Price concussion is premature, Habs say

Radio-Canada reports Carey Price has a concussion.
But early Monday evening, the Canadiens disputed that, saying that while the goaltender is suffering from headaches, he hasn’t yet been diagnosed with a concussion and will undergo tests this week to get to the bottom of his discomfort.
The goaltender collided with a teammate last Thursday morning before the Canadiens left for the Big Apple and hasn’t felt right since … although he played against the Rangers Friday night.
Price missed Monday morning’s practice in Brossard with what was described as a therapy day.
It is possible his season is over, with Peter Budaj starting the last three games of the Canadiens’ schedule.
Late Monday afternoon, the Canadiens announced Price has been suffering headaches.
The team said the concussion report stemmed from a Radio-Canada reporter overhearing Canadiens doctor David Mulder, while on a cell phone on an aircraft that would be headed west on Monday, talking to team head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend. It’s unclear how much Mulder then told reporter Diane Sauvé when she asked him about the conversation.
A concussion, however, is not the diagnosis … yet.
Price has started 65 games this season.
Unless he signs a new contract, Price will become a Restricted Free Agent on July 1.
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  1. AllHailTheFlower says:

    Just some Habs-related points from friedman’s 30 Thoughts…

    ” 3. Few notes about Geoff Molson and the Canadiens’ GM search: “The process begins Monday,” the Canadiens’ owner said when we spoke Friday. His plan is to sit down with Serge Savard and begin assembling “the list.” It’s been almost 20 years since Savard ran a team and you wonder if there’s any concern he doesn’t know today’s game/players. “We met for almost three hours last week,” Molson said. “I was very impressed with his knowledge.” Make no mistake, Savard will be a powerful voice in this process.

    4. The timing of Pierre Gauthier’s firing? Another GM said he didn’t like it, but understood. “They’ve had such a bad season. They wanted to start the positive news cycle as quickly as possible.”

    5. Asked Molson the number one reason he made the change. He thought for a few seconds before replying. “When I really looked back, it had been a long time since we’d had a really great season.” What did he learn most this year: “Our fans expect excellence.”

    6. One of the other changes will be communication/structure within the front office. There was a complaint inside the organization that Gauthier and Bob Gainey didn’t consult anyone else. This is tricky, because some teams prefer it that way. (“That’s not unusual,” one GM said. “Our scouts send in their reports and we decide from there.”) Others use the Detroit model where a lot of different people get an opinion. Molson seems to want the latter, especially since the Tomas Kaberle deal is being blamed on internal secrecy.

    7. The best advice for the Canadiens? Wait. This is going to be an interesting spring. Tim Wharnsby pointed out there’s been only one GM firing in the last 16 months. Will it stay that quiet? Several executives think there are going to be surprises, guys available we wouldn’t expect.

    8. If the Canadiens do go with less experience in the Kirk/Picard chair (Patrick Roy, Julien Brisebois, Claude Loiselle, Vincent Damphousse, etc.) they must surround him with great people. Perry Pearn is under contract for another year and can do your prospect development. Will they ask the Wild about Blair Mackasey, Minnesota’s director of professional scouting (a Montrealer with a great reputation) and Guy Lapointe (coordinator of amateur scouting)?

    9. And that brings us to Scotty Bowman, who we mentioned on Hotstove. Mixed reviews on that one. Some people could definitely see him taking an advisory job, since running the Canadiens was the one that got away from him 30 years ago. But, some other very smart people aren’t so sure. After all, he’s 78 and loves his life in Tampa. Would that have to change?”

  2. JayK-47 says:

    NYR, Phx, Dallas, LA, Chicago, Detroit. Playoff bound with Montreal level power plays. A quick exit due to PP failure could make Kaberle (starley cnup charpoin) desirable for a team looking to tweak? Yes or no effing way?

  3. Clay says:

    There’s worse things to be premature about… 😉

    (This headline is poorly worded)

    ☞ Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

  4. H.Upmann says:

    Love it! TBay upsetting WSH. After Habs gotta say I like Tampa a lot. On another note, is it possible to have Gomez wave the checker-flag at the Grand Prix?

  5. JayK-47 says:

    Just when I thought the Habs were gonna blow the season by picking up a bunch of points, they go and do this… and TOTALLY REDEEM THEIRSELVES!!!

    They musta hired a Professional Tankologist! Brilliant!

  6. ProHabs says:

    This is the guy the Habs should get as their 6-7 defenceman. He has been a healthy scratch this year, he is available and he would be cheap to get. The new GM would gain many points by getting this guy as his first trade as GM.

  7. AceMagnum says:

    Pierre McGuire loved the Cole signing

    • ProHabs says:

      He was critical of the Habs for giving the 4th year. Without the 4th year, no Cole as he stays in Carolina. McGuire talks as if he wouldn’t of given the 4th year and still gotten COle. NO way.

  8. Habs_4_ever says:

    I hear alot of talk about who Geoff Molson will hire as GM and as Coach, but isn’t hiring the coaching staff the GM’s job? So shouldn’t choosing the new coach be the new GM’s call.

    “Can we lose the parade float?…..Thank you!”

  9. EricInStL says:

    Price has a concussion…. really? More like shut it down boys were finishing second to last. Finally someone has a plan.

  10. HardHabits says:

    Interesting how people have noticed that Tanking™ doesn’t translate into championships because the winning culture hasn’t been cultivated and is often difficult to recreate after years of losing.

    Looking at one the of the teams that had success in recent years, one thing stands out… Mario Lemieux. How valuable was his presence on the ice and in the dressing room to teach the core of youngsters what winning was all about.

    At the very least Gainey should be given credit for trying that with his rebuild.

    With Roy behind the bench, that attitude can be translated into action on the ice from his presence close by.

    As a caveat though, over the past period since the last Cup, what was really the Habs legacy? Mediocrity! Not as bad as a losing culture but is finishing with an average of 16th over-all a winning attitude? Not in my book. Tanking is not winning. Neither is being middle of the pack in perpetuity.

    I predict Bergevin as GM, Damphousse as assistant GM and Roy as coach.

    • TomNickle says:

      I flew off of the board a little bit.

      Denis Savard for GM, Roy for Coach.

    • EricInStL says:

      Lemieux knows first hand the value of tanking.

      The problem with Montreal has been player development. Surrounding them with a system and a plan.

      The drafting is not bad, some good some bad, but the ones that they let go should not go on to play better 80% of the time. That shows a major problem that needs to be addressed.

      • TomNickle says:

        Brooks Orpik, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Whitney, Marc Andre Fleury, Aleksey Morozov, Craig Hillier, Robert Dome, Milan Kraft and Konstantin Koltsov are their first rounders from 1995 through the Malkin draft.

        That’s what being incompetent gets you. Not what tanking gets you.

    • Bouleau noir says:

      Bergevin has a descent CV and with Bowman hanging around the Hawks organisation the last couple of years he must have asked alot of questions to the Master.

      As assistant-manager it seems to me that Andre Savard would have alot more to offer than Danphouse, Savard who presently still work as a scout for Pittsburg has also watched alot of games at the Bell this season so he also know the present roster very well….. surelly much more than Bergevin does and that could only help.

      Bowman said on CBC that he hoped to talk to Serge Savard eventually….. could be about Bergevin… who knows.

    • sanman_11 says:

      I really don’t want Roy as coach. First of all being a coach of a QMJHL team doesn’t mean you are ready for the NHL. And even if we took one it should be Gérard Gallant. He has NHL head coaching experience, been an assistant in the NHL, has the #1 team in the Q…he’s just got more to offer then Roy. As well the day Roy gets fired, and they all do, this organization will get so sidelined with noise the team will suffer. It’s not worth it. Let him go to Quebec first, learn the ropes, get fired, then come here.

      I’m a HABS fan not a Leaf blower.

  11. ProHabs says:

    Pierre McGuire is not different then us Armchair GM’s. Last summer, when the Habs signed Eric Cole, he was one of the guys saying it was a bad move. He said Cole wasn’t worth the money and should have never gotten 4 years. He said COle had alot of miles on his body.

    Well Cole has been the best free agent signing in years. And the reality is, if the Habs had not offered him the 4th year, he would have stayed in Carolina. And that is why McGuire is just like most of us, he doesn’t live in the reality of being a GM. It is easy to say the Habs shouldn’t have given Cole the 4th year and to criticize them for doing so, but The GOat needed to do that to get him.

    McGuire is also the guy that said the Habs made a mistake by drafting Price in 2005. He wanted Brule. What a mistake that would have been.

    On another note, I hope Gomez has a nice extended summer break this year. He deserves it after all of his hard work this hockey season.

    • pottymonster says:

      ehh… cole was good this year. his body does have a lot of mile though. will he start to fall apart soon? he’ll be 34 next year. there’s a good chance that by the time the third year of his contract rolls around we’ll be wishing we weren’t on the hook for 4.5 for a fourth.

      also, bare in mind that mcguire makes his comments without the benefit of a pro scouting staff.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Cole doesnt have that many “miles.” Only 700 career games played.

        • Bouleau noir says:

          I hope our new GM will whip us into a good shapped team soon cause I would love to see Cole who just gaved us his most productive season yet be part of a better/sronger team than he has this season. Cole is bound to slow down but his work ethic and pride will still makes him usefull to his Club no matter what….. we are not talking Cammalleri here.

      • pmaraw says:

        no, i wont be, cause it’ll still look better than the gomez contract

    • theox_8 says:

      Pierre Mcguire said we should have drafted kopitar not brule!! so get your facts straight at the time he said we should have addressed our lack of a big center man which at the time was kopitar not 5′ 10″ brule

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Gerald – When the new season begins, Sidney Crosby will be the best player over the age of 25 in the NHL. Steven Stamkos will be the best player under 25. They are the new face of the NHL.

    I can’t begin to tell you just how great this kid is – he is totally adored here in York Region.

    Give me Stamkos, Subban and Price and I’ll start up an expansion team in Slowville that will win the Cup within five years.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hard to argue with that. I just really hate seeing these great franchise players in non traditional hockey markets, but better Tampa than Boston!

    • TomNickle says:

      I believe very strongly(and have kept it to myself so far), that the Habs will make a big push for Alex Ovechkin. There are obvious pros and cons with him, but a player like him, in management’s doghouse could be a cost efficient addition that could yield a couple of rings.

    • punkster says:

      You’ll still have to tank. Because tanking is the only path to victory apparently.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • TomNickle says:

        There’s a fine line between incompetence and tanking.

        Take the Penguins for example. They signed free agents, went through a lot of coaches and did their best to win but were just too terrible at the draft to build anything resembling a good hockey team. Other teams that I feel fall into this category include Columbus, Calgary, Los Angeles and Toronto.

        Teams that “tanked” meaning that management purposely put their squad in a position to lose thereby resulting in consistently high draft picks would be the Islanders, Panthers, Lightning, Thrashers, Avalanche, Wild and Stars. These teams share something in common, none are financially strong. They’re essentially hoping for a miracle like the Penguins were given.

        • punkster says:

          Yikes…Tom, it was a joke.

          Actually, however it’s defined or whoever may employ it as a strategy, tanking smacks of incompetence and mismanagement to me, both of which could be applied to all the teams you list, before during or after the tank.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …You are right about Stamkos Steve

      HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
      What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Stamkos just made heck of a play to get his 58th on an empty netter. What a goal scorer and what a player.

    Washington seems like a shell of what they were 2-3 years ago. Gotta wonder what happens to that roster if they miss the playoffs.

    • Cal says:

      Another kick to their gonads delivered by TB. Love it. Caps = Overrated blighters!

    • HabFab says:

      Another team that took to tanking, except getting a winning culture after all that losing is not so easy.

      • Cal says:

        Kind of like the Oilers. All of them getting too used to losing.

      • DearyLeary says:

        Problem is that they have an ancient goalie who can’t handle the rigours of an NHL season, and their defence is putrid. Stamkos has scored over 1/4 of his team’s goals.

        Montreal has a goaltender, and some strong defenders coming up through the system (to go along with PK, Gorges, and Emelin, not to mention the possibility of Markov returning to form).

        We lack a dynamic scoring punch. A lottery pick can provide that, as the ‘losing culture’ teams have proven (in Hall, Nash, Stamkos, Nugent-Hopkins et al.) Add a player of that pedigree to Montreal’s core and this team can turn it around a lot faster than people give them credit for.

    • Bripro says:

      Who in jeeper’s name are those two COMPLETELY lost colour analysts on TSN following the game? Painful!!!!
      But you’re bang on…what a player.
      But when you think of it, his recipe isn’t that complex. He gets into the middle of it all, all the time.
      He stands in the paint, his shots go between legs from a 5 to 20 foot perimeter in any direction. He’s got the sense.

    • Phil C says:

      Washington’s defense is not very good. Even if they get in, you can’t win the Cup with that kind of blueline.

    • Duracell3 says:

      If they do or not, I’m interested to see what happens to Semin. They can’t be crazy enough to resign him to another 1yr/6.7, and I’d be amazed if anyone else in NA did. Which would be a pretty big amount of cap for a UFA. Wideman and Green will also be interesting.

    • punkster says:

      Imagine they’ll tank again. Worked for them in the past, right? Really been racking up those cup wins.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    @Smiler, hey I forgot to ask, How did everything go today. I hope it went well and you can make a full recovery quick. All the best with that. CHeers bud!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Thanks Burl, it went well, went under at 1:45 was home by 5.
      Really sore… 4-6 weeks off!
      I actually asked the surgeon in September if I could have the surgery in April so I could be off and watch some Habs playoff hockey.
      Oh well.

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I read Robert Rice’s thoughts on Our next GM choice …I did not agree with Benning because He would be outside of ‘Our Culture’, although Robert is right We MUST beef-up with larger Players with skill and skating ability …I think Jarmo Kekäläinen’s name is interesting, and good for Robert for thinking outside of the box

    …in the end, though, I believe Our biggest challenge at this time is a sharp cap-aware strategist at the helm …Julien Brisebois is young, intelligent, calm, creative, successful at GMing at the AHL level, and very familiar with the Montreal Canadiens

    …Brisebois as GM and Trevor Timmons as Assistant GM. to Me, makes the most sense

    …I think Brisebois as the perfect calm, intellectual to counter-point Patrick Roy’s (My Coaching first-choice) more extravagant emotional persona

    …PostScript: re Robert Rice …long-ago I recommended to Mike Boone to allow Robert a thread on HIO to provide insights on Our developing prospects, which, I think, many of Us enjoyed being part of HIO

    …I, personally, miss Robert’s Hab’s Future in HIO, and also reading His view-points, and would like nothing better for Him to be invited back by, in some form by Mike, Dave Stubbs and Stu Cowan (Editor)

    …I think most of You know Mike’s and Dave’s e-mail contacts, …if any other HIO members agree with Me that Robert Rice’s Habs’ Futures is missed and We hope will be invited to return, give them an e-mail saying so, to give them an idea how We feel

    …also, here is Stu Cowan’s contacts, Sports Editor, 514-987-2475, e-mail: scowan@montrealgazette

    …and NO !!!, Rice is NOT paying Me to do this 🙂 …I just miss Habs’ Future in HIO, is all 🙂

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • HabFab says:

      Robert left on his own and the rest is history.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …did I blink ?
        …also does not have to be Rice …if there is anyOne else out there in HIO-land that is into following Our young and developing and has a talent for writing
        …OR !, …there must be some frustrated sports journalist working at the Gazette currently as a mail-boy or gofer, is into ‘everything’ Habs, …and awaiting for Boone and Cowan to give him ‘an opportunity’ as the NEXT Living Legend Of Sports Journalism 🙂

        HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
        What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

        • HabFab says:

          He was one of those that left over Hickeys article on Theo Fleury.

        • Cal says:

          Hickey’s opinion on Fleury made RR walk. He’s still on the web, though,so no big woop.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …fire Hickey …hire Rice ! 🙂

            HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
            What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
            Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            SeriousFan’s prospect update was nothing more than cut and paste. I don’t think he ever saw any of those players in the flesh.

            if you want to know how many points Alexander Astvin had last week it’s not hard to fid out.

            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

          • Clay says:

            I’m with HabFanSince72. Cut and paste, and way too much credit given to Rice.
            As for why he left – being politically correct does not mean you are correct. He left because he was offended by something that was (IMO) true. And even if he was really offended – which is his right – we are all entitled to our own opinions. Hickey as much as Rice. Leaving like that was just childish. Engaging in dialogue is a much preferable solution when trying to solve differences of opinion.

            ☞ Wow, that’s a nice lookin’ pair of Crocs!” Said no one ever.☜

          • sampson12 says:

            I guess what he did was put all the prospects stats onto one page, so that people didn’t have to follow the box scores themselves. Anyone can do that. It was tedious to read though and there were too many errors with the GP, PTS, etc.

    • TomNickle says:

      If you want to know about the prospects that the Montreal Canadiens have in the system and how their development is going. I would recommend starting with the team website and looking up where each player is developing. I would then check up on them regularly by checking their team pages. In addition, you can read reports on how they’re doing through less renowned local media and by following scouts whose opinions you trust through websites and social media.

      I’ll help you get started.

      Prospects who are a virtual lock to make the NHL and have a high impact include Jared Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, Brendan Gallagher and Louis Leblanc.

      Prospects who have all of the skills required to make the NHL but need to work on the speed that they think and play the game include Mark MacMillan, Aaron Palushaj, Danny Kristo, Patrick Holland, Alexander Avtsin, Dustin Walsh, Daniel Pribyl, Steve Quailer, Olivier Fortier, Darren Dietz, Mac Bennett, Olivier Archambault and Magnus Nygren. Expect one out of every three of those guys to make the NHL and have an impact. My educated guesses are Danny Kristo, Daniel Pribyl, Darren Dietz and Dustin Walsh.

      Prospects who can think and play the game adequately at any level but need to improve their skills to elevate themselves to the NHL level include Michael Bournival, Greg Pateryn, Morgan Ellis, Alain Berger, Gabriel Dumont, Joonas Nattinen and Scott Kishel. I expect Bournival, Ellis, Dumont and Nattinen to make it at one point or another. They are longer term projects and Ellis is the only one I expect to have a significant impact, though any of Bournival, Nattinen or Dumont could prove to be an excellent third line centreman.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …thanks Tom …I have no time except for dropping in on HIO occasionally, …too much on My plate single-handedly raising two young teen-agers 🙂
        …but was nice having that missing element I enjoy following included in HIO
        …maybe Yourself or other can make a case to Mike et al to take this on ?

        HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
        What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

        • TomNickle says:

          Not a chance.

          I think people drawing their own conclusions about our prospects makes HIO more fun environment. I appreciate that you don’t have a lot of time to look these things up but rest assured that when somebody is quickly moving close to the big club, like Gallagher over the last eighteen months, you’ll hear about it.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            … 🙂 …okay
            …though it’s not ‘the Galleghers’ as I am clued-in enough to follow the obvious prospects, …but it’s the over-all, Europe, USHL/NCAA, CHL pictures of which I like to get the ‘sense of’ and don’t have the obsession or time

            HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
            What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
            Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • 24 Cups says:

      It’s a non issue. Robert left on his own accord and I’m sure he can come back if he chooses to do so. The whole Pat Hickey blow-up was way over the top.

      I have met Robert in person and I can tell you he is a very dedicated person who loves hockey and the Habs. However, the ball is in his court, not the writing staff of HI/O.

      As for the Habs Future, I think a monthly column would have more insight and value than a weekly update that only takes into account a few games during a seven day span.

      In fact, most worthwhile analysis is better when done in ten games chunks instead of game by game summaries.

      • HabFab says:

        You got my vote, perhaps that is the reason he didn’t do one from the 8th of March until the 2nd of April.

      • TomNickle says:

        I don’t even think I’d go monthly Steve. A quarterly review of the prospects would probably suffice. There are so many injuries and and changes in development path that any weekly or monthly review is proven futile with the following edition’s release.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …a ‘monthly’ for overall is alright, but I also suggested to Mike to provide a press-pass to Robert to cover the Hamilton Bulldogs …that can be a ‘weekly’

        HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
        What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Marc10 says:

      Meh… As much as I appreciated the review of our prospect pipeline, me thinks SF used HIO to increase his traffic and conveniently jumped ship with his content when it suited him.

      That and I don’t imagine his ego could stomach crawling back some of the drivel he was spewing before the Theo debacle — calling our number one center and consistent top performer a hobbit who didn’t deserve his day in the sun and how much better a big, inconsistent Dane would be… Nope. Don’t miss that one bit.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I didn’t agree with all His views either Marc …only wishing Habs Futures will be resurrected at some point soon …doesn’t really matter Who writes it

        HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
        What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  16. L Elle says:

    These McGuire *ahem* discussions are coming dangerously close to the other infamous debate. lol

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    I will say this for Pierre McGuire, he is probably the only Hockey broadcaster with an English Literature degree and it shows. I do think this is one of the things that makes him stand apart from other Hockey broadcasters. Earlier in the game he was describing how Bolland diverted to Ovechkin. Well no other colour commentater is going to do that.

    The guy is well spoken, he has a great vocabulary and loves to show it. What I can’t figure out is why most hockey database websites list him as a scout with Pittsburgh, but wikipedia and other such sites call him an assistant coach there. Curious to me I suppose.

  18. frankcasting says:

    Maybe he’s pregnant.
    He’s been getting %@$%!d all year.

    Sit him out. Last three games mean *nothing*.
    Don’t mess around.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  19. 24 Cups says:

    I disagree on two points. It shouldn’t matter if a player has no previous record and it also shouldn’t matter if the player who was hit returns to the game. Am illegal hit that could injure is still a dirty play that needs to be penalized by the NHL head office.

    Quincey should get five games, even if the suspension carries over into the playoffs.

    Let’s clean up the game.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I still think a repeat offender should be hit harder on the suspension though.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • 24 Cups says:

        I agree but let’s not give a first offender a break just because he’s never had to go before Shanahan during his career (if that makes any sense).

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The injury factor I agree should be of zero bearing. The repeat offender thing I am a little more blurred on. I think my problem is the penalties/suspensions don’t start severe enough. If they started they guys at 7-10 games and then increased, the impact would be greater. But seems most guys get 2-3 games to start. Shanahan has started to increase the intitial suspension like Duncan Keith, so maybe we are getting somewhere at a snails pace.

    • TomNickle says:

      I think we know what the determining factor with this case was Steve. Just like Ryan Malone not getting a thing for maiming Chris Campoli, the deciding factor was Shanahan’s relationship with the management team employing the offending player.

    • Duracell3 says:

      I’ll accept that it could be worth 5, but in that case this: HAS to be worth significantly more.

  20. montreal ace says:

    I hope Carey goes to the worlds, if he is medically fit and is asked to be part of the team. I think going is an experience that will only help him in the future, and I hope he is not the only one asked from the Habs.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Have to believe they would ask P.K., at least I think they should.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Price, PK, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Plekanec, Emelin (maybe) should all be there if healthy. Am I missing anyone? Cole maybe? He’s a bit older so I’d understand if he wants to take some time off. He played through a lot.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I was thinking Team Canada, but yah your list makes sense. Eller for Denmark assuming they are qualified.

          Diaz/Weber Switzerland also

          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            Yes, Denmark is qualified. Budaj might also be considered as Slovakia doesn´t have many decent goalies. Nokelainen might also get a chance to play for Finland because he was on their gold team last year.

            Btw: If Canada doesn´t invite Subban I am rooting for whatever team they play against.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Thanks. I knew I missed some….absolutely agree on Eller, Weber and Diaz. I’d kinda like to see Gorges there but he’s not the type they normally go for.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • HabFab says:

          Pac has been claiming he is exhausted. Russian coach was over looking at Emelin although believe he is exhausted by longer schedule. Pleks for sure. PK and Price if they are healthy plus Desy although he is reported to be nursing an injury.

    • smiler2729 says:

      I hope Carey just does the safe thing and plays his rodeo thing…

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  21. Habsrule1 says:

    You guys will say anything to try to discredit McGuire.
    I’d rather listen to him than a bunch of jokers on this site. I’m listening right now and he’s said 8 things most of you would never know.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • HabFab says:

      So how are you going to take it if your boy doesn’t make it?

      • Habsrule1 says:

        He’s not my boy.
        I simply want the Habs to consider everyone who deserves consideration. There is no doubt in my mind that McGuire knows more about prospects than anyone in NA. Interview him and see what other qualifications he possesses and if he has a similar vision for the team as Molson does.
        It seems that some fans don’t want him cause he’s annoying. He can be the most annoying man on Earth…if he knows his shit and can improve the team, hire him.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • HabFab says:

          Not to squabble but I believe his knowledge is solely based on what he reads, not what he see’s or knows himself.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Really it doesn’t matter where his knowledge came from but that he has it, but…..he has followed many of these playets for many years. The fact that you can spew out almost any name of any player over 15 in any league in the world and he can tell you the guy’s biography on the spot is pretty damn impressive, regardless of where he learned it.
            I personally believe the reason most fans don’t want him as GM is simply because they are so used to him being an analyst and just can’t picture him as a GM. Period.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • HabFab says:

            I’m willing to wager that Trevor Timmins and a lot of professional scouts know 2-3 times what Pierre does. They just don’t go on TV and radio to talk about it!

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Well, the fact is you don’t know that to be true. I doubt there is anyone than knows any more, but nobody knows 2-3 times more just cause it’s impossible.
            Not to mention you lose some credibility by trying to knock him down because of the way he got his knowledge?
            Anyway, I hope the Habs pick the right guy is all.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • HabFab says:

            Actually probably putting his supporters down more BUT at least I keep it civil 🙂
            And not talking about you 😉

        • smiler2729 says:

          I like McGuire too, as goofy and obnoxious as he is, he knows his hockey

          Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          McQuire if serious about doing it should be an assistant gm somewhere. The cap is not an easy thing to work with and McQuire has zero experience with it. he has been out of the NHL for over a decade. I would prefer a little more experience

          “Like Canadian Hip hop..check us out

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Oh yeah – I bet I can say 8 things Peter Mac doesn’t know.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  22. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Is there a GM in the league who would trade the 9th, or 10th overall pick in 2012 for Montreal’s 1st rounder in 2013? If there’s a good looking defenceman, or one of Forsberg, or Faksa, or Galchenyuk, still on the board at that point in the draft, I’d take that chance too. That move might cost us Nathan MacKinnon, but then maybe not.

    “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015”
    – Sean Bonjovi

  23. The Dude says:

    What’s with all the tankussions with all the star Habs and why isn’t G-love playing to insure the Fail for Nail?…it’s not right I tell you and what’s worse ,there’s no one left to FIRE,lol

  24. mrhabby says:

    for those who want mcquire as gm go the hockey game on….christ what mouth.

    Lots of talk about brisebois and bergevin

    Would it not be to molsons advantage to wait until after the 1st round of the playoffs and cast a wider net.

  25. Mattyleg says:

    I’m watching a game on NBC for the first time.
    Like, the whole game.
    And McGuire is driving me nuts.
    It’s a stroll down memory lane with every player who touches the puck!!


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Were the Canadiens to trade the rights to Danny Kristo for a pick in the 2012 draft how high would the pick need to be for you to be happy about the trade? How good is this guy? What’s he really worth?

    “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015”
    – Sean Bonjovi

  27. Captain aHab says:

    The Habs will draft Malcolm Subban at 1.02 in case Price doesn’t improve.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  28. remi_10069 says:

    price, cole, pac, deharnais and emelin all out with concussions. Nice.

    Vinny Damp should be the new man in charge but it won’t happen. Some tool is going to get the job and we’re going to have a crap team for the next 10 years.


    • Cal says:

      Giving the head man job to someone who has never held a position with an NHL team outside of being a player would be what a tool would do. Thanks for your positivity. (sarcasm)

      • remi_10069 says:

        Some people are good at what they do, even if it’s the first time they are doing it. You can tell VDamp is one of those people.


  29. Habitant in Surrey says:
    …thanks to the HIOer below, for providing this link of the cat fight between the girlfriends of Canuck’s Shneider and the Goon’s Lucic
    …looking at the photo with Lucic’s squeeze ? …I have ‘imagined’ The Cup in many different ways and circumstances before, but up until now, …never a phallic symbol
    …somehow, I don’t think I’m going to recover from this
    …next time I see Bettman handing-off the Cup I’m gonna have all kinds of perverse carnal thoughts racin’ through My overactive imagination !
    …I think I need a shower 🙂

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  30. Rad says:

    The next Montreal General Manager is a 2-horse race between Julien Brisebois and Marc Bergevin. For what it’s worth, I favor Bergevin, a Montreal native with plenty of experience in a winning hockey culture. I also like the fact that Bergevin is someone completely “outside” the organization. We need new blood and a fresh perspective.

    • Mondou6 says:

      Good article…

      Throw in the language factor, and it seems like the competition is going to be between Bergevin and BriseBois.

      Most of the serious candidates sound good to me.

  31. Mondou6 says:

    Hope Price is ok. The season is over, start Budaj every game. Price will be fine by October.

    Hopefully we can finish 2nd worst, which means we’re guaranteed to pick 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.

  32. Psycho29 says:

    And now for some really important news:

    It’s the End of the (Information Age) World As We Know It:
    The girlfriends of Boston’s Milan Lucic and Vancouver’s Corey Schneider have been waging a cat fight on twitter. CLASSY!

  33. matt jordan says:

    Professional athlete has headache.
    Team doctors shut him down for the season.

    Things have changed in the past few years.

  34. el Encantador says:

    If someone is guesstimating that missing the Playoffs cost the Canadiens $15 million I’d like to know how much the Habs made by bilking their season ticket holders for 5 home exhibition games played in September. While Montreal was lugging a roster of 50+ players deep into the preseason other teams were working on their power play, developing team cohesion & getting physically fit. Greed kills. Teams can no longer afford to stumble out of the gate-especially when they’re adding high price Free Agents. Cole was great this season…but not until about game 10.

    #16 Pocket Rocket, 11 Cups, Shortest route between points A & B is a circle.

  35. Phil C says:

    According to this article, this World Championships will be important for Canada to improve it’s ranking prior to the Olympics, as your ranking determines your pool match ups, as well as who gets favourable ice times and practice facilities. Canada is currently ranked fourth due to early exits from recent Worlds, so they really want to improve this year. With Anaheim, Tampa, Columbus, and Carolina missing the playoffs, the forwards could be really strong. Getzlaf, Perry, Staal, Stamkos, and Nash is a pretty good start.

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Hey !!! …I go away for a bit, and next thing I read on My ‘Pod’ is Carey is CONCUSSED !
    …I can’t trust You Guyz to be alone for a minute !!!
    …so Who ‘did’ it ???
    …must be one of the Halakites here
    …or, Subban ? 🙂

    HIS’ Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out:
    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  37. rogieshan says:

    Scary to imagine the dilemma Price would be facing if the team were actually in a playoff race.

  38. boing007 says:

    No rodeo for you.

    Richard R

  39. L Elle says:

    If everyone watched the RDS interview, there’d be no speculation.

    Price, when asked by Pierre Houde if he would go to the Worlds, responded first by saying he had to settle contractual issues, and second, he had a couple of things to fix – injuries as reported by Marc Denis on his blog. He seemed preoccupied because of the injuries.

    Budaj has played 5 games in the month of March. When has that happened?

    And no, they are not purposely tanking.

    What a bunch of heartless a-holes some “fans” are. If facts don’t fit your delusions, you just make shit up.

  40. Timo says:

    Watch Budaj getting 3 straight shut outs now 🙂

  41. twilighthours says:

    Tough call, what with all the meaningful hockey to be played, but I’m really leaning towards Carey shutting ‘er down for the rest of the year.

  42. 69HABS says:

    Carey Price is a Warrior he will be back in September Better than ever …. Rest well my Boy, Rest well …..

  43. Roger Ramjet says:

    When it rains, it pours!

    Hope all is well with Carey.

  44. habstrinifan says:

    Isnt it sad how low our franchise has fallen with ineptness and secrecy that this news raise so much doubt… even among true fans.

  45. 2nd overall pick is a lock now lol

    Get well soon Carey! Take the rest, forget this season and move on forward.

  46. sreuel says:

    What are the chances that the Habs trade there first rounder to a team for players to help out right away

    • Strummer says:

      See: Burke, Brian

      Habs not that dumb.

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

        • Timo says:

          An argument can be made to contrary here. The dumb moves are to numerous to list and we all know what they are.

          One can only hope that new people who come in are not as dumb as previous management… or the leafs’ management.

          • HabFab says:

            Timo, just what I need…harsh reality! Or maybe not, I hate losing and this season has sucked the big one. Just want it to end and soon.

    • Nina76 says:

      sreuel………I agree we need players who can play right away & not sent down to Hamilton, we have enough of them there now some have never been called up this year.Top picks are a gamble some are real duds, been there & done that. I am Sorry to hear that Price has headaches, have a good rest Carey you have carried this team for so many games relax Carey till next year & you have my blessings

  47. Phil C says:

    The problem with concussion symptoms is that they often seem like just a head cold, or lack of sleep. Carey probably did not figure it out right away himself, I’m guessing, because there is no way he or the club would have put him at risk.

    Recovery from concussions do not always take Crosby-like timelines. He may be fine after a week or two of downtime, so the World’s may still be possible.

  48. JIMVINNY says:

    It’s not the end of the world if Carey doesn’t play the last three games. In fact, based on previous events, none of our core players should play the game against the leafs, especially not Markov.

  49. habstrinifan says:

    Advice to Geoff Molson… call up Scotty Bowman. Get his professional opinion re Pierre McGuire (including the full story re McGuire’s Hartford sti and how and if he has grown as a person fro that episode). Call up Mario Lemieux. These are people outside the ‘current’ Montreal hockey sphere but people who know the importance of the franchise. If these two people tell you that McGuire is a good candidate, hire him.

    But dont dismiss him only on Savard’s nay or the say-so of anyone in the Montreal hockey sphere. Also dont dismiss him because he has ‘lusted’ for the job. There is something to be said about someone seeing this as a ‘dream job’.

    I dont know Mr Molson.. I am just a simple fan who wants our team to be on the forefront of everything hockey again. I want hockey to go through Montreal like it once did. Something tells me this man would make it so.

    I dont know. But Scotty Bowman and Mario Lemieux should know. Call them up Mr. Molson.

    • Rugger says:

      If Molson would not dismiss PM on Serge’s nay or say so, why on earth would he insult the man by hiring to say nay or yay and then not taking his advise? I trust Serge Savard to do his job.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Are you saying that the ONLY PERSON you want Molson to take advice from his Serge Savard. In other words are you saying that Serge Savard should de-fact pick the next GM on his own.

        Remember the statement made when PG was selected. “We looked around and decide that we had the best candidate right here amnonst us.” They looked around alright… around the executive suite. I want Molson to not be Montreal centric (maybe exclusive is a better word) in the advice he seeks.

        All I am suggesting is that I want Molson to take feedback re the people we all have in mind from ‘as many people’ as he can… especially outside the ‘Montreal sphere’ of hockey thought.

        • Cal says:

          Yes, this is what Savard has been asked to do. You think Savard is going to only listen to advice from 1 person in this job search.

        • Rugger says:

          I’m sure that Savard will consult with others both in and outside of the organization and then discuss all opinions and thoughts with Molson who will then make the final decision, however If Savard after his research and interviews is sure that Mcguire is not the guy then Molson will listen.

    • Cal says:

      Enough about McGuire- or are you him?

  50. Cal says:

    29th guaranteed! Take the summer off CP. Forget this shitty season and come back prepared.

    • boing007 says:

      Geoff Molson hired Serge Savard because he (Geoff) is just a babe in the woods. Not good.

      Richard R

      • Cal says:

        Molson admitted he is not a hockey guy. Serge Savard is, and knows the qualities of a winning GM because he has 2 Cups as GM. You actually think Gillett had a clue about hockey except it was really popular in Montreal?

      • habstrinifan says:

        I hope Geoff Molson hired Savard to prepare dossiers on the GM candidates and even make recommendations and list their pros and cons. But I also hope that Geoff Molson is cultivating connections with some obvious other hockey minds that he can bounce the ‘advice’ he gets from Savard off.

  51. Propwash says:

    Way she goes seeing how this season went. Watch the haters turn this unfortunate incident into ammo against Price.

    Aah, I see below it already started.

    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
    Hold down Shift while clicking refresh.

  52. Ian Cobb says:

    HOCKEY TONIGHT! If you are looking for a great hockey game to watch tonight. You might want to check out the OHL at 7pm. Ottawa 67’s and the Belleville Bulls in Belleville. Series is 3 to 2 for the older tougher Ottawa squad. But Belleville has Subban in net and is on the larger ice surface for this fast skating team. Game 6 in their play offs.!

  53. Ian Cobb says:

    Let Price cruse until training camp. He likes to rodeo in the summer. He deserves to just enjoy himself after carrying this team most of the year!

  54. disgustedhabsfan says:

    Tank you CP.

  55. sreuel says:

    TSN isn’t reporting concision just head aches

  56. naweed235 says:

    We sure will miss his stellar and consistent performances night in and night out this season… It’s sad to see a goalie that has won a whole playoff series go down due to concussion

    • HabFab says:

      Why the hate??Seriously,why?

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Right. You keep harping on the one playoff series win, as if it accurately predicts future performance. Martin Brodeur could not get his team into the playoffs last year. Jaro Halak played 62 games last year and the Blues were in eleventh place and out of the playoffs. Ansemi Niemi has a Stanley Cup ring, and just to test you, won;t tell you with which team. Some neat reading on the Hab*s Stanley Cup winning goalies. Roy and Dryden were the last two and in between, the team tried out Michel Larocque, Dennis Herron, Richard Sevigny, Rick Walmsley, Steve Penney, Mark Holden, and Doug Soetaert in a span of seven years. Price is their best goalie since Roy, even remembering Propecia Theodore.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  57. jols101 says:

    I think this is more Price getting out of the World Cup then anything else. He does’nt want to go and just being honest and saying no would hurt him if Team Canada sends NHLers to the next Olympics, something all players would want to be a part of. So this is an easy “out” and it does’nt hurt The Tank. Win/Win for him….

    • Phil C says:

      Or it could be a concussion from an accidental collision. Do you have any reason to believe he would not want to go to the Worlds?

      • habstrinifan says:

        Well to be fair he did sound hesitant when asked some weeks ago. Same time Subban was asked.
        But …..

      • geo_habsgo says:

        He was actually quoted as saying that he “has a lot of things to fix up” before he could even think about going to the Worlds. He was likely talking about his contract situation but 990 reported that he did not seem enthusiastic or interested when asked about his potential involvement in the worlds.

        He strikes me as the type of guy who enjoys his time away from the rink in the Summer as he typically spends the first two months literally doing nothing hockey related. I don’t think the extra curricular hockey that is the Worlds is something that appeals to Price. Hope I’m wrong but I don’t think I am.

      • jols101 says:

        Nope, just an opinion from the way he reacted when asked earlier if he was planning on playing in the Worlds. BTW i am not ripping him. He plays a ton of hockey for the Habs, he needs the rest. The Worlds is a second rate tourny with the best players still vying for Lord Stanley, i don’t blame him if he does’nt want to go…but ur right it could be what they say it is but if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were starting tomorrow and the Habs were in them, i have a feeling he would be ready to go…

        • Phil C says:

          Fair enough, I had not heard that report.

        • The Jackal says:

          Man I hope he wouldn’t be ready to go even if the playoffs were starting for us! That is the problem with concussions and key players – who knows how many guys get rushed back or rush themselves back because they want to play. Like in 24/7 with Giroux there was a similar comment. Reading how Sedin will be ready to go sounds like a premature diagnosis on his readiness, if it was Higgins out it would be a different story.

  58. shiram says:

    Richard Labbé @Richardlabbe

    Le CH confirme que C.Price souffre de maux de tête, mais n’a pas encore été diagnostiqué comme souffrant d’une comm.cérébrale.

    Canadiens Montréal ‏ @CanadiensMTL
    Carey Price is suffering from headaches. His status is being re-evaluated daily.

  59. aemarchand11 says:

    Team Canada will feel this. Hopefully he feels better, he needs some international seasoning!

    • shiram says:

      That’s not professional, especially grilling the young guys.

    • 24 Cups says:

      I saw that on the weekend and loved it, Frank. Lance Brown has been around Toronto for years now and is a stand up guy.

      Habs may have lots of problems of their own but the laffs have five main drawbacks under Burke.

      1. Four years into the new mandate and still no #1 centre.

      2. The Kessel deal still stinks even if he finishes in the top ten scoring.

      3. No goalie to carry the team and steal wins.

      4. The team that was built for Wilson isn’t necessarily the right fit for Carlyle.

      5. Lack of on ice leadership. Phaneuf is a bust as captain and as the go-to-guy on the defense. The kids such as Schenn, Franson, Ashton, Kadri and Bozak have no role models.

      • HabFab says:

        Steve, was just over at the Hockey News site and they have two articles lamenting us and them together (can’t even bring myself to say it). Pretty disgusting!!!!! however we are doing something (???…stay tuned).


      • Cal says:

        Calgary traded Phaneuf away for a good reason. He ain’t got it. Subban is better at every facet of the game at 22.

        • matt jordan says:

          I agree with 100% of what you said… except the Flames could’ve gotten a much better return for Phaneuf than the group of fourth liners they received.

          • HabFab says:

            Now where have I heard that before? 🙂

          • Sean Bonjovi says:

            If they’d kept Ian White that trade would look pretty good for the Flames.

            “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015”
            – Sean Bonjovi

    • neumann103 says:

      I can’t bring myself to watch. I used to work for a company that did some work with CFTO in which I had to watch a loooooooot of air-check tapes. Lance was one of the better people. At least he kept it a bit interesting.

      But what I can’t stand as a starting point is the personal investment with the home team. I can’t stand HomerVision. I cringe if a journalist refers to the home team with “We” instead of “They” precisely because as soon as you take that step you are sliding down the slippery slopes towards HomerTown.

      Pure objectivity is not possible and people – even journalists – are going to be fans of the home team (except Francois Gagnon apparently – he likes the Senators????). But a certain professional detachment is necessary.

      “Et le but!”

      • HabFab says:

        I hear you and that was my first reaction BUT how else is that frustration to be presented especially in TO where you have a faceless corporate ownership group. I agree with Shiram that some of the kids certainly don’t deserve to be abused.

  60. port elgin says:

    Yeah right he has a concussion. It’s full tank mode and Carey’s on board. Probably don’t want to play in stupid world cup or whatever it is either. I’m sure he’s just plain fed up with this season, just like the rest of us.

  61. 24 Cups says:

    Lots of unanswered questions here. Are we in Pittsburgh would be a good starter.

    Hopefully he will be shutdown for the World Championships as well as the rodeo. Speaking of which, any new contract should have a proviso that Price no longer participates in the rodeo circuit. Way too much on the line for the Habs in terms of their franchise player.

  62. Mattyleg says:

    Was thinking about Roy as coach this weeekend.

    I have been negative towards this idea because of his temprament, but I started warming to the idea after seeing an interview with him where he seemed pretty balanced and together.

    Then I thought of something else.

    Roy doesn’t like working for people.

    He is the Coach, General Manager and Owner of the Remparts. He answers to nobody – he is a one-man show. (wow, remember One Man Gang in wrestling? Flaaaaaashback!)

    I can’t imagine him working as a coach UNDER anyone. Either that or he’d have Scotty Bowman-like veto power over every move that is made… and if that’s the case, he should just be GM.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I guess the real question Matty is, will the new GM be making the decision of who is coach? Or has the team decided it will be Roy and are trying to provide the optics that the new GM will pick. I really doubt they would risk that P.R. nightmare, but who knows given all we have seen this year.

      • CharlieHodgeFan says:

        Every time I look at Roy, I see Mario Tremblay. Mario was a fireplug of a player, a competitor and a winner. As a coach, he was a confrontational, in your face motivator who crippled the team with his temper and inflexibility. I see the same negatives in Patrick Roy – a wondrous goalie but an undiplomatic egoist.
        I hope I never see him coaching the Habs. If he could clone himself young, I’d love to see him in nets again, but never behind the bench.
        Molson and the management team are thoroughly capable of such a choice though. They have a lot to prove, and it’ll be interesting to see it unfold.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Well said.

        • Strummer says:

          Maybe Roy learned from his experience with Tremblay how NOT to treat palyers.
          He’s been on the job with the Remparts for 7 years. How much experience did Tremblay have before he got the Hab coaching gig? ______________________________________________________
          “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

          • Chris says:

            Yep, but junior hockey experience is tough to translate.

            The Remparts have a tremendous advantage in that they play in one of the largest arenas (much like the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers in the OHL). There are always rumours of money changing hands on these deals and I’m sure there might be some of that going on in the CHL but don’t think it’s necessary in Quebec’s case. They average more than twice as many fans per game than the second highest team in the QMJHL (Halifax), and average more than triple the attendance of 14 of the 18 QMJHL teams. Players LOVE that atmosphere, and living in a bigger city is usually more appealing for kids of that age than living in smaller rural towns.

            Junior players have been hijacking the draft by telling teams in no uncertain terms that they will bolt to the NCAA if they aren’t picked by their preferred teams (Gee, I thought only Russians used other leagues as leverage!). It’s happening throughout the CHL, and in many cases teams like London or Quebec pick up great players (often top draft picks) for nothing, ensuring that the rich stay rich.

            Dale Hunter was tremendously successful in London, but we’re not seeing it translate to the NHL level despite a fair bit of talent on that roster. I do suspect that Roy would be a better coach than people give him credit for because he was so thoroughly analytical in his preparation for games as a goaltender and has been a successful coach. But I don’t think Montreal is the right place for him.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am getting the sense, based on Roy’s recent desultory statement re taking a job with the Canadiens (a meek I would have to think about it) that Roy is no longer in the picture… maybe for the very reason you mentioned… he just isnt suited to working under most of the candidates presently touted for GM and he has said that he wants to be the coach.

  63. HabinBurlington says:

    Hopefully he will recover and be fine. What concerns me is it happened prior to the last game and either wasn’t diagnosed at all or they potentially mishandled it. No reason for this guy to be playing if there was a hint of a concussion. Of course it is possible Carey never said a word until recently.

    I would assume Carey will be nowhere near the World Championships now.

  64. 24more says:

    If he’s had a concussion for a week, then that would mean the Canadiens played him in goal when he was suffering from a concussion. That would be extremely troubling. I hope an explanation is forthcoming.

    • Malreg says:

      Hard for them to do anything if Price never reported the symptoms…

      I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions yet.

    • shiram says:

      I’m guessing they did not know.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You beat me to what I was wondering as well. But as Malreg says, if Carey doesn’t say word, no one would know.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Good way for Carey and the Habs to be able to “save face” and have us play Budda to ensure our pick. THis is not a knock on Price in any form (as I am one of his best supporters) but a way for the team be able to say that he can’t play the last 3 games. If the concussion is real great idea not to play him in meaningless games however if it is a”Bogus concussions” promoted by management it be us to resort to this to increrase our chances for a higher draft pick.How the mighty have fallen.
        If as habsnyc below posts Carey plays in the World Cup shortly after the season ends and the “headaches” suddenly disappear we’ll know the truth.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  65. habsnyc says:

    i wish him a speedy recovery, i was really really hoping to see him play in the World Cup, i thought it would be an incredible forum for him to showcase his talents.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  66. Habfan10912 says:

    Call me cynical. Have the HABS hires HardHabits as a consultant to improve their tank strategy? 🙂

  67. JIMVINNY says:

    Get healthy, and see you back in September, Carey.

  68. Saundies says:

    Hopefully this is just a front to distract the die hards that want to win no matter what so we can tank as much as humanly possible… Come on draft lottery!

  69. The Jackal says:

    DorvalTony is loving this news. What a fan!

    Get well soon Garey!

  70. Ozmodiar says:

    Now we just need Budaj to get an inner-ear infection.

  71. shiram says:

    So with Price out, who gets called up, Nathan Lawson?

  72. Jimmy9Toes says:

    29th place is all but locked up now.

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