Red Fisher hangs ‘em up

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In Friday’s edition of The Gazette, publisher Alan Allnutt announced Red Fisher has retired from the newspaper.
Fisher had been covering the Canadiens – for The Gazette and Montreal Star – since March 17, 1955.
His first night on the hockey beat?
The Richard Riot

Saturday’s Gazette will have a bunch of good stuff on Fisher.

For now, HIO bids a fond farewell to a writer who has forgotten more about hockey than most of us will ever know.

• The Thursday edition of L’Antichambre featured speculation about whom Michel Therrien might hire as assistant coaches.

Eric Desjardins and Guy Lapointe have taken themselves out of the running.

Names mentioned on the telecast included Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, former L.A. Kings head coach Terry Murray, Saint John Sea Dogs coach Gerald Gallant, former Canadiens defencemen Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Gaston Gingras and L’Antichambre panelist Gaston Therrien (no relation to the head coach).

623 Comments

  1. frontenac1 says:

    Exactly what I saw Commandant! The RDS crowd was roo much for the kid!Get him back to Hamilton before its too late!

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Anybody else think its time to Cut Bait on Darche? I know he’s a Local Guy and team player but…..C”mon!

    • commandant says:

      Darche works his ass off, and hes got good hockey sense but he’s not very good

      All the toolbox but none of the tools

      I’d let him go

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Mathieu Darche as a 12th or 13th forward isn’t a bad place to be. I’m not going to discount the local kid angle, and I’d tack on a future with the team in coaching or management too, which would be an easy transition once he retires.

      The thing about Mathieu is he’s going to be a complete pro, model player on and off the ice, that kids can emulate to develop their own careers. Much better option than a frustrated fourth-liner who thinks he should be on the power play, or a misplaced kid like Louis Leblanc or Aaron Palushaj, who should be in Hamilton.

      He’s also very cheap, and he’ll be happy to get what he gets, and play like it, as opposed to other guys who might wonder if the grass is greener somewhere else.

      Finally, the fact that coaches love him and love putting him on the ice has to count for something. While it was ridiculous that Jacques Martin was using him on the powerplay rather than Erik Cole, it shows that he must do quite a few things right that he is trusted and used in all situations.

      Unless we luck out in free agency and we get at least three or four useful forwards and re-sign Travis Moen, Mathieu has a place on this team.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

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  3. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed! Re/ LL. The kid has the potential to be something really special. I do fear that the pressure from the Franco Media to rush him without criticism could wreck his progress. I would start him back in Hamilton this year away from the “journalistes” to develope his body and mind. With more meat on his bones and experience he could special.

  4. HardHabits says:

    Keep you political views to yourselves some say. This is a hockey site others bemoan.

    In other news being buried on last pages or categorically being ignored, there significant pipe line leakage with this image apparently being suppressed from news agencies web sites.

    If you want to read more about the story google Alberta pipeline leak. The Globe and Mail article has already passed 2,500 comments.

    Another article.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Personally, I don’t mind the political talk too much one here as long as it’s civil and in moderation, but the soccer talk has to stop. Gimme a break with the satin-wearing ballerinas please. It’s a fundamentally unwatchable sport. Yes, billions of people are wrong, mostly because they were never exposed to hockey. Kind of like the legions who have McDonald’s because they’ve never had fresh-caught trout on the campfire.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • ed lopaz says:

        I used to hate soccer.

        But I started watching it with an open mind and I have started to really enjoy the games.

        the passing, footwork, team play, is outstanding.

        like hockey, the game is much better watched live.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Yeah, those barnburner 1-0 insurmountable leads are quite the spectacle. Love how the players faint whenever contact occurs, love how they all cheat and then surround and assail the ref when they get caught, love those sideline throw-ins, love how penalty kickers have to hit the side of a barn from five metres and the goalie isn’t allowed to move, love how Queen Elizabeth throws the ceremonial first punch to start the riots, …

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • habstrinifan says:

      Hey Hardhabits I agree with you. This is seriosly being managed so as to go unnoticed … it is on Huffington post though.

  5. frontenac1 says:

    4th Line is not a goal production line. It exists for other reasons. Points generated on the 4th line are a bonus.

  6. frontenac1 says:

    Moen,White,Staubitz. There is your 4th Line to start the season.Adjust accordingly.

  7. frontenac1 says:

    Stadler leading at -7 .There’s hope for us over weight guys yet.

    • otter649 says:

      Ratings are up because most playoff games last year were on Versus – NBC Sports Network came into effect Jan 2012 so it was not hard to beat last season ratings when NBC is in more homes etc than Versus next season starting in Jan 2013 will give a better idea if The NHL is catching on in The USA & comparing ratings then……

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Just to clarify, Versus became the NBC Sports Network. It began life as an outdoors channel, then slowly morphed into a competitor for ESPN over a decade or so. So the NHL didn’t switch cable channels or anything. While the new name might attract more viewers, it is essentially the same cable outlet with the same reach. The big difference is with the new ten-year deal, NBC has committed more games on the main NBC channel instead of the cable arm.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Sports_Network

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • commandant says:

          Exactly its the same network in the same number of homes (slightly more cause it grows every year) but nothing has significantly changed except the name.

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          • otter649 says:

            Versus did not have the same reach as NBC now does – My brother for the last few years has gone down to Myrtle Beach for a golf holiday & was unable to see any hockey games in bars/resturants etc when games were on Versus (not carried on all cable networks) once The NHL went to NBC the cable networks picked up NBC asap & made the comment to me how available NHL games had become as well as other hockey games were (university/college) when he went on his trip this year in May……

          • commandant says:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Sports_Network

            Here is the difference not the name change. Comcast bought NBC by the way so they always had the money and political clout

            At the beginning of September 2009, DirecTV pulled Versus from its lineup, as it was unable to reach terms on a rate increase demanded by Comcast. In public statements (including a message shown on the channel which formerly carried Versus), DirecTV scolded Comcast for its “unfair and outrageous demands”, and considered the company to be “simply piggish” in its demands for higher rates, as it described Versus as “a paid programming and infomercial channel with occasional sporting events.”[38] On March 15, 2010 an agreement was reached between the sides and Versus returned to DirecTV’s lineup. The channel was returned to its original package on the service, Choice Xtra.[39]

  8. That's-Hockey says:

    Lets think Habs for a change – Two things has to happen – you can’t have your cake and eat it to.

    #-1. if you want a playoff team we have a good enough team now with a few changes. bring in a 45-point left winger for Pleks and Gionta 2nd line cured
    #-2 the 3rd line will be ok with Moen, Eller and Bourque
    #-4. put together a 4th line with players that can produce
    Here’s your (playoff team)
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    #-1. if you want a stanley cup team build with Pacioretty, PK, Emelin Price, make some good trades, get rid of the deadwood
    the remainder from training camp and we’ll have a chance at a stanley cup probably in the not too distant future.

    just my opinion – you can start knocking my comment anytime.

    • savethepuck says:

      Not knocking your comment but I think Moen is more suited for the 4th line which is part of the solution for your #2. I have LL on the 3rd line with Bourque and Eller. I think if he’s in the gym putting on a little muscle this summer he will have a much better year. Last summer he couldn’t because he was rehabbing his shoulder.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • That's-Hockey says:

        savethepuck: I was thinking toughness that’s why I didn’t consider LL for the 3rd line. to be honest another year in the AHL wouldn’t hurt LL to beef up a bit and see how he progress. moen would be good for the 4th line if we could find someone for Eller and Bourque.
        moen on the 4th line with a couple of producers not just bang and crashers that would be great….

    • commandant says:

      Why can’t you do both…. continue to build while getting Patches, Subban, Price, our #3 pick, Eller, etc… valuable playoff experience?

      Why does it have to be one or the other.

      I see a step into 8th with an added top 6 player, and an added stop gap D as a necessary step towards continuing a build a contender.

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  9. frontenac1 says:

    Ah Jeeze Matty! Plus 6?!!!!

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    One of the best columns I’ve read in a long time, by Bill Simmons of Grantland. Simmons is probably the only Bruins fan I would ever want to watch a game with. In this piece he describes how his daughter became a Kings fan and how she reacted to the loss on Wednesday. The last third deals with NBA stuff, you can probably skip to the last two paragraphs, but I read the whole thing, even though I hate basketball.

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8026268/the-consequences-caring

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Rick Keene says:

      Thank You Red Fisher. The world is getting crazier every day. It just became even crazier … :(

      http://laforumdemontreal.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/adieu-mon-ami/

      Rick

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Rick, I’m not sure why you’re replying to my post with your sendoff to Red. That should probably be its own post no?

        Also, there’s been some discussion lately about links on this site, and specifically posters who promote their own blog/website on HIO. I’m one of the guilty parties, with constant posting here over the last year I’ve managed to rack up a cracking 7000 pageviews, so I must be doing something right. But there has been some discussion about whether this kind of behaviour should even be allowed, or whether posting links should be proscribed on this site.

        I bring this up because I see your posts seldom have anything to offer, they are mostly an invitation to your website. My thinking is that if you visit HIO, and want to contribute to the discussion, it should happen on this site, not on your blog. Does that make sense, or seem fair?

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  11. frontenac1 says:

    McQuillan is at plus 4 .Come On Matty! Make The Cut!!

  12. frontenac1 says:

    Go Habs!Go McQuillan! Go Students!


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