourque and Raphael Diaz are still sidelined with concussions.

Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Penguins instead of Marc-Andre Fleury and Evgeni Malkin will miss his fourth game with a concussion. Vokoun has a 3-3-0 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and .891 save percentage this season.

RDS will show the third episode of 24CH at 6 p.m. Saturday and it will be repeated at 10:30 p.m.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Cole puts human face on trade to Dallas, by Dave Stubbs

Cole shoots down rumours of feud with Subban, by Dave Stubbs

A busy week for new Hab Ryder, by Brenda Branswell

Bergevin shows same qualities as GM that he did as player, by Stu Cowan

Therrien won’t be looking for revenge against Penguins, by The Canadian Press

Former Penguins coach Therrien up to old, familiar tricks with Montreal, by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some interesting facts about Sidney Crosby, by Stu Cowan

Pitter Pat-ter Notebook, by Pat Hickey

Habs renew AHL affiliation with Bulldogs, by The Canadian Press

486 Comments

  1. commandant says:

    A look at a potential Team USA roster for 2014. One Hab on the roster, and one knocking on the door.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/02/an-early-look-team-usa-hockey-and-the-2014-olympics/

    Go Habs Go!
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  2. commandant says:

    IR is for minimum of one week, and can be made retroactive to the day after the last game played.

    I wouldn’t read too much into Bourque being placed on IR and Diaz not. This really doesn’t say anything new, other than that Bourque is out for minimum the next two games (and we already knew that he’d miss those plus more). This however doesn’t mean that his injury is going to be months or anything. Basically we still don’t know how long he’ll be out.

    Same with Diaz, not going on IR is simply an acknowledgment that we don’t need another roster spot. We have 7 D on the roster, we don’t need a callup, so no reason to put him on IR. This is not an indication he’s progressing either.

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    • Boomer says:

      That’s what’s so frustrating with head injuries. No one has any idea when they will return. I hope Dumont gets to play during the road trip. It would be nice to see him play at the NHL level. Imagine him, gallagher and Subban p*ssing everyone off on the ice lol

  3. Willy the bum says:

    Bold prediction: Putting Price in both games this weekend, if the situation put the goalie in hand for Penguins game and the team will hopefully aid in blocking shots and turnarounds to give Price a breather in Bruins game.

    I will accept at least 3 out of the 4 points this weekend. It’s a biggie.

    • Boomer says:

      even 2 out of 4 points would be great… They really need to win the game VS the Bruins though

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I’ll be happy with two points. Tomorrow will be tough after tonight’s game. There will be a lot of skating tonight. Hopefully they will be able to sustain the barrage of hits tomorrow.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  4. CranbrookEd says:

    Have I missed something along the way . . . Pacioretty gets two minutes for boarding and has a phone hearing . . . Brown gets a five minute major for boarding – has he had a hearing?

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . . What ever happened to Johnny Jelly-Bean!?

  5. Danno says:

    How come the Habs play nine back-to-back games this season but the Bruins only play five?

    What’s up with that?

    http://dennis-kane.com/penguins-waddle-in/#comments

    ________________________________________

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

    • Habshire says:

      5 is wrong. Here are the totals.

      Total back to back games

      6…. BOS, NYR
      7…. FLO, NYI, PIT, VAN
      8…. EDM, LA, OTT, PHX, TB, WSH, WPG
      9…. BUF, CGY, CAR, COL, DAL, MIN, MTL, NSH, SJ, TOR
      10.. ANA, NJ, PHL, STL
      11.. CLB
      12.. CHI, DET

      Total games played on 2nd game of back to back when opponent does not play the previous day.

      2…. PIT
      3…. BOS, NYI, WPG
      4…. BUF, PHX, WSH
      5…. CAR, COL, DAL, FLO, NYR, OTT, TB
      6…. EDM, VAN
      7…. LA, MIN, MTL, NJ, NSH, STL
      8…. ANA, CGY, PHL
      9…. CHI, CLB, SJ, TOR
      11.. DET

      Total games played with with no game the previous day when opponent does play the previous day.

      11.. LA
      10.. CGY, VAN
      9…. NSH
      8…. PHX, STL
      7…. BUF, CHI, DET, FLO, NYI, NYR
      6…. ANA, BOS, CLB, COL, PIT, SJ, TB, WSH
      5…. EDM, MIN, NJ
      4…. DAL, WPG
      3…. CAR, MTL, OTT, PHL
      2…. TOR

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      The issues I have with back to backs are:
      Is the 2nd game against a fresh team?
      Are the b2b games always against the same teams ie; Bos, Buff, Phi as they seem to be.

      I like watching them but is it fair to everyone across the conference?

      ….Hab4life….

  6. Sportfan says:

    Tired of working every Saturday, but it happens have a great day guys and where ever you are enjoy the game it’ll be great GO HABS GO!

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Watch “Ted”…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • 24 Cups says:

      Timo – I live in Slowville so the news doesn’t travel very fast here.

      Finally got around to seeing the movie Ted, which my wife and I thought was quite the lark. Mila was in that flick and certainly added to the enjoyment level. My wife thought she was the main squeeze for Ashton Kutcher these days. Regardless, there will be many more opportunities to see her on screen as she is filming FIVE movies this year. That’s being totally hot in a completely different way!

      While I have you on the line, I was out pubbing last night and had dinner with a lady from Calgary. She didn’t have many good things to say about the city of Edmonton. Basically referred to it as a dump. No love lost between those two cities, to be sure.

    • Boomer says:

      I’m watching “An idiot Abroad” on discovery. Karl Pilkington is the 8th wonder of the world

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        “An idiot Abroad”…Mike Milbury vacation videos?

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

        • Boomer says:

          lol don’t know if I’d watch that unless he was on a safari and was torn to shreds by lions and jackals.
          But on a serious note “an idiot abroad” is a great show. I love it.

      • kempie says:

        He truly is an idiot genius.

        Ricky: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
        Karl: Wrong. What about polio?

    • likehoy says:

      dude, I watch every movie Mila Kunis is in just because..

    • Willy the bum says:

      What about “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”? Never saw it, but it sets in the hot sweaty beaches… and Mila’s in it.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    Arguably,the most important set of back-to-back games for the Habs in this shortened season.

    Win both,and I think Habs will definitely make the playoffs.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      I would argue that this team is already playoff bound. A weekend sweep and we may be contending for the division all year.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  8. Timo says:

    I wonder who will draw the assignment to babysit Sid tonight?

  9. Timo says:

    TSN just said (on Sportscenter) that both Bourque and Diaz are out indefinitely. Maybe I missed, but I haven’t heard word “indefinitely” before from the Habs. Either way, doesn’t look like they will be back anytime soon. Better get used to Kaberle.

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    We picked up a couple more bruises in Toronto last game, a couple players might not be game ready, so we have called up Dumont.

    If it is true!!??

  11. commandant says:

    5 game road trip. 2 games in 2 nights. It only makes sense to have a 13th forward up.

    Sometimes there are no ulterior motives, and what we see is actually what things are at face value.

    This isn’t the secretive don’t tell the fans anything, Pierre Gauthier regime any more.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Loonie says:

      He moved Cole without so much as a hint anything was going on. He said Gomez was part of the team’s plans and sent him packing a day later.

      • commandant says:

        Bruce Garrioch knew that Cole was on the block, publishing that just 2 days before.

        Go Habs Go!
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        • Loonie says:

          Bruce Garrioch? The guy’s worse than Eklund Ben. He throws EVERYTHING at the wall and hopes some of it sticks.

          Steps to becoming a speculative dink.

          1. Make a list of every struggling player in the NHL and create a rumour they’re being discussed as a trade option for a team who has a need at the position.

          2. Don’t ever say you’re speculating, just say that you’re hearing things through the grapevine or you have “sources”.

          On the day before last year’s draft I speculated that Jordan Staal would go to Carolina for Sutter and the Canes’ first round pick. It was dumb luck and just goes to show that anybody can speculate based on needs, mitigating circumstance and performance.

      • Curtis O Habs says:

        Any way you cut it, Gomez was part of the teams plan.

      • B says:

        As per the Gazette, Bergevin said Gomez was “a part of the team” (which he obviously was) the week before the buyout. Bergevin also said the decision on Gomez was made after he saw the final draft of the CBA at 11 p.m. Saturday and he met with Gomez at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

        http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/Montreal+Canadiens+send+Scott+Gomez/7813172/story.html

        This sounds different than your version of Bergevin saying Gomez he was a part of the Hab’s FUTURE and then dumping him the very next day. I don’t think Bergevin was being a douche or misleading anyone.

        –Go Habs Go!–

        • Loonie says:

          Mistake on my part, meant to type one week prior.

          But in any event, while Bergevin communicates more with the media than Gauthier did, it doesn’t mean he’s divulging the team’s plans to everyone who will listen.

          Assuming that Bergevin has benevolent interests when speaking with the media is incredibly naive.

          • B says:

            Who is assuming that benevolent interest crap? I just thought your post was inaccurate and made it sound like Bergevin was being a lying douche. There is a big difference between outright lying and not divulging your plans. The former is bad character while the later is just being smart.

            –Go Habs Go!–

        • wjc says:

          Bergevin, did what was right for the team and the CBA, moving forward. He did not allow a loop hole to interfere with long range plan.

          As it stands ‘Gomez’ looks finished, so comeback is stalled or over, but the season is not over.

          wjc

  12. NL Hab says:

    Has anyone else been on youtube watching Gallagher’s fights. He has fought a lot over the years. I love that kid more and more every day. What a competitor. However, the guys are a lot stronger in the NHL so I hope he don’t continue to fight as much as he has in the past. He could get some serious damage done if he fought the wrong guy. Plus, what a waste having him in the box for 5. But still, great character guy. When he fought Kosta in that 6-0 game, apparently everyone was jacked that he dropped the mitts. Even though they lost that game in every aspect, the guys really stood up for each other and they have gone 7-0-2 since.

    Et Le But

  13. NL Hab says:

    Big game tonight guys. The boys had that extra day of rest. Hopefully they come out fired up. The next 5 games after tonight are on the road, so it would be great to get a big win tonight. Malkin is not in the lineup which will be huge for us, but they still have a sick lineup. Plekanec is gonna have his hands full with Crosby. Hopefully they will keep Prust on that line for tonight as well. Very good shutdown guy. Try and contain Neal. Good test for our D tonight as well. Can’t wait.

    Et Le But

    • Timo says:

      I think Pens are still plenty dangerous even without Malkin. And, you never know what kind of crap MAF is going to pull playing in Mtl. Personally, I see another article tomorrow AM saying Habs got beat by a hot goalie (i can never get enough of those)

  14. Loonie says:

    Plenty of responses regarding the Dumont call up. Here’s why it doesn’t make sense as insurance today.

    Hamilton has four games in the next seven days and he’s been their best player. Sure he’s being rewarded for his play but this team has two defensemen ready to step in and Therrien hasn’t shown a reluctance to dress seven defensemen.

    This well could be a case of the team wanting insurance for the five game road trip and obviously that’s the reason given, but I have doubts.

    It wouldn’t be hard to get the kid to any of the locations they’ll be playing in during this road trip.

    I’d say he’s insurance for a roster move, not an injury.

    • Timo says:

      Will see, Mr. Detective :)
      Maybe Gionta?

    • NL Hab says:

      You could be right. However, Nokes is not available to play yet because of his injury, so they don’t have an extra forward. However, the deadline is only a month away and speculation will be only getting stronger by the day. Who is next to go. Gionta seems to be the consensus from most people. I can’t see them trading the captain. Maybe a couple of smaller moves (Weber for a 6th) or something like that. We will know soon enough I guess.

      Et Le But

    • Ozmodiar says:

      “Hamilton has four games in the next seven days and he’s been their best player.”

      MB’s primary concern is the Habs’ roster. The Dogs’ sched is an after-thought.

      • Loonie says:

        That’s true but I don’t see the reason to pluck him off of their roster without needing him.

        It isn’t like they’re going on a west coast trip.

      • Boomer says:

        “MB’s primary concern is the Habs Roster”… I was about to say that lol.
        It’s possible a roster move is coming as Loonie said, none of us know for sure but I guess we’ll see.

    • christophor says:

      no one ever gets called up just ‘because he deserves it’ but it’s common to bring along an extra forward on roadtrips in case of gameday injuries or illnesses.

      however, i’m not sure that works either, since the habs would be hard pressed to bring someone from hamilton to montreal in order to fill in for a gameday injury. nothing special about the road trip here.

      • Loonie says:

        Ian Schultz got a reward call up last year so that he’d get a few extra dollars in his bank account.

        Doesn’t happen often but it could be the case.

        If the lost games with Hamilton don’t matter to Bergevin I don’t know why Dumont wouldn’t have been called up for yesterday’s practice.

        It’s been handled in a very odd way.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Anybody mention that Dumont is a right-handed center man too?

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • wjc says:

      Maybe ‘Dumont’ is being rewarded for doing such a good job on the farm. Financially and perhaps a look see to what his potential might be.

      wjc

  15. Timo says:

    Are any of the Habs prospects playing on the Sask Blades?

    Also, did anyone see DiPietro being pulled after 1 period in the AHL? Talk about a career going downhill.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      DIetz and Thrower on defence. Dietz is having an exceptional season. Yah DiPietro, wow, but I guess he has to keep playing in order to collect his cheques.

    • GGtheHab says:

      deitz and thrower play d for them

    • Lafleurguy says:

      In case you were wondering, their goalie is Andrei Makarov, Vancouver prospect, and part of the goalie tandem in the recent World Juniors in that Russian city with the difficult name….North Hampton I think. The Americans with Alex Galchenyuk and Seth Jones took the gold. The only reason I followed this classy young man’s season was because he was very generous in allowing my grandson to pose for a picture with him at Pearson International.

      There seems to be a bite, a chill in the air in this morning’s series of posts. We need humour.

      Did everyone catch the proposed nickname for DD: “Breakfast” because he’s a Petite Desharnais?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  16. Timo says:

    So. What is happening with the Habs today, as opposed to poor widdle Ewik?

    • twilighthours says:

      Geez, I shouldn’t be feed your trolling, but:

      Timo, you have a daughter, what is she, two now? How would you feel if you had to leave her for the next 3 months?

      Even if I gave you a few million dollars, would you still miss her?

      I know you have a heart inside there somewhere. Even if it is cold and blackened.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Okay, I look forward to reading the answer to this. :) Should be classic Timo!

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Please spare the drama. Nobody is saying that Erik Cole does not genuinely miss his kids. All we are saying is that we have no sympathy for someone who made an uncoerced decision. Should he be made fun of? No (sorry Timo).

        If someone asked Erik Cole if he wanted people to feel sympathy for him, what do you think he would say? Sorry, but we have a right to feel that the article was a little melodramatic without our motivations being questioned.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think the team is presently introducing themselves in person to Bob Cole in order to help him with the play by play tonight.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Someone below suggested that you can’t like hockey and soccer because “soccer is gay”.

    First, using “gay” as a a synonym for lame? Really? In 2013?

    Second, if the love of man on man violence among some hockey fans isn’t an indication of sublimated homosexual desires I’ll eat a hockey puck.

    • Timo says:

      Guess that would explain Pierre McGuire. (JT long figured him out)

    • twilighthours says:

      LA loyalist. He’s been known to write some dumb@ss things.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      I’m not a huge Soccer fan, but I’ll watch a few matches of the World Cup. Some matches can be boring and slow paced when compared to Hockey. They seem to spend a lot of time mid-field just kicking it back and forth to each other. I realize that I may just not understand the strategy or system they are trying to employ.

      On the other hand I have seen some matches that really keep me on the edge of my seat. Fast paced, crisp passing and unbelievable feats of stamina. Even hockey is guilty of throwing a few boring games out there. The two sports are just different, but both can be highly entertaining at their heights.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • boing007 says:

      If you say so.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • likehoy says:

      I follow soccer and hockey closely and a couple of other friends do too and we all agree that the European soccer set up compared to the NHL is a lot better and a lot more consistent in terms of discipline.

      If a habs game is on at the same time as a manchester united game (never happens), I’d watch the habs game.. but if any other hockey game is on, I’d rather watch soccer.

      The sports are not comparable because the strategy and tactics are completely different, but the reason I’d choose soccer is because the strategy and tactics are much more complex and refined than hockey’s.

  18. mike3131 says:

    re. the poll question: I love both Gallys, but I would have to say that I favour Galchenyuk over Gallagher. Gallagher turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, however we selected Galchenyuk 3rd overall and we expect him to be a cornerstone centre for many years to come. I know he’s still 19, but I’m a bit disappointed after games where he goes pointless with 10-12 minutes of ice time – when he can be tearing it up in Sarnia with 20 mins TOI/game. I cannot help but remind myself of Latendresse and that rushing him to the NHL proved detrimental to the CH and his career.
    Now that we kept Galchenyuk on the big roster, I just really want him to make the most of the rare opportunities that he is given. I want him to get as many points (and preferably goals) as possible so that he stays confident and can continue to develop into that elite #1 centre that we expect him to be. So whenever Galchenyuk’s line is on the ice while I’m watching the game, I am pulled off the couch, looking forward to a big play from AGally27.

    https://twitter.com/mikelangerr

    • GGtheHab says:

      and him tearing it up in sarnia would help us how? not like he is in the pressbox or getting 5 mins a game, his ice is being well managed..even Guy didnt light it up his 1st year or 2

      • mike3131 says:

        I don’t want him to be another example of why not to rush players. Yes his TOI is being well managed, but I want to see more of him instead of Desharnais for example. And Pleky can use a reduced workload every now and then.

        https://twitter.com/mikelangerr

        • GGtheHab says:

          MT is putting him in positions to succeed, if Habs ever get up a few goals he will see more ice, in tight games he won’t..he wont be anothe Gui thats for sure..he is of strong mind and character

    • commandant says:

      Latendresse wasn’t ruinned. He still became a 27 goal scorer by the age of 23. He developped, even playing at the NHL level.

      The thing that has derailed his career is concussions, not being rushed to the NHL.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • mike3131 says:

        So I’ll rephrase: Bringing up Latendresse to the NHL at 19 years old proved detrimental to the CH and Lats’ tenure in Montreal – which resulted in us trading him for another team’s problem player Benoit Pouliot, who we eventually let go of for nothing in return.

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  19. HabinBurlington says:

    This current Habs team must be playing well, because a story about a player traded away dealing with the reality of moving away from his family has superseded any talk of hockey.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      We have to talk about something. One point about the article nobody made was how do you think a Dallas fan would feel reading this? The main reason Dallas traded for Cole was he has 2 years left on his contract. After reading this article and with the previous retirement comments, you can’t help thinking this guy might quit. I guess Dr. Recchi does not practice psychiatry.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  20. Kevy says:

    I’m not sure if this has been covered already but RDS was commenting that Dumont has been called up. Anyone know why?

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Trade is in the works. We are getting Perry and Crosby in a 3 team trade. ;)

      Just an insurance call-up.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

      • Loonie says:

        Nokelainen skated with the team yesterday. He would likely be the insurance, I’d say somebody else is dealing with the flu or an injury.

        Edit: John Lu just tweeted that he is in fact going to be insurance for the road trip.

        Weird decision. Something else may be in the works.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        While I have no idea if MB is working on a trade, one does have to believe that trade activity will soon begin to pick up. Season is fast approaching half way point, Eklund is also talking about getting his trade rumour spreadsheet going….. We know that is the true litmus test. :)

      • boing007 says:

        Throw in Stamkos while you’re at it.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Timo says:

      Like someone said below, because you can never have too many under 6 ft players.

    • Loonie says:

      Other than him deserving it I’m sure we’ll get notification shortly that there’s an injury to a centreman.

      I strongly believe Dumont will become an excellent third line centreman.

    • chanchilla says:

      The extended roadtrip is probably the reason we called him up, as chrisadiens said its just an insurance call-up. if someone gets hurt it’ll be nice to have him around.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think it is a reward for a guy who has played hard as hell in a losing season for the ‘Dogs.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ozmodiar says:

      With Bourque on IR, he’ll be the 13th forward for the road trip.

      Or, White will be dealt for Bordeleau with Dumont filling in until Nokie comes back.

  21. GGtheHab says:

    A nice sign of our depth, take another teams leading scorer and put him on our 3rd line..so far so good..if MB does have an iron in the fire I bet it be to our liking..he is turning out to be the right choice IMHO.

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    To anyone who thinks calling up Stortini would help, NO. Watching him last night, he just can’t skate to NHL levels. Yes he finishes every check he can, and he laid out a Binghampton Senator last night, but he would be a complete defensive liability on NHL ice.

    He is not an answer.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yep. Felt the same way when I watched the ‘Dogs play in the Bell Centre last weekend. He seems to do that ‘move your body and pump with your arms a lot’ skating style that bad skaters do (see Gill, Hal) to try to get some momentum going, but he never really gets going!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • chanchilla says:

      Stortini doesn’t belong to the habs. We can’t call him up even if we tried.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        You are correct, I didn’t even realize that either, until you said that and I looked on Capgeek. He is property of the AHL team only.

        Well done Chancilla!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      As much as I want to have an enforcer as one of the Habs reserves, he HAS to be able to skate. If he can’t, he’s useless (e.g., Laraque). As HIB stated, Stortini can’t skate.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  23. GGtheHab says:

    Unless he faces a ton of shots tonight. I would expect price to go back to back then rest Tuesday on Long Island, then play against Car and TB..I would take my chances with Budaj in against the isles and panthers..leaving Carey with 4 games in 11 days

    • Bill says:

      It’s definitely Price both games. He’s young and strong enough to play a back to back, obviously, and he’s better when he gets more work.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Bertrand Raymond is reporting that Budaj will be in the crease tonight as Price’s record vs the pens is on the wrong side of decent over the last two seasons. Give him the rest for the day as he will need to be extra sharp vs the cubs tomorrow especially with a big game tonight for the boys plus the travel right after the game to beantown for the ever famous back to back plus travel, that bettman loves, while the cubs stay home play an early game today and await the habs tomorrow night. Price will have to steal those two points for sure! He can’t afford any softies against the cubs!

        Shake and bake and I’m gone!

        • GGtheHab says:

          hope it is price, I will be behind the net in row R…go habs go, been practicing my Ole Ole all week..

          • Ozmodiar says:

            John Lu reports that it will be Price.

            I’ll take his word over Raymond’s because Raymond is an idiot.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            So Oz, I am still unsure how you feel about our friend Bertrand? :)

          • Mattyleg says:

            Hey, didn’t you see that photo that Raymond always trots out of him and Lafleur walking side-by-side in the 70s to validate his claims to knowing something about hockey?

            I guess not! Because otherwise, you’d know he’s a hockey genius.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • boing007 says:

            It took you all week? Must be a slow learner. Kidding.

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • GGtheHab says:

        and MAF is not..interesting..Price starts at home..not too many fans laying down bucks to watch Budaj..

        • boing007 says:

          The Habs could put Youppi between the pipes and still have a sellout.

          Richard R
          Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        I guess it looks like Price, and as a paying fan going to the game I would want to see Price over Budaj, but looking at the sched and the game vs the cubs tomorrow, I think Budaj can do the business today and win, while a rested Price is more than capable of stealing 2 points in beantown with a tired/travelled team playing in front of him. Just my thoughts…..I know Price can play both, but I think a night off especially with 2 softies in his last two games (which is allowed, not condeming here) is the best scenario for the boys.

        Shaker out!

  24. Sportfan says:

    Good morning Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland :P After a few happy days from beating the leafs is everyone reading for a crazy weekend ? Is Price playing tonight or tomorrow? Or is he doing both O.o

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  25. Ozmodiar says:

    Deepest apologies, but I have a hockey related question…

    Did anyone hear MB being interviewed on 690 before the Leaf game?

    He was asked what areas of the team he would look to improve after the Ryder trade. I was expecting a generic answer like: “we’re always looking to improve any part of our team if the opportunity is there…”. Instead he said something like: “I’m not going to answer that. I don’t want to tip our hand and say what we’re currently working on.”

    Just wondering if anyone else heard, and if so, did they get the same impression.

    I’ve got a feeling they’re targeting Patrick Bordeleau.

    • Whatever says:

      Supposedly he put a waiver claim on Tom Sestito. So, maybe he is trying to beef up a little with someone that can play somewhat and help out an over relied upon Prust.

      • neumann103 says:

        Yikes. Sestito is one of those dangerous cheap shot can’t actually fill a 4th line role who i would never want on my team under any circumstances.

        There are guys you hate to play against but love to have on your team, and then there are dangerous asshats like Sestito who ought to be auditioning for Jay Baruchel’s Goon II

        “Et le but!”

    • adamkennelly says:

      Bordeleau would be nice..big dude, can fight but he’s more than a pure goon and added bonus of being a MTLer.

    • Bill says:

      The fact that he avoided the cliché and gave the real answer either shows he’s direct, or that he wants the public to know that he IS working on improving the team. Or both.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • frontenac1 says:

      Glad to hear Marc is looking for a good Heavyweight. Dumont call up should be interesting. For a small lad he can handle his dukes. Enjoy amigos!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdpHL-SujhQ

    • Bill H says:

      Yes, I listened to the interview. I didn’t interpret the comment to mean that some sort of deal was pending. And I don’t remember the phrase “what we are currently working on.” What I remember is more along the lines of “the direction we want to go.” That, at least, is how I understood his comments. But you may have understood the correct meaning Oz. Its just not what jumped into my mind when I heard it.

  26. adamkennelly says:

    I find it very interesting MB put in a claim for Sestito. If that is true – then MB is acknowledging Habs could use some muscle up front- which is true and good news. Lets see if this idea dies on the vine or if MB is prepared to see that initiative through with other options. Kassian is top of my list.

  27. habsfan0 says:

    Next Saturday,March 9,marks exactly 4 years since Guy Carbonneau was fired as head coach. He has always maintained that he would eventually reveal exactly what was the reason for his firing. Still no word.

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Glad to see this as a topic.

    Had a chat about this yesterday (or the day before…?) and I brought up the same points. Leaving your family is difficult whether you’re making millions or minimum wage.

    Anybody who thinks that making money (regardless of how much) can replace family has to adjust their attitude. Anyone who says “I have no sympathy for people making millions” are usually saying that from the line at the lottery ticket counter.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • twilighthours says:

      Curious comments on here today, legault

    • Ozmodiar says:

      True, having money doesn’t mean he’ll miss his family any less (although will allow for long weekends in Dallas). Money isn’t the cure all. If he is pricked, does he not bleed? ;)

      Yet, he’s made his career choices and has to live with them. He’s making a lot of money and has a lot family time ahead of him in the off-seasons and in retirement (insert joke here). He’s in a better situation than most.

      So, he gets my empathy, but I’ll save the sympathy for others.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Well said Matty.

    • Whatever says:

      Millions of people are in the situation where work conflicts with family life, however for the majority it is more out of necessity or even survival. The article was pointless.

      • Mattyleg says:

        No, it wasn’t pointless.
        It’s to remind fans, some of whom see players as simply amalgamations of statistics, that there are people with families and personal lives behind the players they cheer for or sell down the river.

        Saying that this article is pointless simply because lots of people have similar issues means that stories like Turgenyev’s ‘True Love’ is pointless because everyone falls in love for the first time, or that an article about Chris Nilan’s struggles is pointless because loads of people overcome adversity.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Whatever says:

          I guess I don’t find this particular article a very compelling story.

          I guess I feel more for the kid who loses a brother to starvation in Africa to the kid who loses an iPhone at prep school.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Well then why are you reading hockey articles at all?
            It’s inherently shallow and ‘first-world’. Perhaps I can recommend you have a look at http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/ for stories you may find more compelling.

            Also, your comparison is not valid. Are you suggesting that someone dying is comparable to losing a gadget? I certainly hope not. A better comparison would be to ask yourself who you would feel more sorry for: An African (?) who loses a brother to starvation, or a prep school kid who loses a brother to cancer?

            I would feel equally bad for both.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Bill says:

      In any case, it’s not like Cole was even complaining. He was obviously asked, “Is it tough to leave your family?”. What’s he gonna say?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mattyleg says:

        Well originally he was asked if leaving was going to be tough, he said that it was hard to say goodbye to his teammates, but that the most difficult thing was coming, in saying goodbye to his family.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. rhino514 says:

    I do find it a bit classless that Ryder had to get in at 2:30 am or whatever and go to practice a few hour later, then he had to fly back on thursday to pick up his things and then fly back.
    Why not just wait till Saturday´s game? He´d be in better shape, more rested, and more productive. Less of a sudden upheaval from the family as well (not sure if he has one)
    All that to get him into wednesay´s game where he wasn´t going to be productive on four hours sleep and not knowing anything about his linemates…

    • deuce6 says:

      I would like to see him play with Plekanec…There is a history there and Gionta hasn’t been exactly lighting it up…

      Pacioretty-Desharnias-Gallagher
      Prust-Plex-Ryder
      Galchenyuk-Eller-Gionta

      ——————

      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • Mattyleg says:

      What exactly does ‘classless’ mean?
      I feel that this is another misuse of a commonly bandied-around word.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • mrhabby says:

      classless…thats to funny. thats the way it is in all sports. you hustle your butt to your new employee….come on man.

  30. frankcasting says:

    Boo Friggity Hoo Cole and anyone else making 4.5M and not having to spend a nickel of their own money for as much as a beer for 8 months a year. Breaks my heart.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  31. deuce6 says:

    Say what you want about the attempt at grabbing Sestito off of waivers, but Prust needs some help..We can’t expect this guy to go out there every night and “protect” Bergevin’s assets..Sure, Sestito may not be the caliber of hockey player of a Moen/Army/White, but he brings help in the muscle dept…Something, I am sure Prust would appreciate..

    ——————

    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • SlovakHab says:

      I’d rather lose a fight than lose a game.

      What’s the point of having a 6-minute player in the lineup when Therrien likes to roll his lines? Double-shift a player? Well then if 1 forward gets injured, you have to rotate 10 forwards.

      I don’t like the idea of having a non-player in the lineup at all, especially seeing how nice it is to have 4 good lines for freakin’ once in a long time.

      • deuce6 says:

        I’m not really saying Sestito is the answer, but I commend Bergevin for seeing an obvious weak spot in the physical game to help Prust…Say what you want, but Prust is a very important cog on this team…He puts his balls on the ice for the team and the team can’t have too many of those type of players…

        I agree, I would rather have a guy that can play a regular shift, but this is more about sending a message to Moen, IMO…

        Bottom line, Prust needs help…Whether it be from within the team or outside of the team..

        Ryan Clowe would be ideal..

        ——————

        Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I heard yesterday that the Habs did put a claim in on Sestito but I guess the rule is that when 2 teams try to claim the same player, the team lower in the standings gets him. The curse of 1st place!

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • The Cat says:

      I dont think theres a need for a special goon, but Moen and Amrstrong gotta help more with the ‘physicality’.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • homerbowen says:

      I gree with you, he needs help.

    • outsider89 says:

      Can MTL sign Stortini to a contract and call him up when need be? Prust does need help, esp. with the real big guys. Kinda like the mid 80’s when the NHL got flooded with “Tuff guys” and we had Kordic backing up Nilan.

  32. Kooch7800 says:

    Dumont has been called up. Who is injured?

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  33. Bill says:

    A lot of people here seem to think money is everything. I don’t.

    Whether you are a guy in the military, or someone working multiple jobs, or a millionaire athlete, it sucks to miss your kid’s hockey game and not be there to tuck them in.

    I am sure my kid would rather have me tying his skates and being in the next room while he goes to sleep than have me be a millionaire, and I bet Erik Cole’s kid would too.

    So why doesn’t Cole have the right to miss his kids? Do you resent him because he is rich?

    • SlovakHab says:

      He has the right to miss his kids and it surely sucks to miss your family when you have to move immediately for work.
      Our point is that he was with his kids the whole year since May, he will miss them for 3 months and then they are back together again until October.
      Then 2 more years of work and after that daddy is home every single day for the rest of his life if he wants to.

      So he is better off than most of daddies in the world.

      PS. Nobody said they resent him because of rich.
      I personally admire and model rich people.
      Our point is that he is in a great situation and the next 3 months are nothing dramatic. Sucks to be traded but he is better off than the rest of the world.

    • twilighthours says:

      Yes bill, I think that they do

    • The Cat says:

      Its one of the downfalls of being rich – you’re not allowed to complain at all.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • SlovakHab says:

        I see it differently.
        I think the reason why many people are rich is because they do not complain. They work hard, learn from mistakes, find a way to succeed and focus on their goals, rather then looking for crap to whinge about.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thought provoking indeed Bill. We are all faced with certain choices in life. Often the road to riches is filled with sacrifices and sometimes those sacrifices involve time we spend with our families. Most of us choose a balanced approach where we’re able to provide a comfortable living and still enjoy a decent amount of time to share with our loved ones. In the case of a professional athlete once they accept that career, and not many of us wouldn’t, the ability to make those choices is limited. The good news for Cole and others is that after a few years they’ll have a lot of time for their loved ones. The bad news? They can never replace the time that they missed.

      ———————————–

    • New says:

      Yes they do Bill. They feel his job is to entertain them, answer questions, accept their criticism, and open hospital wards. Most of them never walked into the dark alone to see what that sound was and dismiss such people as “doing what they’re paid to do.” When it turns out well they complain he is overpaid. When it turns out badly they complain he is stupid to have done that. Cole having a real life just complicates things. It makes him human, like them, and means he is juggling the same problems they do.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    So went and watched the Bulldogs last night, don’t have a great scouting report as the $3draft was in full effect….

    Pateryn and Tinordi stood out the most to me, but perhaps also because I focused on them quite a bit. Tinordi is still not big (heavy) enough for a callup in my opinion and I would sooner see Pateryn get that call.

    LL had a nice goal, but I have to say that collection of forwards in Hamilton just don’t really stand out, and if anyone does its Blunden.

    Team gave up some bad goals early, Mayer’s rebound control was a bit of a problem all night. But to me the strength of that Dogs team is their blueline. I was not overly impressed with how St. Denis played, I have seen them a few times and get the same impression each time. I don’t know why this is, given how good I thought he played with the Habs last year.

    I think the Dogs will be a much improved team next year, but need an injection of speed and talent at the forward/center positions.

    • 24 Cups says:

      I think everyone who can help the Habs this year are already on the present roster. That’s why I don’t think they should trade Kaberle or Weber until at least the deadline. Even Noke might have his day before the year is over.

      Dumont and St Denis are there as emergency call-ups but they are both close to becoming career AHLers. Leblanc will hopefully make an impact next season. Maybe replace Armstrong or become the 13th forward.

      • SlovakHab says:

        Dumont is 22 years old. I think he has a very nice NHL potential in a checking role.

        • 24 Cups says:

          He sure is a spark plug. In terms of the Habs, they can’t afford another small player. I feel we have one too many as it is.

          Next year will be Dumont’s 4th as a pro. If he has to go back to Hamilton that could be the next step to becoming a career minor leaguer. I imagine he will have to clear waivers so he might get picked up. Who knows, he might stick as a 14th forward for Montreal seeing he makes low coin.

          For me, a team’s 4th line center needs to have good size. It’s what the role dictates.

          • SlovakHab says:

            Dumont was drafted 3 years after Ryan White. Nokia might be gone soon, and White is not a guaranteed Hab, he still needs to work hard to get a guaranteed fulltime 4th line job. So Dumont still might have least 1-2 years to prove himself to Habs (or another organization if he is traded).

            Bulldogs fans – how is he looking compared to Ryan White of 2-3 years ago?

          • showey47 says:

            It will be ryan’s job to lose,he pretty much brings every facet of the game that you can ask of a 4th liner. Wins draws,kills penalties and can drop the mits. If he can keep his game on right side of the edge without going over he brings more then nokia and dumont.But with being a right handed shot dumont could easily take armstrongs spot,who really hasn’t shown much of anything.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Those two days will be both up in the not so distant future

      I agree though offensively there is not much there

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I heard they had to call a special late night emergency beer delivery to Coops last night. Any truth to that rumor?
      Morning bud.

      ———————————–

  35. 24 Cups says:

    “Numbers like Corsi and Fenwick are overrated a lot of the time … Hockey is an eyeball business … You’ve still got to watch guys … No one’s ever won a title with Moneyball.”

    “Statistics are like a lamp post to a drunk: Useful for support but not for illumination,” Burke said. “Statistics are going to tell you something. Where you take that data and where you take that research and apply it and add it to the other data sources you have — that’s where you’ll be successful. If you look at statistics and point to a column and say, ‘We’re drafting this guy’ — have fun. I hope you’re in my division.”

    Brian Burke (I just love the line about the lamp post)

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Thanks for that link Steve, and Good Morning.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Gerald – I’ll be happy if we can gain a split this weekend. Tonight is the game we should win seeing that the Pens have flattened out a bit.

        Price tonight with Budaj against the Bruins on Sunday?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Split would be great, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Price play both games. I know he had the flu, but he hasn’t played that much lately. YOur suggestion seems logical though.

          • Curtis O Habs says:

            I rarely gamble, but did lay down 20$ with a co-worker that Price gets both starts.

      • Mavid says:

        One guy comments about PK..cheapshots? I have never found him to be a cheapshot artist or dirty..last year he was a little cocky for sure, but he has toned it down alot this year..in interviews he is nothing but classy…I just don’t get it..

  36. 24 Cups says:

    “The Pens just haven’t been with it the last few games. No spark, no desire, no nothing but showing up at the game (and even that’s questionable). They’re used to dictating the games but now they’re left with playing a game of chase.”

    Pensburgh Blog, SB Nation

    Malkin (concussion) and Martin (bad back) are skating but listed as day to day.

  37. Propwash says:

    Off to Gatineau this morning to hang out with my dad for the weekend. He has sworn off watching the Habs due to the lockout, but I’m gonna change that.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good luck with that Prop, enjoy your time together, that is great you can have such a weekend. CHeers.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good luck Prop. He’s missing a hell of a ride. Let us know how you make out with it. You know us old farts can be pretty stubborn. Maybe a bribe?

      ———————————–

  38. Danno says:

    I found Cole’s denial about having difficulties with PK Subban a bit suspect because of the length at which he criticizes his style of play.

    ________________________________________

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

  39. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I’m sure it’s all tough on Cole and his kids, but it’s a bump in the road and they’ll work it out. It’s not like he had to leave them behind for six months to work in the faraway tarsands, or to go to sea and risk his life like my family members did to feed their kids. But I’m home with my kids this weekend and I love that, so hey, it must feel crappy.
    With his salary, he could quit and be retired at his age though – he has options many of the rest of us don’t. If the experience has left him bitter against the Habs, he could quit and go work for Hockey Night In Canada if he wanted. Money’s one way to freedom.

  40. SlovakHab says:

    Apparently (as per HOTP)

    Tom Sestito (6’5”, 228 lbs) that was placed on waivers yesterday by the Flyers in Philadelphia and claimed today by the Canucks in Vancouver, could have been a Montreal Canadien. Habs were reportedly one of 3 teams that filed the claim.

    Source: http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/french/2013/3/1/4054514/evite-de-justesse-sestit-r-o-tard-pour-en-parler

    • SlovakHab says:

      And let me add my personal opinion: The day we add a skill-less goon and start icing only 11 forwards that can play (or god forbid only 5 D), we are going down in the standings.

    • AliHaba says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong and Lord knows I’ve been wrong many times according to my wife but when a player goes on waivers the teams have the right to claim him on an ascending scale from last place to first. The player goes to the first team that claims him. Since the Habs are ahead of the Canucks (who’d have thought that), Vancouver got to claim before Montreal. There can never be any more than one team file a claim on a waivered player.

      • 24 Cups says:

        In theory, I think alll 29 teams can file a claim (of intent) to take a player from the waiver wire. As you mentioned, the player goes to the team with the lowest point total.

        The claimed player would then have to fit onto the team’s 23 man roster. If the team is already at 23, then they would in turn have to either send a player down to the minors (who doesn’t have to clear) or put another player on waivers.

        Some teams may be under the 23 man roster limit due to injuries. An example of that would be the Habs with Bourque, Diaz and Noke on the sidelines. If everyone becomes healthy, then the Habs will have to move a player.

      • SlovakHab says:

        Vancouver, Chicago and Habs reportedly filed (the intent to) the claim and Vancouver got the player because they are lowest in the standings.

  41. Da Hema says:

    I very much appreciated what Erik Cole brought to the team, and was not surfing the wave of anti-Cole sentiment that emerged from the HIO commentariat. I also hope Cole does very well in Dallas.

    What I really cannot understand is the purpose of Stubb’s article. I respect him too much to call it fluff. Yet I found it a complete waste of my time. I did not learn anything meaningful about Cole. Indeed, as so many posters noted below, it may have hardened my view of NHL players as pampered prima donnas whose lives are a veritable fantasy in relation to 98% of Canadians.

    It seems to me there are many more important issues concerning the Canadiens Stubbs should be addressing rather than these “human interest” stories.

  42. NightRyder says:

    Part of having the “healthy bank account” is knowing things like this are a routine aspect of the business. Plus, he’s already unable to tuck his kids in many nights during the school year because of road games.
    I wouldn’t say this puts a “human face” on anything. A “human face” on something is the guy who doesn’t see his kids at night because he’s working two jobs just to feed them. Pardon me if I can’t muster a ton of sympathy at all for a guy who will make $40 million playing a kid’s game for a living.
    If it were all about tucking the kids in, he could do it every night if he wanted to.
    This isn’t bashing Erik Cole at all. But it’s like the writer develops man-crushes on some of these guys. This is straight pablum.

  43. The Jackal says:

    Gonna miss Cole, totally agree with what 24 Cups said.
    I hope it’s a good trade for us in the end, but he’s a guy who I think is going to be missed, on the ice and off the ice.

  44. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I can just see PJ Stock having a field day on HNIC tomorrow about the speculations that there was a problem between Cole & Subban.

  45. Timo says:

    Does Jessica work for TSN or they are just stealing her stuff?

    http://www.tsn.ca/montreal/blogs/habs_report/?id=417139

  46. The Dude says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M8dSW6Mhoo….Says it all! Clowe’s up for a new contract and is a 2nd line N.H.L.er.I would trade almost anyone one on the Habs”but not Price,Subban,DD,Pac ,Galli, Prust,Gelin” to get this NewfoundLucic 30 year old and put him where he belongs,the Fabled Canadiens!

  47. ProHabs says:

    I never get tired of seeing the habs add a 5ft10 185 pound player to the team. Welcome aboard dumont

  48. The Jackal says:

    Speaking of deals, just to go back to everyone’s favourite blunder.
    From Jay Feaster’s release, it is clear that he, his advisers, and OR’s agent, all understood that the NHL interpreted the article in question in a way that would not have resulted in clearing waivers.
    Commandant responded earlier something around the opposite of this.

    It’s easy to mix up what Feaster said as them thinking they had a different interpretation than what the NHL may have, and in such a case they would fight it. That does not make sense, that’s too much of a gamble any way, regardless of how sure you are. What he said was that his team knew the way the NHL interpreted these issues was not exactly true to the letter, and thus they felt that it was a safe move to make. They did not act then expect to contest what the NHL said, if contrary to their interpretation.

    This is just another blown up story that comes after the fact, as Feaster said, it is purely academic now, but still, it’s worth clearing up. While the move was risky in terms of picks for a player, it was not in terms of losing him via waivers. Now, Feaster’s performance overall is another topic, but on this particular issue, his judgement is being framed quite inaccurately.

  49. Clay says:

    Chicago! Can anyone stop them?

    __________________________
    ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  50. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder if Cole acted the way he did during the lockout to facilitate his exit from Montreal.

  51. Timo says:

    “… a healthy bank account does not tuck Cole’s children in at night or make sure their homework is done. It does not attend the hockey games of his 8-year-old son, Landon. It does not sit down to a family supper, or occupy Cole’s side of the bed beside his wife, Emily.”

    Someone here pass me a tissue as I cannot stop the tears. Pooah wittow Ewik.

    Like others noted, with a healthy bank account Cole can choose to call it a career and stay home. Or maybe get a 9-5 job for 50K/year? Both will allow him to tuck his kids to bed, take his son to hockey games and get an occasional nookie from his wife. It’s all a matter of choice and I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for him.

  52. savethepuck says:

    Very curious to see who starts in net tomorrow. My thought is if Price starts MT plans on playing him in both. Obviously Boston is the more important game of the 2. I expect Budaj tomorrow, but you never know.

  53. Chrisadiens says:

    One thing about Cole being praised for waiving his NTC. He had a limited NTC, which to my understanding means that he makes a list of teams he will not accept a trade to at the beginning of the year. Dallas was not on the list, so its not like he waived his NTC right?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  54. kempie says:

    Dumont called up from Hamilton.

  55. Chrisadiens says:

    Best wishes Cole. He left with class and his head held high. No finger pointing or trash talking after he left. Just a thank you. Classy Cole, all the best in Dallas.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Clay says:

      I agree. I appreciate that last season he gave his all for the team. Good luck to him.

      __________________________
      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  56. H.Upmann says:

    Are we trading a later round pick for Staubitz???

  57. Boomer says:

    Just wanna say, the poll the question is one of the most unfair questions I’ve ever seen lol. For Shame! making us choose…

  58. twilighthours says:

    Every single parent among us could easily work a different job with less pay and fewer hours so that we could spend more time with our kids. Most of us lament the fact that we can’t spend more time with our kids.

    Our situations are the same as Cole’s, just to a different degree.

    Why the complaints? This is less about inducing sympathy for Cole and more about how much he gets paid.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Sorry but I disagree. I don’t believe anyone here has an issue with how much Cole makes. I could care less (unless we are talking about the salary cap). Whether intentionally or not (likely not), this article is trying to induce sympathy for a multi-milionaire whose job does not allow him to spend enough time with his family. The “healthy bank account” paragraph above clearly illustrates this. Erik Cole’s situation is not the same as everyone else’s. He does not have to work. We do. He made a choice to keep playing and making money so I do not see why anyone should have any sympathy for him. Sorry.

      There have been many stories in the past about fourth liners who keep playing as long as possible and anywhere possible so they can save enough before their careers are over. I have sympathy for them and their families as they change teams frequently with always a stressful cloud of uncertainty that this may be their last year. That fourth liner has to keep playing…Erik Cole doesn’t.

      BTW my favorite story was of Glen Metropolit playing in Switzerland after leaving the Habs. It was nice to read about him earning similar salary with excellent benefits for him and his family. I think Mr. Stubbs wrote that article as well. I guess I just have a different reaction to today’s article.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  59. L Elle says:

    Growing up, watching my favourite team play, I had no idea how much money they made, or other terms of their contract. I just enjoyed watching them play.

    I have now been sensitized to things like cap hits, the CBA, and long-term plans for the team. This is why I understand Cole being traded, but I loved him as a Hab. I trust MB and Co., and I truly believe, their intentions are not just to make the playoffs, and win a cup every once in a blue moon, but to build a dynasty. On the road to success, there will be casualties like Cole.

    It’s a good thing I really like Ryder, and have already forgotten that highlight reel save he made on Pleks. ; )

  60. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    According to TSN 4 other teams made offers to O’Reilly. Uncle Feaster was not the only one asleep…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  61. Boomer says:

    If anyone ever gets the chance to catch a NCAA game with university of Minnesota let me know what you think of Dman Nate Scmidt. I believe he’s 22, undrafted, but having a breakout year. I like his hands and vision. Anyways, if anyone ever sees him let me know what you think of him :)

  62. commandant says:

    I always liked Cole and was glad to see him in a Montreal uniform. He had a great year, last year, and I’m sad to see him go, even if this is the best move for the franchise long-term.

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  63. Mavid says:

    3D Ultrasound tomorrow..so excited..then a big win for the boys..gonna be a great day

  64. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice read on Cole. Truly a classy individual. Too bad things didn’t work out for him this year. I wish him the best.

  65. 24 Cups says:

    Kovalev on the clock in Florida.

    The article is fluff but the comment section is well worth the read.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=417114

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Can he fight? Bring him back to take Orr on! ;)

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  66. Sportfan says:

    So baseball an imaginary Question for people who were Expos fans if Saputo and Stephen Bronfman were whiling to spend the money could they work as co owners of a baseball team? Again I’m just using my imagination here haha

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      They are too good businessmen to take that risk. Baseball is a bad business here. Salaries are a joke. TV contract is poor. Finally, who wants to go to 80 games in the summer? Soccer is the future…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        The MLB TV contract is amazing. The U.S. national TV deal pays every team something like $30 million dollars, and that’s before regional tv rights for about 150 games. The “poorest” MLB teams are profitable.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I believe a major league baseball team could make it in Montreal again providing the team played in a retro style stadium with a retractable roof located downtown near a Metro station,which is where they were going to build such an edifice a few years ago. Also, a salary cap would have to be imposed on all major league teams,as MLB is the only major sports league in North America without one. Revenue sharing among the teams is also something that MLB should emulate from the NFL. If a small market team like the Green Bay Packers can compete with a large market team like the New York Giants, the NFL is obviously doing something right.

    • The Juice says:

      I would be off the Jay’s bandwagon and back to the ‘Spos faster than you can say “circuit”!

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    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      If they could find a way to turn each game into a party, a new intimate stadium downtown, would be packed. All my favourite memories of the Expos were when Jarry Park or the stadium were festive. Beer, hotdogs, a Montreal summer night …nothin better.

  67. SlovakHab says:

    I am sure it’s not easy for a hockey player to be without his family for the next 2-3 months and I am sure that the bank account won’t tuck his kids in bed when the father is in Dallas. Life without challenges doesn’t exist.

    But Cole was home with kids every single day since last May, while getting paid very handsomely until he healed. They have money to spend for the rest of their lives, and their father will retire in 2 or 3 years, if not sooner. They can be together every single day again.

    99% of the fathers in the world would swap their situation with Cole’s. If not 99.9%. Might be tough short term, but 1-2 years from now they won’t even remember this situation and will be absolutely fine.

    Money itself is not important, but it affects everything in life that is important. Health, education, relationships, experiences, the quality of food you eat… And I am pretty sure that Cole family is fine in that regard. Wish them well but don’t feel sorry for them one bit.

    As for Cole the player, I am absolutely stoked that we got the best out of him (first year) and then traded him for assets (3rd pick + a player that we can choose to retain or not to, and this player can score some goals and improve our PP). I cannot imagine what an albatross he’d be in the last 2 years of his contract for the Canadiens.

    On the right wing, we have (skilled top-9 players) Gionta, Gallagher and Ryder, and coming up are Kristo, Leblanc and Collberg. There is no place on a good team for a 36-37 year old Cole.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Good post. “a healthy bank account does not tuck Cole’s children in at night”…of course not BUT that is his choice. Unless he has the same investment guy as Mike Modano, he has made made enough to retire and live comfortably if he wanted to. I can not have sympathy for someone who has a choice and chooses to play a game and make more $$$ instead of staying home with his family. Many people do not have that choice. I never saw my father growing up because he was working two jobs and going to school so that one day my siblings and I would have a better life than he did. Cole has already set up his family financially. I don’t know the exact reasons why he continues to play but he clearly values it more than the time he is missing with his family. Barry Sanders could have played many years more but he decided at the time there is something worth more than football to him. Erik Cole has not done that yet with hockey…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • chanchilla says:

        This article doesn’t really factor in that he’s away from his kid 50% fo the season at any rate. I understand it, but Agree 100%, no one’s putting a gun to your head saying you have to play professional hockey.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I really find it hard to take the way some HI/O fans have thrown Cole overboard. He was an idol here last season and now after 20 games he’s an afterthought. I get the trade but not the rationalization.

        In terms of why he continues to play, it’s for the same reasons that Markov, Gionta and Bouillon continue to play. Erik Cole is 34 years old. I don’t have a head count but I’m sure there are lots of guys in the NHL in the 34-40 age range. How about Datsyuk, St Louis, Iginla and Koivu.

        Is there anyone on this site who would turn down 9.0M over the next two years to play the game they love?

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          Our comments are about the article trying to induce sympathy for someone who made an uncoerced choice. I have no issue with hockey players salaries. Good for them. The answer to your last questions is not that simple. If you have children and money in the bank, the time spent with them may be more valuable than playing hockey to some players and not to others. It is obviously not to Erik Cole.

          BTW he was an excellent player for the Habs. A free agent who lived up to his contract last year. I believe MB made the right move but we will only know in the future.

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

        • SlovakHab says:

          24, I think this is exactly point of the discussion. He gets paid fantastic money to play the game he loves, we assume.

          So I think he is doing fantastic. Sure a couple of weeks won’t be easy, but he will be just fine.

          As for throwing Cole overboard, it is not as bad as it looks to you. We loved 34-year old Cole, and liked 35-year old. I was really worried about him as he gets older, so glad we got a good production out of him without being handcuffed in 1-2 seasons time. Salary cap went down, his production is going down – it is very unlikely he’ll score 35 again. So we got a good deal by having him for a shorter period of time.

          I thank Erik Cole for the memories and wish him all the best in Dallas, namely that he stays healthy and won’t be tossed around again in case he slows down considerably and he won’t be desired any more. Hope for his sake that it won’t happen.

          • 24 Cups says:

            I thought Dave Stubbs did a great interview with Cole. It showed the human, emotional side to a trade. It could have been the same for any Hab, not just Cole.

            I wasn’t very pleased with the signing last year. Too much term for me. But that is what’s needed when you want to bring in guys such as Cole, Gionta, Hamrlik and Cammy.

            One of the big benefits of this deal is supposed to be the extra cap space. The team doesn’t really need it for next year but they might the year after. In another year or two, there will be another Cole, or maybe a Hamrilk. The cycle with start all over again.

            And so it goes.

    • The Juice says:

      I love my son more than anything in the world but if I had to work in another city for 3 months to make $5M I would do it in a hearbeat!

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      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        And you would not want or ask anyone to feel sorry for you if you missed spending time with him…

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Danno says:

      He waived his no-trade clause so it’s not like he didn’t want to move to Dallas.

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  68. Bozo McBozo says:

    Isn’t it nice to have a team that when they go down a goal it’s no big deal? And, more importantly, guys running the squad that you can finally have some confidence in? Marc Bergivin and Michel, formerly Mike, Therrien have given us all more than we could have hoped for this year.

  69. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    Relaxing for the big game tomorrow. I say 2-points Habs.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Yeah, no Malkin. Not sure on Sunday @Monsters Inc. ….

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  70. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Where is everybody?

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  71. Timo says:

    There are dads who HAVE to work odd and multiple jobs so that their kids can go to a hockey school and so that they actually have a bed to be tucked in.

  72. Danno says:

    That is a polite way of putting it!

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  73. Danno says:

    Boston has only five back-to-back games in their schedule. Habs have nine.

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

  74. The Cat says:

    Buffalo

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  75. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Sabres, both games. Hard to believe.

  76. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    Danno – hope you’re not using that for an excuse should they lose some of those games. Good teams win no matter.

  77. Habshire says:

    Sorry Danno. Upon further counting I was right the 1st time about Boston…

    Jan 28, 29
    Mar 2, 3
    Mar 11, 12
    Mar 16, 17
    Mar 30, 31
    Apr 10, 11

    The cancelled game was during Feb 9, 10

  78. wjc says:

    Nobody can just be better, there has to be a conspiracy theory floated.

    wjc


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